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Jan 29, 2017

6 Books that Have Influenced Me- Isaly Holland

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This is a guest post from the beautiful Isaly Holland with six books that have influenced her the most and she would read again in a heartbeat :) Her links are down below so make sure you go check her out


Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.
I am Isaly Holland and I run a blog called Memories By Isaly. I have had my fair share of great books for as long as I can remember. I remember the first time I actually sat down and read a 600 page book in like 3 days. I was hooked ever since then. I think that reading brings a sense of escape and joy into my life because each book brings a new path, life, or idea. I am glad that I was able to write about my favorite books. It is super hard to narrow it down. But, I think what helped me decide on which six books are my favorite -- they had to change me in some way. Every book always brings ideas into my mind but these favorites have had such an impact on me that I changed an aspect of myself. I decided to choose six books that have influenced me the most and I would read again in a heartbeat. I think you guys would enjoy these books as much as I did because they give you a different outlook on life.

  1.       Beautiful Creatures
  2.       The Alchemist
  3.      The Color Purple
  4.       The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  5.      We Should All Be Feminist
  6.      A Child Called It 

 www.memoriesbyisaly.comBeautiful Creatures is by Kami Gracia and Maragaret Stohl. It is about a guy that dreams about a girl all the time to find out that they are soulmates and she is also a spell caster. (She hated being called a witch lol). This was one of my favorite books because it was such a love connection and not a spappy love book but a realist one. It had drama, romance, and it had thriller moments. I think anyone who enjoys romance, fantasy and drama would like this book. 

The Alchemist is by Paulo Coelho. I remember the first time I read this book! I was hooked. It actually was this book that made me pick up and leave NYC and move to Dallas with my fiance. I was sitting on a train reading and this book did wonders for me. The plot is about a boy named Santiago that is searching for treasure but also finding things out about himself along the way. I don’t want to give away a lot of the plot but it is an eye opening novel and everyone needs to read it at least 3 times in their lifetime. I even made a youtube video reviewing this book because I liked it so much.

The Color Purple is by Alice Walker. I am a sucker for books that bring a lot of emotion out of me and this book did just that. It made me realize what people had to go through in the past and how everyone has their own story. The book follows many different lives and how they either changed for the better or worse. It focuses on the south and African American lives post slavery and during a very racist era.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X is by Alex Haley and Malcolm X. Alex Haley knew Malcolm X and decided to create this book of him telling his life. Malcolm X was the narrator and gave an amazing outlook on what it was like to have black pride, deal with racial issues and how he changed over time to become the leader he became. It is a reason why Malcolm X will always go down in history, this book proved it.

 www.memoriesbyisaly.comWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is a short book but a very intellectual book. It spoke about being a feminist today and specifically in countries where women are not treated equally or with respect. I read this book in an hour and really realized how gender is really focused on with everything we do. I recommend this book because of how it taught me to notice things more in society.

 www.memoriesbyisaly.comA Child Called It is by Dave Pelzer. I am pretty sure everyone has heard the story and torn up just hearing the title. But, Dave Pelzer went through child abuse and wrote his story on what it is like. I read this book as a teenager and then again as an adult and you can’t help but get more torn up about the story. This was a real story and happens everyday. This book will make you cherish your life and value others more than you ever would.

I hope you guys enjoyed my list and have a chance to read them (: I know you guys will see even more amazing things that I did not mention when reading them. But, I understand considering that Edmund Wilson once said, “No two persons ever read the same book.”


Jan 17, 2017

Learn About Moon

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Hey so as you know I have created a character named Moonshine and Moonpup. I have done a Meet Moonshine and Moonpup post which you can read here but I wanted to get a little more into the story of them. Basically behind the scenes questions. 

If you have any other questions OR like to leave a suggestion maybe on a plot line or character design then feel free to leave a comment down below. You can also tweet me or instagram me @fablemoonsays 

Make sure you follow my blog so you can view when more short stories of Moonshine and Moonpup when the first come out!!!! 


Why does Moonshine look different in every photo?

Like any normal person she has different looks to go with different styles. Maybe she is an alien ;-0 Who knows really. She always has purple hair though

Do you draw the characters all your own?

Actually I trace them and then put my own unique spin on them.

I get Moonpup from here
And Moonshine from here I use various dress up games

Your characters are nice but the photos you put look awful. You should put more effort into them

Ah yes thanks for noticing that. I know I draw them & color them on paper, then take photos to upload them. I am wanting to get scanner to scan and upload so maybe they look better. I am not good with photoshop or drawing apps.
I also am in the process of getting thin markers to color them instead of color pencils.

Once I get the scanner, I will be able to scan the photo, import it into a drawing software and be able to make them look a lot better. Still in the starting stage of everything. Things take time. Rest assured they will start to improve in quality

How old is Moonshine and Moonpup?

I like to think of Moonshine at age 18. Out of school. Moonpup is 8 months old

Does Moonshine have any relatives?

This will be told more in upcoming stories

Does Moonshine have a boyfriend? 

This you will have to wait and see

Will you create a book featuring Moonshine and Moonpup? 

This is my goal. I want to create a short children's story. I am in the process of researching different story lines that would work.

Most likely will be an Ebook with photos due to be released sometime spring/early summer

Jan 12, 2017

My First Interview Part 2

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Hey hey hey. So on Tuesday I did part 1 of my interview read it here  with http://www.instagram.com/breath_words 


I was just so intrigued with her answers that I went off script a little bit. These are the rest of the questions I asked her.

A big thank you to Ashle for taking the time to answer my questions and allow me to post them xx

Did you always want to be a writer??

                   Ashley= Growing up I wanted to be a lawyer, anthropologist, a pharmacists... but never a writer. Only recently have I seen myself putting something in a book

Favorite author and book.

                  Ashley=Oh that's a tough one. I'm a huge fan of paranormal books: The Hallows, Chicagoland Vampires and the Women of the Outerworld are my faves. 

What do you wish to accomplish with your writing? Goals? 

                 Ashley= I hope to get my work in a book someday soon. If for no one but myself, I'd like it to be in print

What would the genre of your future book? If you have even thought of any yet. 

             Ashley= I image it would be poetry. I can't imagine ever having the patience for anything else

Finish this sentence: I wish I knew how to______

           Ashley= I wish I knew how to draw. And how to self publish. I want to be able to create my own art for my eventual book, but drawing/painting is not my forte. I'm working on it though

Got any tips for new writers?

         Ashley= Stick with it. Not every piece you write is going to be amazing. And that's ok. Write what you feel. That's what is most important

Got any advise for younger Lupus suffers out there?? 

                     Ashley= Stay hopeful. You'll always have days where you literally feel like doing nothing. And that is ok. On those days, curl up and read a book or watch a movie or whatever you need. And then the next days, you get up and remind yourself that YOU ARE NOT YOUR ILLNESS. 

It's the same advise I'd give someone struggling with anxiety or depression. I've been there too. It's important to know that you will have those bad days, but not everyday will be a bad day. 

And if it ever gets so bad that you need a voice of reason, don't ever feel it shows weakness by reaching out. There are so many great helplines. There's even text services now http://www.crisistextline.org 

Jan 10, 2017

My First Interview Part 1

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As you know for the past 2 months I have been doing writing challenges. They have come from the incredible http://www.instagram.com/breath_words Which you should go follow asap 
her twitter  
her blog

So I thought why not get a chance to meet her. So I asked her a few questions that I think people would love to know about her. 

My first interview!!!!! There will be a second interview coming Thursday 

Ok so first her name is Ashley

Ok here we are interviewing breath_words. Let's get the name issue of of the way first. Why did you chose the name breath_words anyways??

         Ashley=Honestly I went through a bunch of variations trying to get Breath of Words, because that is how I view my writing. That exhalation of the soul

I love that 'exhalation of the soul' tell me more about that. 
               Ashley= It's the release, like an exhale, but it's soul deep. That freedom of spilling the anxiety that we so often hold, that creates tension within us

You have a wonderful way with words. 

        Ashley= I feel like writing allows us to finally breath. Because we've purged that heaviness that kept such a tight coil on our hearts, our lungs, our soul

So you would say writing is like medicine to you? Helps you in many ways

       Ashley= Exactly. 

When did you start writing? 

       Ashley= I've been writing off and on since high school. I was diagnosed with Lupus at 14, so it hit me hard. Writing was release. Then I stopped during grad school and work, and I just started back about 2 years ago on Twitter

Do you think having Lupus has helped your writing in any way? Or has it made it worse?

        Ashley= I like to think it has helped. Gave me a reason to start writing, and it made me stronger as a person. You can't go through like something like this and not come out at least a little bit stronger. It made me focus. And push myself

Do you have any unique of quirky writing habits? 

       Ashley= I am a huge fan of alterations and try to use it as much as possible. And on Twitter, I will rewrite an entire piece before shortening words (like you to u or are to r) That drives me nuts  

You do monthly writing prompts for Instagram and such. How do you come up with them?

        Ashley= I think of phrases and such that I use or that come to mind when I'm writing and then I'll hold onto them for prompts. And I'm inspired by weather, things going on in my life. I also brainstorm with fellow Instagrammer http://www.instagram.com/aseaofwords 

I do love them. Where do your ideas for writing come from?

       Ashley= Most of my ideas come from real life- present or past relationships, my friends and their relationships or anxieties. Rarely, I'm just super inspired by a prompt and create solely by that

Jan 1, 2017

Ringing in 2017

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  Ring in the New Year and start your writing on the all new Amazon Fire Tablet. Features all your favorite apps on a bigger screen then a smart phone. Perfect for writing down notes on the go

Happy New Year!!!!!

Hope you have a blast celebrating the year. Honestly for me it didn't feel like New Years Eve or anything. I just was not into it this year. Reasons I am not sure of. But I did have a good New Years Eve day, I caught a ton new Pokemon on Pokemon Go so that was fun.

What are you New Year 2017 resolutions?? Leave a comment down below or Tweet Me 

I am excited for this year

On The Blog in 2017

I have a ton of goals for my blog this year. You can read them here 

On Friday, the blog is getting a whole new url!!!! If you have not noticed my twitter and instagram and pinterest all have been changed to another name. Crossing my fingers the name is still available on Friday so I can make the switch.
 Both this blog and my mental health blog here will both be converted into one

I have even been working on a bunch of short stories involving my character Moonshine and Moonpup. Be tuned for that

And once again I will be trying to do this writing challenge by http://instagram.com/breath_words whom I also have an upcoming interview post of. I am not sure right now how many times I will be partaking in this event so make sure you check my twitter and follow me to know when new posts are

Basically it. So stayed tuned

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