The Problem with Geekery (by a Geek)

I know this post is a bit unusual and controversial and I might get a lot of, er, interesting comments, based on what kind of followers and readers I have. But there’s a problem Geekery has that we geeks are aware of, but don’t want to even admit or think about. It’s the white elephant in the room, and this white elephant is taking up a lot of space in Geekdom.Problem with Geekery - Tea with Tumnus

The problem is immersion.

It might help if I define it based on the context here; Perhaps I do not think it means what you think it means.

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Review of 15 Best Books Read in 2016 (With Pictures)

I’ve decided to experiment a bit this Tuesday. I’ve taken my favorite books I read in 2016 and compiled them into one blog post, complete with a short review and book photography of each. (Except for the books I don’t own. These are stock pictures I edited onto a picture I’ve taken.) Each book title has an Amazon Affiliate link, which means if you click the link and buy the book on Amazon, I get a tiny percentage of your money (so thank you, in advance, for your future hypothetical support).

I’ve never really shared my photography on my blog before, so this also gives me a chance to talk about and direct you to my Instagram. I try to post quality photography on there every other day at the most and I post pretty much anything from bookstagram attempts to random pictures of nerd collectibles, cosplays, tea in cool looking mugs, nature, and anything that has to do with writing and aesthetics. My siblings and I also went on a rainy, muddy photo shoot the other day in which I dressed in a cloak and held fantasy books in what we call the “woods” (a small patch of trees behind our neighborhood). Future Instagram posts will feature those, and I personally think they’re epic, thanks to my brother, the photographer (Michael Jr.).

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The Emotionally Agonizing Life of a Bookworm, Fangirl, and Writer

Okay, so I know the title of this post is sort of weird. But if you are an avid reader, serious writer, or big fan to any extent, you may find such a post appetizing. After all, us readers, writers, and geeks tend to enjoy harrowing stories that follow characters who are thrown into very tough hardships. But why would we call this emotionally harrowing? I’ve got some answers to that question below, as well as reasons for why it’s important and worth struggling with those deep emotions over stories that never happened.

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The Book and Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Star Wars isn’t the only major fandom that decided to release a set of films for the second generation. J. K. Rowling has published several Hogwarts textbooks for the entertainment of muggles (Fantastic Beasts, Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Quidditch Through the Ages). She also wrote a script for yet another magical Harry Potter world movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Tag You’re It: Sunshine Blogger Award

Looks like there’s a certain tag going around the blogosphere again. Just in the last week, two people tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award: Luke Hartman and Vivian Parkin Derosa, two awesome writing bloggers who I recommed you follow. At least check out their blogs (names have the links). Since they tagged me for the same thing, I’m deciding to do something a bit different this time and take the questions I like the most combined in one post.

As for tag rules, I think everyone knows about those by now. Sound good? Let’s get started.

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My question picks from Vivian:

1) What are some of your favorite blogs? Oh, goody! Check these out:

  • Hannah Heath. This is my #1 favorite blog because Hannah is a great friend of mine, so yes, there is some favoritism going on there. But putting that aside, she has an awesome sense of humor, lots of nerd references, interesting perspectives, and lots, LOTS of good writing tips. Still not persuaded? You need to get your eyes checked.
  • Constant Collectible is my go-to site for all the geek news, particularly about movies, TV shows, and comics. I also contribute with my posts on film scores once in a while.
  • You Write Fiction. The very name of this blog should be enough to get you clicking that link. Nate Philbrick, the writer behind the blog, does a lot of writing related posts, most of them fabulously sarcastic. His fantasy novel Where the Woods Grow Wild will be released on December 10 and is now available for pre-order, so go check that good stuff out.
  • To the Barricade! is one of my favorites also. Aimee Meester has a lot of beautiful posts on hope, motivation, and finding joy in crazy, stressful lives, not to mention lots of posts on writing, bullet journaling, and NaNoWriMo. This blog has got it all.
  • Paper Fury. The girl behind this blog is hilarious with a big personality and sense of humor. She even claims to eat whole books for breakfast. Do I believe her? Well she completed NaNoWriMo in ONLY THREE days, so maybe I do. If you want some good book reviews, writing tips, and just a good laugh, her blog is the right one for you. (Check out her bookstagram too.)
  • Pretty much all the obviously wonderful writing blogs, most likely including yours. Don’t think I follow your blog yet? Please comment below with the link. I love finding new blogs worth reading.

2) What’s your favorite genre to read? Fantasy and science fiction hands down. I also enjoy historical fiction.

3) When did you start blogging? A year and a half ago, June 2015 to be exact. It’s been a fun journey and not as stressful or time consuming as I was afraid it would be.

 

Now for some select questions Luke tagged me to answer.

1) What type of computer do you use for blogging? Whichever one is open to use. I enjoy using our gaming Asus PC because it’s fast (and no, I’ve never played games on it. I use it because I’ve never had a speedier internet). I also use it for writing, school, and anything else that needs a screen and a keyboard.

2) What was the last album you listened to straight through? Celtic Fair by Maggie Sansone. Not only is it peaceful, soothing music, it’s very mysterious and mystical. Great fantasy writing soundtrack.

3) What is the awesomest-looking book you own and why? Song of the Sending by Corinne O’Flynn. I really am not a fan of the book at all, from characters to story quality, to plot, to writing style. But the cover! Oh, the cover …

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4) Name your three biggest fandoms. Easy peasy. Star Wars comes first, closely followed by Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings (those two are always fighting for second place and I just can’t decide).

5) Favorite childhood movie? Pooh’s Grand Adventure. I still love it.

6) Name three books that everyone on Earth should read. Man, you’re killing me. ONLY three? Okay. Besides the Bible (that’s kind of obvious):

  • Skies of Dripping Gold. I kind of forgot the author’s name because I’m too lazy to look it up, but it’s a wonderful short story and it’s 99 cents on Amazon for a digital copy. READ IT. The author is an amazing person and her stories are just … well, I simply don’t have the words (sorry for forgetting her name).
  • Harry Potter series. So many people already love these books, but there are, sadly some people who constantly demonize them because of the content including magic, sorcery, and dark arts. But that’s only because they’ve never tried reading these beautiful, beautiful books themselves; it’s about love and friendship overcoming the darkness.
  • Les Miserables. It’s a long, depressing story, but it is gorgeous. I could write a whole post on how wonderful Les Mis is and I still wouldn’t be able to cover all the points. The real point is, it’s worth the long read. The characters, the story, the message, and plot twists … I don’t know. It’s one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read and it will always remain one of the highest on my list.

 

Welp, that’s it. That was easy and fun. It’s perfect to be tagged during a week when life is so busy you just can’t come up with anything. Answering fun, easy questions is always a nice change once in a while. And I know you all love it too, so … I’m tagging these people with these questions:

 

Questions:

When did you start blogging?

Name three books that everyone on Earth should read.

Favorite pop music artist and film score composer.

Name your three biggest fandoms.

What is your favorite musical?

Spiderman or Ant-man? Yes, the new Marvel ones.

What time of day do you write the most?

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider? 

A tagline for the first story you’ve ever written.

If your book was going to be made into a movie, is there an actor/actress you’d choose to play your main character?

Rey or Princess Leia? Why?

 

People Tagged:

Jeneca Writes

Aimee Meester

Zac Tyson

Emily Hayse

Nate Philbrick

You! Go ahead and write up the tag too! Everyone is welcome.

 

And that’s it. Hope you enjoy. Feel free to click around on the blog and subscribe if you like what you see! Till next Tuesday then.

 

 

Tunisian Crochet Pattern for Harry’s Gryffindor Scarf

This is actually the first crochet pattern I’m putting up on Tea with Tumnus. I’ve never been a passionate crocheter, as it is something that takes up time where I could be doing something more “productive” (like writing), but when it comes to crochet projects that have to do with fandoms? Why not?

I found a pattern for a tunisian crocheted Gryffindor Scarf on a personal blog, which has since moved to a site called Lifted Geek, and inspired this pattern on Tea with Tumnus. It was a little hard to follow and didn’t have as many pictures as I would have preferred, so here’s a slightly altered version for tunisian crochet beginners.

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The Book and Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

There will be spoilers throughout the review. As I’m pretty sure most of you have read the Harry Potter series, I won’t worry about it too much, but if you’re new to the series, you probably should have second thoughts before continuing.

The two movies The Deathly Hallows Part 1 & Part 2 finally show a film adaptation of a Harry Potter book done right. The last six books before Deathly Hallows had a lot in them: great character arcs, plot twists, critical scenes … and only one movie for each book.  

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Prophecy: A Harry Potter Poem {and a Discussion on J. K. Rowling}

One of my favorite things about Harry Potter is the complexity of the story. J. K. Rowling manages to write only 8 books focusing on an incredibly intricate plot without going crazy. Or maybe she did go crazy, a mental situation most writers tend to fall subject to, but she certainly didn’t lose her head enough to give up, and that’s only one of the many things I admire J. K. Rowling for.

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