Hey, everybody! Welcome (back) to My Mind & I, where I discuss, uh, the things on my mind. Usually it's stuff about reading and writing and maps and flags and other creative things. (Man, I really should make a real intro...)
Well, let's get into it!
The last couple of books I read were a screenplay and a novel. The prior was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, and the latter was Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes.
I watched the Fantastic Beasts movie back when it came out in 2016, but kind of forgot about it for a while. Then I found out it was actually J.K. Rowling, and it's considered canon in the Harry Potter world. This coincided with trailers coming out for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel, as well as my completion of my first reread of Harry Potter after originally reading it 7 years ago, in second grade. This sparked my interest in FB, and I decided to pick up the screenplay! I did not regret it; it was a very fast read and very good, too. 5/5 stars.
Witchtown's situation is special because I heard about it when signing up for a youth writers' class at the Writing Barn, which took place two Sundays ago, on October 7th. The last part of the class was meeting Cory Putman Oakes, and getting a free, signed copy of Witchtown. I really enjoyed the book! It wasn't the best - pretty tropey - but I liked it, and gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Map of the Day
Today's map is a GIF! (I don't care how you pronounce it. I say it with a /g/ ("hard G").) It shows the fertility and product/produce (I'm not sure which) output of different regions of the world throughout the year, and has been nicknamed "nature's heartbeat."
Sorry if slows down your computer a bit. It's a pretty complicated animation. But wouldn't you agree that it's quite interesting? Watching it is a bit... mesmerizing. What do you think of it? Tell me in the comments!
Flag(s) of the Day
Today's flags are something very recent that have become a trend as of late on /r/vexillology. They're based on this image:
It was suggested by a redditor that it had flag potential, and thus the flag style dubbed Asphalta Linea was born. The original Asphalta Linea flag:
Since then, there have been numerous flags and flag redesigns posted on the subreddit in the Asphalta Linea style. For example:
(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)
Those are Asphalta Linea-style redesigns of the flags of Canada, Switzerland, Barbados, and /r/vexillology, respectively. (My personal favorite is Barbados.) There are also many more.
Despite the fact that it's become a meme on the subreddit, in my opinion the style could actually look very good on a real flag. Tell me what you think in the comments!
Should You Title Your Chapters?
My basic opinion on chapter titling is that it's just up to the writer. Do it, don't do it, whatever!
But I really like titling my chapters. This is because it gives the reader something more to theorize about - what does the title mean? Or, if it's obvious what it means, how is that subject matter going to interact with the story thus far? On a very similar note, it provides foreshadowing, and can be as vague or explicit as you like. Also, I often find that after reading a chapter, its title really means a lot more than when I started.
I really thought I'd have more to say on this subject, but that's about it.
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