books are my reality

Books have saved me so many times. As a child they gave me role models of strength and ingenuity. Books expand my mind and I can concentrate on reading in a way I can with few other activities. They help me sleep. My favorite books calm me like a certain smell from childhood. From books I learned to see patterns, to hear the music of syntax, to evoke memory and emotion. In books I of course escape, but books also make reality more real; they help me understand my life, to distill experience into sentences. Books trap memories, not only the margin notes I wrote at age ten or the flowers I pressed between pages at sixteen, but the places I was when I read them, the smell of saltwater or the chill of winter. Many times, books have kept me up until a strange, quiet hour of the night when magic seems inevitable. I wouldn’t be me without books, wouldn’t be as brave, as intelligent, or as kind. I owe myself to reading, not just my happiness but my humanity. 

  • Me, an intellectual: I should really stop obsessing over fictional people that don't actually exist outside the scope of my tv and book pages and I should focus on reality and getting my life together.
  • Also me: No you shouldn't
  • Me: Tru, you right
don’t be afraid to distance yourself from everyone + everything and recoup. sort out your thoughts. listen to your heart. breathe. read a book. write about how much your life has sucked - then write about how much you can’t wait to see the positive changes. relearn yourself. accept all the hurt you’ve been through. forgive anyone and everyone who’s hurt you. even if that means doing it within, and never physically or verbally reaching out. let go. & rejuvenate. take a step away from the chaos, and find peace. within.
—  Reyna Biddy
  • Friend: Why do you read?
  • Me: I read to escape reality, but please do not misunderstand. When I escape from reality into my books, the world is different and I love it. I ask myself 'What if I lived in another time?' And these books let me live the lives through another persons eyes, giving me a chance of adventure.
  • People who fall in love with the characters don't want the characters to be real, but to be fictional like them. Fans do not want characters like Harry Potter to live in this ordinary world, they want to live in THEIR world and so do I.
  • I may be a bookworm, but that is because the lives in these books are more interesting than the reality that I live in.
  • And that is why us readers love to read, because we escape boring reality to become the unimaginable.
You know what’s scary? Reality. Anything can happen. Anything can go wrong. And you are helpless. Can’t do anything. You’re just………there.
—  Excerpt from a book I am writing by thewritingsideofazka

The Monsterkind Book Two Kickstarter ends in 3 DAYS!!!

Hey, guys!! We only have three days left before the end of the Book Two campaign! This has been such a wild ride. Thank you to everyone who has checked out my project, enjoyed my work, and/or helped make this book a reality. You’re the BEST!


I’ve announced two new stretch goals as well as revealed two more guest illustrations by Sam King and Victoria Grace Elliott, and you can check them out right over here!


You might be wondering: “Taylor…. that Roy pin… what’s up with THAT??”

Well, my good friend, if we make it to $40,000, every tier that has a printset will get this enamel pin with their rewards!

We have 3 more days to push towards more stretch goals, so let’s DO THIS THING!!

Parallels between 1x1 and 12x23 and continued reference to The Book of Enoch in Supernatural

As @tinkdw has posted about recently, the parallels to the first episode are strong in 12x22. 

In the first episode there is a nursery where Sam (a baby) has the blood of Azazel (a demon but actually a fallen angel) combined with his. Then his mother dies. Then the love of Sam’s life (Jess) is killed which spurs Sam on to hunt with Dean to find their father.

In 12.23 it ends with a nursery where Jack (a baby turned teen) is a combination of human and fallen angel. Then his mother dies. Just before that the love of Dean’s life (Cass) is killed and Sam and Dean’s mother whist technically hunting is lost to an alternate reality. 



So, what does this mean for Jack? I think Jack is being paralleled with Sam because of this. Sam was destined to be a special child (which is inspired by Judaic lore about fallen angels making nephilim, specifically Azazel creating nephilim which starts the war between Heaven’s angels and the fallen angels). 

Let’s do some background on Azalea’s children. Here is the entry from Supernatural wikia, cred to that site; ‘Special Children refers to children to whom Azazel fed his blood when they were babies, having snuck into their homes after making a deal with their parents. The result was that the blood caused the children to develop supernatural abilities in them so they could serve as generals in Lucifer’s army against humanity and God. These abilities could be strengthened by the consumption of demon blood. Around Season 2, Azazel wanted to test these children to find who would be the strongest, so he put them in an abandoned town called Cold Oak and told them only one could survive. This eventually triggered a fight among the Children. Azazel led everyone to believe that he wanted a leader for his demon army. However, as it was later revealed, the endgame was bigger than just leading a demon army. Azazel chose the children because they were all potential vessels for Lucifer. The strongest one would be chosen to contain Lucifer throughout the Apocalypse. Sam Winchester was the sole survivor and so, despite his greatest efforts, was taken over by Lucifer both as a result of being a Special Child and also because of his predetermined destiny as Lucifer’s true vessel.’ 

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“jane austen. i mean, come on. jane austen.”

OK I know I said I wanted to keep reading more than I wanted to flip out on tumblr rn, but fuck it.

Worm is a good story, it’s a great story - but even more than that, it’s effective.

[Cut for moderate spoilers regarding Taylor’s characterization, and the overall worldbuilding. Also, vague discussion of general people-being-horrible sorts of things, but… yeah, this is Worm I’m rambling about here.]

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So based on what I’ve played so far, this is what I can tell (or probably theorize) about the world of our beloved choices stories.

1. The Freshman, Rules of Engagement, Royal Romance, LoveHacks, Haunting of Braidwood Manor, and Endless Summer are all set in the same reality. Like in these books, the characters can cross over because they’re all from the same world.

2. The timeline of these books can be traced in a logical and chronological order.
-The Freshman book 1 is the earliest of all the stories. Followed by The Freshman book 2.
-TF book 2 is set in the winter time so the events of this book probably happen at the same time as Haunting of Braidwood Manor.
-Since Brandon and Zack are officially together and Brandon has not yet left the States, it can be presumed that LoveHacks takes place around the same time as TF book 2 (or reasonably before TF book 2, but after TF book 1). Remember that in one chapter of LoveHacks, Ben and the MC see Brandon and Zack together at a baseball game.
-The Freshman book 3 happens after LoveHacks and Haunting of Braidwood Manor.
-Rules of Engagement book 1 happens after TF book 3. If you’ll remember, Madison mentions in the finale of TF book 3 that she, Logan, and Tripp are going on a cruise. And indeed you do see them throughout RoE book 1. This also makes sense because in RoE, Claire’s uncle Antoine appears in the boat which means he is no longer in San Francisco (where LoveHacks takes place). In other words he did not remove himself from the boat in order to have a blind date with the MC of LoveHacks, thus he should be on the boat AFTER the events of LoveHacks.
-The Freshman book 4 happens at the same time as Rules of Engagement book 1 because the events of TF book 4 happen very shortly after the events of TF book 3. In other words, while the MC, Zack, Zig, Chris, Kaitlyn, and James are road tripping, Madison, Logan, Tripp, (and apparently Edgar) are on the cruise of RoE.
-Rules of Engagement book 2 happens after RoE book 1 and probably might coincide with TF book 4 (given that Madison still appears in in RoE book 2).
-The events of Endless Summer coincide with the events of RoE book 2. In fact, the chapter where Blaire Hall calls Grace to tell her to call before her flight to La Huerta is where the events of Endless Summer actually begin.
-The Royal Romance is set years after the events of RoE book 2 (but not too many years far off; I speculate around 1-2 years). This makes sense too because the younger brother of the prince in RoE (I shall call him Leo just for clarity’s sake) is now crowned prince of Cordonia (I shall call him Liam). In RoE book 2, Leo is still the crowned prince of Cordonia. However, in Royal Romance, Liam mentions that Leo has already abdicated which left him as the heir to the kingdom.

3. Most Wanted is a series/franchise of this world. This is confirmed as it’s an arcade game in LoveHacks, TF, and Endless Summer. But how does this explain the crossover of some characters of Most Wanted into other books? Number 4 is purely speculation on my part.

4.Most Wanted is supposed to be based on real life, this is according to Zahra. My theory is that the characters of Dave, Sam, Cass, are real. They exist in the same reality as the other books. And Most Wanted is a series that is based on them. So let me repeat this in another way just to clarify. The people who are in Most Wanted all truly exist in the same universe as all other books. The murders did indeed happen in that world and Sam and Dave really did solve the case. And in that reality in which they exist, “Most Wanted” is a series/franchise/video game which is based on the true story of Sam and Dave. If you think about it this way, it would make sense as it would allow for the realistic crossovers of Cassandra Leigh, Ryan Summers, Alyssa Griffin, and Nikhil into TF, LoveHacks, and RoE.

5.Most Wanted events took place before the events of The Freshman book 2. I can’t confirm if it happened before the events of TF book 1. I’ve deduced this because in TF book 2, Alyssa Griffin has risen to fame (presumably after the death of Haley Rose/Tull) fulfilling her wish at the end of Most Wanted.

6.The Crown and the Flame books 1, 2, and 3 happen hundreds of years before the events of any of the books. This would make it chronologically the earliest (not TF book 1 like I mentioned earlier).

7.Since Olivia, from the Royal Romance is a descendant of Luther Nevrakis, it must be presumed that the characters of TCTF are from the same reality as the other books. My speculation about this is that all supernatural events of TCTF are most likely not real. The people, however, must be real.

I’m reading The Lost Hero again and… Wow. There are so many things I had forgotten!

Well, this is how I see Piper in my mind now. Smol kiddo 100% ready for a fight.

She’s not the kind of girl I would befriend in school though. In Brazilian portuguese we have a word that kinda fits her: “Barraqueira”.

 At the beggining of the book she wants to fight every single girl who looks at her and especially every girl who looks at Jason, and this is really annoying. She basically wants to punch everybody to “show the world she’s strong". Of course I understand that, suffering from bullying all her life, it’s natural that she’s always in a defensive mood, but c’mon girl, just calm down. Pls.

 And to make it better, she kinda demonizes everything girly. I don’t blame her, the damn Riordan wrote her this way, but WOW it pisses me off. It starts with her judging Drew by her looks. “Too pretty, makeup, fashion style. Hum, must be evil.” And this judgement is then applied to almost every female character who does not follow the line “100% good”.

 And oh well, Aphrodite and her children. Do you guys remember the Hipnos Cabin? These guys sleep all the time, and do not seem to be good at battles. But still, whose fame is it to be useless in fights? Aphrodite’s children.

 “Ah but Hipnos’ children can make the enemy sleepy, blah blah blah”

 Aphrodite was born from Uranos. She’s probably as powerful as Zeus, or even more, because as we all know, even the gods can’t escape from love.

Love is a powerful thing. Love can be BRUTAL. So that story of Aphrodite’s children being always portrayed as supermodels who only care about their looks and boyfriends and can’t fight a bug is just RIDICULOUS

Sorry about it, is just something that really bothers me.