Welcome to A Literary Life

I did something today that I have been thinking about for a while now.

I changed my name!

By that, I mean that I changed my blog’s name. It’s goodbye to A Writer’s Beginning and hello to A Literary Life.

Why have I done this?

Basically, I felt as though my old title wasn’t really working for me. I do still see this blog as my beginning as a writer but, for a while now, I have been using it to post other things, too, such as book reviews and poetry analyses. All of this is a part of my journey as an aspiring writer, but I’ve been worrying that it all seems a little too confusing.

This blog is my literary blog, so why shouldn’t I just call it what it is?

I hope you like the new name! Let me know what you think (and don’t worry – I’ll still be posting all of the same stuff, from bits of flash fiction and sometimes longer stories, to book reviews and the occasional, literature-related rant).

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My Review Policy

I thought that it was about time that I wrote out a review policy, just in case any of my author friends fancy getting me to write a review for them! So, here goes:

I am currently accepting review requests!

Formats I Accept:

  • Physical copies (I’m not fussy! Whether it’s a finished book or just a vague manuscript, I’m happy to review it for you).
  • Audiobooks.
  • E-Books (I’m more likely to turn down reviewing an e-book, just because my software for reading e-books isn’t too great right now. If I like the sound of the book though, I’ll be happy to review it!).

Genres I Accept:

I will accept pretty much any genre if I like the sound of the book, but here are some of my favourite genres:

  • Thriller.
  • Mystery.
  • Fantasy.
  • Contemporary.
  • Dystopian.

What I can do for you:

If I decide to review your book, then I will post about it on this blog (www.emilyweatherburnblog.wordpress.com), along with Goodreads and Amazon. I will also post pictures and quotes to my Twitter and Instagram pages, advertising your book further.

What to do:

If you would like me to review a book, you can hop over to my contact page or simply email me at writersbeginning@gmail.com.

In the email, please include:

  • The book’s title.
  • The author’s name.
  • A publishing date.
  • A brief synopsis (the blurb will do).

My book reviews are entirely honest. I am not paid or endorsed by any company; I just want to share my genuine opinions about your lovely books!

Book Blogger Hop – 20/07/18

I recently decided to join the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! This is a chance for like-minded book bloggers to reach out and find each other by answering a weekly question.

 

This week’s question (Cathy from What Cathy Read Next) is…

Q: What’s your proudest blogging milestone or achievement?

For me, every day that I’m blogging feels like an achievement. I never used to share my writing. It was something private and personal, but now I am able to share it with hundreds of people across the world, and that really is something special. I suppose, in terms of actual milestones, reaching 300 followers was a very special moment. It may seem small, but it feels pretty big to me!


Well, that’s it for this challenge (I can’t seem to find a link to sign up to or anything). So, thank you for reading and please do let me know your thoughts on this question!

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I have joined Bloglovin’!

I have now been blogging for a little while now and, quite often, I stumble across some really interesting blogs that I can’t follow. Some of these blogs are hosted on different websites, such as Blogger, which means that there’s no way for me to follow them… until now!

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I’d heard of Bloglovin’ before now and had guessed that it was a way of connecting people, regardless of blogging platform, but I had never really looked into it before now. It all just seemed overly complicated and unnecessary, but I’ve had a look, and it’s surprisingly easy to sign up, so I’ve made an account and I am now pleased to say that you can follow me on Bloglovin’!

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Book Blogger Hop – 13/07/18

I recently decided to join the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer! This is a chance for like-minded book bloggers to reach out and find each other by answering a weekly question.

 

This week’s question (provided by Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews) is…

Q: Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc.

This is certainly an interesting question. I certainly find over-cluttered blogs a little harder to follow, if only because my laptop (it’s getting rather old now) really struggles to load pages such as these. I don’t mean the little things (I don’t mind if a font is a little too small), but if the site is so cluttered that I really struggle to view it, I simply won’t want to come back. Having said that, I do follow a few sites whose pages are a little too crowded, and I just tend to read their posts through the WordPress reader, rather than through their actual sites. That way, I still get to read the good content, but my laptop (hopefully) won’t break down and explode.


Well, I think that’s it for this challenge (I can’t seem to find a link to sign up to or anything). So, thank you for reading and please do let me know your thoughts on this question!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Meredith from over at The Wayfaring Bibliomaniac for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! I really do appreciate these awards, so thank you, Meredith!

What is it?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Meredith’s 11 Questions:

1. What is your favourite fandom?

There is no competition here. My favourite fandom has always been, and will always be, Harry Potter. It’s what I grew up with, and it’s what I love

2. Least favourite genre?

Huh, interesting question. People always seem to ask which genres you love, but never which ones you don’t. I suppose I’ll have to say non-fiction; don’t get me wrong, I can understand the need for non-fiction books, but for me, personally, I just think that if I’m going to read a book, then I want to escape to another world. I don’t want to learn about gardening tips.

3. How many books are on your TBR this month?

My realistic reading goal for this month is five books: DraculaMy Mother’s SecretThe Coral IslandThe Pharmacist’s Wife and Frankenstein. You can read more about these books here. At the same time, though, I’m planning on listening to a lot more audiobooks, including a few new fantasy reads.

4. What is your favourite time of day to read?

My reading habits probably vary quite a lot, but I’d generally say that I prefer to read in the evenings. That’s when I’m reading a book for pleasure, anyway. When I’m studying a book, I often find it easier to read in the day, which leads nicely onto the next question.

5. When are you most creative?

I am most creative in the mornings! If I start my day nice and early and begin work early, then I know that I will get a lot done that day. I do most of my writing in the mornings (I sometimes even draft some of my stories whilst still in bed, some inspiration having hit me in the night).

6. Which authors are on your auto-buy list?

Woah, woah, woah. I do not have an auto-buy list. I am a student currently trying to afford driving lessons. I do not need an auto-buy list and I do not want an auto-buy list; that sounds like a very dangerous game.

7. If you could recommend a travel destination, where would it be and why?

I am the opposite of well travelled, so I don’t really have much to suggest here. I always liked the idea of a nature holiday, where technology is banned for the week. I think I would cope fairly well, although it would certainly be a change!

8. What was your favourite trip ever?

When I was younger, my family would always go on holidays to Center Parcs. One time, we went to a park called Elvedon, and it was absolutely incredible! I saw rabbits and squirrels, and, even more excitingly, there were deer! It really was an amazing experience.

9. What’s your favourite review that you’ve ever written?

I’m quite proud of my review for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I absolutely loved the book and finished it in one day, so it was an easy review to write. The words just seemed to keep coming, and I was able to use the original illustrations to post alongside the review.

10. Who are your top 3 go-to bloggers when you want recommendations?

This is really hard because I follow a lot of book blogs who all post some wonderful recommendations. The below bloggers probably have the most similar taste in books to me, hence the mentions!

  1. Book Geeks Uncompromised.
  2. Misty’s Book Space.
  3. The Belgian Reviewer.

11. Who would you most like to meet (living or dead; fictional or real)? Why?

Well, as I’m allowed fictional characters, let me circle back to the first question. I would like to meet Hermione Granger; as a huge Potter nerd, she was my inspiration when I was growing up and I would dress up as her ALL the time.

My Nominations:

  1. Book Geeks Uncompromised.
  2. Misty’s Book Space.
  3. The Belgian Reviewer.
  4. Tales from the Mind of Kristian.
  5. The Haunted Wordsmith.
  6. Abelia May.
  7. Rambling Writer.
  8. Dorinda Duclos.
  9. The Bookish Pisces.
  10. The Girl of Ink and Paper.
  11. Yinglan.

To my nominees: there is absolutely no obligation to take part in this award if you do not want to. If nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your wonderful work! To everyone else: if you’re reading this post and want to take part in this award, then consider yourself nominated.

My 11 Questions:

If you want to take part in this award, here are the 11 questions you can answer:

  1. Do you have a favourite word? If so, what is it? (This is a question that I’ve started to ask a lot; I can’t help it – I love words!).
  2. Have you ever read a book, cover to cover, in one day?
  3. Do you believe in judging a book by its cover?
  4. Do you have a favourite book? (It’s a big question, I know.)
  5. Do you believe that aspiring writers should read as much as they can?
  6. What time of day do you do the most of your blogging?
  7. Is there one particular blog post that you’re really proud of? (Share a link to it – I’d love to read it if I haven’t already!)
  8. What is one thing that you have learnt since starting your blog?
  9. Do you keep to any kind of a blogging schedule?
  10. If you could send a message to your past self, what would you say?
  11. Do you have any regrets that you want to share?

Well, that’s it! Thank you for reading and thank you again to Meredith for my nomination! As I mentioned earlier, please feel free to join in with this award if you would like to – you don’t need to be nominated.

321 Quote Me Challenge

I need to thank the very kind Tales from the Mind of Kristian for nominating me for another quote challenge! Please do check out his blog – he’s one of my favourite bloggers and posts some wonderful content.

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What is it?

The 321 Quote Me challenge was created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip. The idea is that you post a couple of quotes inspired by a given theme.

Rules:

  1. Thank whoever nominated you.
  2. Post two quotes inspired by your given theme.
  3. Select three bloggers to take part in the 321 Quote Me challenge.

The chosen theme for these quotes is an interesting one. It is

Tomorrow!

My Quotes:

My first quote comes from the French writer and feminist, Simone de Beauviour. It’s not specifically about the word “tomorrow”, but it is about the future, and is pretty inspirational:

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
–  Simone de Beauvoir.

My next quote is a little more famous but, again, is one that I consider to be very inspirational:

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning  –  Albert Einstein.

My Nominees:

  1. Pensivity101.
  2. Sync with Deep.
  3. The Haunted Wordsmith.

Thanks for reading!

To my nominees: as always, there is no obligation to take part in this challenge – if nothing else, just see it as an appreciation of your work!