Saturday, May 31, 2014

If Book Quotes Were About Food...

I was thinking the other day (it must have been before lunch) how funny it would be if all the popular book quotes were about food. In a fit of silliness, I composed these foodie renditions of some famous book quotes. Enjoy and try not to get too hungry in the process!



The Original:
“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" 

Foodie Version:
“O Ravioli, Ravioli, wherefore art thou Ravioli?"

-Romeo and Juliet



The Original:
“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.” 

Foodie Version:
“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, I was hungry. Second, there was a part of me -and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for a milkshake. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with food."

                                                                                                        -Twilight

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Booktubers!

Today I want to talk about a genre on Youtube that I only recently discovered.

Booktubers!

Booktubers are people who have channels on Youtube dedicated to all things books. Some make review videos, some make videos discussing issues surrounding books, some make bookshelf tour videos -the list is endless.

The reason why I love Booktubers is that they are cut from the same cloth as us book bloggers. They put what a lot of book bloggers write about into video form. As much as I love reading, there's something about sitting down and watching a video that's oh-so-enjoyable. The reason why I wanted to share these five Booktuber videos, is because as similar as we are, a lot of book bloggers and people who read book blogs don't even know that Booktubers exist!

I chose this particular selection to showcase the variety of video types I've come across while watching these types of Youtubers. I also chose these ones because I personally enjoy all of these channels and hoped that you might enjoy them as well.

Now, onto the videos!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

How I Approach Using Images in My Blog Posts

One of the first things that I learned when blogging was that readers like visuals. I learned that my posts should include a picture or some sort of graphic element that relates to the post. Pretty simple idea which I thought was great.

It wasn't until it came to selecting the image that I ran into trouble (and I suspect you, fellow blogger, might have encountered the same problem). My knee-jerk reaction was to head over to Google Images and pick an image that looked good, and that's what I did for a long time. Then one day I learned that it wasn't okay to grab a random image and use it on my blog without crediting it/asking permission/paying for it etc. Essentially, it was stealing.

Suddenly every image I had ever used on A Splash of Ink was in jeopardy, I was in moral crisis, and I worried about being sued silly for a few days. 



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Book Chewers Link Up: Book Boxes

It's been a few months since the last time I linked up with The Book Chewers' monthly linkup, so I thought it was high time that I linked up again. If you want to join in the fun, check out their post here. This month's prompt:

The Book ChewersYou're in charge of a new reading program. The goal: encourage kids to read by helping them build their own personal libraries. Every month, you'll send five books to each participant. (Basically, you get to pass on your favorites.) What will your first box include? Make sure you specify age group/reading level. If you'd like to make multiple boxes, you can make selections for several different reading levels, or you can choose one reading level and make different boxes based on genre.
Can we just start by saying that I wish this was a real thing? Wouldn't this been the best job ever?! And while we're on asides, I know I put more than five books in my boxes. I'd pay the extra postage or maybe I'd give them e-books; don't worry I'd make it work. I just have too many books I want to recommend! Ack. Oh well, my blog, my rules, haha, and besides their post did say to make a post "inspired" by the prompt.

 ANYWAYS! On to the prompt!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Apps for Writers and Readers

Last month I made the plunge and bought myself a phone. I held off for years, because I hated the idea of being tied down to the monthly payments. Now that I have my phone, I've realized what a great tool it is (and how much fun it is!). I've been hunting down my favourite free writing/reading apps for android devices (many of these will be compatible with iPhone, as well) and this is what I came up with.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What is a Portmanteau?

If you've been around A Splash of Ink for awhile, you'll remember the series Word Wednesday. Every Wednesday Occasionally on Wednesdays I would write a post where the subject matter would do with words. Some posts were definitions, others were word origins, essentially the posts were about the nitty gritties of writing. Anyways, today's post is an honorary Word Wednesday post (it's Tuesday...shhh).

The subject today is Portmanteaus. Let's start at the beginning: the definition.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Why Do We Read?

I've found myself defending books, libraries and reading a lot lately.
People have been asking me what the point of reading is. At first I was a little stunned and was tempted to quote some Jane Austen to them.

 I thought it was common knowledge that reading was a "good thing" to do. Everybody's always told me that it's good to be well-read. But I never thought about why I read, until now that is. If I want to write, I think it's extremely important to understand why I read in the first place. Here's what I came up with.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Great Gatsby Profile (AKA My English Assignment)

If you've read my about me section, you'll know that I graduated high school last year. When I was going through all my old school papers last week, I found this little assignment. In grade twelve English we read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and had to make a Facebook profile picture for one of characters. My reaction to that:
 Did I question the academic value of this assignment? Yes. Did I complain about it wasting my time to anyone who would listen? Yes. Did I enjoy writing it? In the end...yes. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

How Often Should I Post on My Blog?

I've been thinking about my blogging goals a lot lately and this topic came up in my ponderings. How often should I being posting on A Splash of Ink?

What I found was that every blogger seems to have a different opinion on what's best! From posting everyday to once a month, it was hard to find my place in the many posting schedules out there. After thinking about it for a few days and reading a few more articles I figured it out.

Drum roll please:

There is no answer! Everything (and nothing) works!
TA-DA!

You must love that horribly non-committal answer that you've probably heard before. But it's true.
The long and short of it is that you need to find out what's right for you.

If I left it at that, it would be an extremely BORING post, so I won't. I'm going to tell you what my new(ish) personal blog schedule philosophy is, why it works for me and why it might work for you too.

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