Love-a-thon Mini-Challenge #4: Tea Party

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Hey peeps! This is the last mini-challenge for the Loveathon event! Which makes me sad because I have really been enjoying myself. BUT THIS IS NO TIME FOR TEARS.

This mini-challenge is a fun one: It’s time for a tea break! In this post, you’ll share which fictional character, book blogger OR BookTuber OR Bookstagrammer, and author you’d want to have a tea party with and why. Feel free to go above and beyond by including more details about your dream tea party!

Alright, so here’s who I pick for my tea:

Setting:

  • A small cafe by the sea with long, winding roads, a soft breeze, sea air, sunlight, and overall good feels.
  • The inside of the cafe would be cozy and decorated with arrangements of sea related things: starfish, shells, netting.

We’d all pick a tea that corresponds to our tastes and sit around a table that seats four. We’d all be dressed in a way that makes us comfortable and then the fun conversations could begin. I can honestly see Aelin coming in something over the top, but hey, that’s her style. And, you know, a few daggers.

Kinds of things we’d talk about:

  • Our shared love of books. Honestly, all of us love to read, so this is one conversation none of us would get tired of.
  • Our lives with our husband/significant other. C’mon, you know we all have stories to share about them being a pain in the butt.
  • What kinds of things we like doing at the beach – and then maybe we’d go do one of them afterward.

Honestly, I think this would be a fun, relaxing sort of day. Just a girl’s day out, really, and one in which we’d all get to bond as we drink tea by the sea.

Who would you sit with to have tea? What kinds of conversations do you see yourself having? Let me know!

Hosts: Alexa, Cee, Hazel, Mel

Separating an Author from Their Work

So I wanted to talk about this topic after some recent events with a certain famous author and allegations against her. When I first read about it, I was in shock. I had never heard of any past allegations or anything before, and so I had written my initial reaction in a post similar to this one, but decided to wait and sit on the topic before I actually talked about it.

I wholly believe in separating an author from their work when possible. Sometimes, yes, it’s hard not to because of personal experiences or just your overall emotions about the work the author has put out and it affecting the way you think about that author, but by separating the work from the author you’re able to either enjoy or hate a piece of work without thinking of the bias behind them.

But once you know that bias then maybe it becomes more difficult to be able to read their work. I found that, once I read about what was going on with that author and prior allegations, I was stuck in a limbo: do I continue to read her books, or do I stop all together? For me, it’s a be all, end all kind of decision. But I didn’t want to overreact, so here I am now.

When you separate a piece of work from its creator you are judging that work rather than the person behind it. That’s what I try to do: I focus on plot, setting, characters, progression, if the writing was simplistic or not, etc. I rarely, if ever, think about the author and their past works (if any) or how they were the one to write it.

I’m pretty sure I can count on one hand times in which I thought, “This is written by this author – I must read it!” Or, “This is written by this author – I just can’t.” I find that when I do this then I am already forming a bias for myself in my mind and then I don’t branch out to discover new and exciting works from other authors as a result.

I know that there have been other authors with a bad rep because of their own life decisions, or because of other reasons, and then that in turn affects who reads their work and everything, and of course I think you should be in the know about it and not be blind to it (kind of like I am, hnnng), but I also think that keeping an open mind and judging the work before the writer is an important part of this whole thing.

I do acknowledge, though, that sometimes this is a very difficult concept and that for some people it is near impossible to do, that whatever the author may have done affects how you read – or don’t read – their work. And I’m not saying you have to abide by this yourself and do what I do; I’m just putting this out there as a method that I try to utilize when I read.

When I first wrote about this topic I had a few major questions on my mind:

  • Can I continue reading the series knowing what I know?
  • Will I still enjoy it for what it is or will I subconsciously look for other things in it?
  • Will I receive backlash for liking or not liking a certain story or series?
  • Do I want to continue reading and support the author – or buy the next books the author may or may not put out?

And I think these are all very valid questions, and ones that only I can answer since I am the one asking them. And you may be asking yourself similar questions and really, only you can answer them.

Just remember that all of this is totally up to you and is your decision. If an author affects you because of something they did, previously or currently, and you decide to stop reading their work – or continue – then don’t feel ashamed for it. If you’re able to separate the author from their work, though, then I hope your reading experience isn’t too affected by it.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you able to separate an author from their work or are any rumors/facts/allegations about them ones in which you just can’t bring yourself to read work from them? Do you feel stuck in a bind? Do you have similar questions you have to answer for yourself? Let me know!

Readers Wanting to Be Authors

I think it’s almost an assumption for many that if you’re part of the reading community that you, in turn, want to become an author yourself. I mean, there’s literally thousands upon thousands of ideas stored up in our brains, and if we want to read a certain story than we have to be the ones to write them, right?

Kind of.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do want to be a published author one day. Certainly not for the money or fame (which neither could happen, by the way), but because I have a voice and I want to share my voice and story with the world.

I think many of the readers out there who want to be writers might feel the same, but something stops them.

Either they feel they aren’t good at writing or they don’t have enough time or they don’t have an idea, among many other reasons. But I think that those excuses just don’t cut it. If you want to be a writer, then write! You’ll only improve if you keep doing it.

If you don’t like how a certain story turned out or if you have this really cool concept that you’ve never heard of before, or it’s been done a million times, then just write it! Your voice matters.

I started writing a novel and got more than 50,000 words written for it, and it’s no where near complete, but I have written anything since early this year. I also wrote a full novel of 50,000 words, but I’m stuck in the editing process. Motivation comes and goes, but the passion and desire never die. I hope to eventually finish a novel, find an agent, and get published, but I don’t know when or if it’ll happen. I need to finish a story, first!

And it’s the same for those people who love to read but never plan on being writers. That’s perfectly fine, too. Don’t expect to write your own books just because you read. It’s totally understandable and fine.

So don’t let anyone drag you down or convince you one way or another if you’re already set in what you want. I think readers who want to be authors, too, are awesome! I also think those who don’t want to are still awesome, too.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been questioned as to whether or not you’ll be an author/writer because of how much you read? Or do people just kind of think you won’t do it? Do you think you will? Let me know!