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?

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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.

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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.

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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!