Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Decorated Bookcase!

Merry Christmas! 
I just wanted to share how I decorated my bookshelf for Christmas before it was too late! Hope you had a chance to spend time with your family and eat lots of yummy food (or at least enjoy some time off from work/school). Enjoy!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jane and Sunny on Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Today I wanted to talk about Cinder by Marissa Meyer and since my sister has also just finished this book, I thought that she'd be the perfect person to discuss it with. To give credit where credit is due, this style of post is inspired by Cait and Mime of Paperfury, previously the Notebook Sisters. Fair warning, this post contains mild spoilers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Thank you to everybody who participated in and supported A Splash of Ink's first giveaway. I'm happy to announce that rafflecopter has randomly selected the winners!

A big congratulations to Rachel W. from Secret Scribblings who has won the 15$ Amazon giftcard!

And a big congratulations to Marian from Ivory Clouds who has won my Surprise Favourite Book Prize Pack!

Both of you are very deserving bloggers, and I hope that you enjoyed the prizes! I will be emailing you for details, so be on the look out over the next few days!

Let me know in the comments if you're interested in seeing more giveaways on A Splash of Ink!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Make a Christmas Blog Header

A few days ago I designed and posted A Splash of Ink's 2014 Christmas header, and a few people asked me how I did it. I wanted to give a quick tutorial on how I did my header and offer up a few less technical options to you guys as well!

My tools:
Wacom Bamboo pen and touch tablet, and Adobe Photoshop Elements (this is the cheaper version to the full Photoshop program, aprox. $80)

My Process: (Doesn't this make me sound all creative and artisty?)
When I create a Christmas header, I'm not aiming to make a brand new image. I want to take the header that is already in use and embellish it with Christmas-y goodness. I still want the blog's "brand" to be recognizable. Using my pen and touch tablet, I open my current header in PSE and get drawing. Each "element" of the header gets a new layer so I can get rid of my not-so-good-ideas easily. I start by drawing a rough shape and colouring it in. I find that the shapes really come to life by dodging (lightening) and burning (darkening) to create highlights and shadows. It's an easy way to take an image to the next level. Here's an example of a Santa hat with and without the shading.

Here's the hat without shading. 
And here's the hat with shading. 
 My go-to ideas for shapes are Santa hats, lights, Christmas trees, nativities, snow, snowmen, presents, holly, and other greenery. Finally, I always save the final as a PNG, so that the background will be transparent. Then I upload the new header and enjoy the Christmas festivities.

I know what you're thinking right now.

But Sunny, I don't HAVE Photoshop Elements or a fancy drawing tablet! How can I make a super awesome Christmas header?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's Christmas Time at A Splash of Ink!

I love Christmas. Let me just put that out there.

Thus, my blog usually has some festive things going on around this time of year. To kick it all off, I'm putting up the Christmas version of my header! Of course you can see at the top of this webpage, but I always like to post it in the body, so I can look back at it later, (and draw more attention to it, haha).

Sunday, November 30, 2014

100 GFC Followers Giveaway!

A Splash of Ink made it to 100 GFC followers! In honor of that milestone, I'd like to introduce:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Three Types of Characters

I've actually learned something in university! Yes, yes, I know it's not that shocking.

I wanted to share this little englishly tidbit with all of you. I felt a little light bulb go off in my head when my prof lectured about this. All of my writing life, I've been told that characters should be round, deep, complicated, life-like, and not cliched. I used to spend hours figuring out every character's back story, even if the character was only in the story for a paragraph so the MC could buy some groceries! 

Then I learned that different characters have different roles. Here are the three roles and some examples. FYI there will be spoilers, but I think these examples should be common enough that most people will have read them. Anyways, lets get on with it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Action Kids Blog Tour Stop

Today we're welcoming Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) who's stopping by SOI to talk about her MG book. Let's give her a warm welcome! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

My Top Ten Blog Design Pet-Peeves (and GIVEAWAY!)

Before we get to the meat of this post, I want to give you the official notice (I've been tweeting about it for a bit now!)

I'm going to host a giveaway when A Splash of Ink reaches 100 Google Friend Connect followers!

Ahem, yes well, first I have to figure out how to run one of those things...ah well, DETAILS! But seriously, if you guys know of any good posts talking about how to run giveaways that would be much appreciated.

Now, onto you're regularly scheduled *looks over at the archive for the past two months and laughs* posting:

Today I wanted to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart: blog design. I'm in no way a super professional blog designer, but I have learned quite a bit since I started blogging and I wanted to pass it on, especially to you newbies out there. I wanted to create a list of my (emphasis on "my" people!) biggest blog design pet peeves and how to avoid them. I write this post, because I wish someone would have written it (and then spammed my email with it) when I first started blogging. 

This is a list in no particular order:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Bookish Halloween (AKA How to Look Like a Certain Girl-Detective)!

My sister picked an awesome costume this year for Halloween: Nancy Drew!

If you've been reading SOI for a little awhile, you'll know that I love ND. I looked back and realized that I mentioned her quite often. If you're interested in seeing all her mentions, feel free. Ahem...self promotion over.

I love the books; I loved the computer games; I loved the (lame, but awesome) movie versions. I think I'm actually a little jealous of Nancy. When my sister said that was her plan for Halloween, I was super excited to see how it would turn out. And I though, I'm going to document this and blog about it! I can be a sorta beauty blogger for one post! There must be some other like-minded people out there who will enjoy this!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Success, Day Jobs and My Favourite Book of All Time

Isn't this so much prettier than the old Liebster banner?
Lelia over at nominated me for the Liebster blog award. I'm always so honored when you guys nominate me for awards, even though I don't always do a post on each award.  I've received this award a few times, so I'm going to do my own version of it today (aka I'll answer the questions, but I won't nominate as many people as I'm supposed to because I can never think of enough!). Anyways, I wanted to answer Leila's questions, because I thought they were fun, thought-provoking and would be a good for a get-to-know-you type post.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sometimes I Have Bad Ideas


1. Also called shower bath. a bath in which water is sprayed on the body, usually from an overhead perforated nozzle (showerhead)

2. A brief fall of rain or, sometimes, of hail or snow

3. The place where ideas are born and decisions are made (see also: "the moments before you fall asleep")

A shower, a place like no other. No matter where it is (your home, someone else's home, hotel, the rain forest, the lake, a gross campsite shower etc. etc.) or what kind of shower it is (stall, tub, fancy, old, peeling tub surround, the ones with benches for old people etc. etc.) I always seem to come out with some new understanding. It's magical! Well probably because it's some of the only down time I give my brains to really think things through, but I still like to think it's magical.

My problem is that I forget ideas. I get a really good idea for a blog post or plot twist, but by the time I'm all dressed and ready to go after my shower, I've forgotten it. So I came up with a way of remembering (coincidentally, in the shower). I was going to bring some white board markers into the shower and write my ideas down on the tub surround. Brilliant, right?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Read When You're Busy (Spoiler Alert: Listen to Audiobooks!)

A few weeks ago I talked about the possibility of required reading ruining reading (say that ten times fast!)
I was worried that I wouldn't have time to read "fun" books aka not assigned books. Maybe you're in the same predicament as me. You might not be in school, but you might be struggling to find time to do what you love: read.

Well I've found a solution: audio books.

Do you like my poorly edited/taken with my phone/hand drawn/taken in the
school library picture? The height of my skills right here, ladies and gentlemen!
No matter how much we try, we can't create more hours in the day, but we can utilize the hours we do have. That's what I've been learning to do over the past few weeks. Here's how I've found time to read -or should I say be read to- amongst my daily commitments:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Why I Write: The Selfish Writer

If you don't know yet, I just started my first year of university, where I'm majoring in English. That lovely bit of news is also the reason why posts on SOI have been so sporadic. Never fear though, I'm back! One of my first assignments was to create a manifesto where I explain why I write. At first I was unsure of the assignment and didn't quite know where to start, but after a week or so of humming and hawing I started working on it. I was amazed at what I came to realize about myself as a writer. It gave me a much clearer goal on what I'd like to write and how I'd like to write it. All that being said, I thought I'd share it with all of you.

The Selfish Writer

I write for selfish reasons. I do not undervalue the role of the reader, but I must be perfectly honest; at the root of all my reasoning, I write for myself first. I write to entertain myself with amusing scenarios, interesting characters or witty dialogue that I wish would occur in ordinary life. I write to create my own personal escape from the mundane bits of everyday life. However, I write for more than just my own entertainment; I write for my mental sanity. When I ignore my thoughts, ideas and stories my brain feels unsettled, like gears turning out of sync, that can’t quite click into each other. I write to unload my mental chaos onto the page; I write to organize all my strange and wonderful observations on life. I write to encourage myself to think new thoughts about old ways. I write to explore moral gray areas of life, because there are many, that all seem to demand impossible decisions. As Cary Fagan so succinctly put it, I write to reveal conflict. I don’t write to solve conflict, because that is an impossible feat. I write to pull inner conflicts out of the shadows, where they are often times forgotten, in hopes of increasing my (and if I’m lucky, the reader’s) empathic range. The form my writing takes is varied, but whether it be a short story, an essay, a novel, or a simple blog post, all of my writing is an attempt to observe life, in the different ways it’s lived, and to simply enjoy the pleasure of creativity.

Now that I've created my manifesto and seen the good it's done for me, I would encourage all writers to do the same. Even if all you write are blog posts, it's extremely helpful to focus your writings. It helps to look back on why you do what you do when you're having a rough writing day.

Here are some tips that the prof gave us before my class wrote our manifestos:
  • Use bold language
  • Think about any "Aha!" moments you've had with writing
  • Talk about a writing role model and how you draw inspiration from them
  • Talk about what hinders you from writing and how you can overcome it
  • Be open to surprising yourself
If you decide to write one of these manifestos, and share it (sometimes they are extremely personal), I'd love to see it, so feel free to leave it in the comments or link back to your own blog. As always let me know what you think, and if you share any of my motivations for writing.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Does Required Reading Ruin Reading?

In this post, I want to do something that I don't normally do. I want to talk about my life.
Sure, I drop little tidbits here and there are my daily going-ons, but rarely do I commit and entire post to it. Since I've been absent since the beginning of September, I thought you might enjoy reading about where I'm at. I know it's a break from the regularly scheduled topics, but I hope you enjoy it anyhow. So here goes:

This past week, I started university. I was high school graduate of 2013, then I took the year off from school to work. For the first few months, I just worked my part-time library job, which brought money in, but was still only pennies compared to the entire bill I knew I would be getting in September. In November of 2013, after weeks and weeks of applying to jobs and hearing nothing, my friend's grandma got me an in for an temporary Information Technology Service Technician job. Basically, I was a computer nerd for a year (even though I had no prior experience). That was a fulltime job and a total blessing from God. So I started working my two jobs and the bank account started growing and I couldn't have been happy. It was a wonderful year.

When September came around again (aka now), I had enough money saved, so I with many tears I quit my ITS job (kept my library job) and started university. I'm only taking four classes this semester (as opposed to five), because I took a dual credit course in high school. Even so, I have a lot of reading on my plate, since I'm taking two English courses and two History courses.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer Post: What I Read This Summer

Summer in the sense of the school year, is sadly coming to a close. For us Canadians, there are a mere few days before classes go into full swing. More specifically for myself, a few more days till I'm finished my second job and starting university (!!!!). As I'm sure you know summer is prime reading time for student bookworms with no school books or projects to distract us. I wanted to take this opportunity (a brief respite before the wave of school hits me) to recap what I read this summer and what I thought about each of them. For the sake of this post, I'm going to count summer as June, July August. Yes, I know that's not technically summer...buuuuutt my blog, my rules.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm a Bad Bookworm, and My Thoughts on Book Shaming

As I was wandering around the internet, more specifically the blog-o-sphere and twitter, I learned something about myself. Something I think I've always known deep inside.

I'm a "bad" bibliophile.

Let's start with my view on book-to-movie adaptations. I don't mind them, in fact I often really like them. I would even go as far to say that sometimes the movie is better than the book *cough* Lord of the Rings *cough*.

You know those mass produced, simplistic YA romances? Yeah well, I read them, and I like them. Speaking of which, I read Twilight and I didn't hate it from the depths of my soul.

And while we're on the topic of book genres, I must mention classic literature. I really don't like them, and sometimes I don't even appreciate them. Frankly, I find some classics pointless and incredibly boring.

Oh and another hot topic amongst book lovers everywhere: E-readers. I actually really like them, and if I had abundant funds, I would probably buy one.

And to top it all off, I'm a slow reader. Not only am I slow in general (in a words read/minute way), I take weeks to finish a book sometimes, because I watch T.V. instead of reading a few chapters of my book some evenings.

You know what I realized at the end of this train of thought? I'm allowing myself to be book shamed, and I'm not the only one.

We book lovers need to stop book shaming people! It's one thing to kid around with a friend who's reading some book with a shirtless guy on the cover, but it's another to condemn them as some sort of subpar reader. I'm as guilty as the next girl, I've book shamed people, and blogged about some pretty conservative book-lover ideals. However, I've learned that as book-lovers we need to band together and recognize that reading is reading no matter what the content.

We need to accept that opinions on books are subjective and that's what makes each bibliophile unique! So maybe I thought it was the dumbest book I ever read, but you might not and that's okay. We need to celebrate anyone who joins the reading ranks, instead of having some elitist opinion of what makes a "true" bibliophile. We need to encourage readers of all types instead of shaming them because they don't live up to our standards.

You read Harlequins? You're a reader.
You read Pride and Prejudice once a year? You're a reader.
You read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys spin-offs (and not just the classic versions)? You're a reader.
You have a hold on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and you're not a ten-year-old boy? That's okay, you're still a reader.
You have the entire Gossip Girl series on your bookshelf? You're a reader.
You've read everything ever (ghost) written by James Patterson? You're a reader.
You take out twenty books in one go at the library? You're a reader.
You prefer the movie to the book? You're a reader.
You don't pledge to always read the printed word? You're still a reader.

I just felt like that needed to be said, so how do you feel about book shaming? Do you have some book related ideals that you think all book-lovers should believe in? Do you need to change? Let me know all your lovely thoughts and comments.

Reading: Stolen Innocence by Elisa Wall
Watching: The Shaytards
Listening: The Civil Wars

Saturday, August 23, 2014

If Book Quotes Were About Food...Part 2

Back in May, I did a post where I blasphemed literature and rewrote book quotes, so they'd be about food. Silly? Yes. Totally fun? Yes. I had a good time doing it, and I think you guys liked it too, so I thought it was high time for another go of it. Enjoy!

The Original:
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

The Foodie Version:
"It does not do to dwell on donuts and forget to live."

-Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The Original:
"Fear doesn't shut you down, it wakes you up." 

The Foodie Version:
"Sugar doesn't shut you down, it wakes you up (then later it shuts you down again)."

“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different.”

The Foodie Version:
"I have a theory that burritos and fajitas aren't all that different."


The Original:
“I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” 

The Foodie Version:
" I know what I wanted for supper when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed my mind several times since then."

-Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

The Original:
"To be or not to be, that is the question."

The Foodie Version:
"To add gravy or not to add gravy, that is the question."


The Original:
"Anne laughed.
'I don't want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you.'”

The Foodie Version: 
"Anne laughed.
'I don't want sponge cake or marble ice cream, I just want you."

-Anne of the Island 

Feel free to leave you own foodie quotes in the comments and let me know what you think of mine!

Reading: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Listening: Lana del Ray
Watching: Graceland

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books People Have Been Telling Me to Read!

Hello everyone! Today I'm linking up with The Broke and Bookish's weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme. I've participated before, and I've been seeing lots of these posts popping up in my reading list, so I figured this week I'd get in on the action. I'm only going to be posting five of the top ten this week, because frankly, I can't think of ten annnnnd I've been busy with life outside of the internet! Anyways, I always find these posts so interesting and fun to read, so I hope you enjoy mine as much as I've been enjoying all of yours.

Top Ten Five Books People Have Been Telling Me I Have to Read!

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rodrick and Bernie Su
If you don't already know, there is a Youtube series called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries where Pride and Prejudice is retold through webisodes and it is amazing. I wrote about it here, if you're interested. The writers of the show recently produced this book that fleshes out the modernized plot and gives us a chance to reconnect with the characters (yay!). My sister brought this book home from the library all excited, burned through it and then quickly recommended it to me. One of my co-workers is also reading it, and she seemed really impressed with how the plot is modernized, even though she hasn't seen the videos. With two recent recommendations, this book is the top of the list!

Cinder by Melissa Meyer
This book has made a splash in the blogging world, so I have seen lots of general recommendations for this book. I also had a few friends recommend it to me when it first came out. Although I like the idea of the fairy tale retelling, I've been putting this book off because I'm afraid that it might be a tad juvenile (and not in a good way). Maybe I'm wrong? If you've read it let me know. Anyways, it makes the list because it's definitely been recommended often.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I am going to read this book before this year is up. I've been hearing so many good things about it from other bloggers and some of my bookish friends. Guys, it's about assassins, of course I want to read it! I'm secretly hoping that it will be something like Graceling. Oh and apparently, the novellas that go with it are pretty good too, which is a bonus!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I first heard about this book in a favourites video that Youtuber Karen Kavett made a few months ago. To be honest, I was intrigued by the cover and her recommendation made me want to read it. It sounds like it has the potential to be a beautiful story....or a pretentious one. But we'll see, when I get around to reading it.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I was reminded of this book today when I was driving by the movie theater in town and saw a promotional poster for this. I can't even remember who recommended this to me, but I never bothered because the story sounded quite similar to Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (annnnnnd, it sounded a bit angsty). However, since this book is going to be a movie and it will probably be a big deal for a few months, I figured that I needed to read it. Who knows? Maybe it will be touching and heartwarming. I'm going to have to hurry and put a hold on it though, because I'm sure it will be gaining popularity very soon (if it hasn't already).

Have you read any of these books? Are they worth my time? Do you have any recommendations for me? I'm always looking for some! Speaking of recommendations, if you friend me on Goodreads, you can recommend through that platform as well. As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Reading: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Listening: The hum of my fan
Watching: Suits

Saturday, August 16, 2014

An Interview: Is an E-Reader Worth It?

Sunny: Hi Jane, welcome to the blog...again. You've been here before writing reviews (plug plug).
Jane: Thanks for having me.
Sunny: Jane, you have to be witty! 
Jane: I'm really tired to be witty. You can just make me witty, can't you? In editing?
Sunny: *sigh*
Sunny: Anyways, I wanted to bring you on the blog, so you can discuss e-readers, since you are a proud owner of one.
Jane: Er...former owner of one.
Sunny: Do tell.
Jane: My screen on my Kobo Glo...uhh I don't even know how to describe it. 
Sunny: Went kaput?
Jane: Exactly. Cue picture:

Sunny: Ouch. 
Jane: Yeeeeaah. 
Sunny: So here is the big question. Now that you've had your e-reader for awhile, is it worth replacing your kobo?
Jane: Yes, I think it is.
Sunny: Really? I'm not really sure where I stand on the e-reader vs. real book discussion.
Jane: There's definitely pros and cons.
Sunny: Well that sounds like an excellent blog post. Let's talk about that. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

On Taking a Night Off

Last night, I was supposed to write a blog post on e-readers vs. paper books. Instead, I sat on the back porch with my sister and chatted. It started off as just a simple idea to eat supper outside. As we munched on our chicken and rice, conversation picked up. The plates were long empty and the sun was sinking lower, the light growing dimmer, and we were still talking. We were just talking, nothing real deep, just about this and that. It felt so good to catch up after days of only seeing each other for a few minutes here and there.

Eventually I got up from the lawn chair; my butt had made a comfortable little valley in the cushion. I meant to take my plate and head inside. I had laundry sitting in the dryer ready for folding, and the aforementioned blog post to write. The pressure of writing the blog post was pushing itself to the front of my mind. So I stood there a few steps away from the door; my sister was still lounging in her chair and chatting, while I was contemplating what was really important to me.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Silence is Golden (And So is a Clean Work Space)

I was sitting at my desk tonight trying to come up with a blog post idea.
Surrounded by my mess of a desk, I could hear the semi-muffled T.V. from the other room, my computer humming and my background music bopping away. I was scrolling through my Evernote notebook of blog ideas, but nothing seemed inspired. There was too many sub-par ideas, too much stuff around me and too much noise. Just...too much!

It was overwhelming. 

When I'm overwhelmed, I shut down. I don't want to blog, I don't want to write, and I don't want to create. I just want to sneak off into my cozy bed to read and binge watch some T.V. show, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (ok, maybe the T.V. part...psh), but it doesn't help me accomplish what I really, deep down, want to accomplish (like posting on this blog). There's a name for this, a name you know well, I'm sure.

Writer's Block (duh, duh, DUH) 

or if we're talking more general-like


I was reading a blog post by Young Yankee Lady on finding focus (aka I was not writing), and she made a comment about how cleaning up her clutter helps her focus. And I was inspired to de-clutter my work space.  Sure enough *SPOILER ALERT* cleaning up my crap clutter helped me regain my focus and get down to business.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Blog Buttons and an Alternative Method of Creating Them

Copy this code into an HTML widget to share my button on your blog!
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A Splash of Ink has a button! It's about time I created one of these blogging staples. I've been seeing them around a lot lately and I figured I should make one up. It was a lot more work than I thought it would be. I followed all the instructions on all the blogs, but I could never get the html code to show up in the text box below the button. After spending endless hours trying to solve this issue, I came up with this alternate (non-programmer) way. I am sure there are better ways to do this, but I thought I'd share how I made it work, in case someone else was having all the same problems I was having.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Post: What Makes a Summer Read?

It's time for another summer post! The first month of summer has just flown by, so I wanted to squeeze one more post of this series in before we get into August. Today we're going to be talking about summer reads or as some like to call it, beach reads.

Have you heard bookish people say these phrases before

"Oh this'll good for summer."
"This is perfect for the beach."
"I was saving this book for my vacation."

And found yourself thinking...

"Hold the phone. What makes certain books more appropriate for summer as opposed to winter or fall?"

Well, I think I've figured out. A book that possess at least one of these qualities makes a book a summer read (in my most humble opinion, of course).

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Jane's Reviews: Defy by Sarah B. Larson

It's time for another edition of Jane's Reviews! This is the series where I invite my sister onto A Splash of Ink to review some YA books. She's been here before and reviewed The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Let's leave her lots of nice comments and give her a warm welcome. *insert virtual clapping here*

Today's book is Defy by Sarah B. Larson. Here's what you need to know about it:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How to Battle the Blogging Slumps (AKA Sunny Talks About Stats)

There comes a time in every blogger's life when they go through the blogging slumps. I've been through it a few times over my three years of blogging. Most recently, it hit me a few months ago.

I've always loved looking at my blog stats. I won't deny it. I love seeing the GFC followers grow and I love seeing my page views spike. I love what I blog about, but I won't lie and say that I could be one of those bloggers who writes just for the fun of it and doesn't give two hoots about who's reading (or in my case not reading). Call me shallow, but for me half the fun of blogging is knowing that people are reading, and seeing the interactions between reader and writer.

So you can imagine how I felt when my stats looked like this:

I was used to an upwards trend in my view-counts. Of course there were a few dips, but in general the graph kept moving up. Suddenly, after such a high point the view counts plummet. The next month is a bit better, but the following months are showing a downward trend. It might not look terrible to an outsider, but to me (granted I can be a tad bit dramatic) I was not happy.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater was my vacation read. I brought it with me when I went away and worked at a camp a few weeks ago. I spent many nights curled up in our tent, tucked in my sleeping bag and clutching my book light to read this book. The book might have gotten slightly damp, but I think I saved it...shhhh don't tell the library! I just had to know what was going to happen to Blue (seriously, that name!) and the Raven Boys!

I've been doing more reviews lately and since I had some stuff to say about this book, I thought it would be the perfect candidate. Before I get into what I thought of the book, let me give you some basic information: book cover and synopsis (via Goodreads).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Books and Expectations (a ranty-type post)

I want to crawl under a rock and not hear anybody else's opinions on books (especially books that I want to read) for a very long time. 

Sunny, don't you think that's a little drastic?

Nope, not one bit. Being a book hermit is perfectly normal and socially acceptable right?

Ahem. Not really, especially since you are a book blogger. What brought this crazy-speak on anyways?

I'm so glad you asked, inner brain voice, so glad you asked...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I'm On Vacation!

Hello everybody! I hope everyone's week is going well. If you read my last post, you'll know that I'm on vacation from the blog-o-sphere this week. I am currently helping with the running of a camp and doing some actual camping with no internet access *GASP*. I went away on this trip last year and had a lovely time. As you're looking at your computer screen, I'm probably looking at our campsite:

Since I'm on vacation, I wanted to give you plenty of other reading. I think it's so nice to promote other blogs that you enjoy reading, so I wanted to take the opportunity to do that today. I'm also going to link to some of my posts in the archives.

The Write Practice
This is a great writing blog. I love that the posts are fairly short, but so helpful!

Here's a few of my favourite posts:
-Writing an Essay? Here Are 10 Effective Tips
-This is How to Efficiently Evoke the Setting of a Novel
-Write a Sizzling Modern Adaptation of a Classic Story

The Book Chewers
This blog is all about books! They talk about anything and everything to do with books. It's a fun blog to read!

Here's a few of my favourite posts:
-Harry Potter Cover Show Down
-Should You Try Books in Genres You Don't Usually Read?
-Your Favourite Characters in Six Words

Notebook Sisters
This blog is written by two sassy sisters (well mostly one at the moment). It's tons of fun to read their reviews and other bookish subject matter. With new content being published often, there's always plenty to look at.

Here's a few of my favourite posts:
-Dear Unlikeable Character. NEWSFLASH: I Don't Like You
-Here, Let Me Fix These Book Covers
-How to be the best Book Blogger EVER

And finally, a few posts from the archives of A Splash of Ink:
June 2011 - Summer Story Starters
Decemeber 2011 - Right Brain vs. Left Brain and How it Applies to Writing
Spetember 2012 - Writing a Con Artist

Let me know in the comments if you visit any of these blogs or have any blogs that you love to read! I'll be back to posting normally again next week sometimes. So toodles, until then!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Summer Post: Reading List

Summer is here! And it means two things 1) I'm going on to be away next week to run a camp which means that there will only be one post next week (try not to cry too much) and 2) a new series on A Splash of Ink! I think it's pretty self explanatory; this is going to be a series where the posts all have a summer theme. I don't know how often these types of posts will go up (I'll still be posting twice a week, regardless), but it will run until September. Today, I'm sharing what's on my summer to-read list.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Every Day by David Leviathan

I was due for a breezy YA romance (it is the beginning of summer!), so when I came across Every Day by David Levithan at the library, I thought it fit the bill pretty well. The concept sounded fascinating; it looked like an interesting predicament to entertain me for a few days. Although I had a few issues with this book, it certainly wasn't boring. It held my attention and it didn't feel like a chore to read it.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bookstore Bingo!

I was in a bookstore the other day, standing in line and waiting to pay, when I realized that over my relatively short life, I'd been in a lot of bookstores. There's been so many unique ones and so many plain ones, but somehow they all feel familiar when I walk in. But why is that? Because they all have stuff in common (besides the fact that they sell books). Often times the same human interactions happen and the stores are set up the same way. 

That got me thinking about all the similarities between different bookstores and all of the things that always seem to be there (no matter how big or small the store is). And that's how bookstore bingo came into being.

I thought to myself, wouldn't it be fun to make these similarities into a game? A game that any book-lover could enjoy, no matter what bookstore they're in? So that's what I did. Below you will find four sets of bookstore bingo cards and instructions on how to play.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Writing Process

I'd like to start by thanking the lovely Imogen Elvis, who writes at Gossiping with Dragons, for asking me to talk about my writing process in the Writing Process Blog Tour. This is something that I've been meaning to write about for awhile now and this tag has given me the perfect excuse!

Here are the questions that I'll be answering:

1)     What am I working on?
2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3)     Why do I write what I do?
4)     How does your writing process work?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jane's Reviews: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Today I'm introducing a new series on A Splash of Ink! Reviews by Jane! Yay!
Jane is my sister and a total book lover. I've been trying to get her to write a post for A Splash of Ink for awhile now, but she never quite knew what to write. At the same time, I've been trying to get more guest posts and more book reviews on SOI , so I came up with this new series to hit all the targets. I recruited Jane to -you guessed it- write some YA book reviews for me. Enjoy and try not to be too hard on her!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What is the Future of Libraries?

In some of my previous posts I've talked about my love of the library and how close that institution is to my heart. As a young person who wants to build a career in a library, I get challenged quite a bit when I tell someone about my plans for the future.

Aren't know...on the way out?
Is that really a wise career move? Isn't it a bit obsolete?
And by far the worst question:
Libraries? People still go to those places?

My inside reactions:

But of course I can't quite behave that way in a civilized conversation. So instead I control my gut reactions and calmly defend my belief in libraries. Here is what I tell the naysayers. 
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