Mess is Where the Books Are

Daily Prompt: Sweeping Motions

What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.

It used to be my bedroom. Papers and books scattered across the floor like a second layer of carpeting with art supplies lining the walls but all that has been picked up and cleared away because of the attack of the silverfish. Now the messy place is my nightstand, where bills are thrown and forgotten.

Actually, it’s not a nightstand but a small office bookcase (too broke to buy a nightstand). The spillover from my bookcase is stocked on it as well as art supplies and a few electronics. On top, I have a lamp, alarm radio, batteries, medicine, Bible (of course), an exiled Nook Color, a few articles I’ve printed, an old purse, Our Daily Bread (a daily devotional), Christian Rudder’s Dataclysm (which I just completed), pens and highlighter, a bottled water, booklight, and a stack of bills I try hard to make invisible by the force of my mind.

I’ve tried tidying it but every time I succeed in doing so, it refills within a few days. Sometimes I wonder if my family contributes to the mess. It simple cannot be just me. The thing is my nightstand has become an easy place to throw things I’d rather not think about—bills—or to place things that I can quickly access from my bed—currently-reading books, medicine, Bible, and water, a bit in that order.

I love to read in bed. It’s easier to find a comfortable position there than in a chair. Usually I like to keep all the materials I’m currently reading on the floor by my bed but now I keep the most recent (or the most engaging) on my nightstand to cut back on the clutter. Medicine—for a stuffy nose—should always be on hand for a clogged nose means little sleep and I am always grumpy when I don’t get enough sleep. The Bible is mandatory in my house. Almost every room has one. Unfortunately, I don’t read it as often as I should but I like to keep it close as I am a bit superstitious and having it nearby is comforting. As for the water, I get thirsty. It can be a nuisance sometimes though. Drink too much water and your dreams will be interrupted by you having to use the bathroom frequently which sucks when it’s a great dream involving Michael Fassbender and a motorcycle.

Now that this daily prompt has alerted me to the messiness next to my bed, I’ll have to schedule time to clear it away this weekend. I think I’ll extend the chore to my bookcase, which is also a mess simply because the books aren’t organized. Oh and there may be a few things on there that shouldn’t be—2 empty water bottles, an old glasses case, a defective computer mouse, bath salts (as if I have time for a relaxing bath), funny glasses that I only wear on my birthday, boxes of contact lenses, empty bottles for a plug-in air freshener, a stack of photos, a bunch of magazines, journals, and, of course, books. Funnily, those random items seem to disappear when placed along the shelves with the books. Their colors blend into the colors of the books’ spines making the items invisible. No wonder I forget they’re there!

Apart from these too spots, my room neat. I can’t have too much mess because it will make me agitated and unable to think clearly. But it’s impossible for me to have a tidy spot that also hosts my books. I will interact with that spot too frequently to not make a mess of it. So as much as I will clean and tidy this weekend, by next weekend, the nightstand and bookcase will look much the same as it does today.

Divergent factions

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth

The cover does make me think Hunger Games.

The cover makes me think of Hunger Games.

As with Vampire Academy and Beautiful Creatures, it’s the movie that sparked my interest in this book. I enjoyed watching the protagonist, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, develop from a shy, reserved girl into a confident, fearless young woman. I was drawn to the slow progression of her relationship with Four and, of course, I loved it when Four (played by actor Theo James) ripped his shirt off to show Tris his tattoo (…well, he didn’t exactly rip his shirt off but in my mind he did). Wanting to know how similar the novel is to the movie, I decided to purchase the book to find out.

Quick summary (spoilers):

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, where all that remains are structural skeletons of our present society. The city is surrounded by a huge, electric fence that’s guarded by a security patrol. Something beyond the city threatens it and citizens are warned not to venture far beyond its limits.

Within this barricade is a society organized into five factions—Dauntless, for the brave; Erudite, for the intelligent; Candor, for the honest; Amity, for the harmonious; and Abnegation, for the selfless. Tris’ family belongs to Abnegation but Tris yearns to break from the restrictions of her faction. She doesn’t feel as if she fits in. Instead, she is attracted to the Dauntless and often wishes to run free with them but her loyalty to her family leaves her ashamed of such thoughts.

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“Everything Wrong With Divergent” — CinemaSins

Blogging 101 Assignment: Try a New Posting Style

I hardly post videos so I decided to do one for this assignment. Plus I have a review of Divergent coming soon. The following video is from CinemaSins, a YouTube channel that posts critiques of movies. Their most popular videos are the “Everything Wrong With…” series.

I highly suggest you visit their channel to watch the other videos in the series. They’re totally hilarious!

Inktober 1

Inktober: Drawing #1

Inktober badge

It’s Inktober!!! I wasn’t aware of this event until I read a post on Somnivision Art’s blog detailing what it is. I was immediately enthused to partake.

Wanting to know more, I did a bit of digging (which means I typed “Inktober” into Google) and found Jake Parker’s website on which he talks about how he came up with Inktober, the rules for the event (I’ll paste them below), and the possible tools one can use for it. He also has Inktober badges and other items for the event on his site. The badge above is from there.

I’ve seen a few of the artists I follow on Youtube participating in the events as well and that made me even more interested in it. I won’t have the time to do a drawing each day but I’ll try my best to do as much as as I can. I’ll be using Pigma Micron pens and I’ll mostly do some geometric-looking design thingies as seen in the picture above (sorry about it being so blurry). It’s my first drawing for Inktober and it’s unfinished. I got upset with it because it wasn’t going the way I wanted it to but I’ll continue with it and hope for the best. It might look great when done.

Well, for those of you interested in joining the fun of Inktober, here are the rules (as posted on Jake Parker’s website):

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.



“The Book of Three” by Lloyd Alexander

:( I don't like this cover much. Too scary.

I don’t like this cover much. Too scary.

Embark on a rollicking adventure with Taran and his friends as they chase after the oracular pig, Hen Wen, while staving off the advancing army of the Horned King.

Quick summary:

Lloyd Alexander has woven a spectacular tale in The Book of Three, which tells the story of a farm boy who tries to save the world from impending doom. Taran has dreams of embarking on great adventures like the knights he often hears of in stories but Dallben, a wizard and master of Caer Dallben where Taran resides, keeps him at his dreary chores and lessons. On the day he is assigned as the assistant pig keeper, Taran loses his charge when the animals on the property are thrown into a frenzy. It was all Taran could do to keep Hen Wen in her pen. Hen Wen was in such a fright that she barreled Taran into the ground and dashed into the woods.

Set on his duty, Taran chases after her but bumps into the Horned King, a fearsome warrior that wears the antlered skull of a stag over his face, and his Cauldron-Born army (akin to zombies). The Horned King is a pawn of Arawn’s, ruler of the land of the dead. Taran barely manages to escape them with a slash across his back. Luckily, he is discovered by Gwydion, a high prince, who nurses him back to health. Gwydion is one of the mighty knights Taran often hears of in stories but in reality he seems nothing more than a man. It so happens that Gwydion was on his way to Caer Dallben to visit Hen Wen for a prophesy. But since Hen Wen has fled, he decides to help Taran find her and warn his people at Caer Dathyl in the north of the Horned King’s advancing army.

“It is not the trappings that make the prince nor, indeed, the sword that makes the warrior.” — Gwydion

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