Blogtober | #FirstLineFriday: October 11th, 2019

It's that part of the week where I get to share what I am planning on reading by playing a little game. This idea was created by the wonderful Wandering Words. Here's the general gist: 

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
  • Finally… reveal the book!

The Lie Tree 
Frances Hardinge
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UK Publisher | Macmillan's Children's Book
UK Release Date | May 7th, 2015
Format | Paperback
Page Count | 410
RRP | £7.99

I featured this book on my October TBR, as I felt that this would be the perfect book to read in the lead up to Halloween. I really enjoyed Hardinge's A Skinful of Shadow this time last year, and even though I've had this book for over four years, I am still really excited to read this one.

Blogtober | Guest Post: A Home of Pages

Hello! Today I am merely introducing a blog post, rather than write one. I reached out on Twitter last month to see if anyone was interested in writing a guest post. A Home in Pages reached out to me and agreed to write a little bit about their favourite Myth. 

Here is what they had to say: 

Hello dear readers!
First of all, thank you, Lauren, for having me. I am honored to be a part of this blog for a post.
Halloween is upon us, and what is more Halloween then…a really good myth?

Let me tell you about my favorite one, a myth I pretty much grew up with: The Lost City of Atlantis.

If one is to believe this myth, Atlantis was one of the most powerful kingdoms in the world when it existed. The name comes from Plato, who writes in one of his works about the mighty kingdom.
Many scientists think that Plato came up with this sunken kingdom only to strengthen and prove some of his theories. Others do not agree. 
Some even thinks the city has survivors who helped with the pyramids in Egypt and the statues on Easter Island.
They refer to the eruption of a volcano that wiped out a whole island. A volcano named
Thera. If one is to look at the text written by Plato, he places Atlantis' destruction at the same time that the volcano erupted. 
So, what is one to believe about this massive kingdom? Is it really just a myth or is it something so much more?

Stay safe and read happily // A Home In Pages

Thank you so much, A Home of Pages!
If you're interested about learning more, I found this article that talks more about Altantis. I personally, didn't know about Atlantis apart from that it was named after a demigod and had been lost to the sea. 
You can find A Home in Pages at: , or alternatively you could give them a cheeky follow on Twitter - @AHomeinPagees
I also wrote a guest post about my favourite fairy-tale. If you're interested, you can check that out here.

Blogtober | Are You Ready for Sweater Weather?: Pumpkin Carving


If you don't know what this is, or what I'm doing, I'd recommend hopping over to my first blog post, here, where I tell you more about the creator of the tag. As well as what the hell I am doing with it.
Today I will be responding to the second question.

2. Pumpkin Carving - what is your favourite creative outlet?

Growing up, I used to have 1001 different creative outlets. I know how to knit, cross-stitch, crochet, make charms with Polymer Clay, write, draw, sew, anything that I could put my mind and hands to, I did... Then my A-levels came along. I had to stop to focus all my time and energy on creating content for this website and getting passing grades, during a time I was facing homelessness.
This carried on way into my degree. In fact, it wasn't until January that I made the sudden realization that I missed these other creative outlets. By that point, I was two and a half years into my degree and three since I had carved something physically into the world (electrical only submissions suck, even if I am saving the trees). The feeling of crafting something with my fingers, watching whatever repeats were on Dave (a UK TV channel) and feeling the satisfaction that having a product in my hands was because I had done it. So I made a junk journal.
I have been slowly documenting my University experience through
scraps and artistic expression since January.
I can hear the cries echoing already. Why? Because I took a rather beautiful copy of a Charles Dickens book I had found in my local Charity shops, cut it up and rebound it with scrapbook pages. It was worth it. I'd do it again.
My only goal was to create something I could look back at after University and remember that despite some really crappy starts - I met some of the most incredible people and did the most incredible things.
My number one creative outlet is writing. So this made sense. I mean I did a whole degree, and now run an entire blog writing about other people's writing. However, one type of writing is not all types of writing. Blogging has been a great outlet for me since graduating, but it's not the same as coming up with another world, creating whole people and then inserting them into scenarios of conflict and resolution.
Currently the cover page of my strange little zine.
I've mentioned this in brief passing online, but let me give you a little confession: I haven't written anything in the 'creative' realm of fiction since I handed in my final portfolio since May. I've been terrified too. I reached a creative burnout, struggled with settling back home, and then never knew quite where to start.
I remember being introduced to Zines when I was doing my Graphic Design and Photography A-Levels. Someone that I was friends with used to make beautiful ones, and still does (ginabakershop - you should check it out if zines interest you) and I dabbled. Yet, it wasn't until I saw the author, Sarah Maria Griffin, tweeting about making her own and reading about why she loves them, did I think that was something I could do.
It's been a slow process of relearning, and cringing at every sentence a past me wrote, but I'm loving this moment of feeling like this is a little piece of me. For me.
Thanks for reading!
Do you do anything outside of reading, or running a blog? I honestly would love to hear about it! Seeing other people get creative, really gets my ideas going - I'm that one at a party asking hypotheticals.

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