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Literary Paraphernalia: Adult Coloring Books

As soon as adult coloring books became a thing (I really don’t know what defines “a thing” – I just know that everyone I know is talking about them), I wanted to do a post taking a look at the trend.

What I was really curious about was what made a coloring book “adult” versus one for kids or one for all ages. The general answer seems to be that adult color books are a heck of a lot harder to color because the lines are a lot closer together and the coloring area is fairly small.

But, a more fun answer is that the subject matter changes. Children’s color books tend to be about, say, monsters. Adult coloring books are about dinosaurs getting high (featured later in this blog post, so I won’t link it here). Now, if you’re interested in adult coloring books, you can always head down to your local chain-market and make a purchase of something generic filled with flowers or birds or what have you, or you can check out these adult coloring books from Etsy.Com, support an artist, and have a truly unique coloring book.

Without further ado, here’s a crap-ton of amazing adult coloring books I found on Etsy.Com. For funsies, I’m going to list these as most all-ages friendly to least all-ages friendly. So if you want the raunchy stuff, skip to the end.


Want to Learn a New Literary Technique? Turn to Disney.

While Disney is controversial in the feminist realm for weak female characters, selling the image of a passive woman being the only desirable type of woman and a host of other things I won’t list here (but will rather link the reader to instead), at the root of every Disney story is writing from a team of talented individuals that know what they are doing.

For a well written theme, look no further than the Disney classics. Theme is defined as the main topic of a text, or in this case, movie. In Disney’s Hercules, for example, the main theme is true strength comes from sacrifice. Looking back even further to earlier movies like Sleeping Beauty, strong, well-represented and almost cliche themes like true loves conquers all are clearly portrayed throughout the film.

And I shall awaken her with true love’s kiss, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll just be some kind of weird pervert that kisses sleeping 16 year old girls.


Throwback Thursday: How to Write Bad Metaphors

Let’s face it, metaphors (or as Wikipedia defines it: a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another otherwise unrelated object) are all over the place and while great metaphors can be awe inspiring pieces of literary genius, bad metaphors are more prevalent and, honestly, a little more entertaining when you are bored and looking for something to fill your time.

They aren’t just fun to read, however, but they are fun to write.

How dare you Zoidberg, how dare you.

Some of my favorite T.V. shows are full of bad metaphors, like Futurama (if you can’t tell from the picture above), and these bad metaphors are what make the shows funny.

Here’s how to write a bad metaphor.

Literary Paraphernalia: 10 Ways to Upcycle Old, Beat Up Books

It’s time yet again for some cool DIY projects for the summer. If you have older, beat up books that you’d like to give new life to (or perhaps some old text books you weren’t able to sell back), we have some fun projects for you.

Paper and Wire Bead Tutorial
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These beads can be used to make bookmarks, necklaces, earrings, or key-chains. The possibilities are really endless and the project looks pretty easy.

Re-purposed Expanding File Folder
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I love this. I want this. I think this is one of my top to do projects for the summer. I use expanding file folders for school and research projects, so making my own super cute one is something I find highly appealing.

DIY Book Jars
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These jars would make a nice edition to any room, office, or act as a fun centerpiece for an event.

Book Wallets
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Um, these are awesome. I would not only want to make a variety of these for myself, but these would make great gifts for friends as well.


Literary Paraphernalia: 10 Poetry-Inspired Pieces of Etsy Gear

Happy National Poetry Month! To get you in the mood to celebrate this wonderful time of the year, we thought we’d share some Etsy gear inspired by some of our favorite poets.

Emily Dickinson tank top – $20.
(Credit: Etsy.com)

Don’t be a nobody—or do. I think she preferred it if you are a nobody, actually. But be a nobody in an awesome Emily Dickinson tank top.

T.S. Eliot inspired necklace – $45.
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Let us go then, you and I, and buy this kind of super awesome necklace inspired by The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock.

Sylvia Plath flats – $85.
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Be all a-flicker with these Poppies in July inspired shoes. Just be sure to do no harm while wearing them.


Movie Haikus

Buzzfeed ran a cute listicle (list+article, emphasis on the list part) turning Disney movies into haikus. We all found it pretty amusing:

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I liked these so much I figured I’d making a writing exercise based off of this article—I was going to turn other movies I liked into funny haikus.

You see, this week I’m going to revise and edit some of my own poetry and submit it for publication. I know that writing these haikus will help warm up my creative bone, and I plan on having fun with it all at the same time. In my book, warming up and having fun at the same time is a win-win.

Haikus are a great poetic form to warm up with. They have a controlled meter that force the writer to not only think of syllabic count, but to be extra careful when selecting words. Each word used in a poem adds meaning and counts towards the overall message/theme of the poem, but this is especially true with a haiku where there are so few words, a writer really can’t spare any.

Without further ado, here are some movies I made into haikus:

Star Wars:

In a galaxy
Far, far away. Incest and
You know, clones and stuff.


Found Poems, Take 2

One of my classes this quarter requires a creative element for our final, so I decided to do some found poetry. The book that I took the poems from is called So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ. It was hard to do this project because I really liked the book and what I wanted to do ripped the book apart, literally, to appropriate her words and pages to create a new thing.

This is what my final poems looked like:

Found Poem #1
Found Poem #2

I have to say, despite ripping apart a book with my bare hands and the pain it caused me as an English major, this was a really fun project, and I really like the poems that I found within the text. I used stamps, glue, colored pencils, a razor, and of course, my secret talent of crocheting (I made the pink elephant head) for the final project.


Buzzfeed Has Some Good Lists for Fans of Literature

Honestly, I’ve been surprised lately by the content of Buzzfeed.

Okay, well not that surprised.
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Setting aside the Justin Bieber arrest gifs, Buzzfeed has some cool things for you to check out if you’re a fan of literature. (Click on the image to be taken to the article).

Who doesn’t love a good literary tattoo?
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You know who else likes and has a literary tattoo? Me.

Would you like to play a game?
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I took this quiz and it was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be.


The Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A.

This weekend I got to go to The Last Bookstore and, holy heck, I love it. As previous readers will note, I have a thing for bookstores where I want to travel the world and buy a book from each.

This lovely big store made my day.
(Credit: Amanda Riggle)

This wasn’t a bad start. I didn’t get just one book though, oh no. The Last Bookstore is known for its dollar book catacombs, where books are sometimes organized by genre, or by color, or by country. Needless to say, I was up there for hours (I think two and a half was the final agreed upon time I spent perusing books).

I believe my final count on books was thirty. Yes, that’s right, I bought thirty one-dollar books. Why? Because who can say no to dollar books! I got books on linguistics, books on Shakespeare, books on British Literature, books on history, books on naturalism, books on poetry and, of course, books on politics, because I can.

Fred was a gentleman and carried my books out for me. I think a total of 5 in that pile aren’t mine. Note to dudes: Don’t take an English Major to a bookstore on a date unless you have strong arms like Fred.
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:-) ;-) :-p :-o :-?

Emoticons, or the little faces people make in chats and on message boards, are an interesting form of communication. They evolved, in my opinion, to convey the mood of speech which can often be hard to detect over chats on the internet when phrases can be taken more than one, intended way.

Example: Today was great.

This one phrase can change drastically depending on the emoticon used at the end of the sentence. Here are a few examples:

Today was great.

Hey look! A happy face makes it sincere.

Today was great.

Now I’m straight up flirting with you, dear blog reader. Something YOU did made my day great enough for me to throw a wink your way.

Today was great.
Today was great.

Uh-oh, sarcasm alert!

Okay, I think everyone gets my points. So emoticons are there to literally add tone and inflection that indicates emotion into a statement. Good. We’re settled on that. That’s why they are named emoticons.

Now that all of that is out of the way, let’s talk about how someone translated Moby Dick by Herman Melville into emoticons. Yes, that’s right, someone took one of the densest tomes out on the market and turned it into all smiley and winky faces.