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Nine Literary Quotes For The Mental Health Day

It is likely that, if you’re here, you have turned to stories and poetry for comfort during dark times (or any times). Mental Health Day is around the corner and, while you may already have your go-to validation lit, I’m going to go ahead and share some of my literary chicken broth. I will confess that every fiber of my will power was involved in keeping me from sticking exclusively to Maya Angelou quotes, because that woman’s wisdom could bring me back from the dead on my worst days. So, in addition to two of my favorite tía Maya quotes, I invite you to take in some of these hot-tea-and-a-thick-quilt thoughts and put them in your pocket for the next time you’ve lost faith in humanity or find yourself at a dodgy dead end. I give you no snark as of this point, only vulnerability because I believe in safe spaces. 

 

  1. “Maybe the hardest part of my life is having the courage to try.” —Rachel Hollis, Party Girl
Author Rachel Hollis on the cover of her latest book, which she badassly published soon after her shattering divorce, via Kobo

2. “I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody too.” —Maya Angelou

Writer and poet Maya Angelou in all her fabulousness, via Dazed

3. “You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with flying colors, via Pinterest

4. “Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.” —Neil Gaiman

 

Art on moving forward, via My Modern Met

5. “I think Destiny’s purpose is merely to shock us at moments into a state of awareness; those moments are milestones in between which we have to find our own way.” —Attia Hosain, Sunlight on a Broken Column

Impasse, via Pinterest

6. “We all have an unsuspected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.” —Isabel Allende

Growth and resilience, via Pinterest

7. “She uttered a quick prayer for him. Let him find balance and moderation in all things; let him listen to himself and not the noise of others.” —Balli Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Shakti art, via Society6

8. “I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” —Maya Angelou

Bond, via Pinterest

9. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Expecto patronum, via Harry Media

 

Mental health is often about being seen, and seeing is one of the often unspoken powers of stories. Sure, we hear of readers opening a novel, bumping into a character, and saying “hey, that’s me!” But we seldom hear of that wise Grandma Literature who sits us down wherever we are in life, holds our attention, and says “See? That’s you. You’re not alone.” You’ve heard me say this before, so I’m going to say it again: Abuela has the answers. 

 

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‘Sandman’ Author Neil Gaiman Defends New ‘Ironheart’ Author Eve L. Ewing

Black girl magic is definitely blossoming in the comic book world. Ironheart, one of Marvel’s ongoing series, focuses on a black teen who’s an engineering genius and temporarily takes on the title of superhero when Tony Stark  (Ironman) is in a coma.

 

 

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Image Via Chicago Tribune 

 

Now, for the first time ever, the Ironheart series is being authored by an African-American female poet and playwright, Eve L. Ewing. She’s certainty excited for her big debut as a Marvel writer, but many Marvel fans doubt her talents and capabilities to write for one of their favorite comic series.

 

 

 

Many have taken to Twitter to voice their opinions and ask about her experience as well as question whether or not she can hold her own in the comic book world. They even go on to ask how many stories Ewing has written. Unbeknownst to Ewing, Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline and the Sandman series, came to her defense by replying back to Twitter haters with facts and personal experiences. 

 

Eve L. Ewing, rather touched and thankful for his input, didn’t hide the fact as she retweeted his response(s) on her  page with glee and undying respect for Neil Gaiman. However, Ewing goes on to say that she rather if people didn’t fight about her. Along with the support of Neil Gaiman, Eve L. Ewing has an online petition made up of over 2,600 signatures, urging Marvel to make her an author on one of their comics. Although haters are going to hate, Eve L. Ewing will prove them wrong once the first issue of Ironheart is published.

 

 

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“Good Omens” TV Series Casts David Tennant and Michael Sheen!

Neil Gaiman’s debut novel “Good Omens,” which was co-authored by Terry Pratchett, is coming to the small screen. “Doctor Who” alum David Tennant will star alongside “Masters of Sex” lead, Michael Sheen.

 

David Tennant

David Tennant as the Doctor from “Doctor Who” / via BBC America

 

Tennant will play the role of Crowley, a demon hard-set on putting a stop to the end times. Alongside Crowley is Aziraphale, played by Michael Sheen, who is an angel similarly attached to life on Earth, and thus reticent to let it end. Both actors are currently giving outstanding performances on TV–Tennant in “Broadchurch,” and Sheen in “Masters of Sex.” As good as they are at hard-hitting drama, they’re also more than capable of delivering the wry wit of Gaiman and Pratchett.

 

Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen / via The Telegraph

 

The series will premiere on Prime Video in 2018, and will subsequently air on the BBC in the UK. If Gaiman’s last TV adaptation is any indication (“American Gods”), then this series will certainly blow minds.

 

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Feature images courtesy of The Apricity Forums and Bleeding Cool.

 

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Infographic: The Scariest Monsters in Literature

Halloween is a time for spooky monsters like the well-known Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Headless Horseman. It’s also a time for scary books. After all, every monster we just mentioned shares one thing in common: a literary heritage.

Books are full of creepy ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, so it’s no surprise that a lot of our Halloween horror inspiration comes from the scary stories on our bookshelves. But how well do you know the scariest monsters in all of literature?

Get into the spirit of Halloween with this awesome infographic from the folks at the UK’s Morph Costumes. All of the classic creeps are there, and they’re all helpfully labeled with a “Scream Score,” which is calculated by evaluating their creepy appearance, supernatural powers, and evil intent. Morph Costumes says that Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It, is the creepiest one of all. Do you agree?