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Writing Playlist #7: Disney Edition (part two)

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* in no particular order

 

“The Firebird” – by Igor Stravinsky [1919 version] – Fantasia 2000

“Under the Sea”The Little Mermaid

“Be Prepared” – The Lion King

“Zero to Hero” – Hercules

“A Star Is Born” – Hercules

“When You Wish Upon A Star” – Pinocchio

“Eye to Eye” – A Goofy Movie

“Why Should I Worry?” – Olive & Company

“Miracles Happen” – The Princess Diaries

“Shiny” – Moana


Past Playlists:
General
Old-School
Hamilton
Glee
Broadway
Disney (pt.1)


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Book Blogger Test

Thank you to Pooja @ lifesfinewhine for nominating me! She’s a wonderful person with a wonderful blog that I highly recommend you checking out. If you’d like to read her responses, click here.


Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  2. Answer the ten questions asked on this post (there was only eight?)
  3. Nominate at least five people to do it also
  4. Let your nominees know you nominated them

QUESTIONS:

Describe your perfect reading spot.
That’s a tough one! As long as it’s quiet and comfy any spot will do.

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Tell us Three book confessions
I’ll do you one better! Here are links to posts where I talk about Popular Books I’ve Never Read – Part 1  |  Part 2

When was the last time you cried during a book?
Never. Although, I nearly cried while reading Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier (Sevenwaters, book 3). So many feels in that book.

How many books are on your bedside table?
3 beside me. 16 behind me.

What’s your favourite snack to eat while you’re reading?
I don’t eat while reading. Too risky lol.

Name Three books you would recommend to Everyone
Any book by Tamora Pierce, John Flanagan or Lynn Kurland!

Show us a picture of your favourite bookcase on a bookshelf
Not sure if I understand what this question is asking. But I currently don’t have books on any shelves. Summer cleaning.

Describe how much books mean to you in just three words
Books are life.


I really liked this test and enjoyed answering the questions. If you’d like to take this test, feel free to do so. As always, happy reading!


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What I’ve Learned About Blogging

I’ve been blogging on The Bookshelf Corner for more than a year and a half now, but I’ve been learning about blogging and how to blog for the past few years. Today I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about blogging so far.


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*the first two are reposted advice I gave for a previous award

1.Don’t feel obligated to post every day. Post as little or as often as you’re able to and not because you feel you have to. This is something that can make blogging feel stressful and not as fun as it can be. We all have other obligations that will take precedence over blogging, such as work or school. Sometimes life happens – you’re sick, on vacation, have a family emergency, or had a bad day – and you just don’t feel like posting. And that’s okay! People will understand. We’ve all been there. Set a posting schedule that works best for your situation.

2.Find your blog’s niche. It can be one specific thing or multiple things. My passions are books and writing, so my blog’s niche centers around things related to those areas. A blog that has a focus – a niche – is easier to understand than one that’s all over the place.

3.Posts can be any length. Write as little or as much as you want/need for each post.

4.It’s helpful to break up long posts/paragraphs with a graphic/media. This is a visual thing. Too much text can look clunky or get too long-winded (so to speak) to keep the reader’s attention – whether the reader is interested in what you’re writing or not. Sometimes a long paragraph is necessary to fully get your point across and that’s okay. Sometimes you’ll have a long post because there’s so much to talk about and that’s okay too. You don’t always need a graphic or media in a post.

5.Tags and Categories are always helpful for you and the reader.

6.(On WordPress) Remove the Meta from your blog. Honestly, don’t know what it’s for and it doesn’t seem to be useful. Also, I was once told to get rid of it so no one could log into my blog (you never know).

7.Titles should pique the reader’s interest and indicate what to expect.

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8.Using a calendar (of any kind) is a great way to keep track of posts and when you plan to post. I am someone who needs a calendar, planner, sticky notes whatever to function and be organized. It’s good to see what you visually have planned.

9.Use your own words. Cite appropriately (if applicable). Your post. Your words. Your voice.

10.Use royalty free images and/or link back to the original source.

11. Learn basic HTML code. This is useful information for any blogger to know because every blogging site has plans that offer different levels of coding you can do.

12.Interact with others by Following/Commenting on other’s blogs and posts. Blogging offers access to a wonderful community of those who share the same passions as you.

13.Link to other social media sites you’re active on.

14.Links should open to a new tab so that readers can easily get back to your blog.

15. Menu/Sidebars are key to a user friendly interface. Help your reader out by making sure they can easily navigate throughout your blog.

16.Be you. Have fun with it.


I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Again, this is just what I’ve learned during my blogging experience, which doesn’t mean you can’t do what works best for you.

What have you learned from blogging so far? What blogging tips would you add to this list? Let me know in the comment section below.

As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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August Happenings!

Happy August, everyone!

It still kind of feels like it’s June but, no, it’s legit August 3, 2017 – which is just mind-blowing. We have 5 whole months left of 2017 and there’s still so much to accomplish! There’s not a whole lot happening this month but I will be engaged in try-hard mode to get stuff done. I’m really behind in a lot of things.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

 

The Blog
I will be posting Tues/Thurs/Sat for the next two weeks, then every day from the 19th to 26th. Afterwards, I will be taking a personal no-obligations vacation until September 1st.

The Bookshelf Corner was nominated for three awards this month – very exciting! Thank you, thank you to Laura @ thebookcorps and Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll for nominating me. That was very kind of you. In case you missed those posts, you can check out the awards I was nominated by Mischenko here and by Laura here.

The blog also reached a huge milestone of publishing its 200th post and did its first interview with new author Hannah Bucchin, whose debut novel, Paintbrush, was released last month!

 

The TBR List + Novel Updates
I have made no progress with either which is really disappointing. Work has been tough, that is, I’m more often than not very tired afterwards. I am going to do my best (try-hard mode!) to make substantial progress by next month.

Once I finish my summer reading, I have an exciting Fall TBR list (sneak peek) planned that I can’t wait to get started on.

 

Book Recommendation of the Month

The More I See You by Lynn Kurland
(de Piaget, book 7)
Published by Berkley Publishing, October 1, 1999

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As always, happy reading and happy writing!


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Double Book Release Day!!!

HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY! to two wonderful new books:

A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis and All Things New by Lauren Miller


Thank you again to NetGalley, Tundra Books, and Three Saints Press for providing me with e-ARCs to read and review.

*title/author links lead to my book review of each book*


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A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kraulis

Publisher: Tundra Books
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Book
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Book Summary (via NetGalley):
Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern? 
Julie Kraulis takes readers on a journey through gorgeous patterns and their origins–from the mountains of Switzerland to the green grass of Scotland–in search of Pepper’s ideal pattern. The incredible illustrations make for a dress, a character and a book that are impossible to forget.


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All Things New by Lauren Miller

Publisher: Three Saints Press
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Book Summary (via NetGalley):
From the author of Parallel and Free to Fall comes a novel about how it feels to be broken and what it means to be real.

Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but her anxiety only gets worse in the wake of the accident.  That is, until she meets Marshall, a boy with a heart defect whose kindness and generous spirit slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

All Things New is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world.


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Poem: “The House” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner [After Jack Spicer]

“The House” by Christina @ The Bookshelf Corner [After Jack Spicer]

Author’s Note: Another poem I wrote as a part of a class exercise while studying poet Jack Spicer’s work.

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This house is bare,
here the walls are bare,
stripped down and bare.

Secrets exposed to
large intrusive ears
perked to catch a word.

Floors creak and creak
with the weight of an
epiphany-bulb realized too late.

Secrets exposed through holes
by strobe light fury
in white-washed rooms.

Muck-stained windows
trash the floors with
fractured sunlight.

Cram in dark corners
the creaks and muck,
and the lingering fury.

Splash upon these too
bare walls something good
in exchange for kept secrets.

Or let the house fall,
collapse in a relieved faint
and bury those bare secrets.


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Double Award Nominations

Recently, Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll nominated me for two awards – thank you very much! I decided to combine both into one post because of the blog schedule I already have set up. I recommend you checking out her wonderful blog.


The Versatile Blogger Award nomination #2

Mischenko’s responses – https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/07/17/award-the-versatile-blogger-award/

My previous responses – https://thebookshelfcorner.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/the-versatile-blogger-award-nomination/

The Rules:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice.
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself!

7 Facts About Me:

*I’ve done a lot of facts about myself for these awards so some of these may overlap with past posts.

  1. I love animals
  2. Wolves are my spirit animal
  3. Blue is my favorite color
  4. I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half now
  5. I love food
  6. Siberian Huskies are my favorite breed of dog
  7. I hope one day I can go see the Olympics in person

The Sunshine Blogger Award nomination

Mischenko’s responses – https://readrantrockandroll.com/2017/07/22/award-the-sunshine-blogger-award-2/

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How Does It Work:

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Mischenko’s Questions:
Is there something you can tell readers about yourself and your blog?
Nothing that I can think of that I’ve already not posted about.

What satisfaction do you get from blogging?
Sharing my passions with others who are passionate about the same things.

How do you bring traffic to your blog?
Tags, concise titles, I try to write engaging and interesting posts.

What’s something that you’d like to improve on this year?
Keep on schedule.

How do you get motivated to blog?
Hmm that’s a tough question.

Do you have any favorite books this year?
I’ve read so many great books this years. Perhaps I’ll make a post about it some time in December.

Are there any songs you’re into right now, or music artists?
Moonlight” by Grace VanderWaal

What do you like to do with your spare time?
Read. Write. Watch gamers and vloggers on YouTube. Watch tv.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully still happy and healthy. And hopefully have a dog(s).

If you could choose ONLY 5 subjects to read on other blogs, what would they be? (Books, music, film, health, etc.)
Books, writing, anime, arts & crafts, cooking.

Do you make money from your blog? If not, do you have plans to try in the future?
Nope and not sure.


I currently don’t have any nominations  for both (and no questions that I can think of for the second). But if you’d like to respond to either of these awards, feel free to and link back so I can read your responses! Have a great day, everyone!

Happy reading! Happy writing!


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