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Interactive Journals to Bring You Peace of Mind

Life has undoubtedly been stressful lately as we navigate these uncertain times. Interruptions to our daily routines can definitely be a source of anxiety, one that might leave us feeling a bit restless.

Netflix may be a welcome distraction, but when you’re diligently practicing social distancing and you’ve marathoned four new shows in a week, there comes a definite itch to do something new (I know this itch very well). It’s also very important to look out for the well-being of others and yourself, both mentally and physically! So, why not distract yourself with these awesome interactive journals that will also help you manage one day at a time? After you’ve washed your hands for *at least* twenty seconds, of course. Happy journaling!

How to be happy (or at least less sad): a creative workbook by lee crutchley


This innovative journal has a plethora of activities to keep your mind fresh and focused on being the best you can be.



1 page at a time: a daily creative companion by adam j. kurtz

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This “companion” sparks your daily creativity and challenges you to think outside the box. Regular check-ins in the form of thought-provoking activities help you take on life. One day at a time, one page at a time.

Pick me up: a pep talk for now and later by adam j. kurtz

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When you’re feeling a little low, this is a great journal to spend some time on. These pages are rich with gratitude, admiration, and self-love.


Start where you are: a journal for self-exploration by meera lee patel

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Explore yourself and everything you can be with this one.

rage page: a journal for the bad days by john t

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Having a bad day? Channel your rage into the pages of this awesome journal- complete with pictures to color in and plenty of lines for all those rage scribbles.



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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Released Early on Hulu

Hulu announced on Twitter that they have released the first three episodes of Little Fires Everywhere earlier on their streaming platform. This is due in part to help distract viewers while they are socially distancing themselves from other people because of the coronavirus.

Little Fires Everywhere is based on author Celeste Ng`s novel which was published in 2017. The best-seller is about a close family in a small midwestern town whose lives are upended when a mother and daughter move into their spare house.

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This adaptation of Celeste Ng`s book is an eight-part limited series starring Kerri Washington and Reese Witherspoon as the leading ladies. Little Fires Everywhere will be streaming new episodes every Wednesday, only on Hulu.

At least people now have another show to binge while they are social distancing!

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Celeste Ng to Launch Publishing Internship Grants

Author Celeste Ng is set to launch two Adult Publishing Internship Grants. The #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You is partnering up with the organization We Need Diverse Books. Together, they are going to help individuals from diverse backgrounds who want to have a career in publishing be more attainable.

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Beginning next summer in 2021, interns who work at either a publishing house or agency will be rewarded two grants of $2,500. We Need Diverse Books have helped interns who work in children`s publishing to get full-time jobs.

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Penguin Random House will be supporting Celeste Ng by hosting an event next summer that will introduce interns into the industry. Celeste Ng gave a statement to the press release of the program. She stated how proud she was of this program especially since she is a writer of color and mother to a multiracial child. 

Getting the job you want in the publishing industry (let alone any other job) is very difficult which is why this internship grant is very important. This sounds like it is going to be very helpful for many individuals from diverse backgrounds get their dream job in the publishing world!

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5 Authors Who Were Also Murderers

Just because you wrote a good book doesn’t mean you haven’t killed someone. In fact, just because you haven’t written a good book doesn’t mean you haven’t killed someone. Heck, you could not write a book, not intend to write a book, and still kill someone. But that’s not what this site is about. This site is about books, and occasionally the worlds of literature and murder overlap. Here are five authors who murdered someone.


5. William S. Burroughs


As the story goes, he didn’t mean to kill her, but he did. A key member of the Beat Generation, William S. Burroughs appears in Jack Kerouac’s breakout 1957 novel On The Road. Written on one long scroll of paper so he didn’t have to change pages on his typewriter, Jack Kerouac wrote this iconic piece of literature in three weeks in April of 1951, fueled by coffee. William S. Burroughs was the inspiration behind On The Road‘s character of Old Bull Lee.

William S Burroughs sitting at his type writer, hands folded in lap, looking at camera.


William S. Burroughs had his own writing career long before On The Road was published. In fact, his first novel, Junkie, was released in 1953, a first-person narrative about a man struggling with heroin addiction. This novel was published initially under the pseudonym William Lee.


Book cover for William Burrough's 'Junkie'


But let’s go back to 1951. While in Mexico City, Burroughs and his second wife, Joan Vollmer, were drunk while she was undergoing withdrawal from a heavy amphetamine habit. Drunk and a little high, they decided to play William Tell.


For those who don’t know, William Tell is a game in which one player shoots an apple off the top of another person’s head, usually with a crossbow. However, in this instance, Joan placed a highball glass on top of her head and William S. Burroughs used a pistol to attempt to shoot it off. Unfortunately, he missed.


William S. Borrough's wife, Joan


While awaiting trial, Burroughs wrote the novel Queer about a young man looking for Yage, a hallucinogen, in South America. At the end of his trial, Burroughs was given a two-year suspended sentence and in 1959 his magnum opus, Naked Lunch, was published.


William S. Burroughs holding a shot gun in a garden, looking at camera.


William Seward Burroughs II, post-modernist author and primary figure of the Beat Generation, died on August 2nd, 1997 at the age of eighty-three.


4. Anne Perry


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Author of the Thomas Pitt detective series and the William Monk detective series, Anne Perry is an English author whose life story was the basis for Peter Jackson’s film Heavenly Creatures. Released in 1994, the film follows the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case about two teenage friends, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who eventually murdered Parker’s mother.


Parker was sixteen at the time, while Hulme was fifteen. According to The True Crime Library in Christchurch, New Zealand, the girls bludgeoned the woman to death with half a brick enclosed in an old stocking before running into town and claiming that Parker’s mother had fallen and hit her head.


Movie poster for Heavenly Creatures


Their story fell apart upon closer inspection and the two were arrested. Too young for the death penalty, the girls each received five years in prison.

At the time of the film’s production and release, it was not known that upon her release from prison, Juliet Hulme had changed her name to Anne Perry.

After the film was released and Perry’s identity discovered, the New Zealand Herald claimed, “…Perry has told the London Times Saturday Magazine that although they were never lesbians the relationship was obsessive”.

On her website, Anne Perry writes, “I began the ‘Monk’ series in order to explore a different, darker character, and to raise questions about responsibility, particularly that of a person for acts he cannot remember. How much of a person’s identity is bound up in memory?”


3. Blake Leibel

Not everyone who authors graphic novels with shocking descriptions of murder is a murderer themselves, but this guy is.

Blake Leibel wearing glasses look at camera in black and white photograph


In 2015 the graphic novel Syndrome was published, containing unsettling depictions of bloodletting and, straight from CBS Los Angeles, it transpires that Blake Leibel murdered his girlfriend and left her body “drained of all of her blood in a crime that a prosecutor said mirrored the script of a graphic novel he co-wrote.”


Blake Leibel and Iana Kasian


The Los Angeles Times also notes that Leibel, “was expressionless. Dressed in a yellow jail shirt and blue scrubs, he uttered only one word, answering ‘yes’ when the judge asked if he would waive his appearance at an upcoming court hearing”.

He was convicted in June 2018.


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Before his graphic novel, he worked on 2008’s Spaceballs: The Animated Series, based on the 1987 film by Mel Brooks, as a creative consultant.


2. Liu Yongbiao


Liu Yongbiao standing next to statue with hand on his foot


Back in 2005, Chinese writer Liu Yongbiao broke onto the scene with his story collection, A Film, which won China’s highest provincial critical achievement: the Anhui Literature Prize. In 2010, his novel about a writer implicated in a wave of unsolved murders, The Guilty Secret, was published.

In 2013, he cemented his literary status when he was elected to the China Writers Association.


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Backtrack to November 29th, 1995, when Liu and a friend, Wang Mouming, checked in a guesthouse. All That’s Interesting states that they had “the intention of robbing other guests” but “when the two were caught stealing by a guest, Wang and Liu are believed to have used clubs and hammers to kill the guest as well as the guesthouse’s two owners (an elderly couple) and their thirteen-year-old grandson in order to completely cover their tracks.”

Twenty-two years later, Shanghaiist reported that blood samples led investors to the fifty-three-year-old writer and the sixty-four-year-old legal consultant.


Liu Yongbiao in custody


The NY Post states that Liu told the investigators who arrested him that, “I’ve been waiting for you all this time”.


1. Mark “Chopper” Read

Chopper with two guns crossed over his chest and two in his waistband

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Have you read Mr. Read’s work? He wrote crime novels and several children’s books, one of which was called Hooky the Cripple: The Grim Tale of the Hunchback Who Triumphs, published in 2002 by Pluto Press and illustrated by Adam Cullen.

According to ABC News, Mark Read spent his early years robbing drug dealers before kidnapping and torturing members of the criminal underworld. Eventually, he was caught and charged with armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping. Perth Now reports that he spent only thirteen months outside of prison between the ages of thirty and thirty-eight. He also cut off his ears in prison.

Later in life, Mark Read found solace in writing.


Mark 'Chopper' Read with a cigar in his mouth and sunglasses on standing in front of a wall graffitied yellow and red


In 1991 he wrote the story of his life Chopper, from the inside: The confessions of Mark Brandon Read and several other non-fiction books, but he has also dabbled in children’s literature.


Book cover for Hooky the Cripple featuring a hand holding a bloody knife


There have been several attempts to ban Hooky the Cripple, but the movie based around his life, 2000’s Chopper starring Eric Bana, received critical praise upon its release.

Back in 2013, Read told the  New York Times, “Look, honestly, I haven’t killed that many people, probably about four or seven, depending on how you look at it.”

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5 Fantasy Books With Mermaids

Mermaids are beings that can be found in legends from different parts of the world, and they can most certainly be traced to different mythologies as well. We have tales of mermaids that end tragically, and we have stories where they end happily. There are stories of mermaids shedding their tails for human legs, and then there are tales where these same beings drag humans to their watery deaths. They are dangerous and fascinating. It isn’t surprising that there are stories that focus on these beings in some way, shape, or form.

Here are five fantasy books featuring mermaid characters.

1. “The Mermaid’s sister”

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Carrie Anne Noble‘s book The Mermaid’s Sister, is definitely a story to check out. This tale follows Clara, a girl who lives with her sister Maren and their aunt. Life for them is perfect. They gather herbs for their aunt’s potions, and they listen to her tales in the evening. However, everything changes when Clara realizes that scales are growing under Maran’s skin, and she is turning into a mermaid. If they don’t get her to the ocean, then she will die. Together, the sisters set off with their friend O’Neill, and all the while, Clara begins to question if she might also be something other than human.

2. “The mermaid”

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The Mermaid, by Christina Henry, follows a mermaid who is caught by a fisherman’s net. Though the fisherman decides to free her, the mermaid, Amelia, stays and becomes his wife. She evokes a special magic that allows her to trade her tale for legs, and she settles into life with the fishermen. This all changes when P.T. Barnum, one half of Barnum and Bailey, is seeking out new attractions for his museum when he learns about Amelia. She agrees to play the mermaid for him under the pretense that she can leave whenever she wishes, but she soon learns that this assumption is far from the truth.

3. “Sink”

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Sink by M.E. Rhines is the first book in the Mermaid Royalty series. This story follows Pauline, daughter of Queen Calypso, a cruel ruler who punishes individuals for the smallest of transgressions. While Pauline has learned to remain quiet and obedient when it comes to her mother, she finds that she cannot continue to do so when she learns a horrible secret. In an effort to break the cycle attached to this secret, Pauline goes to the surface to try and save drowning sailors. She finds herself attracted to one of these men, and she kisses him. However, this act puts the man in danger, and Pauline must risk all that she has to save the sailor.

4. “the mermaid trials”

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Cameron Drake‘s book The Mermaid Trials, is the first book in a series. We follow the protagonist Katriana, a mermaid from the royal family. Once every century, the royalty holds a contest referred to as The Trials, and all mermaids of a certain age group must participate. The champion is allowed to walk on land, and Katriana wants to desperately escape her stepmother’s cruelty. She is so desperate that she is willing to enter the Trials without proper preparation. However, Katriana also needs to consider what, exactly, is she ready to forfeit if she wins this contest, and what, exactly, will it entail to be one of the Trial’s champions.

5. “Sea Witch”

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Sea Witch, by Sarah Henning, follows Evie, a young girl who has been an outcast since her best friend Anna drowned. However, years later, a woman appears who resemble Evie’s lost friend, and Evie begins to question if Anna actually died. It becomes more than obvious though that Evie will need to help her new friend. Evie will need to not only remain on land but to maintain her grip on humanity. And, hopefully, in saving her friend, Evie can also save the prince that she has fallen in love with too.


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