• Discussion Post

    sarc2020 starter kit; where you could begin

    A while back, I realised I was not reading as many South Asian stories as I would have liked. Maybe because growing up I couldn’t get my hands on many. The shelves of bookstores and libraries near me were filled with internationally published books – and almost all of them were white. So it was a nice change when more South Asian stories started to be published in the ‘mainstream’. The first time I read a story that mentioned a myth I grew up hearing – the book was Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen and the myth was the story of Harnakash and his son Prahlad – I had to…

  • Quarterly Wrap Up

    jan – mar 2020; it’s a wrap

    A little bit late, but well, I haven’t been blogging much at all, have I? I think I’m in another reading slump? I don’t know, on the one hand, these past three months have been good! I’ve been writing some, I’ve been reconnecting with old fandoms – but every time I try and interact again with the online book community, I find myself retreating to a few bloggers I can trust because there is so much Drama and so little nuance in the way the big names talk about things. I feel like that is why I haven’t been blogging or booktubing at all since the year has started. There…

  • Quarterly Wrap Up,  Yearly Wrap Up

    oct – dec 2019; it’s a wrap

    Am I two months late for a wrap up and fallen behind on everything blog and booktube? Yup! The last three months of 2019 were good on a lot of fronts, but in November, my external harddrive crashed, and I panicked about losing EVERYTHING on it. Because of that, I stepped back from blogging and my booktube, and even though we managed to get all my data back, it has taken me until now to get back on here! I have been writing, however, and I have made the step to look for freelance writing jobs. I also celebrated my birthday in October! That was great, and after that, I…

  • Discussion Post

    ;five asian booktubers you should subscribe to

    I realised a couple of days ago that I don’t actually follow that many Asian BookTubers, and this is a shame that I intend to correct. In the meantime! There are a few BookTubers of Asian descent that I adore, and a few that I think are of Asian descent* and please give them all some love. *If I’m wrong, please let me know! I found Saajid @ Books Are My Social Life via another BookTuber and honestly, he is so great and fun to follow. He is so honest and frank about his views, and so entertaining to watch! Highly, highly recommend his videos to everyone. Jules @ InconsistentlyJules…

  • Discussion Post

    ;something wicked this way come

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Or almost Halloween, anyway. I don’t read horror books, so I could not think of what would be appropriate for this week’s blog post until I stumbled onto a genius idea. I think it’s genius, anyway. Who wants a list of the scariest villains I’ve come across in literature so far*? *This list may contain spoilers for some series, so proceed with caution! Dolores Jane Umbridge.Say what else you will about the Harry Potter series, she was one of the most chilling villains I have ever come across because it is so plausible for her to exist in the real world. Take away the magic, and she’s still…

  • Instant To-Read

    instant to-read; the desi folktale edition

    Diwali is this weekend, and I thought it would be a nice way to honour my heritage to talk about some folktales I would love to see more of. It may be that I am looking in the wrong places, but I rarely – if ever – see retellings and reimaginings of desi folktales in media. Sometimes we get Bollywood movies, that is true. But books? I don’t think I’ve ever seen any and that is honestly such a shame because South Asia has a very rich and vibrant culture and history that should be taken advantage of*. *I am very glad to see so many South Asian authors using…

  • Discussion Post

    ;five asian bookstagrammers you should follow (part 2)

    I was having some issues with WordPress for a few days – I could not create content or even access the ‘new blog post’ page! But things are working now, cross your fingers they keep working, and I am back! With a few more of my favourite Asian bookstagrammers for you to follow*! *If you are not on this list, it’s not that I don’t love you, because I do! I just want to keep with the number five. I’ve been following Lyza from @lyzabethsay for ages, and every theme she switches up to has always been so good. Have you seen Fanna’s, @fannatality, feed? Can we say GOALS? Honestly,…

  • Discussion Post

    ;the hero’s journey vs. the heroine’s journey

    A few years ago, I did my Masters in Creative Writing, and as part of it, had to break down the tropes and pitfalls present in the fantasy genre – the genre I was writing in – for it. I never thought of presenting that on the blog, but a while back, I was thinking on it again. And I thought, why not? Did you know that there is a difference between the Hero’s journey and the Heroine’s journey? Until I started this research, I sure didn’t! The traditional Hero’s Journey is when the (generally) male protagonist is called upon to act in a secondary world, usually of strange powers…

  • Quarterly Wrap Up

    jul – sept 2019; it’s a wrap

    These last three months have been A Lot in many ways. I won’t be going in depth, I think, because the last three months seem like they lasted forever. I feel like nothing much happened in July? The clay classes I was going for were great – I’ve finished a number of projects, and am on project number 4. I’m very proud of how things are going, but being creative on this front means I haven’t been as productive on the writing front. August had a very good thing and a very bad thing happen. My cousin had her baby! An adorable little baby boy who is growing so fast.…

  • Handle With Care

    handle with care; the sci-fi edition

    A lot of things in the science-fiction genre seem to cross over into the fantasy genre. Or maybe the media I consume is a blend of the two. That is, after all, my favourite type of story. This will be another short post, because sci-fi is something I am trying to get more into, but I do wind up reading the same sorts of things over and over. Stories with aliens can be a definitive hit or miss for me. They either work very well, or not at all. Usually, the relationship between aliens and humans is written as an allegory for racism, but in a lot of ways it…