Names of the Week

Anders

Male
Pronunciation: An-ders
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Son of Andrew
Well-Known Anders’: Anders Johnson (The Almighty Johnsons), Anders (“Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening), Anders du Plessis (Wild at Heart), Anders Abraham Grafstrom (Poet), Anders Holm (Writing)

Freya

Female
Pronunciation: Fray-uh
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Goddess of Love
Well-Known Freyas: Freya Morris (The Tricking of Freya, Christina Sunley), Freya Eilif Beauchamp (The Witches of East End, Melissa de la Cruz), Freya (Merlin), Freya Mikaelson (The Originals), Freya Stark (Explorer and Travel Writer)

Gyda

Female
Pronunciation: gee-da
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Gods
Well-Known Gydas: Gyda (Vikings), Gyda Hansen (Actress), Gyda Christensen (Actress), Gyda Enger (Ski Jumper), Gyda Ellefsplass Olssen (Sport Shooter)

Olaf

Male
Pronunciation: oh-loff
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Ancestor
Well-Known Olafs: Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket), Olaf Johnson (The Almighty Johnsons), Olaf (Frozen), Olaf Stapledon (Novelist), Olaf the White (Viking Sea-King)

Skylar

Unisex
Alternate Spelling: Skyler; Skylor
Nickname: Sky
Pronunciation: sky-ler
Origin: Scandinavian
Meaning: Learned One
Well-Known Skylars: Skyler White (Breaking Bad), Skyler Wyatt (Numb3rs), Skyler White (Novelist), Skylar Laine (Pop Singer), Skyler Melody Wexler (Actress)

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Names of the Week

Adelaide

Female
Nickname: Addy
Pronunciation:
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Of Noble Kin; Nobility
Well-Known Adelaides: Adelaide Brooke (Doctor Who), Adelaide Langdon (American Horror Story), Adelaide Anne Procter (English Poet), Adelaide Crapsey (American Poet), Adelaide Clemens (Actress)

Berlyn

Unisex
Alternate Spelling:
Nickname: Lyn
Pronunciation: Ber-lyn
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Son of Berl
Well-Known Berlyns: Berlin (Pop Band, 1980s), Ava Berlin Renner (Daughter of Jeremy Renner)
*These are the only ones I could find, but if you know of others let me know and I’ll add them to the list!*

Elise

Female
Alternate Spelling: Elize
Nickname: El; Ellie
Pronunciation: eh-lees
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Consecrated of God
Well-Known Elises: Elise McKenna (Somewhere in Time), Elise de la Serre (“Assassin’s Creed: Unity), Elise Rainier (Insidious), Elise Neal (Actress), Elise Crombez (Model)

Jaeger

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jager; Jaegar
Pronunciation: jay-ger
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Hunter
*Common Last Name**
Well-Known Jaegers: Jaeger Willis (“The Willis Clan”), Werner Jaeger (German Classicist), Hans Jaeger (Norwegian Writer), Gustav Jaeger (German Painter), August Jaeger (English Music Publisher)

Otto

Male
Pronunciation: aw-toe
Origin: Germany
Meaning: Wealth
Well-Known Ottos: Otto Klopp (Leviathan Series, Scott Westerfeld), Otto Octavius (Marvel Comics), Otto (Sons of Anarchy), Otto Graham (Football Player), Otto von Bismarck (Politician)

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Featured Author: J.K. Rowling

J.K. RowlingThis is something new I’m going to try on this blog, a featured author. I’ll be doing this every month with a new author and just talking a bit about them and their work. Why? Because I love reading posts like these so I decided to try my hand at writing them.

To kick things off I thought I would start with my favourite author: J.K. Rowling!

Even if you haven’t read one of her books you probably know who J.K. Rowling is. At the very least you’ve heard her name. But who is she? Where did she get her start?

Well, the basic information is this:

Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 (The same day as Harry Potter) in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Her father was an aircraft engineer, her mother a science technician, and she has one younger sister, Dianne.

She started writing from a young age and in 1990 dreamed up the idea of a young wizard boy on a train ride to London. Rowling taught English for a period of time in Portugal in night classes and wrote during the day.

She has three children: Jessica (with her first husband), David, and Mackenzie (with husband, Neil Murray).

Rowling used a lot of real life influences while writing Harry Potter. The death of her mother greatly influenced how she wrote Harry’s feelings towards the loss of his parents. Not only that, but for a period of time Rowling was clinically depressed and it was this period that inspired the dementors.

Harry Potter was rejected by twelve publishing houses when she first sent it out, but was eventually published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. Despite the initial reaction, it seems there’s a good chance J.K. Rowling already knew how the entire series would end as it’s been said (meaning I’ve read on the internet and seen in interviews, but can’t find the sources right now) that she knew there would be seven books and had already written the end of the seventh.

Harry Potter isn’t her only work. Since the series finished she’s written The Casual Vacancy (I have, but haven’t read yet) and has written other novels under the name “Robert Galbraith”.

But this is all just the basic stuff. What you might not know is that J.K. Rowling is the Twitter Queen. Or that she is a sassmaster and actively engages in debates about things she cares about online.

Seriously, if you don’t follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter you are missing out.

J.K. Rowling

This is just one of the little gems you will find if you follow her. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to see the humorous and wonderful interactions with the Harry Potter cast. Her tweet to Matthew Lewis when he did some scantily clad photos was particularly wonderful.

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She has had a major influence on many people. One individual in particular was Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). Lynch wrote to Rowling and told her about her struggles with her eating disorder and Rowling encouraging words back assisted in Lynch finding the strength to not only fight back, but audition and get a role in the film series.

J.K. Rowling has also been a huge influence on me. I’ve never met her (one day), but I can say completely, 100% that I would not be the same person I am today. Not only is Harry Potter a major part of my life, but she’s a big reason why I started writing. Who knows where I’d be if it weren’t for her.

So this was my first Featured Author post. I’m liking the idea, but I may try and change it up a bit in future. Unfortunately I don’t know any of the authors I’m talking about so most of my information has to come from the Internet or my other thoughts. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to talk to one of the people I’m talking about. Maybe I’ll interview one of them for this blog.

The possibilities are endless.

Let me know what you thought and what you’d like to see in future for these

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#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

Last week writers all over the internet took to Twitter to share their hardships as writers by using the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. These are 24 of those tweets that perfectly sum up things you shouldn’t say to a writer.

Anne Theriault“Have you been published in real life or like just on the internet?” – @anne_theriault

Bill Corbett“We can’t pay you but the exposure might be good.” – @BillCorbett

Butterfly

“Do you actually make money doing that, or do you also have a real job?” – @jesskristie

Cassandra Carr

“I downloaded your books from one of those torrent sites. Those sites are great, you never have to pay for a book.” – @Cassandra_Carr

Colleen Hoover

“‘You’re a writer? Oh, I have a GREAT book idea!’ (And then proceed to tell us your entire life story.) – @colleenhoover

Cristela Alonzo

“You’re a writer? But I’ve never heard of you…” – @cristela9

Daniel Parsons

“‘Can you help me with this? It’s not like you’re doing anything important.’ Yea, I’m not WORKING or anything…” – @dkparsonswriter

Dean Gloster

“‘That’s nice. But some of us have to work for a living.'” – @deangloster

Donalyn Miller

“You’re still working on _______? Shouldn’t you be done by now? – @donalynbooks

Dream Traveler

“‘I want to be a writer. Can you suggest a plot for my story?'” – @IamAlytoony

Esther RobardsForbes

“Oh, you’re not published? So, you’re not a real writer.” – @hungryjourno

Hugh Fraser

“Would you mind if I borrowed your laptop?” – @realhughfraser

Jacqui B

“You write for children? Is that because you aren’t smart enough to write for adults?” – @Jacquibwriter

Jarrid Wilson

“I just read a book really similar to yours…” – @JarridWilson

Jen Savran Kelly

“Person: So, where can I read your work?
Me: It hasn’t been published yet.
Person: Oh you’re THAT kind of writer.”
@savranly

Joanne Harris

“It must be lovely working from home. You can combine your writing with housework and childcare.” – @Joannechocolat

John Scalzi

“I’m worried you’ll die before your series gets finished.” – @scalzi

Lauren DeStefano

“You’re lucky you don’t have to work.” – @LaurenDeStefano

Lauren O'Neil

“A journalist? Wow. You don’t look like a journalist.” – @laurenonizzle

Laurie Boris

“You aren’t one of those ‘self-published’ authors, are you?” – @LaurieBoris

Madeline Ashby

“They pay you money for that?” – @MadelineAshby

Rachel Kennedy

“Poetry books don’t exactly become national best sellers.” – @RachelKennedy88

S.E. Hinton

“I thought you were dead.” – @se4realhinton

Sarah Dessen

“Told a teen I write YA. She hadn’t heard of me. Said, ‘It would have been so cool if you were Suzanne Collins!'” – @sarahdessen

These are only 24 of the amazing tweets in this tag. I highly recommend going and checking it out, especially if you’re a writer. It’s definitely one of the most relatable things I’ve read online.

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Names of the Week

Aiko

Female
Alternate Spelling: Ayko (Though this may change pronunciation)
Pronunciation: Ah-ee-ko
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Beloved ChildWell-Known Aikos: Aiko Senoo (Ojamajo Doremi), Aiko (Naruto), Aiko Tanaka (Oyasumi Punpun, Inio Asano), Aiko Sato (Novelist), Aiko Fukumorida (Manga Artist)

Amaya

Female
Alternate Spelling: Amaia
Nickname: Maya
Pronunciation: Ah-MY-uh
Origin: Japan; Arabia
Meaning: Night Rain
Well-Known Amayas: Amaya Alonso (Swimmer), Amaya Salazar (Artist), Amaya Uranga (Singer), Amaya Garbayo (Swimmer), Amaya Valdemoro (Basketball Player)
*Thought it was interesting that Amaya has Japanese and Arabic origins, but the name seems to be most popular in Spain and Mexico*

Emmi

Female
Alternate Spelling: Emi; Emmy
Nickname: Em
Pronunciation: em-ee
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Blessings
Well-Known Emmis: Emmi (Blood Red Road, Moira Young), Emi (Finnish Singer), Emmy Slattery (Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell), Emmy Hennings (Poet)

Sora

Female
Pronunciation: sor-uh
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Sky
Well-Known Soras: Sora (Kitchen Princess, Miyuki Kobayashi), Sora (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tetsuro Sayama), Sora (Digimon: Digital Monsters), Sora (Escaflowne: The Movie), Sora (“Kingdom Hearts”

Tora

Female
Alternate Spelling: Torah
Pronunciation: Tor-uh
Origin: Japan
Meaning: Tiger
Well-Known Toras: Tora (The Dark Light, Mette Newth), Tora Aasland (Politician), Rota Berger (Olympic Biathlete), Tora Teje (Actress), Torah Jane Bright (Olympic Snowboarder)

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August 2015 Book Releases

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I decided to try something new today and talk about the books that are going to be released this month! Depending on how well this goes and how I feel about, I may try to do this every month.

Finding the books for this list was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be because there’s so many different lists with different information. It was also hard to describe books I’ve never read before. I obviously didn’t want to just copy and paste the description of each book right from Amazon or Goodreads so I did my best to describe it in my own way and am hoping it worked out alright!

Also, there are only ten books on this list, but in figure there would be many more.

I apologize in advance for the wonky layout of this post, it was the only way everything would stay where I needed it to without being weird sizes.

Court of FivesCourt of Fives, Kate Elliott

The first in Kate Elliott’s new young adult trilogy, Court of Fives follows Jessamy, an upper-class girl trying to escape her overbearing life to one of freedom. She finds this freedom in The Fives, “an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders”. Friendships will be made, loyalties tested, and hopefully lives will be saved in this exciting new fantasy novel.

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

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The Creeping

The Creeping, Alexandra Sirowy

Coming mid-August, this thriller novels follows the story of Stella and Jeanie, two girls who vanished twelve years ago. While Stella reappeared, Jeanie was never seen again. Now, many years later, Stella is once again caught up in the mystery of what happened that day and apparently on many other days just like it.

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

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The Girl at the End of the World

The Girl at the Center of the World (Islands at the End of the World #2), Austin Aslan

Following The Islands at the End of the World, Leilani and her family must learn to live without many things, but they draw strength from each other and from their friends. But not everything is getting better. Leilani must make many difficult choices to survive in this new world and her strange connection to he Emerald Orchard isn’t helping things.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings, Eleanor Herman

From bestselling author, Eleanor Herman, Legacy of Kings combines fantasy with elements of real history in this novel based on Alexander the Great. Following Alexander, Katerina, Jacob, and Zofia, Eleanor Herman puts a new spin on a well-known part of history in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Lord Fish

Lord Fish: Chronicles of Xax, Ted Cross

Lord Fish contains three short stories, “Dragon Play”, “Lord Fish”, and “The Stolen Castle”, as well as a novelette, “Dragon Play”

You can find the synopsis for each one here on Goodreads

Release Date: August 15, 2015

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The Masquerade, and Altar, and a Fairy

The Masquerade, an Altar, and a Fairy, Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Sidelle Amistad is a Summer fairy and is desperate to prove herself. To do so, she kidnaps Finnegan, a Winter fairy, but the pair end up falling in love. This wouldn’t be so bad if their love weren’t forbidden, so now Sidelle must search for a new way to prove herself and for a way to stop the pain she is feeling.

Release Date: August 19, 2015

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Mechanica

Mechanica, Betsy Cornwell

Cornwell’s re-imagining of Cinderella tells the tale of Nicolette, a girl who has been turned into a servant by her stepsisters despite being a brilliant inventor. But after she makes an amazing discovery, Nicolette realizes freedom make be just over the horizon, but is the happy ending she really wants?

Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Of Dreams and Rust

Of Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes #2), Sarah Fine

Inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, Fine’s sequel to Of Metal and Wishes takes place a year later. Wen is now working in a clinic and trying to get Bo back to health. When Wen hears word that Melik’s army is going to be attacked and, most likely, destroyed, she makes the decision to leave behind her old life in order to warn them. But just how much is she willing to give up?

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Reawakened

Reawakened (The Reawakened #1), Colleen Houck

Lilliana Young has been chosen. She has been chosen to help Amon, a reawakened Egyptian prince who was mummified for a thousand years. Together, Lily and Amon must do everything they can to stop Seth, a shape-shifting God, who is trying to take over the world.

Release Date: August 11, 2015

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The Veil

The Veil (Devil’s Isle #1), Chloe Neill

In this new series from bestselling author, Chloe Neill, Claire Connolly is a girl struggling to hide her magic from the rest of the world. This fails though when she uses it to save a life. Thankfully, Liam Quinn is there and, after seeing what she can do, takes her to Devil’s Isle, a place where she’ll be safe and learn to control her magic. Now it is up to Claire and Liam to save New Orleans before the city is destroyed.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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If I do decide to do more posts like these in the future they’ll definitely be up earlier than this. This took a lot longer than I thought and I was also doing something similar on my other blog which took ages and was harder than I thought as well.

I think the most difficult part was trying to paraphrase the synopsis. I’m not totally sure how copyright laws apply to the synopsis of books and films, but I’m just assuming it’s still plagiarism. Is it? Can someone tell me because I have no idea.

Let me know if you liked this and, if you’re a writer with something coming out soon, let me know and I’ll include it if I do this again!

Which of these books are you looking forward to reading?

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Names of the Week

Abraham

Male
Nickname: Abe
Pronunciation: Ay-bruh-ham
Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Father of Multitudes
Well-Known Abrahams: Abraham Van Helsing (Dracula, Bram Stoker), Abraham Ford (The Walking Dead), Abraham Kenyatta (Zoo), Abraham Woodhull (American Revolutionary Spy), Abraham “Bram” Stoker (Novelist)

Chloe

Female
Alternate Spelling: Cloe
Pronunciation: klo-ee
Origin: Greece
Meaning: Blooming; Young Green Shoot
Well-Known Chloes: Chloe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe), Chloe (Sleepovers, Jacqueline Wilson), Chloe Tousignant (Zoo), Chloe Ardelia Wooford (Toni Morrison’s birth name), Chloe Grace Moretz (Actress)

Jackson

Male
Alternate Spelling: Jaxon
Nickname: Jack
Pronunciation: Jak-sun
Origin: England
Meaning: Son of Jack
Well-Known Jacksons: Jackson Brodie (Case Histories, Kate Atkinson), Jackson Belleville (Gilmore Girls), Jackson Oz (Zoo), Jackson Rathbone (Actor), Jackson Pollock (Painter)

Kristen

Female
Alternate Spelling: Krystin
Nickname: Kris
Pronunciation: Kris-tun
Origin: England; Danish
Meaning: Christ-Bearer
Well-Known Kristens: Kristen Gregory (The Clique, Lisi Harrison), Kristen Green (Gone Too Far, Natalie D. Richards), Kristen Stewart (Actress), Kristen Connolly (Actress), Kristen Nygaard (Soccer Player)

Mitch

Male
Pronunciation: mi-ch
Origin: England
Meaning: Who is Like God?
*Often a short form of Mitchell*
Well-Known Mitchs: Mitch Morgan (Zoo), Mitch Albom (Author), Mitch Grassi (A Capella Singer), Mitch Pileggi (Actor), Mitch Ward (Soccer Player)

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