One Lovely Blog Award

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I’d like to thank fellow Scribophile member Lauren for this nomination! Here’s where you can find her on her blog and Twitter.

First things first, let’s get the rules of the One Lovely Blog Award out of the way!

THE RULES FOR NOMINEES

  • When you get his award, thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself that are not in your Bio.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

Hmmm, now to share 7 things about myself that’s not in my bio? That might be a bit hard, so sorry if I’m repeating myself.

  1. When I was little I got hooked on martial arts films so much I wanted to be a ninja when I grew up. Thought it’d be cool to fight with staffs, flip in midair, throw shuriken, run across water, etc.
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  2. I’m a bookaholic. Actually it’s gotten so bad that I’ll need to attend Books Anonymous. But doubtful the program would be of any help.
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  3. My favorite season is Spring. It used to be summer but that was my feelings during my younger years. The heat of summer was a sign of summer vacation and eating as much ice cream, snow cones, etc that I want. Now, the heat is just unbearable. I much prefer the gentle warmth of Spring and the blooming of colors and life that comes with it.
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  4. When I was younger, when I attended Catholic school, I wanted to learn to play the clarinet and violin. I thought the instruments were cool and made a beautiful, distinct sound when played. Unfortunately I never had  the courage to speak up about wanting to learn to play them. Also, because my mom was a single mom raising 3 kids. I knew there wouldn’t be enough money to pay for the instruments and join the school’s music club. Or for lessons.

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  5. I’m a huge anime fan. It’s been my goal to pass my love for anime to my kids, as well as my love for books. Unfortunately, I’ve been more successful with the former than the latter. So much so, I’m the one asking my kids what anime they’re watching as they’re now more in the know than I am.
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    6. Aside from being an anime fan I’m a huge Korean drama fan. Actually, I started watching Korean dramas, after watching a lot of Japanese dramas. Which I only started watching because I really, really, really wanted to watch the TV series based on the manga Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers). My favorite Korean actor, one of many, is Lee Min Ho. Who also played the character of Domyouji in the Korean drama adaptation of Hana Yori Dango.

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    7. Hawaii, Paris, Italy, Greece, etc. These are the typical places most people might list as places they’d like to visit one day. That’s especially true for me, but there’s one place I’d love to vacation to the most above all. Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. See #5. Akihabara is a district in Japan, a mecca of computer tech, video games, manga and anime.

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    Well those are my 7 things. Now who will I nominate? 😀

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The Importance of Banned Books Week

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association

Banned Books Week is next week Sunday and I’m still thinking of what book I should get. It’s a three way tie between Hunger Games, Bless Me Ultima and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (sorry Tropic of Cancer). I’m at a stalemate to get just book one of HG or all three series, which puts my book purchase to five instead of 3. I’m unsure if THWTDT was ever banned or challenged in the U.S. But apparently it was banned in India. Also, I just added it because it’s on my TBR list. And the urge to read it has been growing stronger. Plus, it can be my next read afterwards.

Either way I can’t wait. I’ve never been more at home, at peace with myself than when I have a book in my hands. The smell and feel of it.  It’s power to elevate my mind and open new worlds I’ve never knew or noticed before. Pulling me out of my bubble and taking me on adventures of endless possibilities. Possibilities that exist outside my street, my block, my neighborhood. Outside my county, my city and my religion (well lack of). And my background (social and economic), my race and gender, my culture and country. Continue reading

A Dream Come True by Guest Blogger Chavonne Stewart

Today’s post is by guest blogger and children’s author, Chavonne Stewart. And she’s sharing with us today her life story with writing. Enjoy!

Writing for me began in elementary school.  English teachers would make us write short stories all the time.  We were encouraged by our teachers to be creative in writing and drawing pictures.  Fortunately for me,  I have always had a vivid imagination.  Which made writing stories easy for me to do.

Life caused me to drift away from writing.  Most of my writing, was a result of school requirements instead of for my enjoyment.  I have always thought about telling my story.  The opportunity came over 3 years ago during my period of unemployment.  I had time to sit down and focus on the goals I set for myself years ago. Continue reading

On This Day…

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It’s the third week of Women History Month and it’s another ‘on this day’ post. Today’s event is about a book. But it also keeps in the theme of previous posts because of the author. So, did you know that on this day in 1852 the novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published?

Harriet Beecher Stowe, an active abolitionist, wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” And it was published on March 20, 1852. It became a worldwide best-selling book of the 19th century. The overarching theme of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was the evils of slavery.

It also portrayed the power and influence of women in creating social change. As seen with Harriet Beecher Stowe herself. As the popularity of her novel became attributed to the split between the North and South. And causing the Civil War.

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