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Monday, February 4, 2019

Book Recommendations from 2018


Hello my lovelies!

I thought I would go into deeper detail of my "bookworminess" here. I lightly mention it once in a while on my Instagram account but it is something I am more than happy to dive deeper into as I am a proud bookworm. 

I have a number of books I have read this past year that I would highly recommend and some that I think would just be interesting to discuss. So let's dive!

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by Joanne Greenberg

This book is BRILLIANT. 
As someone who works in the mental health field and has worked with people diagnosed with Schizophrenia, I found this book very enlightening, insightful, helpful, and accurate.
This book is based on a true story of the author's experience with her own mental illness. I found the psychologist in the book the most interesting character and a huge inspiration to my and my practice at the time of my internship at a psychiatric hospital. The psychologist here uses a method I have learned about which is a blend of psycho dynamic theory and cognitive behavioral therapy, but I digress, I was so happy to see a beautiful example of how one can effectively work and help someone with schizophrenia. I think this books is a great example of what someone might be like with this diagnosis. I found that after my internship, it was very difficult talking to people without any understanding of my client's experience and diagnosis and speak of that population like these violent and terrible people. It angers me SO much. I think if one is very curious as to what Schizophrenia really looks like, this book will provide that insight. 
Schizophrenia does not make someone violent, and of all things I found what my own clients spoke of and the characters in this book spoke of come out very poetic, horrifying, and fascinating. I very much recommend this book.

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by Judith Farr

If you are an Emily Dickinson fan like myself, you must read this book. It is a semi-fictional story through some of the letters from and about Emily from her friends, family, and teachers. It explores the tales of "naughty" Emily Dickinson, as she refuses to conform to the strict christian rules of her school and explores her feelings for women. Like I said, if your a fan, you'll love this. For me, this book only made me admire and appreciate her more.

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3. The Moth Diaries
by Rachel Klein

What excited me about this story was that it is based on one of the original vampire stories out there. No, not Dracula... This is even better. Carmilla is the story that inspired Bram Stoker to write Carmilla and it also inspired The Moth Diaries. This story takes place at an all-girl boarding school, enough said, right? So many good stories come from that setting! I digress. I would recommend this to anyone who is a part or supports the LGBTQIAP (Similarly with the previous book mentioned!) and who likes mystery, drama, and some darkness.

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by Neil Gaiman

Man, if I could be this main character for a day, what a gift that would be. This story is a wonderful journey into Neil Gaiman's Magical Realistic world of fantasy, romance, and some dark notes. If you like adventure stories, you will certainly enjoy this book. It was rather a quick read, and I had some trouble putting it down so it's also very exciting. I won't say much about the plot because I am terrible with spoilers but just know it is a very surreal journey. This book is not your ordinary fantasy adventure novel but a strange yet familiar tale. It will make you look at everything differently once the book is done and, like me, you'll probably yearn to read it again shortly after finishing it.


I would have loved to share a fifth book but I think four is my max since I did not read as much as I would have liked to in 2018. I hope that this year I am able to read many more books (and new ones I should add, I have a tendency to re-read books..) so I'll have a nice full list for you guys in 2020! I also have a dreadful pile of books waiting to be read and I hate to neglect them any further!

Anyway, I digress. I hope this was an interesting list for you and please let me know if you read any!

Happy Reading Bookworms!



Tuesday, January 1, 2019

"New Year, New Me..."

It's always nice to think that we can just change at the drop of a ball.

But let's be real. That's not true.

A more realistic way of seeing this, however, is allowing yourself to set baby step goals.

Instead of saying, "I'm going to drop 80 lbs this year", which for some is totally possible, it might be really overwhelming right from the start, right? 
Maybe starting at, "I'm going to sign up with a gym and start going twice a week" is a good place to start. It's productive, and reasonable.

But then again, who am I to say what is reasonable and what isn't?

I have personally felt like those big goals have been overwhelming for me. So if this is speaking to you, maybe you will want to keep reading this.

As far as goals go, I want to begin posting on here regularly about once a month. That's fair right?

On New Years Eve, we wrote down things that we want to leave behind in 2018 and burned them in a bowl. This made me think, "hey, maybe I should start there. Set my goals to be things to not do instead of give myself things to do." I already feel prepared to face the new year.

I should be clear. I find any goal setting to be great no matter what time of the year it is. Don't believe for a second that I find new year resolutions to be silly. I think they're great, but sometimes unattainable or, like I said before, overwhelming.

So, if you are still here after all of that ranting. What do you think? Do you have a baby step goal for yourself? Or something you want to leave behind in the previous year? Do you have a different goal setting method that works well for you?

Happy New Year!
I hope all of your goals and wishes come to life.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Literary Necklaces

Hello lovelies!

I am here to bring you some updates to my shop. 

A little while ago I added some new necklaces to my shop. This is a style I am toying with as I have a secret (not so secret now) obsession with paper crafts. I began to collage different things and when I was given some frame pendants as a gift I came up with this idea.

I am a literature NERD. I studied it in undergrad and I have an old lady goal of going back to uni one day to get another masters or phd in literature. I am also a proud feminist and thought it would be wonderful to represent some of my favorite literary ladies who broke the norm in my creations.







These are all one of a kind and will not be reproduced again! With the holidays in mind this might make the perfect gift for another literary geek!

"There is no Frigate like a Book  
To take us Lands away,  
Nor any Coursers like a Page  
Of prancing Poetry –   
This Traverse may the poorest take         
Without oppress of Toll –   
How frugal is the Chariot  
That bears a Human soul."
-- Emily Dickinson

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Katabasis of Persephone | My First Magazine Publication


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Hello darlings,

For those who have been following me on other platforms, you will have known by now (because my mouth won't stop moving, nor my fingers) that Cat Trzaskowski and I got into Gothesque Magazine from our collaboration we did in April.


It's funny. Before the shoot we shared a live video talking about our plans for the shoot and hinting at the theme. We planned to reveal it only a month after shooting. It wound up being a much bigger reveal when not only the theme was shared, but the fact that it made it into Gothesque's Gods and Myths issue!


I am so excited for Cat and for myself because this is something I never thought would really ever happen. I don't go the extra mile that a lot of other models and artists do. I am just happy playing dress up and pretend with my friends and other people who like the creative process. Never did I dream to be in a published magazine! Maybe I dreamed it, but I thought it would always remain a dream. Yet, here we are.


I want to thank all of our loyal followers and friends who support the work Cat and I do together. When we work together, not only is it a wonderful creative outlet, but it's an empowering experience. Between this shoot, and Lady of the Lake, By the Sword, and many others Cat and I have done together, it's all about empowering older stories, and divulge hidden aspects. We love breaking the damsel in distress trope that females, especially young ones, are so used to seeing now. It's truly a wonderful thing to be a part of, especially being a literature and mythology nerd. 

I am still awestruck by this whole thing. Firstly, by Cat's amazing talent, and then all of this. I am doing my best to save my squealing for when I see her to celebrate. For now it is very much internal squealing.

To see more of this shoot, visit Cat's Facebook or her Website. I won't be sharing it until all of my Patrons on Patreon see it first!

Anyway, thank you for stopping by.

I'll see you next time.

Sincerely,
Ghost

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Friday, August 10, 2018

A Romantic Endeavor


I'm trying something new.

I have always romanticized the idea of being a botanist, a floral designer, or anything working along plants, especially ones that smell delicious. 

I figure the closest I can get is making perfume! 



Being a Perfumist sounds quite romantic, doesn't it? I do not expect this to really be a big deal within my shop, but it has been something I have been eager to try since I started making candles. Originally, I wanted to make perfumes to match the candle scents I was making, but I have no real gauge to determine if that would be wise. Also, my candle scents are always changing or I'm making new blends so that would be messy anyway.

As for now, I have three scents available:
  1. Earl Grey Tea, scented with Bergamot and Orange Peel Essential oils.
  2. Patchouli, which is just pure hippie musk, 100% Patchouli Essential Oil.
  3. Summer Garden, scented with Lavender, Rose, Lemon, Basil, and Rosemary Essential Oil.

I was most excited with Summer Garden, being that as I was learning about what scents are okay and not okay to mix, this one apparently breaks those rules. However, if you love the smell of a garden on a breezy summer day, this scent mimics just that. It's a smell I have been exposed to a lot this summer since my partner began his farming business and my mother has been tending to her flower gardens. Everything is in full bloom by the beginning of July! I think it's a much more accurate smell of summer for those of us who do not live near a beach.


Each bottle is a 8mL dark amber roll-on glass bottle. I chose these specifically because they are a good size, and the perfume and scent lasts a long time in this particular bottle.



I'm very excited to give this new hobby a try (not that I'm looking for new hobbies, I guess I just like being busy). If this sounds at all interesting, there are links above to each scent on Etsy!

Thank you again for stopping by!

Sincerely,
Ghost Siren