Coffee Is Eternal… and Polka Will Never Die

“Hey, Her Royal Witchiness,” my friend said, “I would worship your cackling until Valhalla runs out of drink, swords and sexy flesh, if you go over my post-BEA reading.”

“Sure,” I said, “Sent it. I’ll take a look-see after I finish my Artful Readers Club entry for May.”

“You spend so much time in things like that when you could be writing. I don’t get it,” she said.

On Writing,” I said, summoning the Stephen King within. ‘If you don’t have time to read, [young grasshopper], you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.’”

She laughed. You’d have probably done the same thing. My Stephen King impersonation sounds a lot like Rosie Pérez swallowed Yoda, and the force is nowhere to be found. But I digress…

Señor King’s word weaving is not just brain-bursting creepy, but also clever. Because I believe the horror writer (and because I’m hopelessly addicted to words), I read at least three hours a day. My daily word consumption time is split between my work in progress, other people’s fiction, blog posts (news, personal mayhem wisdom, writing industry…), scholarly journals, and my guilty pleasures (The OnionThe Øxymorøn, and tweets from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

Also, I enjoy exploring other artistic expressions. They inspire me to write more vivid stories, and keep my inner-Aries from getting too high on egocentrism. You see, my Wicked Darlings, a healthy dose of narcissism is good creativity food. But when we forget that we are not the center of the universe, the latter is only too happy to feed us burning reality until it leaks out of our startled eyeballs… or in the case of Harry Dresden, until it melts our flesh.
Coffee is eternal, too! (especially [if] made from mutated beans)
“Polka will never die.” Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Blame that (coffee bit) on Kim (we had been discussing coffee and Harry Dresden the day before ;-)
The bookmark was inspired by a quote from Jim Butcher’s Dead Beat, book seven of The Dresden Files. Click the link to read my short review. An infinity symbol with the edges burned—there was a lot fire power in the novel—and yes, polka-dots.
I used scrap paper (a recycled music sheet from my Piano Man), black and red permanent markers, a string I found in my craft box, and a wee book charm.
My Piano Man helped me find words, from “Children Will Listen,” that seem to have been written for Mr. Harry Dresden (professional wizard) himself: “Careful the path they take, wishes come true.”
And my creation is already in the mail, riding towards its forever home.
Speaking of riding…
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So... I do the blog club thing because it is a great way to exercise my creative muscle.
What about you? Why do you join blog projects, parties, hops, fest…? 
visit The Artful Readers Club, and read on…

45 comments:

  1. I want to express myself not only in my blog, I need more space, hence I join different parties, and of course, meeting many other creative (just like I myself (:narcissims?:)) folks is simply awesome!
    Magaly, honestly, until I read it was a bookmark, I though it was some kind of a sleep mask you made for yourself.. :) it looks awesome and includes all your favorite things (so far) :) great idea!

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    1. I thought it looked like a bra lol

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  2. Which reminds me... The diandrocentric world, on days when everything revolves around me... or the dizziness might come from the rum. We'll never know. ^^

    Stephen King is right, reading feeds writing. I wish I had more time for reading, but I try to sneak at least 20min per day while on the subway/bus. Unfortunately the hours at the office are a complete waste of time (except for the fact that they pay my rent and food). Well, not complaining too much, it's all first-world problems.

    Those bookmarks remind me, I still have to sew an elephant before Sunday... ugh.

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    1. How do you feel about audio books? I listen to them when I'm cooking, cleaning... and such. It adds a lot of reading time. I listen to the fun, easy to follow stuff in audio form, and leave the toughies for my sit downs. It works for me.

      Are you going to add a snorkel to the elephant? :-D

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    2. Was tempted to, but Richard wearing his pentagram necklace (he is not one of "us", I have no clue why it is important to him) to a Catholic ceremony raised enough eyebrows without our crude sense of humor. ^^

      I like audiobooks, but somehow never get around to putting them where I can listen to them. Eventually I will put my (once it's replaced) notebook in the kitchen for exactly this purpose. But carrying it through toe flat? Ain't nobody got time for that. ^^

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    3. I just giggled, thinking of the faces of everyone who glanced at Richard's pentagram. Your man is too hilarious ;-D

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  3. You had me at "coffee", Mags.

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    1. Coffee makes everything more delicious ;-D

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  4. Coffee sets the mood! :-) I join blogs/reading clubs cuz I am curious and interested in points of view!. Also a good discussion gets my bp going... its a challenge to express pov's also we learn from each other!. btw did u read King's 11/22/63? My oldest gave me that book and omg, I loved it... he had some great characters in it.

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    1. Nothing like the opportunity to see life through the eyes of another (especially from a safe place).

      I haven't read 11/22/63, but since you are twisting my arm, I'll add it to my TBR list :-D

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    2. Goodreads.com always has discussions going on... my only complaint is that when they say they have an online interview w/an author, it ain't a visual one online with the author, its with the interviewer!!! now that sucks

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  5. Harry and Sue; loved that scene (I was going to put it back...).

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    1. Isn't Sue the best? And what about Bob high on Sue? Totally perfect.

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  6. Also love the bookmark. Thanks, sweetie!

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  7. I'm a big, big coffee drinker, so enjoyed this tremendously. The bookmark made the book (and the polka dots) come alive.

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    1. Coffee does wonders for the soul and the imagination.

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  8. Your writing always makes me smile...you certainly have a gift for it!! I, too, didn't realize your art was a bookmark... I though "blinbdfold!" Fun art!!

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    1. As you can see, my art has multi-purpose: a can be a bookmark, a bra, a blindfold... go me!

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  9. Love the bookmark! Now I wish I'd think of it at the beginning and I'd have 12 book related bookmarks done at the end. And I always enjoy reading your words because you have such a fun and interesting way of putting them together. :)

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    1. There are seven left! You can always have a bookmark for every day of the week ;-D

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  10. Great idea to make a bookmark for your artwork, and using the infinity symbol. I find most books have print too small for me these days and that's why I love my Kindle ... But I do wish I could slip a bookmark in there, a proper one.
    Not my genre of book, but I'm always interested in reading about other peoples choices and views.

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    1. One of the main reasons why most of my library is in Kindle format is because my eyes don't do well with small print. I save eye-to-paper time for work, for things I can't get on Kindle and for my own writing of course. And thank goodness for LARGE print books lol The latter and my wee paper library, which contains my all time favorites, give me a chance to use one or three bookmarks.

      This year, I also joined The Eclectic Reader Challenge. It has been... interesting. My preference stay around dark and bloody fiction, but this challenge forced to choose Romance, Historical, Nonfiction... and other things I normally wouldn't read. There have been some wonderful surprises (Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres was one of them--I LOVE it).

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  11. That bookmark is adorable, but I saw a bra at first or a sleep mask! LOL! I love blog hops and blog swaps ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. Multipurpose indeed. Sometimes, I surprise myself ;-D

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  12. I love the idea of making a bookmark. The colour is great and the shape. Thank you for sharing your creativity. I love the sense of connection and sharing that blog hops give. It is difficult to meet with such a wide range of skilled and interesting people so easily anywhere else because the people we meet every day can be reluctant to share their creativity for fear of rejection - blog hops tend to be inclusive and celebratory of creative achievement for all. I have 'met' wondrous, original people like you through ARC. You're out there somewhere, but you can be hard to find! x

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    1. You know, I'm forwarding your comment to a friend. She is a writer (a wonderful one, too) but she is terrified of possible rejection. It is a difficult thing to overcome (it is one of the reasons why I enter challenges like this one: I know I won't be the best (it is not my area), but I enjoy myself anyway. And I do it, while being free to make mistakes (and getting to meet some amazing souls). What's not to love?

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  13. The bookmark reminds me of Grandchild #3: she enjoys coffee with milk, looks good in polka dots, & has fun growling back at me :)

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    1. That is too sweet. And everyone should LOVE polka dots; they're awesome!

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  14. Love your bookmark - I thought it was a sunglasses case at first! Thank goodness for large print books and the Kindle - also comforting to know others have the same problem as me i.e. tired eyes. Keep on with the writing - you have a something to say!

    Janet xx

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    1. Go me and the versatility of my art lol!

      I think many people (some without realizing it) have issues with small print. I used to get so many unexplained headaches. But no more!

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  15. Long live the coffee and maybe that's why I haven't been writing I'm behind on my reading.

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  16. Love your bookmark - and I really think I ought to give these Dresden Files books a go, I think they would be right up my street! Didn't they make it into a TV show too? Is that still going? I don't think it ever made it into UK TV schedules.

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    1. The books are awesome, the TV show not so much. They changed too many things...

      I'm glad you liked the bookmark ;-D

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  17. I do challenges and host challenges because I know that I am inherently lazy, and committing to a challenge forces me to get my backside into gear and actually make something instead of just talking or reading about it.

    love your bookmark, very clever way to represent your review.

    Reading so many reviews of the Dresden Files, I am going to have to read them at some point.

    you should write more, your writing is beautiful and funny and creates a very pleasant voice inside my head.

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    1. I should forward your comment to a friend of mine who needs a bit of encouragement every now and then. I join challenges for the same reasons.

      Glad you liked the bookmark. I shall write on ;-)

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  18. Great idea to do a bookmark - I'm forever losing mine lol. Keep thinking I should try the Dresden files, I'll get round to it one day :) x

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    1. I think I go to Comic Con to restock my bookmark supply lol

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  19. I love your infinity book mark...looks like boobies :D...and I join blog parties to get inspiration, and study other peoples interpretations of the same prompt :D XXX

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    1. Boobies! You know, it seems I've managed to make a bookmark, sleeping mask, a bra, sunglasses case... yep, I'm magic!

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  20. I have a tattoo of infinity (with a heart) on my left inner wrist, ♥ it! And polka dots too! :)
    I challenge myself to keep going forward, hopping by on other blogs inspires me and helps to keep creating. Creating keeps me sane! It's my daily dose of 'drugs' to calm me and help me get the things in order in my head...
    Looking at it this way it's a health-benefit and my doc approves! ;)

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    1. I can definitely relate to the use of creativity as a drug. I stay high on it, and when I don't get my fix, I shake violently.

      Yep, blogging is definitely good therapy ;-)

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  21. Great dea for your artwork. Love the bookmark. As always I really enjoyed reading your review.

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    1. It was inspired by zombies and polka dots, it had to be awesome :-D

      Glad you like it.

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