21 WAYS TO STOP WORRYING! – Guest Post

Emma GBW

Worrying, Stressing, Panicking; they’re all things we ALL do daily and that’s amped up for writers and bloggers. It’s normal. However, these are not the nicest of feelings and can often lead to procrastination, sadness and anxiety. Let’s get something clear though – IT’S OKAY TO WORRY! Have the ‘bad times’, buy that tub of Ben and Jerry’s, have a Lush filled bath and a big cup of tea!! When you’re ready, you can come back to this list and find ways to get rid of these feelings and get back to being you!

1. Have A Good Old Cry.

2. Have A Big Cup Mug Of Tea.

3. Read A Book

4. Go For A Long Walk

5. Buy Junk Food

6. Have A Bath Filled With Lush Stuff

7. Turn Up The Music

8. Phone A Friend

9. Play With Pets

10. Snuggle Up On The Couch

11. Have An Early Night

12. Switch Everything Off (Instagram and Twitter will still be there when you go back!)

13, Sing At The Top Of Your Lungs

14. Write It All Down

15. Tidy

16. Try Something New

17. Bake Some Cakes

18. Take Some Photos

19. Paint Your Nails

20. Do Your Makeup

21. Light Some Candles!

So, that’s it. Some of my tips to get rid of the worries! Blogging, School, Work or anything else related! I hope you enjoy and find this list helpful at some point or another! Please be sure to follow my blog (agingerblondie.blogspot.co.uk) and my twitter (here) and Instagram (here)! Thanks to Fantasy Angel for letting me guest post (for my FIRST EVER GUEST POST) Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Friday Finds: Week 40

Hello! This is week 40 of Friday Finds! Friday Finds is basically “the place where you will get all your fandom related news (that means book news and their movies news) and your writing/blogging news”. If you want more info, and you want to see all the other weeks’ news, click here. Now let’s get this show on the road! Here are all the Friday Finds of this week, from last Saturday to today.

Writing/Blogging News:

Fandom News: 

Bonus:

Well, I hope you guys liked that! Tell me your thoughts on week 40 – and tell me what you think about the feature itself –  in the comments below!  Thank youhave a great day/night, and tata for now!

Racial Diversity In YA Over The Last Year – Guest Post

Sarah K GBW

Thank you Fantasy Angel for having me as a guest blogger for the 4th Guest Blogging Week. My name is Sarah K and I run The YA Book Traveler blog. If you follow me at all on my blog or Twitter @thebooktraveler, you’ll know a few things about me: 1. I love reading fantasy, and 2. I adopted a sibling group (Daughter: African American, Son: Biracial (African American/Mexican), and Son: Biracial (African American/Caucasian)) three years ago with my husband. After my kids moved in I became grossly away of the MAJOR imbalance of racial diversity within books, TV and movies. It is so unequal I found, and still find, myself getting frustrated…a lot!

For this post I wanted to address racial diversity within the confines of YA literature specifically. I’ve seen, just over this year, a major shift and change in regards to diversity as a whole in YA. If you asked me a few years ago to name Non-White MAIN CHARACTERS in a YA book, my options were VERY limited. Allison Sekemoto from The Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa is Japanese, and To all the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han is Chinese American. Other than that, I could only name secondary characters: Nehemiah from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Magnus Bane from The Immortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and Jie Chen and Daniel Boyer and from Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. Obviously, this was not ok! I’m sure there are more but none that I had read.

Every time a book cover is revealed and another “white face” appears, I cringe. Come on! Really? Do they ALWAYS have to be white?

Sarah Ockler, author of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, wrote a fantastic post encouraging authors to diversify their books. Check it out here: Race in YA Lit: Wake Up & Smell the Coffee-Colored Skin, White Authors! (My good friend Sarah @EscapingSarah shared this post with me)

When it comes writing diversity, I see things twofold:

  1.       If the world is make believe, such as fantasy or science fiction, racial diversity is EASY to put in. There are no cultures that need to be researched in order to make the character authentic and real. My example is Jubilee from Their Shattered World. Her race wasn’t really a focus of the book, at all. I loved that this book had a MAIN character who was not white.
  2.       If the book is a contemporary or historical fiction book, diversity must be taken more cautiously. If a white author wants to write about a black family, then the author should do research in order to make sure stereotypes aren’t written in and that facts are correct. However, there is no need to HAVE to write white if you’re white! (Again reference Ockler post)

I am quite pleased to see SO MANY MORE diverse books this year. I have not read many of these books yet so I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the racially diverse characters. I’ve read a few of these books on the list I’ve put together and many more I plan to read (especially The Wrath and the Dawn, 5 to 1, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids) over this next year.

Let’s keep the trend going, but please authors, don’t write racially diverse books just to write them because it’s “popular to do so” but rather, write them because all races deserve to be seen and let these characters be beautiful inside and out.

Sarah K

@thebooktraveler

The YA Book Traveler

Below is a list I created with the help of suggestions from others on Twitter. (I apologize if any of the information is inaccurate. I tried my best to get as many books as possible, get the ethnicity correct with the characters and also including book release dates. It is by no means exhaustive)

Racially Diverse Books1 Sarah K Racially Diverse Books2 Sarah K

Joe’s Top Five Excuses For Not Reading Jophiel – Guest Post

Patricia Lynne GBW

Hello, Jophiel here. Reading is such a pain, isn’t it? You have to sit for hours on end, your butt goes numb, and you’re forced to use your brain. Ain’t no one got time for that. Fear not, I’m here to help. These excuses are fool proof! You’re welcome.

#5: You’ve been working hard all day and your brain needs a break. Reading won’t do that, but a mindless game like Tetris will.

#4: It’s late at night, so you can’t read then. Reading in the dark is bad for your eyes. Better to put it off until tomorrow. Or next week.

#3: My book is the third in the series. Naturally, if you haven’t read Michael and Zadekiel, you can’t read this one. You will have zero idea what’s going on.

#2: There’s a door in your house that won’t stay open. Or you need to weigh something down. The only thing you have is this book. You have no choice but to not read.

And the #1 reason for not reading this book: The series will become a blockbuster movie. So there’s really no point when one blessed day you’ll be graced with my handsome face on the silver screen.

About the Author:

PatriciaLynneAuthorPic Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college.  She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted  a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for  dyeing her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

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When Book Characters Are More Than Just Characters – Guest Post

Evi GBW

Hi! I’m Evi from Adventuring Through Pages. Let me just first thank Fantasy Angel for opening this Guest Blogging Week up and letting me participate! Thank you so much!

My chosen topic is “when book characters are more than just characters”. Because, let’s face it, we’ve all been there. We all have a book- or books- that we love to bits, and has just so many relatable characters. Ones that make you laugh, or sigh, or cry silently. Ones that you love forever.

I get this feeling a lot. I believe it first happened when I read the Harry Potter series and met Luna Lovegood for the first time. She was so quirky and confident and funny that I wished I could’ve gone to Hogwarts and been her friend. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that an author wrote so well that their character seems almost real.

And we wish so hard that they were, that maybe they could exist. Of course, they can’t (yet– I’m eternally optimistic J ) but until then, we stick with the knowledge that we can always visit them again, and that maybe someday we’ll write like that for someone else.