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Book Tropes: The Grovel in The Novel

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a super specific, really niche trope. It’s like a food craving, where only that certain brand from that one store will do. In this case it’s a good old grovel. Not the little token apology with immediate making-out, ohhh no. I want the real down-and-dirty, sincere, I-fucked-up, oh-my-god-I-was-so-dumb, dawning realization. It doesn’t particularly matter to me which character (hero or heroine or all three heroes in a reverse harem) is doing the groveling. There…

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Book Tropes: I’m A Damsel, I’m In Distress, I Can Handle This. Have a Nice Day.

Every once in a while I’m in the mood for a SUPER specific, niche type of trope. In this post, it’s the typical Damsel in Distress situation, but with an atypical damsel. I want the kind of book where: things are going down, it’s getting grim, the odds are against them the hero has literally *just* said something like, “We’ll never make it!” or “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” then the heroine strolls in all unconcerned and takes…

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Friday Favorites Tag Teams

November 22 is: Favorite Character Team Ups From The Lord of the Rings Universe Frodo Baggins & Samwise Gamgee: ultimate team-up goals. Full stop. Meriadoc Brandybuck & Peregrin Took: a partnership forged in the Shire which only grew stronger through adversity and separation and eventually saved the whole Shire. Legolas Greenleaf & Gimli son of Gloin: the unlikely friendship which persisted even after death. From The Discworld Esmeralda (Granny) Weatherwax & Gytha (Nanny) Ogg: seventy years of tag-teaming witchcraft and taking…

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Friday Favorites is a Little Magic

October 25 favorites is: Magic Wielders Did I use this post as yet another excuse to bust out the Shia Pornstache gif? YOU BET YOUR SWEET EDIBLE BRITCHES I DID. Here you go: On to the favorite magic wielders in my nerdy bookish heart. Fred & George Weasley, Harry Potter series, JK Rowling “Hey, look — Harry’s got a Weasley sweater, too!” Fred and George were wearing blue sweaters, one with a large yellow F on it, the other a…

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Friday Favorites is a Clever Bastard

October 18 is: Favorite Villains Hello and welcome to my tangent! I’ve previously covered this topic in Top Ten Tuesday, Villain Edition and had a lot of fun with it. So today I’m going rogue again and picking my favorite clever villains. I want the best plotters, the most urbane, cultured, and ridiculously devious little psychopaths for the list today. I want the type who have plans A-D prepared, in their sleep, and could pick out a good bottle of wine (which are…

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Friday Favorites wants Your Childhood

October 11: Favorite Books from Childhood Let me just throw this entire list at you, and then try to fight off the urge to go re-read all of these immediately. Beatrix Potter stories For some reason we also owned the VHS animated BBC versions of these stories and guess what I bought as soon as I could (on DVD, yes, THERE ARE DVDs!) for my own children. The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis Re-read all of them to this day. No,…

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group October

It’s the first Wednesday and you know what that means! Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Awww, yeah. Come bask in the support, my friends, and know you’ve entered a judgement free zone. Possibly the only one left on the flame filled inter-web. As always you can sign up to be part of the group here. The awesome co-hosts for the October 2 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Mary Aalgaard, Madeline Mora-Summonte, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor! The optional question this month…

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Friday Favorites: Pumpkin Spice Horror Edition

September 20: Favorite Autumn Reads I am one of those annoying people who love pumpkin spice and celebrate the season it shows up in everything. I admit this with zero shame, because pumpkin spice is the best. And you know what’s even better? Apples. And caramel. And caramel apples. And butternut squash, pecans, maple, cinnamon, cloves…basically every food item in autumn. I’ve learned how to make pumpkin spice (it’s super easy) so I can include the flavor whenever I want, year…

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Friday Favorites is Totally Adorkable

August 23: Favorite Nerdy Characters Quick internet searching tells me that a nerd is defined as; “a person seen as overly intellectual, obsessive, introverted, interested in obscure or not-popular things, and lacking social skills.” Basically? I am ALL OF THOSE THINGS. It’s like the internet knows my life! (Hi, yes, agents of Big Brother, in all honesty I do hope you enjoy my blog. Quality geek content here.) I am a nerdy-shaped peg and I have found my perfect nerdy-shaped hole…

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Friday Favorites is So Underrated

August 16: Favorite Underrated Books. As is completely normal for me, I’m listing entire series instead of one book because what is moderation? When I fall in love with an author I fall HARD and I read everything they’ve ever written. Clicking on the author’s name will take you to the Goodreads page for the book which is blurbed under each photo. Enjoy. Diana Wynne Jones “Witch Week features the debonair enchanter Chrestomanci, who also appears in Charmed Life, The Magicians of Caprona, and The Lives…

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