Showing posts from August, 2019

Making up royalty

As a rule, I like dead royals more than living ones. Dead royals are history. Dead royals lived in historical times of yesteryear when I feel like one family or one person ruling an entire nation or empire was more acceptable.

I need to make up one such family for my FrankenIdea.

Also as a rule, I don't actually like it when historical novels have fake royals ruling fake nation-states in them. I guess I feel like it's gimmicky. But I understand the rationale behind this; yeah, there were tons of royals ruling places in the world, but maybe the author didn't want to disturb them lol

For example, I have read books where there was a made-up Russian grand duke (I mean, there were a lot of them), several fake German princes (also, a lot of them), a couple of fictional Indian sultans and Indian princes (also, there were many)...

I need to make up an Indian royal family who gets ousted by the British in the nineteenth century and settles in England. They're sort of based on t…

Hey, whatcha reading?

I am inaugurating a new (hopefully regular, as in monthly) feature on The Sunflower's Scribbles, called Hey, whatcha reading?

I'm literally just going to ask people what they're currently reading. It's pretty simple :-)

For the first installment, I pestered my best friend Nali because she's always reading an interesting book.

1. What book are you currently reading?

I'm currently reading The Lost City of the Money God by Douglas Preston (2017, Grand Central Publishing). I usually try to alternate between non-fiction and fiction. A co-worker recommended it.

2. How far along in the book are you?

Two chapters. Thus far, it's really gripping.

3. What is the book about?

It's based on a true story about an adventure to the Honduran rainforest looking for this lost civilization. When they get back, they realized they've contracted a disease and there's a medical mystery, too. By reading this, I'm traveling vicariously. It was either this or a book abou…

Garden of Ravens release post!

Title: Garden of Ravens Author: Krystal Jane Ruin Genre: Dark Poetry Release Date: August 13, 2019

A collection of dark poetry that journeys through folklore, twisted tales, mental breakdowns, and depression.  We hide in shadows We wither under layers Sunlight is for beautiful people Darkness is for us

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Krystal is a writer of paranormal and supernatural fiction residing in the Tennessee Valley. When she’s not writing, she can be found sipping matcha frappucinos and searching for unicorns in the wild.


First of all, how many of y'all have seen Oklahoma!? Do you know where I can see a filmed version of the musical because after seeing this version of Oklahoma! tonight, I am unsettled and endlessly curious. 
A few months ago, I watched The Tony Awards and the cast of Oklahoma! did their performance. Now, I've seen bits of Oklahoma! performed on TV before and it always seemed...I don't know...cheerful? People were square dancing, singing about beautiful mornings and how farmers and ranchers should get along. This one was...different: 

They seemed angry, thus I nicknamed this Angry!Oklahoma. My friends and I went to see it tonight; none of us have seen any other productions of this show. We know some of the songs and I read the plot summary on Wikipedia. And my reaction to said plot summary was: "What?!! What is this? Why is this considered a musical theater classic?"
This production, on at Circle in the Square Theatre, is in a small theater in the semi-round. It …

2019 Reading Challenge: 10 Books!

Well, finally, I have hit the halfway mark of my reading goal for this year--10 books! Here they are:

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama. 5 stars. Nonfiction/Autobiography/ Memoir.

2. Midnight Riot (Rivers of London, #1) by Ben Aaronovitch. 3 stars. Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Mystery/British.

3. Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness #1) by Rhys Bowen. 3 stars. Fiction/Historical/British/Mystery/Cozy mystery.

4. After The Wedding (The Worth Saga #2) by Courtney Milan. 4 stars. Fiction/Romance/Historical Romance/Britain.
5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 5 stars. Fiction/Contemporary/Young Adult. 
6. A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert. 4 stars. Fiction/Romance/Contemporary Romance. 

7. Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin. 3 stars. Fiction/Contemporary/Romance/Muslim culture/Canadian.

8. An Unconditional Freedom (The Loyal League #3) by Alyssa Cole. 3 stars. Fiction/Romance/Historical Romance/Civil War/Espionage.

9. Revolutionary Days: Recollections of Romanoffs and Bolsheviki…