I’m Taking a Break

As you can see from the title, I’ll be taking a break. I know I just came back from a hiatus that lasted from mid-2016 to the end of the year. I also realise that I just started a new blogging schedule and this break can’t come at a worse time.

Thing is, as important as my blog is to me, I have other important things to focus on as well i.e. my studies and my life.

My blog helps with my mental health but I don’t think this outlet is going to help me when I’m stressing about deadlines and whether or not I’m doing well enough to pass. I have to prioritise, you know.

In saying that, I’m sad to be stepping away but it’s what I need to do if I want to excel in achieving my goals.

Any posts that go up while I’m gone were scheduled beforehand and I don’t think I’ll be scheduling any more for the moment. I won’t be reviewing novels/comic books for the foreseeable future and I’ve already updated my review policy.

Good luck to those currently writing exams and happy reading,

See you when I get back,
Caron xx

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to James over at this-is-my-truth-now for nominating me for this award. I’ve been seeing this one go around and I’ve been waiting for the day I was nominated so thank you, James! To new friends and the epic journey of finding new cool and interesting things. Onward we go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RULES:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog! (Being kind)
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination (passing the love, that was given)
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice (At least)
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful)

MY FACTS:

  • I haven’t stepped foot in a library in 10 years.
  • My voice gets high pitched when I’m really excited.
  • I prefer Classic Rock music over other genres
  • I have a fear of heights and flying.
  • I dabble with the piano a bit.
  • I’m 22 and I still have a ‘blanky’ from the time I was 12. It’s Winnie the Pooh themed.
  • I don’t read/watch anything horror related because I believe in ghosts and me being very spiritual, I’m always afraid it’ll attract unwanted spirits.

 

I NOMINATE:

bytheletterbookreviews

Coffeehouse Chatter

BookBum

mychestnutreadingtree

Written Word Worlds

ChocolatePages

The Book Review Cafe

Write Through The Night

The Not So Secret Life of a Fangirl 

Living in Pages

The Book Was Better

adoptabookaus

Rachel Reads Ravenously 

The Book-Filled Day

Cafe Book Bean

 

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Writing: An art or am I just going with the flow?

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

So here’s the thing: anybody can write. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it. Anyone can pick up a pen and write something down. Does that make them a writer? What exactly makes someone a writer? The answer: I don’t know.

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old and I’ve been calling myself a writer since I handed in my first story to my third grade teacher. I got a high mark and lots of praise so I figured since I had the talent, I might as well continue. I moved on to poems but I realised that I don’t understand poems in general, making me not like them so I went back to writing whatever random story popped into my head.

Even though anyone can be a writer, there is a bit of talent behind it. Some skill even. It’s not necessary that whatever someone writes automatically becomes a bestseller but it can happen. I’ve seen people come from out of the blue and rise up like a friggin phoenix and impress so many people with their literary skills. I’m not sure if, at times, luck has anything to do with it.

With writing, what I used to do was have papers strewn all over the place. I’d use my mirror and my cupboard doors and dry-erase boards an jot down any idea that popped in my head. Now I have a specific book for that but it was nice to see my ideas from my head to any available surface. I don’t always think up a full plot before I start a story- that’s also a new thing I’ve been doing. The last NaNo I took part in was 2015 I think, and although I didn’t reach the goal, I did go about it a different way. I had a plot, a music playlist, random scenes thrown out on the page. It was great, and while that story still isn’t complete, I know what I wanted from it.

I don’t write as much as I used to and it saddens me because I’m ‘too busy’ with so many other things that I don’t allow my thoughts to process and let new ideas form. I have a few WIP that I want to get back to because I believe they have potential. There’s one that I’m leaving as is. I’m not interested in writing about that topic anymore so I’m just going to let it stand.

I don’t know where I was supposed to go with this post but this is what I came up with. Thanks for sticking around.

Caron xx

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HAPPY 1 YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!

Diminishing Thoughts is a year old!! 

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I started this blog on a whim last year because I wanted my reviews to be seen outside of Goodreads. I didn’t know what was going to happen when I started this blog and I didn’t even have a name for it. My bro-like person decided on the name because it was irony as well as a play on words. My thoughts have in no way diminished, they just keep increasing.

On this day, the 7th of August, I was sitting with a few books in my hand and I reviewed them on Goodreads and I finally worked up the courage to sign up for NetGalley and I thought that a blog would go hand in hand with it.

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^This is a screenshot of my very first post. I can’t believe how many things have changed since that day.

Since then:

  • I turned 21
  • I recovered as well as I could from my anxiety
  • my depression has made a comeback but you know what? It’s okay. It’s okay because I finally have an outlet that doesn’t harm me or others around me. An outlet that I’m proud of. I have my blog.
  • I’ve fallen even more in love with the book world
  • I have discovered what I really want from life

We’ve made it through the year guys! I am so happy because I feel that I grew as a person and it shows on my blog. I’ve gained followers and I get to see some authors branch out and share their works with us. I feel honoured when that happens…like, I feel worthy. I feel like I could possess the power of Thor!

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In this year I have posted over 100 reviews (almost at 200), come up with new segments and I feel that just being around people (albeit online) who love books as much as I do plays a big part in my life, my happiness.

This is not widely known- because why advertise it, right?- but I felt lost in the world. I didn’t know which way to turn and when I graduated high school I realised that reading and/or buying books made me really happy…even if it was only for a few hours. I am proud of the person I am today and most of it is because of books. It’s why it hurts me inside when people insult bookworms. No one can force a person to read (seriously, those who do? Respect a person’s wishes) but when someone doesn’t like reading and they shove that hate into a bookworm’s face and ridicules them for it…it cuts me deep inside. My family aren’t bookworms, so naturally to them it’s insane to own over 300 books but I’m glad that they’re not stopping me. I don’t mind being called insane because even I think this obsession I have (I said in one post that this is an obsession not an addiction because if I was addicted it would mean that I was capable of stopping…as if!) is a bit out there, but I don’t mind because this is what I love.

There were times over the years when my internet would cut out for days at a time and it’d hardly bother me (except for when it was NaNoWriMo- you don’t mess with my internet then) but a few weeks ago my internet was off for a week. One whole week! I went to my aunt’s house and tweeted about my lack of internet and immediately started scheduling posts so that even though I was away, it wouldn’t look it. It was a very stressful week for me. That proves to me how important this actually is to me because even though I stress about book archive deadlines, and scheduling conflicts and trying not to disappoint authors, I wouldn’t give this up for anything. In the recent years, having a book blog is one of the best things to happen to me.

Wow…I went off on a tangent there, again. I keep doing that. Thank you guys so so so much for sticking around and being all around great people. Sometimes I feel like I’m freaking out alone, but all I have to do is open up my browser and I know that there are thousands of people freaking out along with me.

Thanks again. I appreciate you all and I hope to make the upcoming years as great or even greater than this year has been.

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-Caron xx

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New ideas, posts and all of the above.

We’re coming up on my 2 month anniversary (monthsary?) for my blog -7th October. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it’s on the same day Season 11 of Supernatural premieres. *Cue fangirl overload*

I’d like to add a few more things to my blog so that it’s not just reviews of books but other things that are book related as well. I already do a monthly Wrap-Up/TBR and that’s fine. I’ve finally settled on a look for those posts. (Everyone takes a while to figure out what they like, right?)

Things I’d like to add:

  • A Let’s Talk…*Insert Author’s Name* Segment. I’ve seen these going around and I don’t mean to copy anyone’s post but I feel like talking about authors and how I feel about their writing and how their writing has maybe helped me. I’m not sure if this should be weekly, fortnightly or monthly. I guess I’ll have to see how the first one/two goes.
  • An Expected Releases for…*Insert Month*post which will of course be a monthly thing. I don’t always buy books the second they’re released because I prefer paperbacks and I’m a bit of a cheapskate. I can still get excited about books coming out. E.g, I freaked out about the release of Queen of Shadows but I didn’t buy it because my book buying ban states that I cannot purchase a book if I have not read the previous instalment.
  • Where I’m at with my writing. It’s book related. I’ve already told my close friends that I do not plan on getting published. I feel like I’m not good enough yet. Still working on something that I might find worthwhile one day.
  • November’s coming up soon and I’ll be taking part in NaNoWriMo 2015. I’m not sure if I’ll win this year (my last win was 2013) but I can try. I have confidence! That month is going to be random updates and babbles about how my goal is faring. Expect late night highly caffeinated rants.

Thanks for reading! I hope that I can work to make this blog great one day. No rush.

New Blog, New Beginnings.

A little info about me to break the ice a little.

My name’s Caron, I’m 20 years old and Reading is what I spend most of my time doing. I’ve read so many books and built on my book collection that I’ve been told it’s near unhealthy. See if that’ll stop me though. I haven’t been an avid reader for a long time but I have always loved listening to people tell stories and I’ve picked up quite a few books over the years.

The thing that got me into reading was the need to escape. I didn’t much like my life so I sought out others’. The fact that all I had to do was pick up a book and get lost for a few hours was enough to get me addicted to the act of reading. Now, almost two years later, I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have a book to read, to touch, to look at.

Enough about the boring stuff, I’m new to this so I’ll probably mess up here and there and make mistakes but that’s what life’s about.

A note about my blog name, if you’ve made it this far in this post, It’s not even that long good for you, the name’s ironic. I’m a writer or at least I’m trying to be. I put thought to paper and sometimes it doesn’t work out but I’ve gotten a few hundred thousand reads so I think I’m okay. The fact that my thoughts are not diminishing and are forever expanding and making way for new ones shows the irony. And I thank my friend for giving me the idea.

Thank you and goodbye.

-Caron.