When a book is good, the rest of the world dims to background noise.
When a book is great, the rest of the world disappears.
When a book is inspiring, the rest of the world reappears, but in full colour.
Happy 2014, wizards! Thank you all for a great year. In celebration of the new year and reaching 1,273 followers, I am making a very long list of my favourite blogs. Please not that the list is by no means conclusive - I follow about 900 blogs! Those in bold are the coolest people ever and you should follow them all immediately!
So last week I reached 250 followers, which is a milestone in my eyes and I really really really appreciate all the great people who follow me! I enjoy talking and interacting with you :D I wanted to make my first follow forever now, so here’s a list of every blog I follow (yes, every blog).
Most are writerly and bookish blogs, and some are straight up fandom. People I particularly enjoy are bolded.
I literally have no words. I’m speechless! When I started this blog, I didn’t think I would ever reach the day where I had 1,000 followers! I still can’t believe it! Ahhh! I just want to say thank you to each and everyone of you who do follow me! This is so unbelievable.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
Now, to thank you, I’m going to (attempt) a follow forever!
But, not just any follow forever. THE. ULTIMATE. FOLLOW FOREVER.
I’m going to put as many of my followers in here as possible, and also most of the people that I follow, along with my closest friends and blogs that I have looked up to and admired from the beginning until now! (If I consider you a close friend or if we used to be friends or if I have admired you from afar, your blog’s name will be bolded. :) Also, if you are under my friends list, same thing applies!)
So, here they are:
Firstly, shoutout to my “biggest fans” at the moment:
I’ve had a lot of blogs be my biggest fans at some point, but I can’t remember them all, so I’m sorry if you aren’t mentioned, but thank you so much for blowing up my activity feed! Feel free to reblog this and include yourself! I won’t mind!
Now, other people who have recently been in my latest notes:
Some blogs that have been here from the beginning:
books-and-cookies (Thanks for everything! I have always admired you and your blog tremendously from the very beginning of my blog, so I just want to say thank you so much! You are an awesome human being!)
introvertedbookworm24 (Thank you, too! I have always seriously admired and looked up to you and your blog from the beginning! Thanks for everything and continue to be the awesome person that you are!)
I could go on and on and on and, well, you get the idea! If I forgot you, I’m sorry! Feel free to message me and ask me (nicely, or, you know, I probably won’t add you) to add you to the list. This took me, literally, all day yesterday to do, and, you’ve probably noticed some notifications saying I mentioned you in posts, and I’m sorry about that, those wouldn’t post, so I have spent another day (today) going back and retyping everything, and I do mean everything, so I can now post this Ultimate Follow Forever! (Let’s hope and pray it works this time!) Okay! I am officially done, so, one last time, I am going to say THANK YOU EVERYONE! :) :D :) :D :) :D :) Have a great, wonderful, awesome, amazing day! (Or night!) :) :D :) :D :) :D :)
Over the past few years I have discovered many book blogs that I’ve come to love and enjoy. I’ve also developed friendships that I will cherish forever. To show my appreciation I want to take a moment to share with you my favorite book blogs on tumblr!
First and foremost I would like to give a special thanks to the following blogs for being so supportive, caring and just all around amazing. Thank you for being my friends. Love you!!
Yesterday I reached a HUGE follower milestone- 1000 FOLLOWERS!!!! I NEVER dreamed this would happen when I made the impulsive decision 4 months ago to create this blog. I’ve made so many friends who also share a love for books, I’ve met so many great people and have had great conversations with them, and I have wonderful followers. To thank everyone who has been apart of this awesome experience, I’m gonna list some blogs below that I love to see pop up on my dashboard, and the blogs of anyone who has talked with me and who I now consider a friend!! Thank you sOoOoOoOOOO much to every one of my amazing followers!!!! - Addi 😊❤️
My first ever Follow Forever is finally here!! I was supposed to do this ages ago but I’m a huge procrastinator sorry!!! Since I follow a lot of blogs, I had to divide them between multiple posts in alphabetical order. Remember, I love each and every one of you and if I forgot somebody I apologise in advance! Thank you for making my experience on tumblr an unforgettable one :) x
Yesterday at Mabel’s Fables in Toronto, bookaddict24-7, foldedbetweenthepages and I discovered an author autograph wall! I love this store and definitely hope to get back there some time this summer.
- Anne Brashares - Cassandra Clare
- Rick Riordan - Maggie Stiefvater (not certain can anyone confirm? maggie-stiefvater perhaps?)
- Laurent de Brunhoff (Babar! 🐘), Margaret Atwood, Gayle Forman
- Laini Taylor
- And the last one I just loved the quote, does anyone recognize the signature?
In celebration of my almost 8000 followers (wait, what?!), I have decided to make a follow forever, since it’s been a while since my last :) I have listed here every blog I follow. I follow each and every one of you for a reason and I want you to know how much I appreciate you all. So, I’m sending everyone loads of hugs and cookies and love! <3
P.S. I hope Tumblr didn’t mess up when it was showing me the blogs I follow and I didn’t forget anyone. If I did, please pleaaaase message me about it, okay?
P.P.S. Bolded people are very very special to me :)
So I hit 5000 followers, which is absolutely mad..
I can’t actually believe it! My blog isn’t even a year old yet! Thank you all so much, every single one of you, who likes my silly little blog enough to want to follow me. I’m so glad I decided to make this blog and join in on the wonderful booklr community. I have met some wonderful people in the past few months (and in the past few weeks!) and I wanted to share some of them with you!
Here are some of the truly awesome people that I follow:
First of all my darling family:
antstepsbooks wifey, I only started talking to you not long ago but it’s been amazing, it truly has. The short amount of time that I have been friends with you has been awesome, and it’s been great to see what a truly amazing, talented person you are. You are super kind… ily ♥
thehappybookishdinosaur baby gurllll, my super awesome coeliac buddy. You are so great to talk to, you are amazing and kind and talented and awesome, me and Nelson are proud mamas… ily2 ♥
theboywhoreadsbooks my lil potato, the fourth member of our mermaid family. You are super super awesome too, in every way! So glad that I’m getting to know you, you da best!!!!… ily3 ♥
I think all of you are truly amazing, so thank you so much, thank you for making my time spent on tumblr awesome!
Some of you are my dear friends, some of you I talk to every once in a while, and some of you I have never spoken to before. Either way,I would love to get to know all of you, so please drop me a line one day!
just to note: I follow 845 blogs so it is impossible to list all of you here, I’m sorry, I did try! If you are not here it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate you or love your blog, I do!!! promise!
I know I haven’t made any follow forever since I made this blog not because I don’t want to but because I find it hard to choose which blogs to include without having to put every single blog I follow. But because it’s my blog’s second birthday and the end of the year, I think it’s time to make one.
Differences aside, we all have one thing in common. A deep, profound love for books! And that’s such a bright thought whenever I think about it.
I hadn’t even known that the booklr community existed until I saw a post and followed the source five months ago. Ever since being part of the community, it has been a calm, spectacular ride of imagination and belonging. I see these beautiful posts on my dash and wonderful booklrs and I feel such an overwhelming gratitude to all of you that I cannot even express it in words. And one of the most wonderfully beautiful things about the community is how pleasant everyone is and you know no matter what, they’ll always answer your messages or talk to you and that’s sort of reliving to me.
I have no idea why I’m making this post but I thought it was vital to show my gratitude to the wonderful booklrs I’ve become friends with (in bold) and those of whom I follow.
Hey everyone! So today I passed 700 followers, and I keep seeing these follow forever posts going around, so I thought I would give it a shot. This is a list of all of my mutuals, and if your name is bolded it means that I love your blog would love to think that we’re friends, or would really like to be! So shoot me a message sometime, I’m just sometimes too shy to go about it on my own! <3 If you’re not already following these lovely people, you should!!!
So there it is, as promised: my second follow forever! I can’t believe yet I have 3000 followers. I can still remember my first day in Tumblr, with no idea how anything worked (because I’m pretty bad with computers, seriously, the worst). I didn’t imagine, not in a thousand years, that I was going to have more than 50 followers, let alone 3000. But you’ve all been so welcoming and open and so nice … I cannot thank you enough. You’ve made my decision to open this blog one of the best of my life because I’ve managed to meet lots of lovely awesome people I wouldn’t have otherwise. So, again, thank you for everything. YOU’RE ALL SO AMAZING! <3
Now, I’m going to start with some of my favorite people here on Tumblr, some of my Tumblr best friends. These lovely people I talk usually and are just downright perfect! So, let’s start:
inkandcamcorder: You’re probably the first friend I had here. I think we started talking thanks to one of my posts that was about some of the best books people have read and I liked you inmediately. You were so open and sweet and so nice! One of the best persons I’ve ever met (and probably one of the most critic too haha).
missmorgenstern: What can I say? If you want to spend one of the best times of your life and die of laughter before your 20 birthday, talk to this girl! You’re one of the most hilarious girls I’ve ever met, downright awesome. And one of the biggest Sebby lovers too! I’m so happy I’ve met you!
ignited-by-books: Hey there love! You talked a bit about our beginning in your last follow forever, but I don’t remember clearly how it all started. Was it a post with your photo? Or a top 5 something? I don’t really remember, but well, what really matters is that in the end we met and you’re probably one of the most amazing people I know here. I love you Mimi! And we need to visit each other, even if by then we have like 100 years and a thousand cats haha.
everyeyeneverlie: Hi sweetie! I had to talk about you, obviously. We talk almost everyday, one way or another, but you need to be here. You’re like a close sister that lives far away. I love talking to you and laughing hard about our horoscopes. Seriously why does Leo always have to be the proud bastard and Scorpio, Satan? Haha. I’m glad I met someone so nice and perfect and I hope we keep in touch for a long long time.
mortalacademy and fiery-sophie: Hey there! I know we hardly talk or that we’ve just started talking, but I think you’re both amazing and I love talking to both of you. Keep being so awesome!
lovecakeandmore: Hey there Anni! I know we’ve just begun to talk, but we share so many things … it’s like we’ve known each other for a long time. I hope we keep talking so we can know each other a bit more!
veronicavillanuevabejarano: Hola! La verdad, no sé cómo me aguantas, siempre tardando años en responder a cada uno de tus mensajes, pero me alegro mucho de haberte conocido. Eres una mujer increíble y una escritora fantástica. Espero algún día leer alguno de tus cuentos!
thebook-whisperer: Hi Tara! We talk from time to time because our freaking school lives don’t let us do anything else, but I want you to know how much I value our friendship and that I love our talks! Hope we can keep them!
fandomsandship: Hi there Dydi! Is everything going alright? I’m glad I met you here and I hope we continue talking and knowing each other. You’re so fantastic!
stardust-of-the-morgensterns: Hello there! Of course I needed talk about you! We just started talking, but I’ve been aware of your presence from the very beginning, when I must have had 100 followers and you started following me. I’m so glad to met you! You’re adorable and I love talking to you about books or how much school sucks. You’re amazing <3
And now some of my favourite blogs and mutuals. If you’re in bold, that’s because we’ve talked sometime, but not that much, or we haven’t talked, but I’d love to. I’d like to meet all of you much more because I think you’re all incredible people with whom I’d have amazing time talking!
And that’s all for now folks! I’ve needed to cut it a little bit because if I hadn’t this list would be too big. I just want to say you’re amazing human beings with fantastic blogs and that I love seeing you on my dash everyday. Keep being so awesome and enjoy your holidays!
Take an old writing idea that you thought wouldn’t work out and look at it from a different angle:
1. Does the protagonist/characters need a personality overhaul?
Write down the qualities you wish the protagonist, or side characters, had in your story that you previously didn’t consider. Were you true to those qualities? Or do you think they need different qualities for your story? Sometimes, a character’s actions make a story stop in its tracks because of the decisions the character is making. Try writing monologues for these characters during their moments of crisis, or life changing events. You’ll find that when put on the spot, the characters will surprise you. Treat them as people, because even if you created them, they will all take on a life of their own.
2. Did you stop writing because of a block?
Look at where you stopped. Nothing? Look a chapter back. Nothing? Keep looking back until that moment where the story took a turn you didn’t plan (or did plan) that ended with you meeting a dead end. Sometimes you have to completely cut out a section before moving forward. Don’t be afraid. If you don’t want to toss the section you’ve cut off, then save it in another word doc.
Now, look at the part where you cut off the section. Do you see your story going somewhere else from that point? Yes? Awesome! If not, try looking at your idea from a different perspective. Maybe you’re focusing on what you think you want to write, but might benefit from taking a risk–like trying a different genre.
3. Did the plot feel almost impossible to develop?
Pretend that your story is being turned into a movie. What would the trailer look like? What would be told in the trailer? Do you see twists that can be explored? Do you see a storyline begging to be told? Let your imagination flow organically and not by the standards the literary world has ordered for you.
Those are my two cents.
Don’t get me wrong, these are not rules. This is an idea for anyone who has a story they want to write, but feel sad that they’re leaving the idea behind for something else.
I’ve not long reached another follower milestone and thought it’s about time I did one of these :) I’m sorry if I have missed anyone but you shouldn’t worry because I hardly ever unfollow! Mutuals are in bold.