Thursday, 24 March 2016

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

Instagram: @zoe_zosie

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
You can also follow me on twitter : @zoe_zosie

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

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Everyone!

Dress to impress.
1

Never think anyone else is better than you.
2

Compassion is everything.
3

If you want something in life, reach out and grab it.
4

Always be the smartest person in the room.
5

Cherish your family, no matter how crazy they are.
6

Find what makes you happy.
7

Patience is a virtue.
8

Too much affection can be suffocating.
9

And always be yourself.
10

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Who better to commemorate the day with than Donaghy himself? To say that I am in awe of this man is an understatement. If you haven't seen 30 Rock yet, GO SEE IT! But in all seriousness, I wish everyone who celebrates St. Patrick's, all the happiness and I hope you get drunk with your friends and family (unless you're under age or a teetotaler). Take this day to reconnect and apologize and forgive and love the people around you They aren't going to be around always.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Hits you hard

This is beautiful.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A pretty important note

Hey guys!

If you haven't noticed, these past few months, I haven't been writing writing a lot. And part of it was due to a severe case of Writer's Block. And I'm so, so very grateful to anyone who has stuck around and still reads TABIT. Thank you. Now that I've come out of my slump, I promise to write plenty more than I do now. And we have some pretty interesting stuff coming up indeed. For example, TABIT will be celebrating it's 1st anniversary this April! Can you believe it? We survived a WHOLE YEAR. When I first began TABIT, I didn't expect it to have an audience as it has today. I thank my readers from all around the world and hope that you can continue reading it. A special thank you to my American readers, who make a big chunk of my audience: you guys are awesome! And I truly hope that all of you can rally together to make sure that Donald Trump doesn't win.

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Love,
Zoe Summers

Have you heard about Taylor Swift?

There is seriously, no time at all

...pretty self-explanatory

It is, it really is

Because rape is not limited to sexuality?

Preach.



I am literally, so sick of this. You're being a dumb-fuck, accept it.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

They REALLY don't care

When you think into it

The Road to Recovery




This post speaks the truth on so many levels. What people don't get, is that we really DO want to get better; it's just that we don't know how to deal with it. Our illness becomes a part of ourselves. A part, that we can never truly get rid of. So please, give us space and try to be a little supportive. Perhaps you don't fully get it and we truly do appreciate the effort you put in trying to help us. Just don't expect us to be happy overnight.

Yours,
Zoe Summers