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Life Quotes…

Quote The local radio station I listen to on the way to work has a feature where one of the presenters shares a cheesy ‘life quote’  each day, usually for the others to mock. You know the kind of ones…that if you said them out loud, rather than in your head, you’d probably feel a bit silly. (A bit like this one).

I can understand people liking quotes like these, maybe even finding some strength in the words that they relate to themselves…they’re just not for me really. But, I doubt you’d find a writer who doesn’t like quotes at all: they’re like little pieces of word art that you can hang inside your head 🙂 And with pinterest and the amount of ‘word art’ you see in shops these days, it’s easy to see that words as art is more popular than ever.

I have to admit, I am quite partial to quotes about creativity, inspiration and the weirdness of life… Several of my favourites – like this from Einstein – are on the walls around my little desk (my writing cave/corner), mixed in with ones that are aimed at getting me writing and not procrastinating.

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You know the type: “What are you waiting for?” “Do more of what makes you happy” Sometimes you have to be tough with yourself to get anything done!

To stop me collecting quotes on my wall, like the books on my shelves, I’ve taken to popping them on to a Pinterest board whenever I come across them (if you’re interested, you can see the type of thing that makes it here); or the little quote feature in Goodreads is pretty nifty for collecting any of the writerly ones you come across there.

 

 

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Pin of the Week – 16: Time for some inspiration

I just had a flick back through the recent ‘pins of the week’ and it’s been a while since I shared one of my favourites on creativity/inspiration. As I’ve been doing well getting on with writing recently, it seems a good time for a visual kick of inspiration, courtesy of Pinterest… (As you know, you can never have enough Einstein quotes 😉 He was pretty smart, you know).

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World Book Day…Inspiration for YOU

So, it’s here again – Happy World Book Day to you 🙂

I can’t tell whether this is growing in popularity each year, or just that I am coming across more people who are getting involved with it: teaching friends sorting out their costumes to wear for school (hello Katniss and Frodo – you look great today!) What a great day for writers, readers and anyone really – seeing the enjoyment, inspiration and interest people get from books on a day like today can help you see, that in a world of social media, reality TV, internet and HD gaming – books still hold their own.

If you ask me about my favourite books from childhood, I can reel them off. Ask me my favourite computer game? I’d struggle to decide – and that’s not because I didn’t waste huge amounts of time playing games or watching TV… It’s just that none of those things moved me or had the influence over me that books did. Even with children today, with all the choices they have, books still come right at the top of the list, even though they might not realise it. Start quoting funny riddling rhymes from Doctor Seuss and alot of them will join right in – would the same happen if you quoted a character from a kids game like Skylanders? Probably not.

Anyway, I’m not dressing up today (unfortunately) – but instead, I’ve collected together some of the coolest things I’ve seen today to celebrate World Book Day. Check them out and hopefully they’ll bring you some inspiration or entertainment 🙂

Beautiful Book CoverYou know how I love Pinterest – take a look at this fantastic  pinboard of beautiful book covers by Jennifer Cownie. She covers a huge range of styles and techniques – inspiration for your next book cover? Hopefully!

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World Book Day has a huge official site, filled with ideas to help you celebrate today, as well as details of events taking place and inspiration for writers – mainly young – but you never know, you may just learn something simple that sticks with you! (I learned something new about grammar from Alphablocks a few months ago and it was just the way they did it that made more sense than my A-levels in English – who knew?)

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Want to see kids enjoying books? Then check out some of these fabulous costumes, courtesy of The Guardian newspaper. My personal favourites? Stickman – I LOVE Julia Donaldson books, and this costume is brilliant; and Hairy Maclary the dog (pictured).

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2015/mar/06/world-book-day-costumes-cats-rats-hats-your-pictures

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Pin of the Week – 7: Second Breakfast Club

Second Breakfast Club Combining two of the best things in my geek life: 80s movies and Tolkien. There are lots of good nerd-ery mash-ups on Pinterest, so I don’t expect this to be the only one I post as a pin of the week. If this were a t-shirt and not a guys vest, I would absolutely want this 🙂

I do think I have some hobbit genetics in my lineage (and no, not that I am short and have hairy feet!) When it comes to food, I can definitely do the breakfast like a king thing, when I’m not working: first breakfast, second breakfast, brunch and then elevenses… Sets me up for the day and then I don’t really need much else.

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Pin of the Week – 6: ‘Attention Issues’

My pin for the week today comes from my ‘Smiles and Laughs’ board – and quite simply, I stick stuff on here that makes me smile or laugh, when it doesn’t fit onto one of my other (ever expanding) collection of boards. Any why did I find this funny? Because, it’s pretty much true for me 🙂 (Just ask my sister!) Attention issues meme

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Pin of the Week – 1

In 2014, I picked up a bit of a pinterest habit – for anyone who loves words and quotes, there are just too many to like! So, I thought I’d share here with you my favourites each week – because you’re a sophisticated bunch and will hopefully like them too 🙂

So, to get us started, here’s a nice quote on books, from Stephen King – because he knows a thing or two about them…

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Word Art!

Anyone else love words as little bits of art?

I recently noticed from my ongoing affair with Pinterest just how many times I pin pictures that are more words than images… True, the quotations and wordy-art I like often have pictures accompanying them, but a lot of them are actually quite plain. One of my most recent additions to my ‘writing corner’ in the real world, is an image printed over a page out of an old dictionary… In some ways, I think I get ‘words’ more than I get traditional art – maybe they ‘speak’ to me more than other mediums, because writing is the main art form I use? Although, I do have to say my stick men are really something to marvel at 😉

Hope's Daughter / The Rainbow Maker's Tale 'Tag Cloud'

Hope’s Daughter / The Rainbow Maker’s Tale ‘Tag Cloud’

And you know what? I one of my favourite word art things are ‘tag clouds’ – especially when you generate them from something you’ve written yourself. The one above is coloured is in the colours and shape of a globe, made up from the blurbs of The Rainbow Maker’s Tale and Hope’s Daughter. I love the way tag clouds pull together the whole range of ideas in your book and bring them down to a collection of the most common words.

When I look at this picture there are things that leap out at me immediately as key themes from the two books, that are actually thrown together by accident when the cloud is generated: ‘Dangerous Friend’; ‘Lies Station’; ‘Secrets System’; ‘Parents Oddities’; ‘Society Terrifying’; ‘Hope, Believe, Love’; ‘Follow, Simple, Life’….

Once I’ve written the blurb for a book (which I seem to do reasonably early on when I’m writing – as if I’m trying to sell the story to myself!) I like getting a tag cloud put together and put them around my desk or in my notebooks for that piece – they’re great little tools for getting ideas clicking together and keeping you focused on the main ideas you want to write about.

So…how about you – do you find yourself drawn to ‘word art’ because of your love of books…? Or, if you’re an author, what do you think your ‘tag cloud’ would say about your book?

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