Writing more

Dear reader,

Last year I bought myself a book with 1200 creative writing prompts. This year I decided to use it. I’ve decided to try and post a short story whenever I can. I already have two prompts that I’m working on. Well.. one is being worked on, the other one is still in my head as I’m working on the first one. Get it?

I can’t promise to post a short story every week, not even every month. Just when ever I have the creative mindset and whenever I can find time to write a short story as I also have a news website to run. Click on it, I know you want to!

Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I will be writing more for this blog. So I hope you will enjoy the new content that’s coming to the page. If you have a prompt yourself, just let me know. We’ll see what I can work with. I’m happy to give it a try.

Much Love,

Sam.

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Welcome to Smaxx 2.0

Dear reader,

First of all; Happy new year! It’s been a while, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been redecorating my room, I work at the post office and I’ve started my own news website. I’ve been so busy with that website that I haven’t read a single page since a few days before Christmas. And it only gets worse, cause for the first time in my life, I’ve lost a book. I repeat: I’VE LOST A BOOK! And not just any book, I’ve lost Good Omens (Smaxx December). Sorry again, Max..

Smaxx 2.0
Now, Max and I have had a month to relax, work, study and do all the things that needed to be done. All though, Max is still reading Good Omens. So now we are ready for a new season of The Smaxx Project. Get ready for Smaxx 2.0!

We’ve been having some Skype dates to brainstorm and now we’ve come up with a whole new reading list. Here we go!
We still chose a book every other month, but now we’ve linked it to categories. So here is our list for this year.

February – Sam
A book that you own, but have not read
Douglas Adams – The hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy

March – Max
A Memoir
Lena Dunham – Not that kind of girl

April – Sam
A book with short stories
Angela Carter – The bloody chamber and other stories

May – Max
A book that takes place somewhere you’ve always wanted to go
Keri Hulme – The bone people

June – Sam
A book by an author you’ve never read before
Claire North – The first fifteen lives of Harry August

July – Max
A book you can finish in a day
Lois Lowry – Gossamer

August – Sam
A book that’s been published in the year you were born
Torey L. Hayden – Ghost Girl

September – Max
A book from the bottom of your to read list
R.J. Palacio – Wonder

October – Sam
A book with a one word title
Jerry Spinelli – Loser

November – Max
A book that has won a Pulitzer Price
Junot Díaz – The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao

December – Sam
A book set during Christmas time
Jeff Guinn – The autobiography of Santa Claus

I hope you like it, and I will see you soon!

Much love,

Sam

Walking in a winter wonderland

Dear reader,

Here in Holland we have the first day of Christmas on December 25th and the second day of Christmas on the 26th. Yes, we celebrate Christmas twice and we love it! No work, no shops, just relaxing, visiting family and food.
As we don’t visit family with Christmas, me and my mum spent Christmas in our pj’s on the couch watching Christmas movies.

But, we didn’t have a white Christmas. As soon as the second day of Christmas was over, it started snowing. So yesterday and today were the third and fourth day of Christmas, this way we still had a white Christmas this year! I love cheating like this.

I love snow. I walked to my work instead of taking the bike. And I loved every second of it. A coworker drove past me and stopped to ask if I wanted a ride, but I declined. It was still snowing and everything was so beautiful. I thought to myself; even if it’s gone in an hour because of the shovel trucks and the salt, I’ve still had my Snow-walk. I even wanted to take pictures, but my phone stopped working because of the cold.

Yesterday afternoon, most of the snow was melting and it started freezing at night, so now everything has turned to ice. The weather today was lovely, so I took out my camera and went for a stroll. It was like walking in a winter wonderland.

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Much love,

Sam

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore

Dear reader,

I’m late with this review as it’s already October. But who cares? I finished reading this book ages ago, so it’s OK. I already had my review up on my Bookblog. But let’s review!

This book is about Clay who is in desperate need of a job. He searches everywhere but can’t find anything. One day Clay walks past Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. There’s a poster on the window saying ‘Help Wanted’. Clay goes in and runs into Mr. Penumbra himself. He gets the job with a set of rules he must follow. His shift though, is during the night. It starts out boring and what not. But at one point it all kicks off and there’s no way to stop.

First off all, I thought that Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore was actually a bookstore that was open for 24-hours and then closed permanently to open up somewhere else again. But boy, was I wrong. The bookstore is actually open for 24-hours a day.

Secondly, I wish all jobs had such low requirements. That way I would’ve found a job already. But enough of that.

I thought this book was very adventurous. And it was a real page-turner. I really could not stop reading. At one point I was so tired that I really needed to stop reading and just go to bed, but I really couldn’t put the book away. The way it is written is so good, you become a part of the story and you forget that you’re actually reading a book. And you forget that the world you’re living in whilst reading, isn’t actually the real world.

And even though the situations at the bookstore aren’t always as great as they should be, this book really makes me want to work at a bookshop myself. And it’s not that I didn’t want that before I read this book, but this story just made it a lot worse!

Needless to say, I really really liked this book. It’s an easy read and a real page-turner.

Read it, love it, cherish it.

What about you, Maxx, did you like it?

Much love,

Sam

Can we skip Autumn, please?

Dear reader,

Some of you may love Autumn. The leaves getting brown, orange and yellow, it’s getting colder so you can wear your jumpers again and what not. But I absolutely despise it. And not because it’s getting colder, I don’t mind cold. In fact, I’d rather be cold than hot, cause I love wearing jumpers.

I hate Autumn because of the spiders. Now, I don’t know where this phobia came from, but it only seems to be getting worse. When I moved to the other side of the country to study Journalism, my mom told me it would be fine and that it would help to lessen my phobia. Oh boy, was she wrong.

No matter how small or big, no matter where they are, no matter if they move or sit still, I will find them. Even without my glasses I see them. It’s like they find me and they know I’m terrified of them, cause they will haunt me down.

And no, saying I’m terrified isn’t me overreacting. I really am scared of them. No matter how big or small, I will call (or shout) for someone to get them away from me. I hate getting my bike out of the shed, because there are so many spiders in there. I always drag my bike out so I don’t have to go inside.

On every corner off the street, they’re there. In every bush there’s a spider and watch out where you’re going, cause you might step into a spider’s web! As if they own the bloody place.

And now everything itches and tickles and that’s what I get when I think of spiders. Ugh! Please tell me I’m not the only one? And don’t start telling me that I don’t have to be afraid because “they can’t hurt you”. I know that, Okay? And I don’t even know why I’m afraid, I just am. But isn’t that always the case with phobias? So if we could just skip Autumn and its creepy insects like spiders and slugs and what now, that would be great, thank you. Let’s just go straight to Winter where they all freeze to death.

Much love,

Sam

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Blooker Sam

Dear reader,

I’m officially done with school. In two weeks I’ll get my diploma and then I’m out of there. Goodbye Friesland! And even though I’m happy to be gone, I will miss some things and people.
But since I’m completely done with everything, no school, no internship, no real job yet, I have a lot of free time on my hands.

Now, don’t worry, dad, I will still do my best to get a job. But I decided to be a real book blogger. So I made a sideblog on which I am going to blog about all the books I read. You can find all this on blookersam.wordpress.com. Might sound weird, but I’ve explained the name on that page. So enjoy!

I won’t neglect this blog, I will still post stuff on here. Smaxx will stay here and also my Song of the Week will be updated every Sunday. So go and have a look and if you like it, follow please!

Much love,

Sam

Book Tag #1

Dear reader,

I saw this on Tumblr when a friend of mine did this tag and I wanted to do it as well. So I decided to post mine on here. Here we go.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

These books are listed at random

1. Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
I think about this book a lot. Ever since I read it, I want to read it again. This story is so good, and so magical. If you haven’t read it yet, please do.
This story is about a circus that arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

2. Jojo Moyes – Me before you
I like this book because it’s about an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But she will do anything for someone she’s only just met. And I think that’s beautiful. It’s also very well written.
Will had a motoraccident and is in a wheelchair. He doesn’t know how to go on living and he wants to die. Will Lou be able to make Will’s life better. Can she show him that Will can still have a good life?

3. Catherine Ryan Hyde – Pay it forward
To be fair, I saw the movie first. And I cried. A lot. When I went shopping with my grandma in Dartford I came across this book in a secondhand bookshop. I bought it, I read it and I cried. Again. A lot. This story is so heartwarming, and the end of it is so tear-jerking. It’s almost impossible not to cry. I dare you to read it and not cry.
The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.

4. Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart, Cathy Brigg – Cathy’s book
I got this book for my birthday if I remember correctly. I thought it was amazing. It’s like someones diary. And there’s an envelope in the front with ‘evidence’ and everything. There’s a whole website, and a phone number. When I was fifteen I thought this was amazing!
Things weren’t so peachy in Cathy’s life before Victor broke up with her. Her father died unexpectedly, she’s failing school, and her best friend is mad at her. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers.

5. Hans Mijnders – Verdacht (it’s not on goodreads)
To be honest, I don’t really remember what this story is about ( I believe it was about teenagers dealing drugs). But the story is not why this book is in this list. It’s in this list because this is the first writer I’ve ever met and it’s the first book ever to be signed for me. Like, with my name in it. I thought it was amazing. I met him at the library when I still was in primary school.

6. J.K. Rowling – The tales of Beedle the Bard
Maybe not the Harry Potter book you would imagine, but still. As much as I love all the other books, this one is the one I’ve read the most. And I still do every now and then. It used to lay on my bedside table, so I could read it when I couldn’t sleep.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

7. John Green – Paper Towns
Yes, I chose this book over The Fault in our Stars. And you can’t really compare these stories and say which one is better, because they’re both really very good. I chose this book, because it made me think. It made me nervous and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what was going on. It was a real page-turner for me and I’m really excited about the movie!
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

8. Gayle Forman – If I stay
I only read this book a few weeks ago. It’s really good and sad and beautifully written. And I really hope that the movie is just as good. Possibly even better.
One February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

9. E. Lockhart – We were liars
So good.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

10. Jay Asher – Thirteen reasons why
Weird, but good. Maybe a little scary at some points. But read it.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

*****

I want to do more tags on here, so I am going to try and stick to it. I’ve got two more weeks of internship left and then I’ll have to start looking for a proper job. So bare with me. I promise to try.

I tag all of my followers to do this tag. Especially Maxx. It doesn’t have to be this detailed, just book titles are fine too. Please tag me back, cause I want to see your results! Or leave a comment when you’ve already done this.

Much love,

Sam