January 05, 2020

Tooting Your Trumpet #8


Some people toot their own trumpet. I mean to toot yours. On the first Sunday of every month, I'm sharing your posts, your sites, anything interesting I stumble upon during my internet vagrancies. This month on TYT...
  • THE WHEELCHAIR TEEN (a blog where Simone recounts her life as a black, disabled teenager)
  • ADVOCATING FOR READING LESS (a think piece/discussion on McKenzie's blog The Literary Dragon)
  • A HANDFUL OF PULP CLASSICS ARE ENTERING THE PUBLIC DOMAIN IN 2020 (a list on Forbes' site)
  • SLASHER MASSACRE (a card game by Penny Dreadful Studios a.k.a. Troy H. Gardner)
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    The Wheelchair Teen (blog) - by Simone


    I wouldn't be able to say it better than the girl behind the blog, so I'm giving her the mike: "The Wheelchair Teen is about my life as a black, disabled teenager growing up in a foreign country surrounded by predominantly able-bodied people. [...] I hope I will be able to provide a new, unique perspective of teen life to a lot of people, but I also hope other wheelchair teens will be able to relate to some of the issues I’ve noticed and the personal experiences I will be sharing". On a side note (so to speak), we all can learn a lot from her posts, like the proper etiquette for interacting with people on wheelchairs and the challenges they face.

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    Advocating for Reading Less (think piece/discussion post) - by The Literary Dragon


    After years of devouring one book after another, the Literary Dragon realised that focusing on quantity was somehow tarnishing the joy of reading for her. This is not a post where she shames people who read some hundreds books a year of course - and really, whatever works for you is valid! - but one where she reflects on how you sometimes have to take a step back to find joy in reading again. And I love that this post can make those of us who read less books, or take the time to reread old favourites, less alone 🙂.

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    A Handful of Pulp Classics Are Entering the Public Domain in 2020 (list) - by Forbes


    As per US copyright law, any books (and films) released in 1924 have entered public domain at the end of December. This means we'll be able to legally download them for free at some point. Do you think 1924 is too far back for you to be interested in its bookish products? What about Agatha Christie, H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft? Plus lots of non-pulp literature (Katherine Mansfield, Thomas Mann...)?

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    Slasher Massacre (card game) - by Penny Dreadful Studios


    One of the authors I work with, Troy H. Gardner, is a many of many talents. Under the Penny Dreadful Studios alias, he designed a "Scream meets Russian Roulette" card game "based off classic '80s slasher horror movies" where "you play as 1 of 6 stock horror movie characters and collect cards to guard against drawing Triple Face and being eliminated". This one sounds like a lot of fun - plus, if you look at the characters' cards above, it's inclusive. And despite the theme, it's suitable for 12+. You can buy it via the link above.

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    That's all for now folks! See you the first Sunday of every month for more!

    22 comments:

    1. Oh my goodness Agatha Christie is going to be entering the public domain... I LOVE her works. And I really want to try some Lovecraft too. It sounds like the discussion on reading less is interesting! I'm all for rereading and I have some months where I truly do read less than others... Will check those posts out. And thanks for featuring the wheelchair teen x

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      1. Two of Christie's novels were already on public domain, if you haven't read them yet: The Mysterious Affair at Styles (her 1st book) and Secret Adversary.

        "thanks for featuring the wheelchair teen x"
        My pleasure!

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    2. I love the whole concept of The Wheelchair Teen (and for some reason, I keep thinking of Olivia's sister).

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      1. Maybe because...it's her? 😉 I didn't address it in my post because I wanted her to shine on her own, not to feel like her sister's appendage of something...which she isn't.

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    3. I’ll definitely be reading that discussion post on reading less. I think the biggest mistake reading-wise I made in years passed was focusing on quantity over quality. I need the reminder sometimes to take things slow and enjoy reading again!

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      1. You're definitely not alone. Reading challenges are great and all, but one might end up trying to cram more books in order to reach their goal and not enjoying them like they should!

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    4. I've been out of the loop of the blogging community for a while, so returning to this post is perfect for me to catch-up a bit! I think this is such a good idea.

      I read the post advocating for reading less, and I think it touched on some great points. The last few years for me have been rather slow reading-wise, but as I shoot for 52 books in 2020, what is a large jump for me from how much I read in high school, I want to be mindful of appreciating the books I read (even if it means falling behind a few books in the challenge).

      Thanks for sharing! :)

      claire @ clairefy

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      1. I'm glad that McKenzie's post is getting so much love! And one book a week is totally reasonable - if you manage to read more, more power to you!

        I hope you'll get your reading/blogging mojo back in 2020!

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    5. Slasher Massacre- oh my! That sounds fun. :)

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      1. Doesn't it? Totally original idea, too!

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    6. Haha, that horror movie game looks really fun! I would definitely play something like that.

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      1. I'm sure you would, my Horror Queen 😉.

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    7. I do like the idea of reading less! Less of the books that aren't working for you. ;) I used to finish every book I started, and reading was a miserable chore. Rarely would I stumble across a gem I enjoyed and wanted to read again. Now that I DNF what isn't working for me, reading is once again something I look forward to doing. I've even made time to re-read past favorites, which is something I never used to do. I firmly believe books are meant to be read more than once -- like revisiting an old friend. I dislike the One & Done business.

      Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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      1. "I firmly believe books are meant to be read more than once -- like revisiting an old friend."
        Absolutely! And as for your DNFs, they gave you the idea for a blog feature, so they do get exposure on your blog (and I really like your approach to them).

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    8. I read really fast so I think as long as I'm reading at all - I'll have higher than average #'s but I've learned to let go of worrying about the latest and greatest or what everyone else is raving about & just read what I want or not read at all if I'm not in the mood. But this should be a comment for Literary Dragon's post lol

      And thanks for the reminder about The Wheelchair Teen. I did visit it when she first started but not since.

      Karen @ For What It's worth

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      1. That's the point of LD's post - along with not focusing over numbers of course 😉.

        TWT is a great resource for everyone out there - even those who don't face the same problems (though that seems to be the main reason for Simone to start the blog), but want to understand and relate to wheelchair/disabled people better.

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    9. Thank you so much for this shout-out! It really means a lot as a beginner blogger. Your interest in my writing and support on my blog really means the world. xoxoxo

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      1. I'm really enjoying your content, and you're off to a great start!

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    10. Thanks for sharing all this good stuff. Hope your 2020 has started off well. Thank you for all your love and support, Roberta, I appreciate you!

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    11. ooh that's brilliant news about the new books entering the public domain. Also can't believe it's taken so long!!!

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      1. Only 95 years LOL. But at least the heirs got their share of money from them!

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