Literature Inspired Halloween

Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanon

We all have opinions on Daisy Buchanan, mainly because we were forced to read ” The Great Gatsby” in high school and all hated her. Or I’m projecting myself onto you. Either way, the girl has amazing taste wherever she’s portrayed. And Jay Gatsby is obviously dynamite in the style department. You and your SO can hit the art deco with relative ease for a Hallowee that’s unstoppable, unlike Jay and Daisy’s love story. 

Twins From the Shining

It’s ok if you don’t have a twin. I mean, sometimes people get hungry in the womb. But you should have a partner to execute this easy costume. All you need are some penny loafers, white socks and a cute little blue dress. Boom! You and your new twin are unstoppble. A major plus to this costume is you can appreciate Stephen King’s works without being a cliche this year (AKA Pennywise). 

The Biologist from “Annihilation”

With the movie coming up, you should all be reading this book. Even before the movie was a thing, you should’ve read this book. This is perfect for doing your makeup really cool and going cheap on the costume itself. The Biologist is still open for interpretation and will make an awesome conversation piece, which you’ll need because you obviously didn’t take any of my couples’ suggestions. Dot your skin with suddenly blooming spores and vines, and make your cheeks and eyes glow to emphasize the extraterrestrial “brightness” she received from sticking her face in a wad of unidentified spores in Area X. The sky is the limit, or maybe the “border” of Area X is. You’ll be unstoppable.

The Ill-Fated Oedipus

Halloween is generally about tales of human misfortune and suffering. Oedipus’ story is definitely that. The ease of this unstoppable costume is what makes it pretty great. Everyone has a sheet they can make into a toga and then just add the finishing touches by putting fake blood all over your eyes. Pro tip: Don’t ask your mom to do it with you. Uh, the costume. Or anything else too deep into the Oedipus character either.

Darl & Dewey Dell

Grab some overall and some weird flowery, country dress from the ARC (’cause they have better deals than Goodwill), shove a ten dollar bill into your girlfriend’s hand and walk around with a dead look in your eyes. Maybe even go a step farther and have her ask people if this is enough for an abortion at your local pharmacy. This is by far the laziest costume on this list, but also has the darkest comedy associated with it making it a real winner. #AsILayLaughing. #Unstoppable

Priss & Roy (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)

I wanted to put J.R Sebastion as this entry, but then realized that without a team of little people dressed as soldiers for your accessories it would be hard for this costume to make sense. So get out your favorite eye-liner from middle school and coon up your entire eye section of your face. Discount option for Roy: use white spray paint instead of hair dye to achieve that awesome toehead look. Ignore the fumes, you’ll be unstoppable. 

Esther Greenwood (The Bell Jar)

This costume will be the perfect excuse to have as many emotional breakdowns, while either drunk or sober, for the entire night. That’s the dictionary defnition of unstoppable if you ask us. All you need are some modest heels, a green skirt, a white dress shirt, and a bell jar to carry around. Don’t bring the bottle of prescription pills, that would negate the option of freaking out whenever you want over pretty much nothing. 

Sherlock Holmes

This one is only sort of a cop out, however, it’s included because it would be endless fun to get dressed up in a plaid hat, and trench coat and state the obvious to people like it’s some grand discovery. When you want to leave the party, you can always use the excuse of going to harass Scotland Yard. 

The Phantom of the Opera

This would seem like a couple’s costume, but actually Phantom does not end up with Christine. So really, he’s as lonely as you are. Grab a cape and a mask and go around talking about this chick youre obsessed with who, for some reason still thinks of you as her father though you’ve tried to communicate that’s not the case. 

Henry VIII

He’s in alot of books, so he totally counts. In my opinion, the version to try and imitate is the one for Phillipa Gregory’s “The Taming of the Queen” not only because he’s a horrible villain in it, but also because of his pearl encrusted codpiece that he grinds Kateryn Parr’s face into after she advises him on religious interpretations. It’s cooler because she was one of the first women to be published under her own name. 

Kateryn Parr

If you like books and believe in women’s rights, do Kateryn Parr. Not only do you get to dress up in a beautiful Tudor era gown but you can also rattle off facts about her historical importance and overall genius as a writer, which I imagine is widely appreciated among my readers because we’re a publishing press. 

 

Thanks for reading! Have a happy Halloween in your sophisticated, sorta hipster costumes that you’ll have to explain to your friends that don’t read, but who arent necessarily illiterate!

 

 

 

Unstoppable Literary Halloween Costumes

Jay Gatsby & Daisy Buchanon

We all have opinions on Daisy Buchanan, mainly because we were forced to read “The Great Gatsby” in high school and all hated her. Or I’m projecting myself onto you. Either way, the girl has amazing taste wherever she’s portrayed. And Jay Gatsby is obviously dynamite in the style department. You and your SO can hit the art deco with relative ease for a Halloween that’s unstoppable, unlike Jay and Daisy’s love story.

Twins From the Shining

It’s ok if you don’t have a twin. I mean, sometimes people get hungry in the womb. But you should have a partner to execute this easy costume. All you need are some penny loafers, white socks, and a cute little blue dress. Boom! You and your new twin are unstoppable. A major plus to this costume is you can appreciate Stephen King’s works without being a cliche this year (AKA Pennywise).

The Biologist from “Annihilation”

With the movie coming up, you should all be reading this book. Even before the movie was a thing, you should’ve read this book. This is perfect for doing your makeup really cool and going cheap on the costume itself. The Biologist is still open for interpretation and will make an awesome conversation piece, which you’ll need because you obviously didn’t take any of my couples’ suggestions. Dot your skin with suddenly blooming spores and vines, and make your cheeks and eyes glow to emphasize the extraterrestrial “brightness” she received from sticking her face in a wad of unidentified spores in Area X. The sky is the limit, or maybe the “border” of Area X is. You’ll be unstoppable.

The Ill-Fated Oedipus

Halloween is generally about tales of human misfortune and suffering. Oedipus’ story is unstoppably shitty. The ease of this costume is what makes it pretty great. Everyone has a sheet they can make into a toga and then just add the finishing touches by putting fake blood all over your eyes. Pro tip: Don’t ask your mom to do it with you. The costume or anything else too deep into the Oedipus character either.

Darl & Dewey Dell

Grab some overalls and some weird flowery, country dress from the ARC (’cause they have better deals than Goodwill), shove a ten dollar bill into your girlfriend’s hand and walk around with a dead look in your eyes. Maybe even go a step farther and have her ask people if this is enough for an abortion at your local pharmacy. This is by far the laziest costume on this list, but also has the darkest comedy associated with it, making it a real winner. #AsILayLaughing. #Unstoppable

Priss & Roy (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)

I wanted to put J.R Sebastion as this entry but then realized that without a team of little people dressed as soldiers for your accessories it would be hard for this costume to make sense. So get out your favorite eye-liner from middle school and coon up the entire eye section of your face. Discount option for Roy: use white spray paint instead of hair dye to achieve that awesome toehead look. Ignore the fumes, you’re now Roy Batty- AKA unstoppable.

Esther Greenwood (The Bell Jar)

This costume will be the perfect excuse to have many emotional breakdowns, while either drunk or sober, for the entire night. That’s the dictionary definition of unstoppable if you ask me. All you need are some modest heels, a green skirt, a white dress shirt, and a bell jar to carry around. Don’t bring the bottle of prescription pills, that would negate the option of freaking out whenever you want over pretty much nothing.

Sherlock Holmes

This one is only sort of a cop out, however, it’s included because it would be endless fun to get dressed up in a plaid hat, and trench coat and unstoppably state the obvious to people like it’s some grand discovery. When you want to leave the party, you can always use the excuse of going to harass Scotland Yard.

The Phantom of the Opera

This would seem like a couple’s costume, but actually Phantom does not end up with Christine. So really, he’s as unstoppably lonely as you are. Grab a cape and a mask and go around talking about this chick you’re obsessed with who, for some reason, still thinks of you as her father though you’ve tried to communicate that’s not the case.

Henry VIII

He’s in a lot of books, so he totally counts. In my opinion, the version to try and imitate is the one from Phillipa Gregory’s “The Taming of the Queen,” not only because he’s a horrible villain in it, but also because of his unstoppable, pearl-encrusted codpiece that he grinds Kateryn Parr’s face into after she advises him on religious interpretations. It’s a cut above because she was one of the first women to be published under her own name.

Kateryn Parr

If you like books and believe in women’s rights, do Kateryn Parr. Not only do you get to dress up in a beautiful Tudor-era gown but you can also rattle off facts about her historical importance and overall unstoppable power as a writer, which I imagine is widely appreciated among my readers because we’re a publishing press and don’t attract people who don’t like books.

 

Thanks for reading! Have a happy Halloween in your sophisticated, sorta hipster costumes that you’ll have to explain to your friends that don’t read, but who aren’t necessarily illiterate!

Sofia Ashford wrote this to entertain you, just like her novel “The Belle of Eden” which you can purchase in print or ebook here.

Perfect Gifts for Readers and Writers

Every year we all scramble to figure out gifts for people. Because, although you openly claim to be proud of your hard earned asshole badge, you dont want to look like one during the holidays. Thus, since Pint Sized Press generally focuses on readers and writers we decided we’d compile a list of suitable gifts for the reader or writer in your family.

  1. The Banned Book’s Mug

It’s from Out Of Print, which is like the ultimate place to buy writer and reader merch. They have everything ranging from t-shirts with quotes, to socks with Edgar Allan Poe’s face as polka-dots. This mug, when heat activated, displays the titles of various banned books. It’s really very V for Vendetta if you think about it. Grab one for twelve bucks (and every order gets a free pair of mismatched library socks) here.

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2. Literary Candles

These lovely little balls of wax are intended to submerge your senses in your favorite story. The scents are inspired by your favorite books! Obviously, it’d be great to pop open one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterpieces and light up your 221b baker street candle. Hopefully the candle smells better than a late 19th-century bachelor pad. Pick it up here.

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3. Tequila  Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

A cookbook specifically for cocktails. But also with literary themes. Because every good writer is a good drinker, and it’s pretty clear that anyone who reads wants to feel fancy when they’re drinking. Book based drinks is everything everyone who likes words on paper wants. Most likely. It’s on amazon too, which is cool cause #freeshipping. It’s here.

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4. Temporary Tattoos

Since Hollister and various other teeny bopper shops have made it popular to advertise with your body, everyone clearly wants to use temporary tattoos to show off how well-read they are. There are packages for Jane Austin, Walden, Sherlock Holmes and much more. Because you can’t be hipster with just the lensless glasses and man bun, you need literary tattoos too. Find them here.

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5. Edgar Allan Poe Secular Saint Candle.

Yeah, I know it’s the second candle on the list. But think about it. They have so many practical uses and this one you can add to your shrine of Eddy. Or put it in your bathroom to light instead of using Febreeze (#versatile). As Gone Reading states “Appropriately identified as the Patron Saint of Bohemians, Cryptology and Detectives (see photo), this candle will prominently proclaim your love of Poe for all your friends to see.” See, it’s barely even blasphemy. Order it here.

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6.Writers Block.

Haha. Writers love puns. We fucking love them. Ask anyone. And no, it’s not too much for a block of wood. Technically 200 is too much for a block of wood as well. Check it.

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7. Dead Writers Perfume.

Some would argue dead writers are the best writers, which really sells this little bottle of smelly stuff. It comes in heliotrope, black tea, and tobacco. It’s creative, it’s original, and if it ends up smelling bad its the thought that counts anyway. Find it here.

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If these did not satisfy your gift lust then hold your horses, sweet cheeks. I’ll be updating with another list before long. Mainly because it turns out making a list of gifts for a category of people is way easier than trying to figure out gifts for individuals I actually know.

Another thing you could give a writer is one of our fabulous services for their manuscript, you can find those here.

Find more of Sofia’s clever writing on our blog or in her new novel“The Belle of Eden”

Spontaneous Drunk Writing Prompt

What’s the point of getting drunk and watching comedy on a Tuesday night when you have other responsibilities if youre not going to come up with a writing prompt? There’s obviously no point at that junction. So here is the writing prompt that wine has, in fact, prompted.

I was watching “Horrible Bosses” cause I need to hear the revolutionary and motivating line from Kevin Spacey: “You have to put some band-aids on your nipples to win a marathon”.  Thus I began to ponder how one might find a nearby every day assassin. For there must be people who live in Colorado right by a military base (Colorado Springs so not that close, but who cares) who kill for money. Who offer to eliminate your shitty boss, sister-in-law, or perhaps spouse (no judgement) for a certain amount of money.

Your prompt, therefore, is to write to Pint Sized Press a craigslist add advertising this service in the best, and least professional terms possible. Best one gets a repost over all sorts of social media. So, dig into the sniper/ James Bond trained version of you and post a craigslist add. Because #21stcentury.

The long road to a good book cover

The cover of the book is maybe one of the most important things involved with publishing. Because, surprise surprise, everyone is gonna judge it based off of just that. You know what you see on Amazon when you’re scrolling through books? Covers. You know what the first thing is you see when you’re walking by the shelf? Probably the cover. Even if it is, for some reason laying with the back facing the audience, most folks will pick it up, flip it over, and look at the cover. So please, when I tell you this thing, get it done professionally. Don’t open up Publisher, play around for a couple hours and fill in images on Paint with black so they overlay makes it look like a 12-year old’s fan fiction book cover. Much like these ones below. This is not my best work, but I’m not a graphic designer so it doesn’t really matter. #noregrets

Don’t pop open Picmonkey (actually an awesome site for photo editing, check it out) and screw around with stock photos for a while. We’ve -hopefully- all seen where that gets you. Your book cover, the deciding factor for most fools on whether or not they pick up your lovely manuscript, will look like utter crap. And that’s to be expected, unless of course you are a professional graphic designer and you’re just having a bad day or something.

This is one of the few things I actually do think you should pay for. As far as bookmarks, maybe even media design, if you’re pinching pennies you might be able to bypass it or find it pretty cheap. But the cover is literally paramount, maybe even more important than how well the manuscript was edited. For covers are precisely like first impressions, if you go to a job interview and your outfit and hair look like a poorly executed Photoshop project, you’re not gonna get the job.

It really is as simple as that. Don’t make a bad first impression. Don’t put together your own cover based on your maybe skewed vision of your own story with your poor Publisher/Photoshop skills.

As another note, when using a graphic designer be sure to give them the proper templates for what website you’re going to use. Make sure they’re giving you the whole shebang. You want the spine, back cover, and front to look uniform and that is their job. Ask them to put whatever you order from them in 300 dpi or above and make sure they transferred it to CMYK format, or else your colors won’t print right and your stuff will come out grainy and looking cheap.

When designing your cover, have fun with it! It’s your book that you’ve worked on forever and it should be a lot of fun to think through cover possibilities. Sift through the symbolism loaded down in your book, the major themes you want to portray, all of it. Designing is the fun part, that’s for sure.

 

Happy Reading and Writing!

 

Sofia B Ashford

 

If you wanna read more of my ingenious works you might glance at the rest of the blogs or our Facebook. Or you might take a gander at my new title “The Belle of Eden” that you can buy here.