Photography Giveaway for a 30$ Coupon for Amazon - Closed

photography Giveaway for a Coupon for Amazon

April is the bestest month and do you know why? 'Cause I have my birthday now, that's why. And as a true spring child I love more than ever colorful landscapes and places, especially when they are accompanied with a good book. So, I decided to host a little photography contest for all of you as my readers and my site is one of the best presents this year. So thank you all for being here! Go along, read the how-to-enter. :) 

#readthatwhilestareat photos of mine in Bremen uni-campus and in Engel Weincafe in Bremen

#readthatwhilestareat photos of mine in Bremen uni-campus and in Engel Weincafe in Bremen

How to Enter :

Take a picture that contains part of your book (the pages or the cover) and the view that you have everytime that you pull your eyes off the book (aka the place where you are) .

Upload this photo telling us what do you read & where do you read this on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (make sure that the image is visible to everybody in Fb) and add the hashtag #readthatwhilestareat so I can find it.  Also tag me as @inwhirlofinspiration ( If you upload the photo on Instagram), as @WhirlofInspo ( if on Twitter) or as "In Whirl of Inspiration" ( for the Fb uploads).

Additional entries can be collected too, all these in the widget below:

(every participant is allowed to share 1 photo)

 

The Winner: Christina (Kar.). You will be contacted soon girl, congrats!

 

*And a big thanks to kerdiseto, diagonismos & ediagonismoi for being big media sponsors.

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

When Books & Movies Act like Memories' Stepping Stones

In an era when your intense online activity will be overly rewarded and there will be ways for gigantic GBs of free storage space online, it seems impossible to let down these offers, like you are forced to dance something you don't really want. I hear from everywhere "get 50GB of online storage for your photos", "get an e-reader to have 1000+ books available at any time", but I find myself insisting more and more on the physical things' form; the books in my library and the saved films and music in hardware mode. When my 1 TB hard disk almost self-destructed due to overloading, my dad wondered "why do not erase anything, since all these can be watched in the internet nowadays?". Hmm such a good question, why exactly don't I?

Because I love stories. I love genuine, amazing, true stories that stir your mind so strongly and release massive doses of feelings. For me, here's the target of every artistic piece of work, whether it's a book, a movie, a song, or anything else. The probability that some pages, chapters,
artistic interpretations or sounds or glances will touch your delicate emotional strings and open the bag of Aeolus in your mind. Emotions, catalytic enough will be loosen to shake the very core of your heart, to instantly wet your eyes or to give you a sudden inexplicable feeling of euphoria and happiness. These stories would active feelings so dangerous, that could change your life and the way you think and judge your environment .

If these stories succeed in offering you something so precious,  they will be part of your memories, part of you. Sometimes when recalling memories, I tend to surprise myself by remembering scenes that I "lived in", but not exactly experienced. You can live in a story even if it's not a first person one, you can always imagine it. That opportunity gives your mind the immense power to improvise with your senses' "intakes". You just imagine images and sounds and textures as you want them to be. They are food for your imagination, there to add details and embellish everyday moments or even greater to offer you a visual on a time or spatial field that you couldn't exist and witness otherwise.

These unique stories and memories feel the need to stored somewhere. Somewhere, where it will be easy to be approached in the future when you feel that they start fading in your mind. To be stored the same way family photographs are and to be seen when you feel that you don't remember the past as vividly as you wished to. So when I open a book or press the movie's "play" that I, respectively, have already read or seen, I know in advance the stream of emotions that will be jetted. The are part of my personality from now on and I categorically deny to expose them in the absolute vacuum of the internet, the uncertainty of the web. I wouldn't do it like I wouldn't storage the family photo albums out in my huge balcony, cause of "infinite space there".

So here's why I wouldn't delete files from the hard drives, which ostensibly are very accecible online. They contain within them, precious memories' stepping stones and letting them somewhere so far uncertainly away, feels like condemning them to oblivion.

So, what's your opinion on that subject. Please tell me, I would love to know.

Credits:  Photo by: Mladen Penev

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Book Chat: Outdoor Settings

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I was strolling in the internet's book territory when I came across Jess's blog, Sweet Green Tangerine. Which made me notice her book chat series, which woke up the little enthusiast in me. I couldn't pass the opportunity of taking part in such a series. That's not what a book addict would do, not at all. So, here I am with my co-hostess tag on, ready to rock that book chat. This week's topic it's "outdoor settings". It usual for me to fall for book that contain a big dose of  exceptionally good described landscapes and places.

Descriptive narration it's the key for my imaginary kingdom, it unlocks the gates and lets me to hang out there for a while. Some of these books were the Le Jardin d'enfant by D. Collet, His Dark Materials Trilogy by P. Pullman,   and The Book of Lost Things by J. Conolly.

But, after some serious thought, I decided not to talk in detail about such books. No. So, in the next paragraphs I will try to share with you my favorite outdoor settings... for reading. Yes, sure. The addiction of reading books happens to take place mostly in the safety of my own bedroom, with me lying comfortably on the bestest pillow of mine, revealing the hidden stories behind the black strict lines of words. That's how it normally goes. However, now that it's warmer and sunnier. I make some serious efforts to expand my reading spots repertoire.

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1. Under a tree.

Reading under a tree's thick shade with grass tickling your toes is probably my second best favorite spot for reading apart from my bed. The leaves' whispers and the cool breeze of air are a great combination of serene sounds perfect for those who want to get lost in the book land.

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2. The beach.

When I am not splashing around, or doing something silly on the beach, I seek a getaway in my books pages. The waves' sounds create a white noise that overlays all the other shrill shouts and talks around you, which is wonderful if you are keen on reading for hours.

A cafe in Budapest

A cafe in Budapest

3. To a quiet little cafe. 

I have never done that before, to go and drink my coffee all alone with only company my book, but I would to do so in the near future.

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4. In the plane/ship/bus while traveling.

While traveling, reading a book gives you the feeling of the time flying by. Convenient enough if your trip lasts for 4 or more hours. In this category you can add "reading in a car too", if you aren't like me. Me is feeling-sick-in-the-winding-roads-or-when-not-looking-outside-the-window. Making the mistake of trying to read and the vomit feeling climbs up my throat.

Placa Reial, Barcelona

Placa Reial, Barcelona

5. As a tourist in another country/city.

When visiting a foreign city I tend to click on the "normal tourist behavior"in a the "normal" and almost run like a nuts so that I will have enough time to see everything I want. Major sights and museums and restaurants and cozy cafes. I want it all. Nevertheless, I want for alittlefcking time to find a nice spot and sit and read my book under the shade for 20' max and then I will be the best city's explorer. I promise.

 

So what about you? Where do you prefer to read your books?

 

I would like to thank again Jess for having me, please visit her for a hello and if you want join the book chat too.

For joining in:

1. Please follow the host and co-host (that's me I suppose).

2. Visit a few other book chat links and how some support.

3. Link back here in your post.  Or use the button provided.

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

A Life "without" Books

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People who read seem to be so beautiful. Something in their eyes or in the way they turn -almost reverently- the pages is special.

First things first, I love books more than many other things, living or not. The process of reading is much more than actually… reading. It starts from the procedure of choosing a book from the bookstore’s shelves and it end when reading impatiently the last page. { Opening brackets: Or not. Have it ever happened to you to think a book’s ending for a whole day and? Me too! Closing brackets} I do like to touch with my fingertips the book's spine, to open and fold the cover for the first time really carefully, to browse randomly the pages and to put my nose in the book's seam and fill up with the paper's addictive smell. .

Ahh, the paper... Generally paper's industry is kinda of irrational to me. Vast forests are felled to the last twig and big trucks transfer these logs to huge factories, where they are turned into sheets of paper. Then other big trucks transport all this paper to some factories, where small inky words will be printed on these sheets of paper. All this procedure seems to be a little insane if we consider all the wasted resources. Does the magical feeling of reading a book worth such waste?

So what Debbie? Should you stop reading books? Should books be prohibited? Hmm, no that's not a solution, such prohibition would end with something like this.

No, the solution is so simple: E-Readers! I was and I still am cautious with these gadget (note that I love all sorts of strange and seemingly useless gadget). How relaxing and enjoyable would be to read in a screen of 6-7 inches? And then I saw the Kindle Paperwhite and the angels' hymns just for it. 

The e-readers' main characteristic until now was the dark, like an old cheap paper, background.  The Kindle Paperwhite increases the brightness of the screen making the "paper" to appear whiter. Paperwhite. Practically, this new feature allows you to  read effortlessly in total darkness and the great mechanism of this wonder is described wonderfully here. Anyway, it's clear that the screen isn't not backlit, like the majority of the screens around us, which makes reading from effortless and great and fantastic and cool! Kindle Paperwhite, le' me inform you that my bday is coming and my eyes are on you! However, I am not sure if I am ready to go all digital. And my physical bookshelf? Will it froze in time and be drown in dust? I don't know, it's a scary decision to make. 

Please tell me, do you prefer reading books or e-books?

Bonus: And in case you didn't notice that this post is entirely dedicated to books, here are some more seriously-cool-booky links:

Many bookish kisses!

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

That Girl & Her illustration Are Back!

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After a pleasant musical break of one (?) month of absence, here I am again! Just to catch up with you, I am here to tell you how much I missed you and to wish you a happy new year! For the record the next 20 days will be a bit of peaky here. Why you ask. Circle the right answer: a) it’s because I have tons of things to show to you and I will do that in doses, so that you won't have an overdose of excessive enthusiasm, b) because of the burdened exams state, or c) all of the above.

So until further notice and as I will deal exclusively with my academic books, you are free to enjoy my literary ones. Fair enough, huh?

I hope that these sizes will do the thing, download and enjoy!

1680 x 1050 // 1440 x 900 // 1280 x 800 // tablet

 ❤

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Some More Time for Reading Please

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I wish I had a little more time, so that I could dedicate it to reading. I wish I could lie under a tree and get lost in my book's universe forever, while the sun would be kissing me softly. I wish I could spend the day at the library and stay there until it would be very late. I wish I could have the time to seek for the next great book I could meet, while exchanging glances with that cute librarian.

I just wish I had more time to read books. I wish I would be that lucky.

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{ National Library of Greece, Panepistimiou, Athens }

❤ 

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!