Hi all! First up in this year’s Summer Spotlight Series is the blogger behind Story and Somnomancy!!
Let’s get started! Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hello! I’m Marilag, a teacher by day, a reader by night, a blogger on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a writer wishing for a time turner. I knit, I game, I bake, though not all at the same time (though if you can find a way for me to be able to get all three things done in a given moment, please enlighten me!)
Wow you are busy!! I have a few follow up questions:
- What do you teach?
- What is the last thing that you knitted?
- What game(s) are you currently in to?
- Favorite thing(s) to bake?
I teach in elementary school, mostly as an ELA teacher, though coming into teaching, I’d done a lot of math as well. I deal mostly with the middle grades, though I’ve taught older kids in my creative writing workshops as well.
Wow, it’s been a while, to be honest. I’m trying to get back into knitting by doing a fancy-ish pillowcase, but the last thing I’d actually officially completed was a cowl. The pattern of the cowl was something from the Outlander TV show. I love Claire’s outfits so much.
My friend Meg likes to tease me about constantly going back to playing Mass Effect and/or Dragon Age, and she’s NOT WRONG. I am, however, currently on my first playthrough of The Witcher 3, which I’m surprised is taking me this long to play. I absolutely love the game, and I even have a Ciri Funko Pop to prove it now!
I don’t have a set favorite, to be honest. The most fun I have baking is when I try to bake things I’ve read about in books. I have an entire page of Food and Fandom-related bakes on my blog, most of them are things I absolutely enjoyed making.
Awesome! I don’t bake much anymore but my family always does like 8 different kinds of cookies around the holidays!
Can you tell me more about your blog and why you started it?
So I’ve actually had blogs before, but they were mostly of my daily musings. I’d gotten out of practice of keeping one for years when I got back into it by talking about my hobbies. Mostly about writing, which is why Story and Somnomancy came to pass. The blog itself got even more specific, because I found I can talk a lot more about books and baking and writing more than anything else, so now I have an entire section of book reviews and baking from fiction posts. I haven’t put out writing in a while, though I also have a section there with links to the books that house my short stories. Hopefully with the summer coming, I’ll have more time to whip out some drabbles here and there as well!
I understand that. It’s much easier to keep up with it once you find your niche. How did you come up with the title Story and Somnomancy?!
And hah, funny story that. So I was in the middle of writing notes and ideas down sometime past midnight, and I swear the amount of things I come up when I’m half asleep are… interesting at best. When I started thinking about setting a blog up again, I wanted to connect my writing with dreaming. I remembered that the word “somnambulism” was the word for sleepwalking, and ya know, somnomancers put people to sleep in fantasy stories/games…and really I’m half asleep when I jot notes down…so there you have it.
For those of us who have never been to BookCon, what was it like? Is there any one portion of it that is your favorite part?
I get very awestruck by the numerous amount of authors who gather in one place, and Bookcon is one of the big conventions that put so many big names together. This was my third time going in, and I’m always gobsmacked by the amount of books I go home with! My favorite part has always been interacting with authors. My conversations with them tend to be short and sweet, but I always try to find a way to tell them how much I appreciate having read their works. For the most part, the ones I’ve met are amazing and great to their fans, and it reminds me that as celebrated as they are in the book community, they’re pretty much like you and me.
My second favorite, though, is getting the free swag and ARCs, especially of books you’ve been wanting to read since forever.
Nice! I will definitely have to check in with my friends about going!
Do you have a favorite author that you met this time around? And is there an ARC that you received that you are most looking forward to reading?
Oh man. I got to see Leigh Bardugo and Marie Lu, who are fabulously nice, and Renee Ahdieh was super sweet to let me retake a picture that didn’t get through the first time. My favorite this year was meeting Eoin Colfer, because he’d been a childhood favorite for my sister and me. I got super lucky with The Toll ARC by Shusterman, and okay, I haven’t read Scythe yet (which is the first in the series), but I did love one of his books and I can’t wait to binge his Scythe trilogy this summer!
That is amazing! I LOVE Leigh Bardugo. I am suffering trying to hold off on King of Scars until the 2nd book comes out 😦
That’s exciting! I hope you enjoy the series. I haven’t read it either but I’ve heard good things.
Do you have a favorite book that you’ve read so far this year?
This year so far? Hmm, I loved the Saga volumes I’ve read this year (volumes 6 and 7). I just recently finished The Steel Prince by V. E. Schwab, which is the first collection of issues in her Shades of Magic graphic novels. That was something I really loved. As for book, absolutely adored A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.
Ooooh I’ve been wanting to read a few things by V.E. Schwab but just haven’t gotten around to them yet.
How do you choose what book you are going to read next? Do you make a TBR?
Choosing my next book to read is mostly through my moods. Sometimes I’m in a YA phase, mostly I’m in a fantasy one. Occasionally I’ll pick up a nonfiction or contemporary audiobook. I gave up on TBR lists ages ago, because I never really follow through on most of them, hah.
With mostly reading fantasy, are there any upcoming new releases that you are most looking forward to?
Oh man, there’s a ton! I’m looking forward to Renee Ahdieh’s The Beautiful, Sarah J. Maas’ upcoming adult fantasy novel Crescent City, and Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House. Also waiting for Tomi Adeyemi’s second book, Children of Vengeance and Virtue.
Ooh! I am really interested in Leigh Bardugo’s new novel, I have such high hopes for it.
We’re down to our final question now:
If you could spend 24 hours doing all of your favorite things with just one author, who would it be and why?
Oh man, that’s difficult, because I love authors. I’d probably hang out with Renee Ahdieh for a day. We could take samurai swordfighting lessons, and then after that grueling exercise, we’ll go off and attempt to cook an entire Persian meal, complete with pistachio cake and all the spice trimmings. Because why not, right?
That was a fantastic response! That sounds like a blast!
Marilag, thank you again for participating in Summer Spotlight this year! I really enjoyed interviewing you and you have me super hyped to attend BookCon for the first time!
If you would like to see more from Marilag, be sure to follow her blog Story and Somnancy (storyandsomnomancy.wordpress.com) for bookish and food musings. You can also follow her on Goodreads and Instagram