Friday, 30 September 2016

Love Letter To The Rain

Landscapes by Diego Berro , via Behance:
Landscapes by Diego Berro
Just something I wrote in History Class. Interpret it as you will.

I like it when the sky gets angry,
And bristles at the slightest touch.
Screaming,
But quietly.
Eyes flashing,
But it isn’t scary yet.
Now he’s losing his patience,
Even though he’s tried so hard. He curls his fists in frustration,
And he lets out an incredibly loud sigh.
The earth looks up to see what’s wrong,
But he is beyond reach now.
He tries to reason with himself,
Tells himself he’s okay.
But he’s not.
His eyes are fighting pretty insistent tears,
And his mouth is set in a scowl.
He is so beautiful when he’s angry,
I want to sit here and watch him all day.
Especially when he loses control
- control he’s caged within himself with all the manacles that he could find.
His tears flow freely now.
His body shakes in wrath.
His anger is so beautiful, it’s like a hurricane of feelings and all of the loveliness in the world has flocked to his face.
He doesn’t like me seeing him this way,
But I don’t mind.
I crave.
I crave to watch himself lose himself.
Maybe it’s cruel, maybe it’s incredibly selfish.
Maybe.
But all I want is to bathe myself in the rain of tears he sends down.
To drown myself in his grief.
To maybe forget my own.
And then, we can hold each other.
He can shed all the tears I am unable to.
He can lean on me and I can absorb all of his grief.
Add it to mine.
My, aren’t we an odd pair?
You try so hard not to feel.
I crave to feel something real.
Maybe we secretly resent each other.
But it’s alright.
It has to be.
Because your grief is beautiful and I don’t resent you that.
And maybe one day, I will cringe when I hear your thunder.
I dread those days.
Because you make me happy.
So very happy.
And I don’t know how to feel about that.
But it’s the only real thing I feel.
Am I that young though?
And yet, I feel so much older than you sometimes.
You, who are eons older.
Perhaps it’s because your smile  looks so new.
Unlike any other I have ever seen.
But your kisses are so young.
But I know that you aren’t young.
No matter how ever much it may seem so.
I know.
I know.
And I wish I didn’t.
Because one day I’ll be gone.
Maybe tomorrow.
Maybe a hundred years from now.
But I’ll be gone.
And maybe you’ll grieve me.
And I hate that I might add to your burden.
But you will move on.
Because that’s what life does, I’m told.
And I hate that.
I don’t want you to forget me.
I don’t want you to comfort someone else.
I don’t want you to come undone on someone else’s shoulder
I don’t want anyone to know what it’s like to be loved by you.
And I hate myself for thinking like that.
Because you of all people deserve what we have.
Maybe even more.
So much more.
So much more.
But move on you will.
You’ll find another broken girl,
Or another broken boy.
They’ll be so much lovelier than I have ever been
And they won’t be able to help themselves and love you.
And perhaps I’ll be your summer memory.
Warm.
Nice.
Maybe not.
But I don’t regret a thing.
Don’t forget that.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Monday, 6 June 2016

Ramadan Kareem!

‘Ramadan Kareem (Swashes with Fanoos)’ Islamic wall decal available at www.IradaArts.com.:
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Here's wishing you and your family a very prosperous and happy month of Ramadan. 

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Why you absolutely need to read FRANNY AND ZOOEY

'Franny and Zooey'  illustrated by Mike Medaglia:



I would never have read a book by Salinger, if it weren't for that one friend. You know, that one friend who explodes into your life, so unexpectedly that you are caught off guard. That friend. So this friend, told me to read the book, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares because apparently, I reminded him of the main character. And the book is written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, so it was obviously amazing, but the best thing about it is that I discovered Salinger. And I am ever so grateful for that.

I, if somewhat predictably, started off with The Catcher In The Rye. I admit that I was scared to get into it because of all the mixed reviews people have about it. But they were unfounded; I absolutely loved it. Holden Caulfield, may be self-righteous at times, but he is real. He is an embodiment of how we all feel at that time in our lives. How we feel wronged and how the world seems to be against us and how everything just seems pointless if we're all going to die.

But it was Franny and Zooey, that truly resonated with me. It was so relatable. The book deals with a girl, who seemingly has everything, who suffers a nervous breakdown and is severely confused about her spirituality. The book is about a boy who doesn't really know what he's doing. He's confused by the severity of his decisions. He is frustrated with the world and he's frustrated with his family. But the thing is, he loves his sister very much and he understands that she's at that stage in her life where she isn't sure of anything and he is very worried about her.


J.D. Salinger - Seriously, are we LIVING or just existing??:
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger

If you've read Salinger's works, you'd know about the Glass family. You'd know that they are a family of five brothers and two sisters. And you would also know that Seymour, who along with Buddy was the eldest of the Glass children had committed suicide some years prior to when Franny and Zooey is set. Seymour's death has a huge impact on the lives of all the members of the Glass family. It also have been what had lead to Franny having the nervous breakdown.

Now, I'm not going to analyze the book for the risk of completely ruining it and doing it complete injustice. All I'm going to say is that everyone of us needs a Zooey in our lives; because we've all been a Franny at one, or many points in our lives. We need someone who has a semblance of understanding us. Who is there for us. Who is our voice of reason. Who is so pretentiously wise, that you can't help but begrudgingly fall in love with him. That's what I love about Salinger's characters; they're real. You could pass them on the subway or at you local Starbucks and know nothing about them.
watercolor by rocketrictic, quote from j. d. salinger (via flickr):
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey:
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
It is imperative that you read this book before you die, because it will connect with you and because if you don't, you're missing out on something that is potentially life-changing.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Girl In The Spider's Web - David Lagercrantz [Review]

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If you read my blog or have been reading it for a long time, you'd know that I went on an extremely excited rant about The Millennium series being continued. And I'm about to do it some more.

After what seems like a million years, I FINALLY got around to read it. I was so ready to be disappointed. This is Stieg Larsson we're talking about. Heroes are never reliable. They're only human. They make mistakes and we get disappointed even though we know that. But Larsson was a phenomenon in the world of journalism. His work is what made me want to write and to want to become a lawyer. There are certain expectations surrounding him. I don't think anyone can surpass that, but David Lagercrantz has done a VERY, VERY good job.

Yes, I know, I've read that review from the New York Times, too. Apparently it has "too much computer-speak". I'm sorry, but what do you think hacking is? Poetry? This is a Lisbeth Salander book. It is supposed to written in technical terms. And it isn't so incomprehensible that someone with no computer degree won't get. If you really can't put together simple facts in a literary context, than you should seriously re-evaluate your career, old man.

The books takes place many years after the Zalachenko Affair, which made Mikael Blomkvist renowned for his journalism throughout Sweden. Blomkvist hasn't heard from Salander in ages. Millennium is falling behind on the financial scale. No groundbreaking story has been published in a long time and Millennium is forced to compromise it's integrity by bending to the will of a national tabloid headed by a former journalist who is extremely jealous of Blomkvist's fame.

Then, Blomkvist receives a tip from the assistant of a computer scientist - Frans Balder - who is considered a genius in his field. that links back to Lisbeth Salander. Frans Balder has an autistic son who is a savant who has advanced abilities in both, drawing and math. Frans has returned and taken his son away from his ex-wife and her abusive partner who have custody over August, his son. When Balder is killed, Blomkvist becomes involved in the case along with Salander.

I won't reveal anymore because I don't want to spoil the book, but you should know who turns up. Camilla Salander. That's right, the mysterious twin who Lisbeth despises. Lagercrantz involves her in the story in such a way that will leave you thinking, 'Yeah that makes sense,but I seriously wasn't prepared for that'. The book also talks about Zalachenko and Lisbeth's mother and the environment she grew up in.

Keeping prior to Larsson's style, the book deals with domestic violence against women and the sexism faced by women in the workforce. One particular quote that stays with me is:

...she wouldn't say that she was used to it because you never get used to it.

This was told in Hanna's (Balder's ex-wife and mother of August) perspective when she thinks about her abusive boyfriend. This quote was when I let go of the breath I didn't know I was holding. I knew then, that Lagercrantz would do justice to Larsson's work.

A thing I did miss, is how Larsson would allude to other works of literature, prominently Astrid Lindgern's. There is are references to Blomkvist's popular nickname - Kalle Blomkvist - and Salander's Pippi Longstocking, here and there. But other than that, there's hardly any.

But in the end, the book was absolutely fantastic and I really want Lagercrantz to write another book and continue the story.

5/5

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Monday, 25 April 2016

Obvious Child - Film review [Spoilers]

OBVIOUS CHILD (2014) - Movie Poster by Alex Kittle aka guiltycubicle on Etsy:

So, I have this thing that I do. I go to the library and just roam around the shelves. I then pick out random things that catch my eye - movies, books, comics, albums - and when the pile of things is significantly big (by this I mean that I cannot carry more stuff) I check them out and then, later regret it when I have too many things to utilize and not nearly enough time. But somehow, the cycle ALWAYS repeats itself. It's one of those quirks that drives my poor mother up the wall.

Today, I picked up a DVD called "Obvious Child" because I liked the cover design and found the title funny. I kid you not. I also have this hobby where I take out Rom-Com movies and see it. I then, tell my best friend (who is the biggest romantic I know) how bad it was. The hot male leads don't hurt either. The reason I'm writing an entire article about a movie that belongs to a genre I'm not too fond of? This movie surprised me.

Donna Stern is a stand up comedian who works in an indie bookstore. She jokes about her ridiculous sex life and her love life. She is the epitome of a modern women. She then finds out that her boyfriend has been sleeping with a very good friend of her and that he's now leaving Donna for her.

Donna is obviously devastated. She thought that this was the love of her life. Her father is sympathetic, her mother, not so much. Then after getting ridiculously drunk, Donna has a one night stand with a stranger she meets at the bar she does her stand up regularly. This guy, Max, is not exactly Donna's type. She thinks no more of the situation and believes that she'll never see him again.

Then, a few weeks later, Donna finds out that she's pregnant. She's absolutely sure that she's not ready to be a mother yet. So, she schedules an appointment for two weeks later to terminate her pregnancy. She doesn't tell her parents but is an emotional wreck over it. She then finds out that the bookstore is closing down and whilst she is helping with the packing, Max stumbles into the shop. 

Donna is awkward around him and brushes his advances off because she is reluctant to tell him that she is pregnant with his baby. But due to his persistence and Donna's frustration at her life, she goes out with him invites him over. But due to a really rude friend and Donna's reluctance to get involved with Max, she ends up hurting him and making him feel foolish.

Donna then realizes her mistake and then goes to her mother and tells her about her abortion plans. Her mother surprisingly, is very understanding and shares her own abortion story with Donna.

Donna then announces to Max that she is pregnant and that she doesn't want to keep the baby on her next stand up routine. Max, is shocked and storms out of the show. The next day, being Valentine's Day, Donna remarks at the irony of her situation to her friend who is accompanying her to the appointment. Max suddenly appears and asks to go with Donna instead. He supports her through he whole ordeal and then they go back home. The film closes on them watching Gone With the Wind on the couch with their hands entwined.

This movie was a romantic comedy. And trust me I have seen my share of movies where the female lead gets pregnant and then falls in love with the person who got her into the situation. Obvious Child is not like that. Most of the pregnancy-comedy movies don't even approach the topic of abortion, let alone make a movie about it. It is not even an option that the women might not be ready for the baby. Such is Planned Parenthood ostracized, even in Hollywood. 

This movie gave me hope, that it's okay to not want something you're not ready for. That a lot of women have abortions. That you're not a bad person because of it. My religion (like most religions) condemns abortion. But I never really had anything against the idea of Planned Parenthood. It's so much beneficial to women on the whole. It has opened up so many opportunities for us and gave us a new outlook on life. The fact that Donna goes through with the procedure without hesitation, is what makes this movie so amazing. She made her own decision and no one tries to dissuade her from it. Not even her possible love interest.

5/5

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Lois Lane: Fallout - Gwenda Bond



GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:


Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screen name, SmallvilleGuy.

My Review (Spoiler-free):

This book was lived up to every one of my expectations. Gwenda Bond definitely did justice to Lois Lane. I grew up in a society where women were judged and shamed, no matter what they were doing in life. No one was free from the stigma. A female news reporter was never pretty enough, or smart enough or had no business doing a serious job. Then, I came across Lois Lane, who was this amazing woman who answered to no man. She challenged Clark Kent and always got the story. She is phenomenal. 

Gwenda Bond's Fallout is told from the point of view of a teenage Lois Lane. She is smart, but not a genius. She is brave, no overly invested in drama and has a sensible approach to every matter. She is reckless, but not stupid and in the end, she saves the day (with a little help from Superman of course). The book tackles on bullying, crime, mind-control and technology at it's scariest.

The book also gives insight to the struggle Los has keeping her strict father pleased, but at the same time not compromising her own beliefs. It accurately captures how hard it is to grow up and not kow half the time what you're doing. The only problem in the book was how unrealistic it was that Lois got to skip so many classes without getting reprimanded or having her grades sunk. Fucking fairy tale.

You should definitely read this.

5/5

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Mid Term Playlist


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It's that dreaded time of the year again: mid terms. The time when your teachers take delight in taunting you about the daunting prospect of your grades. When your friends have mini breakdowns in the library over parabolas and history assignments (DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE HISTORY ASSIGNMENTS).

Remember Easter? Or Spring Break? Or the long break we just came from, if you live in Canada? It all seems so long ago. Now all we seem to do is moan about how much we hate our teachers or the homework we didn't do.

Well, as one over-worked high school student to another, I have something that might help. Below is a list of songs that soothe me down when I really cannot afford to freak out. It's okay if you don't like my music. Just don't trash talk it. But...if it does work out, then the universe will have one less stressed out soul. Oh and guys, try and remember, grades are important, but they're not the end of the world. So whatever happens, let it wash over you. Don't fret too much.

THE PLAYLIST:

1. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

2.Smile - Mikky Ekko

3. Wonderwall - Oasis

4. Anna Sun - Walk The Moon

5. Colors - Halsey

6. Ghost - Halsey

7. 1957 - Milo Greene

8. Ophelia - The Lumineers

9. Safe and Sound - Taylor Swift

10. I Can't Make You Love Me - Patti Smith

11. If I Die Young - The Band Perry

12. If I Lose Myself - One Republic

13. I Lived - One Republic

14. Wings - Little Mix

15. Demons - Imagine Dragons

16. If This Was A Movie - Taylor Swift

17. Photograph - Ed Sheeran

18. Organs - Of Monsters and Men

19. Brave - Sarah Bareilles

20. Hold Me Down - Halsey

Sunday, 10 April 2016

The One year landmark

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Today's the day! TABIT is FINALLY, a year old. And as I write this, I am both euphoric and ridiculously nostalgic. What started out as joke has turned into something semi-serious.

I never really was good with an audience, so it was really surprising how widespread this blog's reach was; and to be honest a bit exhilarating.

This blog helps me focus, when I have no idea what to write. It helps me voice my opinions and it gives me a medium to stand up for what I believe in. And it may sound corny (trust me, I'm barfing up in my mind palace) but it's pretty much true.

So, now that we've hit the big milestone (and I hope to God it doesn't end here) it's time we moved forward.

This Blogoversary, I pledge (it's a one year mark, it HAS to be corny) to continue to improve my shitty writing and to never to censor my opinions; because the day we start censoring the truth without being forced to, is the day the apocalypse is upon us. We live in a shitty world, there's no sugarcoating that. People need to know what's real and what's not. It's their basic right. It's OUR basic right.

So please, say whatever you want and stand up for yourself. Because if you don't do that, you will end up regretting your whole life. And how long are we going to live? We might all die tomorrow. Morbid as it is, our lives are painfully short; and it's time we realized that.

So here's to us making it to a whole year and a hope that we might make it to the next.

Love,
Zoe Summers

And you wonder why we're so defensive.

Interview with an Artist - Pakhee Jha

I was introduced to Pakhee Jha a year ago by Foram. She messaged me this absolutely stunning portrait of Arya and Firnen from Eragon. It was so intricately done, I knew that I had to talk to this amazing person who managed to make Arya look...maternal, for lack of a better word. I then went on a delightful spree of exploring her other works all so conveniently on the Internet. I then began an interview with Pakhee - who in addition to having an excellent taste in music, also has an amazing taste in books - which spanned out for a year due to my genius in the art of procrastination. The interview which is finally concluded is a first in a series of interview (which will hopefully not take me a year) with artists of all creed. Now I'll shut up and let you read into the life of Pakhee Jha. 

THE INTERVIEW:

Q: I don't really know you all that well, so if you had to do a brief introduction how would you do it?

A: I'm a 15 year old short girl, who also happens to be a ninja who is devoted to Green Day for life. I got Sirius Black back from the Underworld, and all I do is draw. That's basic.

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The Marauders - Pakhee Jha

Q.  From your artwork, it is obvious that you are influenced by books a lot. Harry Potter in particular. Can you tell us what moved you the most from the saga?

A.Sirius. Sirius Black


Q. Can you tell me a bit more on that?

A. Sure. Well see, Sirius and I have the same personality and that is one of the many reasons why I love him so much. In fact, he's someone I love the most after my family.

Q. Uh uh. I get you. Sirius Black has got to be the most amazing character written by J.K. Rowling. The way he kept himself sane for years in Azkaban and then dedicates his whole life to protecting his godson. And then he gets killed by the woman who's probably the most hated villain after Umbridge. Have you ever thought of drawing Bellatrix?


A. No.
I don't draw stuff that radiates pain and sorrow.
And, people love her. She's one of the most beloved villain (in the Harry Potter universe). Although, I HAVE written her name on pieces of paper and then ripped them up in the worst possible manner. Unfortunately, I can't really harm her because she's already dead.

Arya and Firnen - Pakhee Jha

Q: Let's talk about this. Did you always see Arya as dark haired? Any particular reason?

A. Well, I always saw Arya with jet black hair. as for the reason, well, she DOES have black hair for one, and apart from that I love black hair and I would probably see the most beautiful woman (and Arya is beautiful alright) with straight, long jet black hair.


Q. I agree, there is something extremely otherworldly-like  beautiful about black hair. Do you draw most of your subjects with black hair?


A. Well, no


It depends on what kind of a look a want them to have

Q. Like?

A. Like, a haughty or a cool look.

Inspired by myself, actually. Straight black hair falling around my face like an unkempt curtain gives a pretty cool/cocky look. But then that also suits only certain kinds of personalities
If I am going to  draw someone with a more innocent look, I'll go for lighter hair
Although if you look at people around you, then the black hair doesn't give them the kind of look I described at all; its perfectly normal.

Q. I know what you mean. I mean, I have black hair and I never manage to look cool or cocky. Do you think that the hair details are what define the outcome of the subject?

A. No, not really


Q. Then what do you think does? Any specific detail?

A. Facial expression and body language. Hair just kind of.... Changes the aura of the person.

Q. That's an interesting opinion. What facial expression do you enjoy drawing the most?

A. Arrogant and confident. AAHAHAHA

Q. Spoken like a badass heroine. And now let's talk about one of my favourites from your work. Is that James Potter?

Pakhee Jha

A. Holy moly, that's not James, that's not James at all!! It is not a particular person, even. Its just a man, slightly polished from the outside, although really he's nothing. Because, you know, you can polish and decorate a rock, but that doesn't change the fact that its really just a rock. You know what I mean?

Q. I guess. But it is still very beautiful. Let's talk about you now. I know for a fact, that you LOVE Green Day; and not that I need a reason (me being a fan myself) but is there a reason why?

A. Well there are plenty of reasons:

A) Their music rocks. ROCKS. And they're a punk band. Punk is pretty much the most liberal form of music, and I'm all about doing my own thing my own way, so I guess that kinda gets to me about their music
B) They're amazing people. They're amazingly original and they're not afraid of anyone. I love them.
C) I AM a punk. As in, not an emo or anything. I don't wear tattered clothes, I don't dye my hair and I hate make up. But those things are NOT what make you a punk; that's just a jazzy get up. You know you're a punk when you're not afraid of expressing your opinions and living your life completely your way. Green Day are those kind of honest, hardcore people. So yeah.

Q. I really like how you described that. A lo of people just go for the get up andd forget what being that kind of a person really is about. There is nothing like Punk music in the world. Is there a personal favourite fan art from your collection?


A. I'd say its the half portrait of Billie Joe's face

We framed that and hung it on a huge wall

Half-Portrait of Billie Joe Armstrong - Pakhee Jha

Q. I'd say that is one of your best works. Are there any other Punk bands you like?

A. Hell yeah. Apart from Green Day, although they're not particularly punk but I'll say Arctic Monkeys. My Chemical Romance is okay I guess, but Nirvana is absolutely AWESOME. The Beatles are heavenly.

Q. Good taste. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A. 5 years from now, I'll be a badass young lady going to a really amazing art university. AND I'll be taller. At least 5'5 or so. And my art would have gotten crazy good (I hope). And I'll ride horses.

I could say a LOT about what's gonna happen 5 years from now. I'll just say that I hope it's going to be great.

Q. That's a nice way of looking at it. Your art is already crazy good, but I can't wait for it to get even better. Do you have a dream gallery? Where you would like to one day exhibit your art?


A. Weeell, no. I don't even know what I want as a career. Of COURSE its going to be within art, but then, I can take up any stream of art as a career (except for architecture). So I could end up in animation instead of fine arts, you know? And perhaps exhibit my art in very good random galleries. And in Billie Joe's house.


Q. I suppose that's reasonable. Who knows, one day your work might be hanging inside Billie Joe's personal residence. Pakhee, it's been so nice doing this. Thank you so much for doing this with TABIT and for bearing with it being dragged out for a year.


A. And who knows, maybe, hopefully, Billie Joe Armstrong WILL buy a painting of mine and put it up on a nice wall in his house. We'll see. And you're welcome, I enjoyed doing this too.


You can keep in touch with Pakhee's work by following her Google Plus page, which is:
 https://plus.google.com/u/0/104104965067950912685

Photo: Eragon and Brom.. i completely destroyed the clouds >_> 
Eragon and Brom - Pakhee Jha

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The All-About-Me Post / The Secret Life of A Book Blogger Tag

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Hello everyone! So in my last post, I was tagged by my friend, Alex, who you may know as the admin of https://bookscatsandmaths.wordpress.com, who does amazing book reviews by the way, to do this tag. Now, I know that I'm not a book blogger and that I've only done a couple of reviews here but I love reading and I can't stop doing it (100 books and counting!). So, let's do this:

How long have you been a blogger?

Come next month and TABIT will be a year old! I honestly had no idea I would stick with a hobby for so long because my attention span is shorter than a peanut, but hey, we made it!

At what point do you think you will stop?

I honestly don't know. There are times when I get on this creative spurt and write loads of stuff, and then, there are times when I can't think of anything. I sometimes feel like I'm going nowhere with this blog but then the views shoot up and I reconsider.
I started this blog because I needed a place to practice my crappy writing and it has helped me a lot. In fact, I don't think any writer worth his/her salt can ever stop practicing.
The other thing is, I really like ranting on my blog. This is my medium to talk about all the things I feel passionate about and feel like no one listens to. There were so many times I had been disappointed that I couldn't express my view to more than a handful of people or that people weren't passionate enough; this blog has given me the opportunity to do exactly that, ergo, I am very grateful for it.
So in the end, I don't think I'll stop anytime soon. I haven't seen the future, and I kinda like the whole living-in-the-moment ideal.

What is the best thing?

The best thing about having a blog is the feeling you get when a random reader tells you that they liked a particular article or that they really like my writing style. When I started this, my friends were the only ones who read my blog and would offer me pieces of encouragement (Still do!) and it would give me hope that maybe, someday, someone would notice the important articles and not just the funny tumblr posts.
The fact that people actually read my work, makes me feel special. Euphoric even.

What is the worst thing?

Editing a post. When I'm in a writing whirl, I kinda get lost in the action. I'm so engrossed into typing out my thoughts that I make so many stupid mistakes. Mistakes that would make my English teacher wring her hands in shame.
What's even worse is when I publish an article and notice the typo later. Mortifying. It feels like the whole Internet now knows that I'm an incorrigible idiot who's confused with "affect" and "effect".

How long does it take you to create/find photos?

My secret is Pinterest. It has made my life SO MUCH easier. But there are times when it's quite difficult finding a picture that accurately describes my post. but for the most part, I manage.

Who's your book crush?


Honestly? THERE ARE SO MANY!!! But currently it's Julian Blackthorn from Lady Midnight, who said the classy line above, Peter Parker because I'm re-reading my comics and I have fallen in love with him all over again, Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and Will Trainer (because I always fall in love with Wills).

My all time book crushes are: Jace Herondale, Will Herondale, Fred Weasley, Jem Carstairs, Theodore Finch, Julian from The Famous Five, Fitzwilliam Darcy, Peter Pevensie, Sirius Black, Clint Barton, Jon Stark, Nick O'Leary from Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist and Dash from Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.
There are so many more but I'll stop there. You get the gist. Real life just doesn't match up.

Which author would you like to have on your blog?

Honestly, there are so many authors that I admire a lot. One author I'd really like to interview would be Stephen King, who got me into the whole writing gig in the first place. He's the one who actually made me realize that: 'Hey, I can do something serious about this!'.
Another author I have a lot of questions for is Kristin Cashore. She writes so beautifully and I have a whole list of things I'd like to ask her about her world.

What do you wear when you write your blog?

Sweatpants. Too big t-shirts. Headphones. My dad likes to call it my "Pretending-to-be-creative" look. Thanks for all the love dad. So much for being the supportive parent.

How long does it take you to prepare?

It depends. It could all be done in an hour OR it could take months. IT DEPENDS.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

I think that we're one of the nicest, most accepting communities in the world for one thing that books have taught us is that everyone is beautiful, no matter what they look like or where they come from. It's the one place I feel fully accepted for being who I am. And I am very thankful for that.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

You need a target audience; you then need to work your content on that. Advertising is also very important. It's what pulls your readers to your blog. But in the end, be true to who you are, as a person. Changing your opinions to make your readers happy is not a good thing and no good blogger/journalist does that. But that doesn't mean that you should be offensive, You need to respect others stance on matters if you want your views to be respected. It's all give and take over here.

And that's it!

If you liked that, let me know what you think at: tellTABIT@gmailcom
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Happy Easter weekend people! And if you don't celebrate it, enjoy the holidays.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Saturday, 19 March 2016

BURN...

Now you know why we're so cranky

The power of American television

Lana Weinberger much?

The A Word




Abuse, of all kind, is a very sensitive topic. People prefer not to talk about it. But the thing is, we DO need to talk about it. It's something that's more common than we'd like to think it is. And sometimes, people aren't able to talk about it, to stand up for themselves. Some just bide their time and escape at the first chance they get. The others, are not able to do that. Some of them are killed or can't help but kill themselves and some, aren't able to get justice for what has been done to them.

In Ms Marvel's third volume, Crushed, Kamala Khan meets a specimen of the type of boy her parents expect her to settle down with. What surprises Kamala is that she actually likes like Kamran. He seems perfect. He likes reading, is smart but not egg-headed and shares Kamala's love for old Bollywood movies. And then, Kamala finds out that Kamran had been affected by the Terrigen Mist. She thinks she's found the perfect person...until she finds out how  controlling and narrow minded he actually is.

Kamala, realizes Kamran is not quite the nice person she thought he was. She realizes that her actions shouldn't be answerable to anyone but herself when Kamran is about to hit her for not following his demand. And like every other control-freak, he cannot accept the fact that things hadn't gone his way.

There are millions of Kamrans in the world, irrespective of gender, race, or financial background. They're all the same. They abuse someone or a lot of someones. Some of them don't have a reason for their actions. Some of them have ones to convince themselves of their righteousness. Most of them aren't punished for what they do. And once the victim DOES stand up for him/herself, the perpetrator finds ways to contradict their statement, to emotionally manipulate them, to threaten them. It's not ideally easy to convince the authorities and eventually, the victim starts questioning themselves.

Proclaiming that we need to do something about this does not make a difference. But taking a stand against it does. Schools can conduct workshops to teach students that it's not okay to be hit by people who are supposed to love you; because THAT is not love. Workplaces can teach employees how to get out of an abusive relationship. There are things that can be done Victims need to know that people won't shun them for something they had no hand in. They need to know that there is help available.

The National Abuse hotline: 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800- 
787-3224  
1 800 668 6868

Yours,
Zoe Summers