May Day Patterns: Writing The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

By Aliya Whiteley

 

I can remember, when I was young, being taught a simple dance. All of my schoolmates were taught it too. We stood in a circle, each raising one arm in the air, then skipped around each other in a pattern: in and out, round and round. It made no sense to me until May Day came around and we were marched out of class to a Maypole that had been erected in the playground. Each given a colourful ribbon to hold in those outstretched hands, we did our dance as directed, and found we had woven a pattern that spread out from the pole until there was no space left to dance.

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Looking Glass Reads Turns 2!

Happy Birthday to us! Looking Glass is now officially two years old! Time has really flown by. I’ve read a ton of books, I’ve learned a lot more XML and HTML. And I’ve gotten to edit some amazing work in my freelancing life. Now, lets look forward to next year. And, more importantly, next week!

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#WickedReads – 5 Times Edison Could Have Used a Break and Shared a KitKat

Happy (day after) Halloween, everyone. Today, we are celebrating Halloween, candy, #wickedreads, and sharing some candy with friends. This week I was invited participate in the #WickedReads campaign being run by Penguin. The book this post is based on is a fantastic middle grade graphic novel by Frank Cammuso titled Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door.

Due to the nature of this post, there are going to be some spoilers. I’ll try not to spoil too many huge plot points, but I will be mentioning various events very briefly. If you haven’t yet read Edison Beaker Creature Seeker: The Night Door by Frank Cammuso and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here, go find a copy of this wonderful graphic novel, and dig in. Everyone else, let’s dig in!

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#Spookathon TBR

This readathon was originally begun by BooksandLala with the intent of reading a thriller in October. The hosts this year are booktubers BooksandLala, Bookerly, and Peter Likes Books. The rules of this readathon are pretty loose, especially compared to other readathons I’ve been participating in recently such as the NEWTs Readathon. There are five challenges in all this year. One book can count for two or more challenges. And for the fourth challenge – read a book with a spooky word in the title – readers can pick whatever word they feel is spooky. The readathon will be running from October 15, 2018 to 21.

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N.E.W.T.’s Readathon Wrap Up

Throughout the month of August I was participating in the N.E.W.T.’s Readathon hosted by BookTube channel Book Roast. This was a very fun readathon based off of the N.E.W.T. exams from Harry Potter. Which classes you participated in and did prompts for were based off of which O.W.L. classes you completed in a readathon held earlier this year.

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Tome Topple Readathon Round 6 Conclusion

Another round of Tome Topple has come and gone. How did I do? Well, life came and kicked me in the teeth the past couple of weeks. A close family friend passed away, I helped one of my siblings move four states away, etc. In the end, I wound up not reading anything for Tome Topple.

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Tome Topple Round 6 TBR

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentleman. Another round of the Tome Topple Readathon will be soon upon us. It’s time for discussions of possible to be read piles, and I wanted to share what I will potentially be reading with you.

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Where Dystopian Fiction and Contemporary Fiction Meet – The Eerie Affects of Bandai’s The Accusation

I first discovered The Accusation by Bandai from a booktube channel thought I cannot recall which one exactly. There was something intriguing about this collection of short stories beyond the obvious – I always enjoy a good short story, and I actively seek out books in translation. This was a collection of stories from a place where we do not get stories, where literature and film and everyday life is somewhat of an unknown. It is a story the author went to great lengths to hide and smuggle out of North Korea to China. It is a story which, by all rights, I should have heard about soon due to nothing less than the sheer importance that it was published.

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Why TokyoPop Still Disappoints

When I was young TokyoPop was one of the top publishers of manga in the US. They ate up IPs for manga. They published a huge variety of genres. They even published light novels, something that many other publishers, even those who did publish manga, largely didn’t touch. A great many TokyoPop titles still grace my shelves. My local library still has dozens of TokyoPop releases in their manga section. By all regards TokyoPop was extremely important in getting manga into the hands of my generations.

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