Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book OTPs As Aesthetics?

It's so strange that "aesthetic" has become such a huge thing. We apply the word to everything and then make anything and everything into an "aesthetic."

So why not OTPs?

your definition of love

has become

define your bookish otp with aesthetic and such

While brainstorming for this post, I realized that I don't have many OTPs? Most of my supposed OTPs I'm unsure about and/or they're not widely known. Apparently, I enjoy and love characters as individual characters, and I don't care if they pair up or not. 

The Mentalist

Yeah, I'm still wondering what's wrong with me too. 

I don't know if this actually counts as an "aesthetic" or if it's just a bunch of pictures and words. Whatever it is, here it is.

Percy and Anabeth

Calvin and Hobbes Girlie Cooties. Who remembers those. Just so you know, that faze didn't last long at all. :)



salt breeze flipping book pages | air pockets in the ocean | shell necklaces | summer with extended estranged family | that weird hippie aunt who always ruins your summer | orange | cheesy scary campfire stories | that come true | road trips | storm-chasing | wet cement after fresh rain | angry but cares | arm punches | elbowed ribs | darting looks | going to museums | somehow bringing the T-rex bone display to life | memorized book quotes | the magnetic paradoxical nature of the ocean | stargazing with constellation nerds | late night iris messaging



the choir boys

* name calling
* percy does a stupid
* intensified name calling
* anabeth is secretive
* arguments ensue
* ignoring each other level 100
* thus percy does another stupid
* insultingly insults
* rescues each other
* caringly insults
* hopes nobody heard that
* almost awkward
* but percy does a stupid . . .

But why is it only ok when kids say it?



Elizabeth and Darcy




fresh-cut roses | rain in early spring | mud-splashed shoes | dancing with people you've known forever | risen indignation | smart stares | kitten swiping at your feet as you go by | small sighs and rolled eyes | sheet music | hiding under a cozy blanket with a flashlight and book | mist in autumn | the smell of tea and morning smirks | secret thoughts | caught glances | scathing sarcasm | that's called flirting | summer evenings | visiting friends while they practice music | pen and ink | quaint bookstacks | fumbling around in front of new people |  long walks in nature | trees | tall trees | thin trees | robust trees | shrubs and wildflowers | the confusing unfamiliar feeling of heart-warming . . . something? | talks over tea | wherein more is said by omission | full moon glittering on the frost of a winter night | fluffy kittens | little whispers | the smell of books and folded pages | lowered lantern flame 





* high-key insults each other
* smug looks vs zero eye contact
* #mortifiedpride
* misunderstandings ensue
* elizabeth, STOP HAVING BEAUTIFUL EYES, WHAt even!?
* dance challenge
* 257% communications skills vs how-do-thoughts-come-out-my-mouth
* misunderstanding intensifies
* darcy = how do i emotion
* thus removes himself from the thing causing emotion to occur
* elizabeth left without antagonistic stimulant
* boredom and depression and all the rainy days
* plays piano defiantly
* accidentally communicates honesty too well and brutally insults while proposing marriage 
* oops
* elizabeth = i will kill you with my eyes . .  and i have a lot of words too
* the dramatic revelation of truth DUH, DUN, DUUUUUUH
* kiss and make up and have long convo with big words about all the misunderstandings
* lives happily ever after except for slightly unscrupulous/foolish family relations

 Why do i like this?


 not today


Scarlet and Wolf




the smell of the woods at dusk | hoodie weather | losing the keys to your spaceship | hunting for them for half an hour | before hijacking your own ship | damp soil | the smell of tomato plants | sweet pea vines creeping up the fence | mist on the plain | old barns and fresh hay | impulsive adventures | too stubborn to care | out of breath but still running | the wind in your hair | hardcore determination | and someone reluctantly cheering you on | trying to tell jokes | rants and dares | too close too soon | narrow escapes | quiet moments | understood unspoken thoughts | the unfamiliarity of new things | shy but not shy | caring too much and hating it | gun metal | one thing after another | knowing without knowing | the shock of cold morning air | clouds of breath | cuddling with a movie | stars, stars, and stars forever | and then there's the moon

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~Autumn cameo in Cadillac, Michigan~ photo: Terri Gostola on FineArtAmerica

* friend speaks of brooding dude with green eyes
* so what?
* Scarlet has rant-tantrum on tabletop about society's idiocy
* and maybe shoots things
* is this insta-love or is something in the tomatoes
* stop following me
* #creep
* what are you looking at, no, i didn't just care
* shut up
* #justmet but does daring things like a heroic couple for next 24 hours
* kisses on train
* must be insta-love 'cause the tomatoes should've worn off by now
* BETRAAAAAYALLLLLL . . . ok, it was the tomatoes
* Jk
* but Scarlet still low-key distrusts
* which Wolf totally deserves
* inhumane fighting
* dramatic wake-up-it's-me-and-your-teeth-are-scary moment
* who's the cyborg
* dramatic separation
* Wolf = love sick puppy / *sniffles* longingly at moon
* Scar = get the crazy glitter unicorn away from me! / confused emotions but whatever
* love you to the moon and back



So who are some of your bookish OTPs?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Footnotes

It's October! The year is going by too fast (not to mention the college semester). So here we are with another Footnotes prompt for everyone!

And who are we? Well, that's an excellent question as one of us [*cough* obviously not me] has changed blog names. Emily @ Ink, Inc. is now Emily @ Stranger Worlds. Definitely go check out her new blog design and all.

I'm so glad you all seem to like Footnotes! If you're new around here, Footnotes is a monthly link up. We give you a prompt, and you find and post a quotation to match. You can expound upon or have a discussion or whatever you want. So first,

Grab the button.

Here's your October prompt

a quotation from a poem

And, of course, don't forget to link up with us!

Have fun quote hunting!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Footnotes // a little Raven Boys love

I've not read the whole Raven Cycle yet, but I remember starting the first one. I want to say it was around Thanksgiving or Christmas, but even if it wasn't, it was coldish. The autumn weather helped set the mood of those opening scenes [yeah, Texas winters are more like drab autumns; I love it]. You know. The graveyard. The fog and chill. Sitting around in the dark. Ghosts. And that cozy, almost-too-close writing style of Maggie S.'s. My family had just finished eating together. So they were being loud in the dining and living areas. I really wanted to start this book here and now, but I was tired of being accused of "hiding" in my room all the time. I was also in a whimsical silly mood [autumn weather does that to a person]. So I jumped in a large empty cardboard box that was in a corner and opened The Raven Boys. 


 Ana Rosa


I loved the writing from the start. And the characters. And the places. Places really come alive under Maggie S.'s words. I could choose to quote those opening lines to you, but most Maggie S. readers know them more or less. How about the ones I found amusing enough to notes on instead? The Raven Boys has so many good laugh-until-you-can't-breath moments. 

"Maura," Calla said, "that was very rude." Then she added, "I liked it."
[gotta love Calla]

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This Blue discovered was how Gansey got places-- striding. Walking was for ordinary people. 
[so yeah, I might know a handful of people who think striding makes them 'cool']


 @uniquebrianna98 this reminds me of your guy character (his tattoo) in BID. Sorry I can't remember his name, it's been a long time since I read it. I'll have to refresh my brain when it starts back up


He was doing something extremely complicated with his r's that made him difficult to understand. 
[I can't tell you how much I laughed at this.]

 "Your path is beautiful and crooked and just as it should be."

call it magic

Have you read The Raven Boys? What are some of your favorite lines or moments, funny or otherwise?

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Footnotes Link Up

Hello, hello! Footnotes has survived its first mission month, and is back for more explosive feats posts by you skilled agents bloggers.

[What is with this mission impossible theme? Man, don't look at me. How should I know?] 

 Thank you to everyone who participated last month!

Footnotes is a link up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. and me. We'll give you a prompt. You can follow it or no, and you post about a quote or more than one quote and expound upon at your leisure. Here's the button

And your prompt

a quote that makes you laugh

Write like a fiend!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Why Fiction Matters // Footnotes video ft. Jane Yolen quotation

Once someone said to me, "It's just pulp fiction." And they ought to be thankful that I have a lot of self control. In fact, I just listened to a video that talked about how genre or commercial fiction doesn't address social issues or talk about deep topics [worse yet, it used The Hunger Games as an example]. You've probably heard similar things before. "Fiction doesn't matter because it's not real."


So here's why it does matter.

Oh, and I'm linking up with Footnotes [psst, there's about a week left if you want to join up too!].
Sorry about the video lighting and the weird audio. And my face in the still frame looks like one of those odd moments when you pause a Disney movie. . . but that's not related.

So what do you think? And would you read a mildly ranty post on deep topics found in THG?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some Bookish Background // Bookifying Blopost Prompts

I was perusing pinterest [what else does one do with life?] and stumbled across some 30-day blogpost prompt challenges. I skimmed through a few and, yeah. 

*turn into bookish writing prompts for once a week posts, thus worth 30 weeks; or just use as bookish prompts for blogpost when brainless

They're kinda mind-numbing.  

Sherlock | Cumberbatch | shoot the wall

Sooo, being the genius blogging bookdragon that I am, I shall bookify [yes, that's a word] said prompts [don't tell me you can't find it in the dictionary]. I won't be doing them on a schedule [would I lie to you?]. I might smash some into a post [ok, so I made it up] or allow one to take up a whole post. Whatever I want. Obviously. *ahem* 

1) Introduce Yourself

Hi, I'm Ashley, and I'm a bookdragon. It's been a few hours since I've collected books for my hoard. And I regret nothing.

2) Your First Love 

2) The First Book That You Fangirled Over

So when I was a little dragonling, I was obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie series. I read it multiple times and watched all of the movies and TV episodes [although the TV series is nothing like the books, that's TV for you]. 

 I was talking on the phone with a friend. I'm not sure why? Because I had never talked to anyone except family on the phone. Anyhow, the conversation was basically

me: have you read Little House on the Prairie?

friend: uh, no

me: it's this great series! and it actually happened and, and

friend: i don't really read. . .

me: and the author is Laura Ingalls Wilder, and she has a sister who went blind, and they lived in a sod house one time, and a cow was on the roof! and a snake in the wall! and, and


me: are you still there?

friend: yeah, i guess

me: there's a tv series too! and

3) Your Parents

3) Are Your Parents to Blame for Your Bookish Tendencies?

via GIPHY yes mycroft

My mom has shelves and shelves of books. She unwittingly assigned the dusting chore to dragonling me wherein I book browsed instead of dusted. Some of the books she had collected as a kid. She read to us often, usually series, including the Little House on the Prairie books. [She also read the Bible aloud to us because she's cool like that.]

My dad was the one who read children's books to us. Like Custard the Cowardly Dragon, The Treasure Tree, Dr. Suess books, the Tawny Scrawny Lion [a fave of mine, it had a shiny golden spine, obviously a treasure]. He also did the voices [mom did not do voices?!], so it was super fun when he'd read Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen and would do Deep Wader's voice. 

So yes, my parents created a book monster. It was a part of my education [no really, my mom taught me to read].

4) What you ate today

As You Like It

So far, I like it as is.

 I might go read it now. Or sleep.

via GIPHY cat sleep face plant

So are your parents to blame for the book hunting monster that you today? If not, then who would you consider the influencers/parents of your book obsessions? And what was the first book you fangirled over?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Footnotes // new link up

So Emily @ Ink, Inc. and I haven't been idle this summer. We've put our
 heads together to bring you a new link-up! [because the title isn't explanatory enough]

To participate in Footnotes, all you have to do is pick a quote and write a post about it. You can write your thoughts on it, why you like or dislike the quote, why you think it's popular or ought to be. Expound upon it in any way you wish.

Footnotes is held monthly [psst, this one ends the last of August], and we'll give you a prompt that you may choose to accept or. . . well, not.

via GIPHY footnotes

So here's the button

And your prompt

A Quote From An Author

And when you've accomplished your mission, uh, published your post, report back, link up with us!