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Do You Write?

My fellow bookworms – do you also love to write? Anything, really – a daily journal, a blog, fiction, etc.? I love to write – I’ve kept a journal since I was old enough to string badly spelled words together. I’ll admit that while I don’t open it everyday, my journal is a permanent fixture in my purse. It keeps me sane – I’d feel lost without it.

Journal

My true love, though, is writing fiction. I’ve tried to write a novel before, but my talents definitely lean more toward short stories. A few years ago I started seriously exploring the growing world of self-publishing; my dream has always been to see my writing out in the world. So, I wrote a Christmas themed short story, found someone online willing to design the cover for cheap, and looked into ebook distributers.

I landed on Smashwords. They’re an ebook distributer that allows even the little guy to sign up and start creating. Their reach is impressive. Publish your ebook through them, and watch it appear on Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, and even some libraries. It’s a bit surreal to search your name on these sites and see your book appear. It made me downright giddy. But, the whole process felt very one-sided; my words had been dropped into the void, and I had no idea what people thought of them. It turns out, I really crave feedback. What I needed was a more social platform.

My answer came through Widbook. I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon it, but it has worked out really well for me. It’s been labelled the YouTube of ebooks. Essentially, it provides a platform to publish ebooks, read other ebooks and comment with your feedback. I’ll admit, I don’t read on it much, but I enjoy publishing on it and love hearing from people who read my stories. Some of the feedback has made me think about my process, which has helped my writing improve overall.

Even though I think Widbook is wonderful, I haven’t written much lately. I think it’s about time I picked it up again – I have a new short story plot brewing in the back of my mind!

So, back to my original question – my fellow bookworms, do you also write? If you do – please share!

Do You Pottermore?

Back in 2011, I was lucky enough to be a part of the Pottermore Beta. For the muggles out there, Pottermore was originally launched as an interactive website for Harry Potter fans. It included games and exclusive content written by JK Rowling herself. While I loved the extra reading material, the games weren’t really my thing, and I eventually stopped logging in once the Beta testing was complete.

For me, the relaunch this last September was a welcome change. Gone were the games, and the site was given a much needed make-over. It now features a tonne of extra content; I’m always finding something new to read when I visit. Once they restored the Sorting Hat, I of course took the test again – it was the only interactive feature I really liked in the Beta. (Ravenclaw for life!)

Pottermore Ravenclaw

A little over a month ago, Rowling revealed that there are 11 wizarding schools in the HP universe. So far, the North American school only has a name: Ilvermorny. The location is still a mystery, although the map on Pottermore makes me suspect it is in Canada (woot!). I’ve been itching for more details about it, but so far it’s been nothing but crickets. Until today.

A news release has appeared on Pottermore, stating that Rowling has written a series called ‘The History of Magic in North America’, which will be released in daily instalments this week. Yay! No doubt this is meant to be promotional material for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie, but it will be awesome nonetheless. I can’t wait to read the first instalment tomorrow.

Pottermore

So, back to today’s blog title – HP fans, do you Pottermore? If you don’t, this week would be a perfect time to start!

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