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Mark (markmtz) | 2342 comments I'm about three quarters through THATS and I'm enjoying the read, which like last month's pick, is more about the characters and their journey, than anything else.

While doing a bit of googling (I didn't know what an autoharp was), I ran across The Tufa Coloring Book by Shoshanah Lee Marohn with Alex Bledsoe. With this coloring book and the Tufa music links I posted over in the intro thread, this read is turning into a multimedia experience.

Video previews of the Tufa coloring book:

The coloring book:

One of many images from the coloring book at the artist's blog (you can explore for more);

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Tassie Dave | 3532 comments Mod
Adult colouring book?

I heard this was a thing. But. still .... :-?

Mark (markmtz) | 2342 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "Adult colouring book?

I heard this was a thing. But. still .... :-?"

Adult coloring books have become popular as a tool for managing stress.

We need a Sword and Laser coloring book!!!

Alternating pages of scenes from science fiction and fantasy.

Phil | 1140 comments I've got a Game of Thrones one. It reminds me of the old doodle-art posters from the 70's.

Trike | 8449 comments Adult coloring books have really made a difference in people's lives.

Two of the charities I work with help abused women and children get out of their destructive situations and since coloring books were introduced a few years ago they've seen much faster and smoother transitions.

It started off just as a thing for the kids, but the moms started doing it, too, and it's really helped. It seems like such a simple thing, but apparently it allows you to focus on something other than what's troubling you and enter a meditative state. The stress relief is measurable, too.

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Tassie Dave | 3532 comments Mod
I didn't mean to be judgemental (Even though I guess I was)

Whatever gets you through the stress of life is good. I was just surprised that it was a real thing. I could see my mentally ill sister doing something like that as therapy. It would be better than somethings she uses for stress relief. i.e smoking and drinking more than is healthy for her.

My idea of stress relief is firing up my XBone and shooting a few baddies in a FPS. ;-)

To each his/her own :-)

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John (Nevets) Nevets (nevets) | 1551 comments I've seen adults with very detailed coloring books on planes a few times. I'm not sure if it was just as entertainment, or as part stress relief as well. I know flying can be very stressful for some.

Even as a middle aged man, I've found my go to for stress relief is building with LEGO. I dump really big sets in one box, and put them together without knolling, just searching for the pieces for just one step at a time. It takes a lot longer to put the sets together that way, but it is so relaxing to me. The sound the pieces make as you search through them, to the feel, the new plastic smell, and even the satisfaction of finishing a step, it just puts me at peace. I usually only have to do this once every other year or so, and then I'm good for a while.

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Mark (markmtz) | 2342 comments Finished THATS. Enjoyed Bronwyn's awakening. She is also featured in a short story available over at

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Here is more Multimedia inspired by the book.

Alex Bledsoe has put together a playlist of Tufa inspired songs. Some are mentioned in the book.

Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2858 comments If you are skeptical of adult coloring, try "audio coloring" which is where you color as you listen to an audiobook. It helps with focus!

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