Scary Movie Marathon

Scary Movie Marathon

I have never been a big Halloween fan. I don’t have anything against Halloween per se, but I have never been one of those people that loves the skulls and witches and the spooky scary skeletons.

Monday evening came around, and I watched a YouTube video about upcoming scary movies, and I decided I wanted to do a scary movie marathon in celebration of Halloween.

Like I said, I’m not necessarily a fan of Halloween, and I am probably less so a fan of scary movies, but I wanted to challenge myself.

I wanted something to do this month that kept me busy. I find with living on my own now, that I try to laze around all evening once I’ve finished walking my dog and doing my chores.

What will I be doing?

Every day this month I am going to be watching a different scary that I haven’t seen yet.

I am going to try to watch them mostly in a dark apartment at night time, with nothing to protect me except my dog and a pillow.

I’ve finished two movies so far, and I already notice myself being more on edge and assuming the worst from people I pass in the street, so we will see how this goes for 29 more days.

I won’t be giving a super in-depth review of each movie, but instead of throwing up Solve it Sunday posts, I was planning on doing a short 5-star rating and a paragraph or two of what I liked/didn’t like and why.

What scary movies do you guys like? What’s your favourite one? Let me know in the comments

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Do people still use libraries?

Do people still use libraries?

Libraries have literally been around for thousands of years, and have served some different purposes through time, but generally have had one goal: providing books/knowledge to people.

Whenever I think of a library, the Great Library of Alexandria comes to mind. Probably the most famous library in the history of the world, we unfortunately lost almost all of the contents long ago.

I read somewhere a few years ago that the world’s technology would probably be 100 years more advanced if we hadn’t lost it’s contents.

I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but I feel like there is some truth to it. Libraries used to be for scholars and academics to learn, and advance human knowledge and understanding.

Libraries are places for people to learn, study, and advance the world.

There is near limitless information that can be found in a library…but that’s not what they’re used for any more. They aren’t the epicenter of knowledge any more. That is what our phones are for.

Do people go to libraries to learn? In my opinion no. If people want to learn, (which they tend not to want) they go on their phones, find what information they want, and then forget it almost immediately.

Yeah sure, people at universities or college might use a library because their essay requires them to add a few citations, but do they really use the library? Or do they just go online?

The libraries I have been in have hundreds if not thousands of books, but they sit their unused. They don’t move, except for the very rare occurrence somebody can’t find them online and needs to use an actual book as a reference in their work.

In my opinion, physical libraries are dying, and are also becoming worthless. It hurts me to say that, but I don’t think they’re valued anymore. People don’t use them to learn, people barely use them (physical or online) as it is.

For the most part they’re used a source of free internet access for anyone who just walks in off the street.

I know people do use them, and to those who do, bless your souls because it brings me joy knowing that someone is using a library for it’s original purpose.

Some people use them for movies, or to check out the books they can’t afford to buy, and that’s good. The only problem is, that these people are few and far between.

Am I wrong about libraries? Do people use them for more than I think they do, or do you agree that libraries are dying out, slowly but surely.

Hello, and Goodbye…I’m changing things up

Hello, and Goodbye…I’m changing things up

For years now I wanted to create something that allowed me to express my thoughts and opinions for others to listen to or watch, and maybe learn from.

I created this blog to do just that, and have loved doing it since I started it.

I’ve hit a few bumps along the way, and I’ve gotten over them and have always come back to this blog and am super grateful that I have.

Because of this blog, I have also started a Podcast about the Wheel of Time series, called The Winespring Inn.

I really enjoyed doing it at first, but it quickly became a lot of work that I couldn’t find time for and I lost interest.

It was kind of lonely doing a podcast on my own, and I am half glad half upset that I won’t be continuing with it any more.

I’m no expert on the subject matter, compared to other people, and I find myself dreading the time researching stuff to make the script.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy making a podcast, it’s just I’d prefer to focus my attention on other projects that I want to try out.

My podcasts used to come out on Saturdays, when I did post them.

Now that I won’t be continuing it, I want to start a new review series…reviewing TV shows and Movies.

I know this doesn’t really fall under the “book” category, but I think it does in the sense that it is storytelling. Movies and books are part of the same umbrella of storytelling. Movies are visual, books do the same, they just use your creativity and imagination.

The one stipulation for a movie/TV show review…it needs to be adapted from a book.

That’s how I am going to tie it into the book genre that I currently follow.

I hope you are all as excited to do the book/TV show reviews. I think it’ll be less time consuming for me, but also more fun for me and for all of you.

For the most part, I’ll try to cover modern movies that I’ve seen, but I’ll probably throw in a few classics/older movies if things slow down.

Write your story…not someone else’s.

Write your story…not someone else’s.

When I started blogging, I never thought that anybody outside of my friends and family would read it.

I mean I’m just an average guy from a smaller capital city in Canada. There’s nothing special about me. I’m not a genius, or a fantastic writer, or even overly successful. I’m okay with all that of course, but I still don’t expect anyone to read this blog I’ve thrown together.

What’s really surprised me, and has made me excited to keep posting, is seeing what countries my readers are from. Canada is the most popular country for my readers at the moment, but the United Kingdom is quickly catching up to them, so for all my UK fans, HELLO! thanks for being your awesome self, and beat these damn Canadians! I know you can do it!

One of my “goals” is to have the WordPress map completely colored in one day which would be so cool! I check the progress every now and then and slowly but surely more countries are being added to the list.

When I started this blog, I did a bit of research into how blogs work, how people come up with ideas, how to get more viewers, and different things like that. I actually had a few pages of notes that I wanted to follow, but I soon dropped all of that.

I didn’t want to fit into some formula that other people made. I didn’t want to do the same things other people were doing. Where is the fun in that anyways?

I’m Andrew, I’m not Peter, or Martin, or Susan, or Erika. I’m me, and I am going to do what I want.

Yeah, my ideas might not be the best, and they are definitely not the most popular, but I like them. I enjoy making them. Some are more fun than others, and some are easier to write, but in the end, I like them all for some reason.

I mentioned a piece yesterday that was all about not taking writing advice from other people, and just doing it your way, and that’s what I want to do. I’ll take advice along the way. I’ll steal ideas and make them my own. I’ll do what I want to do because I’m me, and On My Bookshelf is my voice.

You have to be true to yourself. At the end of the day, the only person you are stuck with for eternity is yourself, and if you can’t enjoy you, or enjoy what you’re doing, then what’s the point?

I don’t come up with some elaborate script for my blog posts, or write every post with the same analytical process every time.

I write in my own way, and if that gives me less followers than someone who posts in the same format as everyone else, I am fine with it.

Don’t let others tell you no. If you want to try something, then try it. Don’t let others say this is a bad book, or that’s a bad makeup line. If you like it, then own it.

Be the outlier.

Be you.

People might want this picture perfect idea that hundreds of thousands of people change themselves to fit into, but you shouldn’t want to be everyone else. You should want to be you.

Love your quirks, love your weirdness, write how you want to write, tell the story you want to tell.

Anyways that’s it for my little “rant”. I just feel it’s important to do things the way you want to do them, not how other people want you to do them.

I started a podcast!

I started a podcast!

Since becoming a communications student, I have fallen in love with the idea of sharing my thoughts and opinions on different topics for everyone to see or hear.

I started this blog as an assignment, but went above and beyond what the assignment required me to do, and I have now taken to keep updating the blog, even after school has ended for the year.

It’s a lot of fun. I like sharing my thoughts and opinions, and in doing so, I have had so many great discussions about books, movies or TV shows, and I wanted to keep doing it.

I have my opinions on things, but so often, I find my opinions being influenced by other people’s when I discuss it with them, or other people have an opinion that I had no idea about. Hearing other people’s opinions is something I enjoy doing, and I thought giving my opinion might help other people.

That’s why I wanted to start a podcast.

Podcasting seems like the perfect platform to discuss a certain topic, and the idea of starting one has interested me even before becoming a communications student.

I haven’t released any episodes yet, but I have recorded a few. They’re not great, but they’re a good stepping stone to be sure, and I hope to keep making better content for any listeners that I might have in the future.

The podcast is called The Winespring Inn, and it is about The Wheel of Time. I love the books, and since the books are being adapted into a TV show, I figured it would be good subject matter to start talking about.

Currently, it’s just me, myself, and I, which kind of sucks, because I would like a partner to talk to on the Podcast, but I’m okay with going solo.

I’m going to try to get episodes out every week, but I’m not going to promise that because who knows? I might be busy.

The idea of the podcast will be more of a discussion/encyclopedia type. I’ll discuss certain topics, but also give a sort of encyclopedia entry on different aspects of the series. Whether it is locations, people, weapons, or various other things, The Wheel of Time is a massive book series, and it can be pretty confusing.

But yeah! I started a podcast, and I am pretty excited about it. Look out for it this weekend!

The Book That I Destroyed The Most

The Book That I Destroyed The Most

As any good reader knows, every books can go through a lot of wear and tear during their lives. Some people go out of their way to keep a book in good condition, others don’t really care, I mean how much damage can really be done to a book right?

It’s just some pieces of paper stuck together, and I’m not gonna throw it in a fire or anything so it should be fine (though I do know some people who use old books as firewood and I do not agree!).

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Personally, I would say I’m the type that doesn’t worry about what damage can be done to a book, because I just want to enjoy reading the book.

It’s also pretty hard to avoid ruining the book at least a little bit, in my opinion. Hardcover books are a bit safer because they keep themselves open more than paperbacks, but sometimes I notice that there is an oily fingerprint on the bottom corner of the page, or the cover is faded or ripped a bit from being carried in my backpack all day long.

Plus hardcovers usually have a sleeve, which hides the damage done to the book itself, so I tend to worry a bit less when it comes to those.

Paperbacks are much worse. Just carrying them to and from school I’ve spilled water on them, been splashed by cars, or had covers rip and pages fold when something else in my bag squished it.

Honestly, even after all of that I don’t care. I don’t want to ruin my experience of reading a book just because I don’t want it to get dirty or ruined.

If a book was ruined beyond repair or pages get torn out, then I might be a bit upset, but that would be pretty difficult to do, so I don’t worry about that too much.

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Now maybe I am going a bit crazy, and people aren’t these perfect book keepers I assume they are, but I have proof of at least one person who is! I know someone who will not and can not ruin a book. It’s impossible. Destiny has forbidden it.

They wrap their book in a soft cloth cover when they aren’t reading it, and they have a special pocket on their bag dedicated to nothing but the book. Nothing bends, rips, or even touches it except the cover.

I’ve even seen them handle the book pretty nonchalantly and it’s like the Book Gods won’t let their books be ruined. There’s a small force field or something around the book that prevents any harmful materials from entering.

They can’t even ruin the spine of a paperback book! How is that possible?

A 800+ page book and they don’t have one single crease mark on the spine? I call bullshit.

It’s either some sort of witchcraft or they only carry around books and don’t actually read them.

Either way, that’s not my life. I’ve yet to ruin a book beyond repair (but I have come pretty damn close) and that’s all I care about.

As long as the book has two covers, legible words on the pages, and the pages are all there, I will read it, though I’m pretty sure I have read a book with no front or back covers before.

Now…

To get to the point of this post… the book that I have ruined the most.

This book has been through it all. I spilled water on it, put oily fingerprints on the pages, dropped food on the pages, squished bugs between its pages, dropped it in dirt, and even dropped it down a two-story building by accident.

The worst thing that happened to it was actually when I first started reading it though. I was on a boat with my girlfriend and her family, and I had brought the book along for the day because it was a nice summer day and I didn’t want to swim…so I figured I’d stay on the boat, enjoy the sun, and read.

It was going well. I had crushed through 75, maybe 100 pages in an hour or so and we started heading back to shore because it was getting late and we were getting hungry.

My girlfriend and I were sitting at the front of the boat, and were getting splashed a bit by some of the waves, so I threw my book and phone under my hoodie and put it at our feet.

WELL that turned out to be a big mistake because not a few minutes later, a HUGE wave came and splashed the boat, leaving the entire floor covered in 4-5 inches of water for a good 30 seconds.

Worried about my phone, I quickly grabbed it and put it somewhere more dry, but as I did my book started floating to the back of the boat.

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I was devastated, but there were more important things to worry about.

When we finally made it back to shore, the cover had been basically torn off, paged bent beyond repair, and some of the words wee smudged, BUT all in all it was still a book, and I ended up finishing it a few weeks later when I was on the boat again…clearly not learning from my previous mistakes.

What’s the worst you’ve ever dont to a book? Let me know in the comments. 

Thursday Thoughts: Interview with author Charm Anderson

Thursday Thoughts: Interview with author Charm Anderson

So this week I had the pleasure of interviewing a first-time author and ask her a few questions about her and her writing.

Her name is Charm Anderson, and she wrote a book called Exploit Me. I hope you enjoy her answers, and you can check out her book here.

If you guys have any other authors you’d like to see me interview in the future, please let me know in the comments. This was a lot of fun and I’d love to do it again some time.

 

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What is your book called, and what is it about?

My first novel ever is called Exploit Me. This novel, that is actually ongoing on Wattpad at the moment, is about a girl trying to overcome a traumatism and live after being sexually assaulted.

She struggles and feels lost about who she is. Though, what’s nice about this book is that it’s not your typical story where she’ll meet someone, fall in love and feel better. There’s drama, romance, humor… In other words, it’s a story about each one of us.

 

Why did you decide to write a book?

Ever since I was young, everyone used to tell me that I have a unique imagination. Teachers would always compliment my work and would tell me that I was talented, but I was way too insecure to write anything. To be honest, I started writing books way before Exploit Me… I wrote 3 of them but never got the chance to finish them because I deleted them; my insecurities got in the way.

Recently, I went through something that made me change the way I perceive every single thing; I didn’t want to reach a point where I’ll regret not trying to achieving my dream of becoming a writer. I want to share this story to show people that they’re not alone, that every single one of us struggles with something and that it’s okay to not be okay.

 

What is it about writing that you enjoy/hate the most?

I’m going to start with the things I hate about writing. There are not that many things that I hate about it just the fact that I have to edit everything on my own. Also, whenever I’m editing a chapter or re-reading it, I get this feeling of wanting to add more, change some stuff or delete everything.

Writing is basically one of the things I really enjoy doing. The fact that every single scenario you think about can be put into words is just amazing. It’s a form of creation, it makes me feel like I actually did something even though my book is not published yet.

 

Do you enjoy reading? What book are you reading right now?

Definitely!

I started reading books ever since I learned how to read. There’s not a single period in my life when I wasn’t holding a book in my hands. Writing and reading are two things I can’t live without. I’m currently reading a French book for the third time, which is actually a play called “Huis Clos” by Jean-Paul Sartre which means No Exit or Closed Doors as some like to call it. It’s a spectacular play and i recommend everyone to read it! It’s actually quite popular for this saying: “Hell is Others.”

 

What is the one book you’d take with you in an apocalypse?

That’s a really tough question. I seriously can’t choose a favorite because every single book has a certain story… Maybe mine?

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I’d definitely go to Japan. It’s been a dream of mine to go there. I really like the contrast between the city and the village. It’s so fascinating and I find myself “craving” to see the cherry blossoms! (my note: ME TOO!!! I WANT TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS SO BAD THEY’RE SO PRETTY)

 

What is one item on your bucket list you wish you could cross off tomorrow?

Visit every single museum in the world. I have an obsession with museums, it’s crazy.

 

If you could meet any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Meet every single person in the Writing Community! Their support is just amazing! I really want to meet each one of them and give them a big hug to show them how much I appreciate everything they’ve helped me with.

 

Who inspires you the most? and why?

Definitely my parents! I can’t think of anyone else when I hear the word “inspiration” or “idol”. They literally started from scratch and evolved in a way that makes me want to be like them. Even though they don’t always support me because they want what’s best for me, I appreciate everything they do. I hope that I’ll be able to make them proud someday.


 

Thank you so much to Charm! This was an absolutely incredible opportunity and a lot of fun. I hope you guys enjoyed Charm’s answers, and I know she’d love for you to check out her book.

 

If you want to follow Charm on Twitter and Instagram, please do. Her book is inspiring and you’ll see a review of it on Monday.

 

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