Currently Reading

Currently Reading, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas. aspasiasbissas.com. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, Discworld, fairies, witches

A new month brings a new read! The last time I posted on the subject, I was starting on two books– one each in English and French. I ended up walking away from the French one after about 100 pages, not because it wasn’t helpful for improving my language skills, but… let’s just say it turns out I can resist some paranormal fiction, after all. On the other hand, I’m very happy to have re-read The Night Circus, which is easily on my short list of all-time best books.

Now I find myself heading back to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I still don’t expect to ever finish the entire series, but Lords and Ladies caught my eye, since it features a favourite character (Granny Weatherwax) and fairies. If I don’t end up enjoying this one, I probably won’t go back to Discworld again. Not for a few months, anyway 😉

What are you reading these days? Share in the comments…

Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

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Literary Ink

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos.
Photo by Dominika Roseclay on Pexels.com, The swallow is a common symbol in literature.

I don’t have any tattoos (mainly because I can never settle on a design long enough to get one), but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate some attractive ink, especially when there’s meaning behind it. These book lovers did settle on a design, and they picked ones that reflected their love of the literary. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or just interested in seeing what others have done, enjoy…

Although I think watercolour-style tattoos probably don’t age well, they’re absolutely beautiful when they’re fresh.

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo
Credit photo: Instagram.com/debrartist
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

I’m not usually a fan of quote tattoos, but this Little Prince one has my full approval:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. the little prince

The clean lines and simple design of this Clockwork Orange tattoo evoke the book’s cover perfectly:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. a clockwork orange
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. a clockwork orange, anthony burgess

Nancy Drew is pure nostalgia for me. This silhouette tattoo is beautifully done:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. nancy drew
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. book covers, carolyn keene, nancy drew

Some have gotten portraits of favourite authors:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. author portrait, edgar allan poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. sylvia plath
Sylvia Plath via instagram @movegatattoos

I’ve never read any of Hermann Hesse’s writing, but this is a great tattoo:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. hermann hesse
Artist: Pawel Indulski

I think these do a lovely job of expressing how books can open worlds to a reader…

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

…or how it feels to get lost in a good book…

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo

And you can’t go wrong with including other things you love:

Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. books and tea
Literary Ink, blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com. Literary tattoos. book tattoo. cat, wine, books, watercolor tattoo

Which one is your favourite? Do you have a literary (or other) tattoo? Share in the comments…

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Cheers,

Aspasía S. Bissas

Give from Your Heart (Vampire Approved)

Give from Your Heart (Vampire Approved), blog post by Aspasia S. Bissas, aspasiasbissas.com.  Give blood, donate blood
Photo by Magdaline Nicole on Pexels.com

One of the many repercussions of the pandemic here in Canada (and most likely everywhere else too) is a shortage in our blood supply. Blood and blood components are needed to help people with various medical conditions (including those with blood cancers), for surgery, and for emergency situations, like during childbirth or after a car accident. When there isn’t enough blood to go around, the consequences are devastating. So today’s post is to ask you to please consider donating blood, if you can. You’ll be rewarded with the warm sense of having done some good in the world (and a cookie). Your local vampires would approve 🧛‍♂️

For more information on donating blood:

Canadian Blood Services: https://www.blood.ca/en

Société canadienne du sang: https://www.blood.ca/fr

American Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

NHS Blood Services: https://www.blood.co.uk/

If your local agency isn’t listed, try doing an online search for blood services in your country/region.

(By the way, veterinary clinics need blood too. Find out more here, or search for pet blood donations in your local area: https://www.canadiananimalbloodbank.ca/#!cabb )

Wishing you a bloody good weekend…

Aspasía S. Bissas

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