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Sunraven

Sunraven

Joined September 2018

Wordslinger, multipod, weirdo. (And Ravenclaw, of course.) 💖: tea, dragons, textiles, handmade items, anthropology, nature, sparkly things
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1. Yep!
2. Bookmarks, tote bags, mugs, other practical objects
3. Tea cups/mugs, dragons, yarn, fabric, vintagey things ... @ImperfectCJ has been subjected to a laundry list of things. 😆
4. Things with chewy caramel or nuts or cookie, nougat, fruit jellies, Werther‘s Originals, wine gums, pear drops. Also, things that don‘t melt easily, because Florida. 😉

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie
#litsylovewinterswap #litsylove

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“Writing is physical and is affected by the equipment you use.” I‘d forgotten Natalie Goldberg mentions that in this book — I also find that different equipment affects my writing differently. It‘s good to see it presented as a matter of choice rather than One True Way like in some books. 😉 #writing

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A Wizard of Earthsea | Ursula K. Le Guin
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“I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.”

It feels like all the quotes I have saved from this book need their context to feel right, which seems appropriate, in a way. It‘s been a long time since the last time I read this book, long enough that I don‘t remember much of the last time, but it was 100 percent worth the re-read. Epic and poetic and thoughtful, and real in the best way of unreal things. ❤️

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I‘m going to pretend it‘s still Tuesday, since I haven‘t gone to sleep yet, and hey, it‘s still Tuesday on the opposite coast...

1. Yep! Scribd and Kindle Unlimited. (I use Scribd a billion times more often.)
2. Probably too many. 😉 A couple of magazines, a couple of online learning web sites, some Patreons, a paywalled community ... Most of them don‘t cost much, thank goodness, or I wouldn‘t have them at all. 😁

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

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The Battle for the Castle | Elizabeth Winthrop
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My most recent in-progress read, and at last, some outgoing #LitsyLove! Sorry to take so long to get back to people — there‘s been a lot going on here, some of it very good and some of it admittedly less good. These are heading off to @Lovesbooks87 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Catiewithac & @Stacypatrice

Apologies in advance for my wonky handwriting and for running out of space. I‘m super out of practice at pen-palling! 💖 But I‘ll get better. 😆

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! No worries!! There are no deadlines or rules ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Sunraven @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you kindly! 😁💖❤️✨ 3mo
Stacypatrice Yay - looking forward to hearing from you 💌😀 3mo
Sunraven @Stacypatrice I definitely need to use bigger cards or supplementary paper next time ... or I guess I could write a lot smaller. 😉 I felt like I barely got to say anything, but I am often pretty verbose. 3mo
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#BookmarkSwap bookmarks from @jessinikkip and @Kshakal that arrived this week! Thank you both very much!

...And now I‘m going to veg out with a cup of tea. Today was Eventful in a good way that will hopefully pave the way for more good things. 😁

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 3mo
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“To sincerely accept others as they are, we must begin with ourselves.”

#peace #zen #acceptance #compassion

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Mail call!

Recent arrivals: Bookmarks from @Macker11 @KatieDid927 and @Wonderwoman89 Awesome stuff, everyone! I love them all! 💖

Outgoing (and kinda camouflaged): #BookmarkSwap envelopes that went in the mail yesterday to @Butterfinger @ThalassaLuna @Lexeegee @EH2018 and @kellyann28

I really wanted to get these things out sooner but I had some ... fun and exciting adventures with stamps. 😉 I hope they find their new homes soon, anyway. 😁

Butterfinger Thanks. I can't wait. 3mo
Sunraven @Butterfinger: I‘m thinking speedy mailing thoughts at your bookmarks now. 😉 3mo
LibrarianRyan yeahhh 3mo
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Boringish photo, but I‘m frazzleheaded. 😉 First I had to hunt for a misdelivered (and still missing) Amazon package, then I discovered my first-class stamps are too old to use as-is, so I have seven envelopes waiting for 10¢ stamps. 😆

Still, I got a #BookmarkSwap envelope from @Macker11 and a neighbor brought me a copy of his book (tagged), so I suppose it balances out. ☺️

@LibrarianRyan
#LitsyLove

Sunraven P.S. Anyone know how to edit a book in the system after it‘s entered? Maybe I can‘t, but I guess there was a smart quote in there when I entered this book‘s title. 😓 3mo
Macker11 Yay! Pretty cool, you weren‘t too far from me ! 3mo
Sunraven @Macker11: Right? I noticed that after I opened the envelope — which, I love the bookmarks! I wish I‘d gotten them into the photo, but once I open an envelope it‘s not really pretty any more. 😆 I need a better letter opener. (edited) 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Sunraven I do not believe we have the ability to edit books. You will probably have to send an email to Litsy. 3mo
Sunraven @LibrarianRyan: Okay, good to know! I‘ll try that. 3mo
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“Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into the human cultural manifestation.”

He‘s long-winded but I love this guy. 💖 Re-reading one of my favorite books of all time, or at least it was back in college. Let‘s see how I like it now!

#myth #culture

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Some booky mail that‘s come in recently! A hard copy of the tagged book (which is one of my audiobook listens in progress), a copy of Delicious in Dungeon 4 that I Must Read Soon because my brain needs a rest, and some lovely #LitsyLove from @catiewithac! Thank you to all the people who make my mailbox nicer! 😉💖

I‘m hoping to send a bunch of things out soon — I‘ve just been incredibly tired lately. Maybe someone can mail me some energy. 😆

TheAromaofBooks Wellll I could send you some Monster Rehab Lemonade - it's my go-to :-D 3mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks I have no idea what that is, but it sounds simultaneously alarming, appealing, and terribly useful. Is it magical? 😆 3mo
catiewithac Get some rest!!! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks It's actually all of those things - alarming, appealing, terribly useful, and possibly magical. So it's just an energy drink, but unlike most it's not carbonated and also only has 6g of sugar, so it doesn't feel like you are drinking cough syrup. It's more or less a caffeinated Arnold Palmer that's heavier on the lemonade. It's about two cups of coffee worth of caffeine, so just enough to kick my day off right. :-D 3mo
Sunraven @catiewithac: Partly I think I need restoration as well as rest — it‘s like one of my favorite (slightly paraphrased) quotes: The antidote to exhaustion isn‘t rest, it‘s wholeheartedness. 😁✨ 3mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks That sounds worth a try at least once! 😉 Though caffeine basically does nothing for me aside from keep me awake (in an insomniac way, not a morning pickup way), except on rare occasions when it makes me fuzzheaded and jittery. I drink it mostly for the taste, or maybe it‘s some non-caffeine nutrient(s) in tea and coffee that my body likes, haha! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I can only drink caffeine in the mornings, or else it will keep me awake, and if I drink more than one can of Monster, I cross into a nervous, paranoid individual rather than one who is being productive and full of energy haha That's what leads to the “alarming“ part of the deal. :-D 3mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks Monster is a dangerous brew indeed! 😆 At least the name is a good warning... 3mo
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That moment when you go to renew some library books and three of the dang things have holds on them. 😑 (The tagged book is one of the ones I tried to renew.) Guess someone in my area has the same interests as I do. Should I leave a note for them? 😆

📷: Ryan Franco on Unsplash

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Thanks for the tag, @sudi! 💖 Technically it‘s still Wednesday — 15 min to go!

1. Hmm, probably Gladiator, or Star Wars Episode I, or Jurassic Park, by number of times listened to. Also Ocean‘s Eleven and Trainspotting, though.
2. Uh ... Apparently 249. 😓
3. Maybe Chain Chronicle?
4. Does the Camera app count? 😉
5. Tagging: @La_Cori @biblio_ginger (If you have any Wednesday left 😆)

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

biblio_ginger Aw I missed it! 😂 3mo
La_Cori I've just woke up, it's already thursday here 😅 but thanks for the tag! 3mo
Sunraven @biblio_ginger @La_Cori I figured I was cutting it close and that it was probably not going to happen, so no worries, haha, I thought I‘d try juuuuuust in case. Next time! 😁 3mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻💗👏🏻 BTW it doesn‘t matter if it‘s late we all still love to read it!! 3mo
Sunraven @Eggs Thanks for encouraging everyone to connect! 💖 Also @biblio_ginger and @La_Cori I guess that means you can still play if you want to. 😉 3mo
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The Artist's Way | Julia Cameron
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Apparently I‘m an oddball: This book is super popular, but I found it sloppy and often frustrating, an inconsistent mix of control-freaky negativity, fluffy handwaving and filler, and occasional deep insights. Some of the good ideas were very good, though, and some of the moments of clarity rang very true, so I have to give this a mixed rating. I‘m glad I read it, but am dubious about reading it again. 😆 Power to those who love it, though!

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Where did I come across the recommendation for this? I have no idea, but I requested it from the library to see whether it was worthy of the glowing reviews or deserving of the disapproving ones; they were a stark contrast. Four pages in and I think it may be a pick — even the intro is tightly written, without a whiff of filler or sloppy thinking. 💖 A book after my own heart, which is appropriate given that it‘s about provoking reader emotions.

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It‘s been sluicing rain all day and I‘ve been feeling a bit doldrumy (although I love rain), so I picked this out of my TBR pile and started it. Why not read about mixed blessings while having mixed feelings? 😆

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My first #24in48 was fun, if somewhat underwhelming timewise. I also had a nearly inevitable Timer Mishap (an accidental reset), but luckily I was taking notes on my progress as I went along, so I just had to do some math to get my total time: 7:47. 😉

Books finished: 4
Books started: 6
WIPs that saw progress: 1

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Sunraven @Megabooks: Thank you! ☺️ Although I didn‘t get anywhere near 24 hours, at least I got to revisit some old favorites and explore some new and interesting books, and that seems like a win to me. 😁 4mo
Megabooks @Sunraven Definitely!! 👍🏻👍🏻📚 4mo
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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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Requested this from the library because of Littens, and completely worth it. I don‘t have kids but I almost wish I did, just to share things like this. If you do have kids, please read this to them for me! 😁💖

Oddly, it‘s connected thematically (in my mind at least) to Adam Savage‘s Every Tool‘s a Hammer, which I‘m also reading now. Acceptance, costumes, following what you love — it‘s all in there.

Also gorgeous. I might need my own copy.

4thhouseontheleft 💜💜💜 4mo
Sunraven @4thhouseontheleft ❤️ indeed! 4mo
Macker11 I have this book for my classroom library!! Love it 3mo
Sunraven @Macker11: That‘s awesome! I know I would have enjoyed having this one in my school library when I was a kid (though I feel like I need its message more now than I did then, haha). 3mo
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I rarely listen to audiobooks, but I had this oddly strong urge to try mending some old, worn-out sheets, and I love Adam Savage, so I started this one. Belated realization: Listening to audiobooks (at least on #Scribd, not sure about other formats) makes it difficult to capture quotes on the fly, and Adam Savage is a reigning grandmaster of quotability. WHAT TO DOOOO. 😆

#24in48

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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede
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And so it begins, one of my favorite partnerships in literary history. ☺️✨

Into hour three of #24in48. I haven‘t gotten too much reading done so far but what I have done has been highly enjoyable, so I‘ll take that.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff This is one of my favorite books! ❤️❤️ 4mo
Sunraven @chaoticgoodhufflepuff After our convo about it the other day, I had the urge to pick it up again, and who am I to resist an old favorite? 😁 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Oh man! I‘m feeling the same! I just might start listening to it at work tomorrow! The audiobook‘s fantastic! ❤️ 4mo
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Sunraven @chaoticgoodhufflepuff: I‘m terrible at audiobooks but I might have to look for that one, just to see! 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff It‘s a full cast production! I managed to buy the first three in the series at a library overflow sale. 4mo
Sunraven @chaoticgoodhufflepuff: Well, that sounds like a good time! I‘ll keep an eye out and maybe the universe will throw some my way, too. 😉 4mo
pppooraikul One of my best-loved series of all time ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Sunraven @pppooraikul Me, too! It‘s really a great series. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks You know, upon reflection, maybe what really drew me to these books initially is that I LOVE cherries jubilee! 4mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: 😆 And here after all these years I still haven‘t tried it! 4mo
Nute This is why I love Litsy...I‘m sure that I stacked this from someone‘s Litsy review because I‘ve never heard of this books or it‘s author. Now your blurb and all of these comments have me yearning for the entire series!🙂 4mo
Sunraven @Nute: A close-knit community of devoted readers is a beautiful thing! And so is the series. 😆 Though I admit I sometimes skip Talking to Dragons in my re-reads, since it was actually written before the others despite being the final book in the internal chronology, and I don‘t think it has the same sparkle. 3mo
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The Castle in the Attic | Elizabeth Winthrop
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“She poured some honey into her tea. The floating spirals of gold slipped underneath the surface, one little circle after another.”

Lovely imagery here, plus a bonus for being about tea. ✨☕️

TheAromaofBooks Oh wow, it's been so long since I read this book I can't even remember what it's about! But it's still on my shelf. :-D 4mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: Same here! I think I saw someone post about it on Litsy or something (I haven‘t figured out for sure what reminded me, though — too much going on right now 😑) and I requested it from the library since I don‘t have access to my old copy right now. I couldn‘t remember the plot but I remembered loving it, and apparently I still love it! I should write a review but I‘m scrambling around right now due to 24in48, haha. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Not being able to remember anything beyond vague feelings about a book is what lead me to start book blogging back in the day - it helps me pay better attention while I'm reading, and then I also have something to go back and look at later, too. Sadly, this one was too far in the distant past. :-D 4mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: Yeah, the last time I read this one might have been before “blog” was a word (at least in the “weblog” sense), hahaha. That‘s sort of why I started a craft blog back when, though, too — to help me keep track of what the heck I was making and when... 4mo
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The Goose Girl | Shannon Hale
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#colormepretty Day 17: #coolcolors @sweetkokoro

From top to bottom:

1. The Goose Girl 👍✨
2. Dealing with Dragons 👍✨
3. Story Structure Architect
4. How to Read Water
5. The Crafter‘s Guide to Taking Great Photos
6. Desserts From an Herb Garden 👍✨
7. Nausicaa (Vol. 1 of 2)
8. Pioneer Girl
9. How to Live in the World and Still Be Happy

& tagging @TheAromaofBooks because we were just talking about Shannon Hale! 💖

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Ahhh! Dealing with Dragons! I love that whole series! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Sunraven @chaoticgoodhufflepuff: Me, too! It‘s one of my all-time favorites! 🤩✨🐉 4mo
TheAromaofBooks And it's that gorgeous edition as well!! Those covers make me sooo happy. I'm also a huge fan of Dealing With Dragons - those books are so funny. My sister, who has had many cats, has named them all after various characters from the series. :-D 4mo
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Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: That‘s hilarious! Half the time when a cat sits on me and I consider getting up, I think about Kazul shedding Morwen‘s cats, and I‘ve also named things (not cats, though) after characters in the series. I‘ve read it soooo many times in my life it‘s now part of my inner workings, I think... 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I love it when books connect to you like that, and I love how different books connect to different people. I think it's what makes them magical! 4mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: To me that‘s one of the important things about reading, you know? That connection with something that you know other people connect with, too. (At the very least, the author has a connection to their own story, haha, so that‘s one invisible connection from the very start...) 4mo
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If You Want to Write | Brenda Ueland
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“If you write a bad story, the way to make it better is to write three more.”

#writing
#creativity
#writingtips

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#colormepretty Day 16, #yellow @sweetkokoro

The tagged book might be the only one I‘ve read all the way through (and I loved it! It‘s on my “need to re-read” list), unless I‘ve also finished Dragons Composed, hmm. It‘s been a long time since I got it — probably time for a re-read of that, too. Technically I‘m slowly making my way through Country Diary, and Name of the Rose is a TBR. Sooo manyyy books to reeeead...

lahousewyfe Just finished re-reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Ooooooh! So fabulous the second time around. 😀 4mo
Sunraven @lahousewyfe: The first read was pretty fantastic, too! I seem to recall wanting to instantly re-read it that first time. I wonder if I did and it‘s run together into one reading in my head. 😆 4mo
Lady_Tigana_20 I need to read some Jemisin. I see her name everywhere. 4mo
Sunraven @Lady_Tigana_20: It does seem like she‘s everywhere some days, you‘re right. 😆 4mo
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Congo | Michael Crichton
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#colormepretty Day 15: #redandblack @sweetkokoro

The first time I read this book, my dad and I had an impromptu contest to see who could finish it first. Needless to say, he underestimated my speed-reading skills ... 😆

BooknerdsLife Love your reading contest with your dad 😂👍🏼 I never underestimate my daughters‘ reading speed tho 😆 4mo
Sunraven @BooknerdsLife: It‘s funny in a certain way — he underestimates me while everyone else seems to think I‘m a vaguely alarming superhuman. Where‘s my Goldilocks to come along and get it just right? 😆 It was fun having the reference point, though, since I don‘t feel fast or slow, I just read how I read. 😉 4mo
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The Art of Communicating | Thich Nhat Hanh
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“It takes a lot of practice to tell the truth in a way that the other person can hear.”

#quotes
#zen
#truth
#writingtips

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#colormepretty Day 14, #black @sweetkokoro

There‘s a section of one of my shelves that‘s mostly black already, so ta-da! (Why are so many fantasy novels black, at least on the spine?)

From left to right:

1. Feast of Souls
2. Wings of Wrath
3. The Summer Palace
4. The Ninth Talisman
5. Ithanalin‘s Restoration
6. The Unwilling Warlord
7. The Death of the Necromancer
8. When True Night Falls

BooknerdsLife Awww love those bookspines 😍🖤🖤🖤 4mo
Sunraven @BooknerdsLife: I‘m glad you like them! ☺️✨💖 4mo
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Unicorns of Balinor | Mary Stanton
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Day 13 of #colormepretty, #greenandred, with a fantasy theme. @sweetkokoro

Books in the stack, from top to bottom:

1. Unicorns of Balinor: The Road to Balinor
2. The Neverending Story
3. Stardust

#photochallenge

Lady_Tigana_20 The bottom two are on my TBR. 4mo
Sunraven @Lady_Tigana_20: They‘re on my TBRR, if that‘s a thing ... 😉 4mo
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Salt. | Nayyirah Waheed
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Mail arrivals from this week: a gifted copy of the tagged book (from a friend not on Litsy), plus my first batch of #LitsyLove! 💖❤️✨🥰 Thanks to @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, @Lovesbooks87, and @Stacypatrice! I‘ll be writing back soon — just waiting on some fresh address labels to arrive. ☺️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 💌💗💌 4mo
Stacypatrice 💌😃🌻 4mo
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And today‘s post for #colormepretty, #CMYK! @sweetkokoro

I think Fruits may literally be the single solitary magenta book I have in my whole library (at least the part of it that‘s with me right now). Before I noticed it, I thought I might have to substitute a decorative object for that color. 😁

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1. Starting to reorganize and dust all my bookshelves, yay! Thanks for the inspiration, Littens!
2. I‘m terrible at taking vacations, but maybe Hawaii?
3. Depends on my mood, but today, this kind of strawberry shortcake: https://bit.ly/2J4F0oe
4. Not especially, since for me it‘s just another couple of days. 😉
5. ☑️

@howjessreads #friyayintro

Lynnsoprano Oh, my, that strawberry shortcake looks delicious! 4mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff You should post a picture when you‘re done organizing your shelves! #shelfie 4mo
Sunraven @Lynnsoprano: They really are! I don‘t know if I‘ll ever be able to go back to another kind after having one. 😆 4mo
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Sunraven @chaoticgoodhufflepuff: Hopefully I will! We‘ll see how long it takes me to get even one bookcase to photographic worthiness, though. 😉 4mo
readingjedi That looks delicious 🍓🍓🍓 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve been thinking about my bookshelves lately too. Congrats on getting it done! 4mo
BookishJess I thought I was the only one who was terrible at taking vacations 😂 I‘m the queen of stay-cations 4mo
Sunraven @readingjedi: Right? Someday I need to bake another one. 🎂 4mo
Sunraven BarbaraTheBibliophage: Maybe I‘ll infect you! 😆 And thank you! 4mo
Sunraven @BookishJess: I‘m even terrible at staycations, honestly. I‘m not sure I‘ve ever been on a real vacation in my entire adult life 😅 ... but it‘s a life goal. 😉 4mo
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Catching up with #colormepretty; this is for Day 11, #red. I missed yesterday due to a kitty vet visit and inexplicable exhaustion. Hopefully I‘m not getting sick ... Sleeping too much would cut into my reading time. 😁

@sweetkokoro

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The Art of Communicating | Thich Nhat Hanh
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“There is a Buddha inside each of us. ‘The Buddha‘ is just a name for the most understanding and compassionate person it‘s possible to be. You may call it something else if you wish, like wisdom or God. We can breathe, smile, and walk in such a way that this person in us has a chance to manifest.”

Getting in some pre-bedtime reading while I recover from what felt like a super-long day. I‘ll be answering tags and comments again tomorrow! 💖

#zen

ReadingOver50 This looks really interesting 4mo
Sunraven @ReadingOver50: So far I‘m finding Thich Nhat Hanh is always a breath of fresh air. ☺️✨ 4mo
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Well, the guy who wrote the introduction to the edition of this book that I‘m reading is — to use a word I‘ve never used before and which I‘ve acquired 100 percent due to Littens — bananapants. Of course, the fact that his “introductory essay” takes up literally a quarter of the book is probably a warning. 😆

Someday I‘ll make it to the bit with actual letters that were actually written by Van Gogh...

megnews I skipped the intro and commentary. I just wanted to read his letters. Working my way through. 4mo
Sunraven @megnews: I thought about it, but I‘m a wee bit obsessive, and since I‘m tracking the specific edition on Goodreads, I‘d feel dishonest if I skipped 25% of it but marked it read. 😅 Ideally I would have just switched to a different edition, but this is what I have, so I slog onward... 4mo
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#colormepretty Day 10: #orangeandblack @sweetkokoro

Pepper decided to jump into the shot as soon as I started setting it up, and since he‘s one of the target colors, I let him stay. 😂

#catsoflitsy

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Caddie Woodlawn | Carol Ryrie Brink
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The place and weather descriptions in this book made me reaaaallly want to run around outside and play somewhere outside the city.

@jchawkins #nature #trees #treeproject

jchawkins I would run around too if it wasn't the time of year when the effort of breathing is enough to drip with sweat 😅😂 4mo
Sunraven @jchawkins: Right? That‘s probably part of why it made me feel that way — talking about nice cool Wisconsin springtimes and frozen winters... 4mo
jchawkins 😆I LIVE IN WISCONSIN. 4mo
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Sunraven @jchawkins: 😆 I spent a couple of months in Sheboygan one winter just to see snow, but yeah, I hear it gets pretty hot in the summer ... Came back to Florida for that bit. 😉 4mo
jchawkins @Sunraven Ha, yeah, I sometimes joke that I should live in Alaska because I'm most comfortable when it's 35 and snowing, and so much of the summers around here are above 80 degrees, and I go full-blown Wicked Witch of the West mode and just melt all over the place. I could never do Florida! 4mo
Sunraven @jchawkins: If you need visitors in Alaska I‘d be happy to bring books. 😁 I like both beach weather and snowy weather, and probably require both for true life satisfaction. 🏝☃️

Also, fun Florida facts: It‘s always fuhreeeezing indoors in the summer (air conditioner freezing is not like snowy freezing ... much less charming), so in a way it‘s hot and cold here at the same time. 😆
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jchawkins @Sunraven Ugh I hear you! I don't have AC at my place but my work has AC. So I'm at home wearing as few clothes as possible, sweating profusely, and then have to bundle up in pants/hoodie for the commute to work so I don't go numb. 😆 4mo
Sunraven Sounds about right, so I might have to disagree with your earlier statement — you totally already have the skills to survive Florida, at least as far as the heat goes. 😆 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Tagged by @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💖

1. Depends on my mood. I do love fried corn mush and home fries, though.
2. Do cafes count? If so, this one that looks like a drawing: https://mymodernmet.com/cartoon-world-coffee-shop-seoul/
3. Yes! Though I dislike it when crumbs or drips get in my books. 😵
4. Lychee or honeydew (and they probably do exist 😉)
5. @jchawkins @sweetkokoro @Megabooks

Thanks for the inspiration, @Eggs!
#wondrouswednesday

Megabooks Homefries!! Nom nom! 4mo
QuietlyLaura I love fried mush, too! ☺️ 4mo
Sunraven @QuietlyLaura: Haha, I totally saw the post on your feed before I saw your comment here ... Cross-commentary about fried mush, whee! 😁 4mo
Eggs That was a fun link! 4mo
Sunraven @Eggs: It makes me think of an interactive art installation ... but with coffee, I guess? ☺️ 4mo
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Caddie Woodlawn | Carol Ryrie Brink
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Well, I wasn‘t sure this book would stand up to the test of time, but I guess I had good taste as a kid. 😆 I love that Caddie knows how to plow, hunt, and fish, and that now her brothers are learning to quilt and cook and bake along with her. 💖 I also love that Caddie is friends with Native Americans and that her dad came from Britain, that the characters grow from their experiences, and ... this is trying to turn into a review. Let me shush. 😉

TheAromaofBooks I really love Carol Ryrie Brink. Have you ever read Two Are Better Than One? It's sooo adorable. 4mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: I have not, but I‘ll look for it! It sounds right up my alley (and kind of like something I did with a friend around that age). Thanks for the recommendation! 😁👍✨ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I hope you are able to find it! I also always forget that I can actually tag books in comments haha 4mo
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Master and Commander | Patrick O'Brian
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#colormepretty Day 9: #blue @sweetkokoro

Blue is my favorite color. 💖 And some of these are among my favorite books. Seems appropriate! I Am America (And So Can You) looks rather purpley here, though, doesn‘t it?

#photochallenge

Sweetkokoro DragonSong!!! I love the Harper Hall Trilogy! 4mo
Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: The first two are my favorites ... I think I read Dragondrums like once or twice, much later than the other two, and I couldn‘t get into it as easily. Still have a copy for completeness‘ sake, though. 😁 4mo
Sweetkokoro Dragondrums was my favorite but I was also so in love with the guy on the cover when I was younger hahaha XD 4mo
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Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: Piemur? Or was it the guy specifically on your copy? 😆 I remember liking Piemur a lot, too, but for some reason I ended up being more eh about characters I love when they got their own whole book. Like when Masterharper came out, I think I remember thinking, “I liked Robinton better before I knew all of that.” Not sure why it ends up that way, looking back ... Maybe I need to re-read and see if it holds! 😉 (edited) 4mo
Sweetkokoro Yah Piemur, I always envisioned the guy on the cover was Piemur hahaha XD I don‘t know what it was I just loved him so much. I spent a few months tracking down that specific cover for my collection too just so I could reminisce it haha. 4mo
Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: Well, I can‘t point fingers, I‘ve been known to buy just the volumes of a manga that have my favorite character(s) in them, in Japanese so I can read what they actually said in the original, even though I‘m basically illiterate in Japanese. 😆 4mo
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Day 8 of #colormepretty, #analogous colors: green, blue-green, blue @sweetkokoro

I managed to pick three books for today‘s photo challenge that weren‘t previously in Litsy‘s database, and I can‘t quite decide if that‘s an accomplishment. 😆

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The Great Failure | Natalie Goldberg
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This quote is from a part of the book after the author loses her mentor and teacher to cancer and is still grieving. In a foreign city, she arrives and sees the tree as him (and now this sounds like something someone would write a paper about in high school English) and sits on a bench staring until she almost forgets she‘s supposed to meet her friend.

@jchawkins #nature #trees #treeproject

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If You Want to Write | Brenda Ueland
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How could I not love this book? The laws of the universe demand that I love it.

#writing #creativity #inspiration #favoritebooks

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Dragonflight | Anne McCaffrey
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#colormepretty Day 7: #gold @sweetkokoro

For me the first thing that comes to mind when you say “gold” in the context of books is the Dragonriders of Pern series. The left cover art above is what‘s on the copy I got at a used bookstore in the 90s and have read umpteen times, and I‘m very fond of Whelan‘s art, but I also love the art on the right — tempted to buy a copy of that version just for the pretties.

#dragons #sff #pern

Sweetkokoro Ahhhhh I love this post! I love the world of Pern, McCaffrey is the reason I love dragons! I am slowly getting all of her books so I can re-read some and read ones I never had the chance to read. (edited) 4mo
Sunraven @sweetkokoro: I was super into Pern for a while, and it‘s probably genetically transmissible at this point. 😆 Early McCaffrey is still one of my favorite writers, too — I oddly always forget how dang good she is until I go back and re-read. IMO the Pern series sort of dragged on, though, and I started getting “ehhh” around Dolphins of Pern. Fortunately, she wrote a lot, and a lot of it is good. 😉 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I read Pern a year or so ago and totally enjoyed it, although I stopped reading after a few of the books that were by just her son, as I felt like his were extremely repetitive. Anyway, when I was writing blog posts for them, I got way into looking at Pern fanart - some of it is AMAZING! 4mo
Sunraven @TheAromaofBooks: I agree, Todd‘s work isn‘t as good as his mother‘s, though he seemed quite nice the one time I met him. (Also he does some odd, illogical, distracting things with Pern physics in his books.)

Fan art can definitely be super-amazing, though I admit I have zero idea what Pern fan art is like now, haha! I have a vague worry that it would make me overly nostalgic for the Good Old Days of Pern Fandom...
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The Great Failure | Natalie Goldberg
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Mehso-so

I waffle between pick and so-so on this. It gets understandably mixed reviews; the writing is inconsistent, sometimes artificial, even exhibitionist. On the other hand, some bits were really beautiful and insightful, and it laid to rest a vague discomfort I‘ve had about the author for years — it‘s reassuring that she thinks coming off as flawed is a healthy thing — so it was absolutely not a waste of time. I may even read it again someday. 😁

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City of Bones | Martha Wells
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#colormepretty Day 6, #warmcolors: My first Martha Wells novel and still one of my favorites, probably reinforced by the delicious cover art.

@sweetkokoro

#fantasy

Sweetkokoro I really like this cover, I haven‘t read this one yet but I do love some of her other work. I will be adding this to my TBR! 4mo
Sunraven @Sweetkokoro: Yay! I think that‘s the first time someone has stacked a book from one of my posts. 😁 4mo
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The Great Failure | Natalie Goldberg
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“Zen is about plunging oneself into the hot center of life and death. Nothing hidden, nothing not revealed. When there is a secret, the dharma can‘t grow direct from the root. It has to twist itself looking for sun.”

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

@jchawkins: Tag!

#nature #trees #treeproject

jchawkins Heck yeah John Muir! 4mo
Sunraven @jchawkins: Any John Muir recommendations? He‘s on my mental TBR but I‘ve never actually looked into where to start with him. 😁

(I totally failed to tag you on this earlier ... Sheesh. I was clearly not in copy editor mode today. 🤪)
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Tales of a Wayside Inn | Henry Wadsworth Lonfellow
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Today‘s #colormepretty color is #gray, and since it‘s gray and raining outside, I decided to go with a quote on rain. Also, I‘m realizing I‘ve never read any Longfellow, so there‘s another bajillion books in the TBR...

#nature #weather #poetry

@sweetkokoro

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If You Want to Write | Brenda Ueland
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Does this make the author seem crabby, out of context? I always read her as compassionate and sensible, but the world of unkind, prissy Criticalness she mentions feels like exactly the force I‘m struggling against right now.

#writing #creativity

jchawkins Yeah she's using a lot of emotional words there. By the way, have you read 4mo
Sunraven @jchawkins: I haven‘t, although it‘s somewhere on one of my wish lists ... which one, I don‘t know. 😉 Looks like the library has it, anyway, so it‘s on one of my to-be-requested lists now. Thanks for the reminder! ✨

I always think that one of Brenda Ueland‘s strengths is that she‘s not afraid to be boldly emotional, but without going all the way to peevish or whiny or showy or self-pitying ... or any number of other things. 😆
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jchawkins @Sunraven oh good! The first two chapters of that book totally changed my relationship with my creativity, so hopefully they will help you too. 😊 And idk, maybe it's a validation thing? Like, I feel this way too,it's ok to be pissy about the way the world is sometimes? 4mo
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Sunraven @jchawkins: Yeah, I generally think feelings (including negative ones) deserve respect, since they‘re part of a personal truth. Of course, I try to differentiate between personal and universal truth, too, since that seems realistic to me, and I think Ueland would understand that. 4mo
Sunraven @jchawkins: (Ran out of space in that comment, haha.)

Also re: personal truth, part of mine is my increasingly wonky relationship with creativity — it‘s just gotten worse over time, along with other identity issues of which I‘m super aware. That seems backwards, but I often am. 😆 I‘m trying to push everything back toward healthy, and anything that helps is good, so I‘ll definitely check that book out.
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jchawkins @Sunraven hey, it's a wave form. Better then worse then better again. The awareness is key. You seem super thoughtful, so I don't doubt you'll get where you wanna go with it! 4mo
Sunraven @jchawkins: Sometimes my resources (or lack thereof) are a pretty severe mismatch with my thoughtfulness, or else I probably would not have gotten so far into the Land of Wonk ... 😉 But hey, I like waves, and I still want to learn to surf someday. Maybe this will be good practice. 🏄🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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If You Want to Write | Brenda Ueland
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Obviously I‘ve read this one before. 😉 Even though I have lots of library books waiting and books in progress, my recent struggles with writing are pointing me back to basics. This book has helped me clarify and center my creative identity every time I read it, and hopefully it will help now. 💕 Here I go again!

#writing #creativity