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I have a plan! Maybe…

So, I’m sure I’ll still be working out details and what not, but I have a loose plan on how I want this blog to continue. I would love to at least try to write a blog post every day I work (I know I’ll have internet access those days. I’m one of those weird, stubborn people who refuses to get a smart phone. Yeah, they’re convenient, but I don’t know if I want to be quite that connected to things happening on the internet—I say as writing a blog post to be more involved on the internet. But, I really want to be present in what’s going on around me. I think people sometimes get a bit too involved in preserving a moment—taking a photo or video to share—that they forget to actually appreciate the present. Those things aren’t “re-living” the moment if you weren’t really there in the first place. Anyway, that’s a rabbit hole for another day!).

So, here’s a loose schedule:

Monday – Something bookish: A book review, book tag, reflection on a genre or some such

Tuesday – Creative writing: I have a jar of prompts and need to start doing them again.

Wednesday – Top 5 Wednesday: Top five books/characters of topics provided by the goodreads group (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday)

Thursday – Random thought. Maybe a reaction to a current event or trend or just a nice rant…

Friday – Another creative writing. I actually only work roughly every other Friday, so we’ll just see how this all goes.

And if any days I don’t have a relevant topic, I’ll try to do a creative writing prompt. We’ll see how this really goes…

 

Also, I’d like to try out a few other social media sites. I’m on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/morethannerdy/) and feel fairly comfortable with that media. As a final project for a college adolescent literature class I composed versions of songs mentioned/written out in The Hunger Games. I think I’d like to do something with that on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY8jUr_US63ONT0fBYc_3Q) and maybe compose more music as well. I keep saying I want to get back into music but it’s really hard to get back into practicing. I don’t know if it’ll be any easier to get back into composing… I also want to try doing some stuff with snapchat (username morethannerdy) in terms of when I go exploring, but since I depend on wifi I’m not sure how well that’ll work… anyway, there’s that! Whew.

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Why “More Than Nerdy?”

So, I thought I’d take a minute to explain where the name/username for this blog comes from. So, as you might be able to tell from my first blog post, I love nerds and all things nerdy. I love when people are so passionate about something that it just bursts from them. I wish more people were had the courage and energy to be so enthusiastic. And the opportunities to learn more and share about what they are nerdy about.

But I’m much more than just a nerd.

People talk about “I’m more than just a pretty face; I have a brain too.” Which is great. Who we are is much more than just our body. But, I’m not just a brain I have a heart and a soul too. I want to embrace all these things—body, brain, heart, and soul. I want to use all four in the things I’m nerdy about and in just living life.

I want to be known as a passionate person.

Considering I have a lot of bookish shirts and almost always have a book with me, I’m pretty sure people know I’m passionate about literature. From that they might also guess I am all about education. There are some other things that I’m not as good about sharing. I love supporting small businesses, artisans, and anything fair-trade. I want to support and encourage as many people as I can (I will admit, I’m not very good about this all the time. Target is really convenient and they do give back to the local community, so I’m not saying they’re a terrible company! I just wish I was constantly more conscious of the impact I can make). And if you know me in real life for long enough, you’ll notice my hair goes through so pretty drastic changes. About every other year I chop off 10+ inches of hair to Locks of Love. I’m hoping to continue shaving my head ever five years for St. Baldrick’s. Cancer sucks. I want to do what I can to get rid of it and help those going through it.

Anyway, that’s a bit more about me and this blog. Maybe tomorrow I’ll post about my plans for this blog and other social media.

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T5W: Favorite Literary Fathers/Father Figures

I know, I’m a week late (I was away from internet last week), but I am posting it on a Wednesday, so that counts for something, right? Anyway, here are my top 5 literary father figures:

  1. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter) – He’s the best! He’s probably my favorite character from Harry Potter.
  2. Henry Branwell (Infernal Devices) – He’s just adorable yet very protective.
  3. Luke Garroway (Mortal Instruments) – He’s a nice guy, owns a bookstore. Really, what more could you ask for?
  4. Tom Harry (The Bartender’s Tale) – Not an ideal father, but he really tries.
  5. The two uncles from All the Light We Cannot See – Sorry, I’m too lazy to look this up. They’re protective, brave, and very intelligent.
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Coffee Book Tag

Look, I’m doing something besides Top 5 Wednesday! How can I pass up a Book Tag when it deals with coffee? I love coffee and am slowly learning to drink coffee that tastes more like coffee. I started out with hot chocolate with some coffee, and I’m now to the point of drinking coffee with just a spoonful of sugar and a splash of milk. Anyway, on to the questions:

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon was my first thought. It’s not hard to get into, but it’s hard to continue. I liked the first book was so well written and interesting but there were parts…that I just didn’t need. The summary of the second book didn’t appeal to me and it sounds like it’s just a never ending series.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year. I’m going to go with Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan mostly because I want to read it so much but never seem to be able to find the time! Maybe this year…

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book? My favorite book growing up was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. It’s still a children’s book I love.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! When I first heard about this series it just sounded creepy, but I finally got talked into it.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere. Everything by Cassandra Clare! The books, the TV show, there’s also the movie but that doesn’t really get discussed. I love the Infernal Devices trilogy, I liked the Mortal Instruments series, and I’ll see about the Dark Artifices. As I said, I like the books, but I may have burned myself out on her a bit but I’ll give it some time and it’ll be fine.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout. I don’t think I’ve read a book by a self-published author yet, but I’m hoping to get to Seeking Blue by Andrew Kensley soon. 7

. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The first book in this series was so amazing! Then the books got longer and longer and harder and harder to get through. And the ending of this book! Ugh. Such a frustrating book!

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens! I love this book. I kind of want to read it every year, but maybe just every few years. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s short and wonderful and magical!

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T5W: Favorite Character Names

Top 5 Wednesday on a Friday? Sorry, but that’s how I roll. Maybe one day I’ll post on a Wednesday, maybe I’ll even post the correct topic on that day. That won’t happen for at least two weeks though. But maybe one day. And maybe it’ll happen consistently. Maybe…

Anyway, these are the characters I love the names of (I got a bit desperate for #5…):

  1. Sir Bleoberis de Ganis from Le Morte Darthur
  2. Wiglaf from Beowulf
  3. Olwen from Arthurian Legends
  4. Richard Campbell Gansey III from the Raven Cycle
  5. Prince Humperdinck from the Princess Bride
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T5W: Book Theme Songs

I don’t tend to listen to music while reading (it’s too distracting for me) and I don’t really think about how songs totally relate to this or that book. There are books that come to mind when I think about music though, so here are those:

  1. The Hunger Games Series by Suzan Collins – My last project in college was very open ended so I composed music to the songs in the series (Lullaby, The Hanging Tree, the four note song of Rue’s, the Anthem). It was really fun. I hope to do more of that one day.
  2. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Peter Hollens does amazing covers of these songs from the movies. They’re gorgeous! Check him out on YouTube.
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is full of mixed tapes and song references.
  4. The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima – the last two books in this series has musicians.
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Again, the main characters of this book are musicians
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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I Defend

Look! I’m posting a Top 5 Wednesday on the (correct) Wednesday! I know, impressive. This topic is going to take a while… Uh.

  1. Eustace from the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis – Yeah, he’s a pain at the beginning, but his story is great!
  2. Jackaby from Jackaby – Most people seemed to want more from this book, but I loved how random it was. I don’t know if that really counts, but I’m counting it!
  3. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf – I know that’s not a character, but I feel like people could really dislike these characters. But that’s what makes them real.
  4. Jason from Heros of Olympus Series – I don’t know what people dislike him so much—because he’s a golden boy? So are a lot of other characters…
  5. People who write autobiographies–I know that I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is sometimes banned because of what Angelou included in it. I will admit, it was hard to read in some places, but that’s why it is so important to read! Then there’s Greg Mortonsen’s Three Cups of Tea (which I hated). He messed up, but he admits in the book he isn’t the wisest person… People who write about their own lives are really brave.

I can’t think of any characters people don’t like that I do! It tends to be the opposite… Sorry… What characters do you hate?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Summer Reads

Before you freak out, no it is not Wednesday. It is still Monday. I’m just  late in posting this. Wednesdays are busy for me. Sorry. I’ll try to get better, post more regularly, etc., etc.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series – This series takes place over summers and they’re such books!
  2. Fruits Basket Series by Natsuki Takaya – Nothing says summer like a super fun manga!
  3. The Ancient One by T.A. Barron – This was my favorite book for a while; I should reread it… I think it takes place over a summer…
  4. A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – I think this is about the only classic I can get away with for this list (maybe The Awakening by Kate Chopin…) and it’s my favorite Shakespeare play
  5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – This book is awesome and sci-fi is awesome!
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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I’m most like

This is hard, but I’ll try my best! (not really in any order)

  1. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Introverted/shy, love reading
  2. Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series – Smart, dyslexic, blonde
  3. Sam from The Lord of the Rings – easily overlooked always there to help
  4. Elinor from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Always trying to be the sensible one
  5. Cress from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – Because I can’t think of anyone else and we’re both socially awkward (and as I child I got lost in fantasies a lot)
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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – this series has a lot of great mother and mother figures – Lilly Potter, Molly Weasley, Minerva McGonagall…
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Aibileen. She’s amazing in every way.
  3. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – Kyoko Honda is only shown in memories, but she seems so amazing and funny and loving.
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre is a pretty good mother figure.
  5. The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain – Mama Bear. Yep I got this desperate for a good mother/mother figure. But hey, Mama does know how to fix a lot of problems!

I’m sure I skipped some really good mothers and mother figures, but as I was looking through the books I’ve read I realized a lot of them don’t have mothers present and the mother figures are terrible…