Storytelling: An August 2019 Scribbler Unboxing

Posted September 10, 2019 by Amber in Unboxings / 0 Comments

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Good morning loves and thanks for stopping in!  Today, we’ll be unboxing the August 2019 edition of the Scribbler box, with the theme of Storytelling!  For those of you joining for your first ever Scribbler unboxing this is a book box created by writers, for writers.  I started subscribing to this one on Day 1, and have been grabbing boxes here-and-there ever since, whenever the topic tickles my fancy.

This post is in no way sponsored, but if you would like to swing by Scribbler and check out this box for yourself, they offer a month-to-month subscription for $29.99 + shipping. Additionally, the Scribbler platform has a shop where you can purchase most items from the monthly boxes, as well as old boxes when there is still stock. If you’d rather look and not buy, they have a blog filled with writerly tips that puts out some pretty interesting features and is available to the public.

Whew, that was a lot!  Okay, lets dig into the good stuff – the box itself!

 

First up in this box is a cute and quirky quote design print inspired by The Great Gatsby.  I’m actually intrigued by this design from a graphic design perspective… but I dunno.  I know I won’t hang it up or display in because of the gun (I know, seems silly… just not the vibe I want), and I don’t love The Great Gatsby that much?  Especially the scene they chose to write out…. But I can appreciate this style, and I would look at different designs from this sellers for sure.

As always, Scribbler included their exclusive chat link and passcode!  This month is an editor chat, specifically with Adrienne Procaccini, who works as an editor with 47North.  This month’s book came from 47 North, so it makes sense to be talking to an editor there.  Personally, I’m never able to make these chats because I’m at work, but you can always watch them afterward.

 

The third item is a bit of a stranger one in these days of eReaders, but it’s a clip-on light!  It’s kinda funny – I was thinking the other day how it would be useful to have one on hand.  I can’t remember what I wanted it for, but now that I have one, I’m keeping it in my purse!

They’ve included a box of Big Hearts Tea Co.’s Royal Treatment tea as well!  This is loose leaf tea, mint and lavender.  I can just imagine how lovely and relaxing this tea is – mint tea is one of my favorites.  As I said in my last OwlCrate unboxing, I don’t typically drink loose leaf tea.  Honestly, though? I have so much that I may as well bring my strainer to work and drink exclusively loose leaf there?  Considering it! 🙂

 

This adorable little blue book holds all sorts of sizes of sick notes and I just… love it?  It’s definitely refillable, and I have so many little memo note things, but I also use them constantly.  I’m a sticky note girl.  Not much to say except that I not have two great sticky note holders and I’m pleased as punch?

Per the usual, Scribbler included their goodies.  The first is a card challenging readers to write a short scene including two words.  The second one is the inside look to the publishing process, always in relation to the book of the month!  Finally, there is this month’s password, which is a short essay written by Amy Harmon on this month’s topic, storytelling.  Always useful items – I keep all of these.

 

This month’s book is The First Girl Child by Army Harmon.  At first, I was bummed because honestly I’ve never heard of the book or the author or honestly even the publishing house?  Book blogging has made me such a snob.  But then I actually sat down and looked at it, and it sounds really interesting!  It’s about protecting the first female child born in 20 years and there’s a sort of Norse aesthetic for it, and now?  I’m looking forward to this one.

From Goodreads:

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

 

Generally speaking, I liked this box.  There are two moderately useful items in here – the post-it booklet and the light.  The tea is nice too, I just have to drink it.  And I ultimately liked the book choice.  My qualms with Scribbler is the value when comparing to other book boxes.  There are a lot of paper items, and the subscriber’s money goes into curating the special guests and inside looks rather than the swag inside.  Which in some ways in fine, and in other ways… I feel a little like I overpaid?  I know that’s unfair because I know I’m comparing it to other book boxes that curate more stuff.  Stuff I don’t need, I should mention.  But I generally liked the contents of this box.  It’s a competative world out there in book box-dom.

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Are you a writer?  I think the advice in these boxes are really interesting, but the books are always a little… unknown, I guess?  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing!  I appreciate the writing tips and I try to remember these things when I am working on my WIP!  Let me know what you write in the comments!

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