Announcements and MASSIVE THANK YOU!!!

So last week this happened….

1000-followers

I think you can probably imagine the squeals, but just in case, here’s an idea…..

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I am absolutely chuffed that this happen and just want to say a MASSIVE *thank you* to all of you!!

So announcing a little something I’m calling:

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(yes, yes I know historically speaking this would have been in December- but it’s not like the Romans can call me out for being culturally insensitive…)

So just for a bit of background, the Saturnalia was the winter solstice in Ancient Rome, and was typically a time of partying, gift giving and for everything going a little topsy turvy- masters became slaves and slaves became masters! Free speech and satire ruled the roost! (Whoop!!)

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve already started with a little satire of my own… And because I love comedy, I thought I’d do a little contest to encourage you to all write and share *your* own comedy and satire. This can be something you’ve published before or something new- it’s upto you! And it can be written or cartoons (because I know there are some talented cartoonists out there on the blogosphere). All you have to do is link to this post or comment down below with a link to your post!

Prizes: The prize will be a book (or two, if you can manage it) worth upto £15 on Bookdepository for the best entry and being featured on this blog. If there are enough entrants there may be a second place prize.

Conditions: This contest will be open until 12:00 GMT on 3rd February 2017 and is open to any country that Book Depository ships to- the full list can be found here. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. You have to be over 18 or have the permission of your parents to give me details such as your full name and address (none of which will be shared). The final decision will be made by me.

Annnd I think that’s all the legal shmeagle stuff. Hopefully it’ll be a bit of fun and I look forward to seeing your posts!

Right now I’m off travelling, so don’t panic if I don’t reply to your comments/posts, but there will be a couple of (hopefully) amusing little posts while I’m away- TTFN!

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800 FOLLOWERS?!?

Hi all! So sorry I’ve been absent lately- as I mentioned in a post last week, I’m semi-but-not-properly doing Nanowrimo and *surprise surprise* it’s eating up most of my spare time.

But today I simply had to take a break from the madness to thank each and every one of you for helping me reach 800 FOLLOWERS!!! You have no idea how excited that makes me!!

Now if you’re been around a while you may have noticed I like to do little celebratory posts whenever I hit these milestones- but unfortunately with all the aforementioned madness, my brain’s been a little fried- so the things I came up with were somewhat questionable….

For instance- I thought I might try sticking blurbs through google translate and have you guess what they were- it didn’t exactly go well- see what you make of this gibberish:

What is the best Dickens humility and orphans trainee drink a dirty job, but do not dare to dream of being good. One day, he found himself in mysterious circumstances, and “We have high hopes.”

Then I thought of playing “Change a letter, ruin a book”– here are some of the ones I came up with:

Juden the Obscure

Court of Thorns and Noses

Gong Girl

99 Ways

City of Rashes

And my personal favourite… Fisty Falls

BUT in the end I just settled for saying:

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Although you are most welcome to come up with your own book titles in the comments! (It’s not like there’s anything else going on in the world tonight…)

Everyone Loves A Giveaway!

*Pinch punch first of the month and no returns!*

Happy October everyone! And boy was I pinching myself a little while ago when I hit 700 followers!! I was super, super chuffed about it- so thank you all!!! And since it was my birthday as well last week- I thought I’d do a quick GIVEAWAY to celebrate!

Now cos this book is so pretty *and* cos I wanna share some Pratchett love, I decided this lovely copy of Guards! Guardswould be my gift to one of you lucky readers!

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Righty-ho- now that you’ve had a good chance to ogle the prize, you can enter the giveaway here:

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The giveaway will run until midnight on the 7th October (GMT London local time) and I’ll notify the winner shortly after. It is open to anyone who lives in a country where bookdepository can deliver to🙂

And that’s all for now! THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING SO AWESOME!!! 

A Monkey Themed Giveaway!

So last week something massive happened…. something I can’t even explain…. I reached 500 followers!

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I am literally speechless! Thank you so much for being such awesome bananaholic, monkey brains and following this blog as I ramble on about books! I can’t tell you how ecstatic, excited and extraordinarily wonderstruck it makes me to have you all on board!

To celebrate I have decided to run a giveaway, where I will be giving away this gorgeous edition of Mort- the first Discworld book I ever read and the start of my long term Pratchett fanaticism.

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Isn’t it so pretty? Obviously I’m trying to lure a few of you over to the darkside of Pratchett fandom with this delicious eye candy… but honestly even I’m getting book envy looking at this cos my copy isn’t nearly as nice! So if you’re burning to get your hands on this exquisite book, you can enter with rafflecopter here:

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The giveaway will run until midnight on the 11th of June (GMT London local time) and I’ll announce the winner shortly after. It is open to anyone who lives in a country where bookdepository can deliver to 🙂

As I am going away with work next week this will probably be the last time I post for a while (*sobs*). Until then- ttfn! And good luck!

Q&A – Everything You Could Possibly Want To Know And Some Things You Didn’t

So this is super long overdue- but here is my Q&A post, as promised! Thank you all once again for helping me reach 400 followers!! You’re the best!!

How are you today? Also, what color are your favorite socks? (you never said the questions had to be relevant, haha!). Last one: are you a hug person? Donna @ Chocolate Waffles

I’m wonderful! My favourite socks are my Halloween ones, which are white and orange. And I am a hug person!! *hugs all round*

How do you handle being so awesome? Maria @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Thank you, thank you *takes a bow*

HOW DO YOU EDIT, I am lost and I am crazy, hahaha and you are the EDITING QUEEN? Maria @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

This could be a whole post on its own! I don’t know about being the editing Queen- but I am a weirdo who loves editing. This is my basic process, although every book is different so may do it slightly differently depending on the book:

Step 1: I usually iron out any structural changes first- making notes as I go and changing them when necessary. I know a lot of people are against editing as you go, but if you don’t do this and you leave something that should’ve been changed right away, you will regret it!

Step 2: Proof read. Then you can look out for more of those pesky changes you need to make in the structure. Also, this is a good time to look for grammatical errors- cos I am a grammar nazi and can’t cope with grammatical errors. And finally- the bit everyone hates- killing your babies- which basically means deleting all the unnecessary poncey bits that don’t work (though I don’t do this nearly as much as other people- cos I’m actually a fan of purple prose- sorry!) The best way to do this is to use Track Changes (which I learnt as a proof reader- I swear it has changed my life!)

Step 3: Lather, rinse, repeat- literally keep going over the manuscript until it feels right. It’s a good idea to leave it to rest between edits.

Other tips are: reading it aloud and printing it all out to basically deface it (although, as I said, I prefer defacing it on track changes)

What’s the city/place in the world you’d like to go to, the moooost? Maria @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Well my answer to this is usually Egypt- but right now I actually feel like going somewhere more European that I’ve never been to before, like Florence. I mean, doesn’t that look magical…

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If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why? ViviHeartBooks

Okay, now I’m just gonna say Egypt, cos I’ve always been obsessed with ancient Egyptian culture!

What are your favourite holiday destinations of the ones you’ve been to? Nicole @ Thoughts on Fantasy

Two- just two? Well I’ll go with the two I went on this year: Barcelona and Prague- cos they were amazing!!

What do you usually prefer to watch: TV shows or movies? Nicole @ Thoughts on Fantasy

That literally changes depending on what’s on TV and how many movies I have that I haven’t seen. Sometimes I go months without watching a single movie, and sometimes I go months without watching any TV. At the moment I’m obsessed with Homeland and Game of Thrones!

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What was the last dream you had? Porter Girl

I always dream. Last night was particularly weird. I had a dream about a parrot and chocolate raisins. Basically, the parrot was trying to break in through the window cos my mum said it was angry about being kept as a pet. It was using a golf club to break the glass- which was odd cos it could’ve used its beak. And then the parrot disappeared and my mum gave us chocolate raisins. I could’ve stopped at the parrot and chocolate raisins- it wasn’t gonna get more normal… Moving on…

What do you daydream about? Brown Books and Green Tea

Hot guys :p

I’m curious about metaphysical quandaries? KathyLauren @ A View to Book

So am I! The basic answer to all metaphysical quandaries is 42.

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Speaking of metaphysical quandaries…

The answer to every big question (for example, ‘What is life’s purpose?’) is ‘violet cheese’. But why? Sarina @ Cookie Break

Because it is purple and pungent. Speaking of smells…

What’s your favourite smell? Kat @ Life and Other Disasters

Spring.

If you could invent any life-changing gadget instantly today, what would you invent and why? Sara @ Cookie Break

Honestly? A real flying broomstick- cos wouldn’t that be awesome!

Silly questions: are you a real orangutan? Are you a real librarian? Emily @ Rose Read

Of course- to both questions :p What are you insinuating? :p

Serious question: what’s the first book you would read to your child? Emily @ Rose Read

The first book I would read my theoretical child is probably the Tiger Who Came To Tea- I loved that as a little-un

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? Imagalaxygirl

Hehe this feels like a job interview. Honestly I don’t know- I can’t seem to see 5 days down the line let alone 5 years!

Do you plan on stopping blogging after a certain time period? Imagalaxygirl

Nope.

What inspired your name? Imagalaxygirl

Terry Pratchett’s Librarian- Ook!

Do you like orangutans? Imagalaxygirl

Of course!

If you could go back to any time in history, which time would that be? Demmi Writist

The roaring 20s!

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What’s your go-to book recommendation(s)? Joralene @ Page Chronicles

Picture of Dorian Gray and the Yellow Wallpaper

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What are your blogging tips for newbies? Joralene @ Page Chronicles

Enjoy yourself! And get stuck into it! the more you put in the more you get out!

What did you want to be when you were a kid? Joralene @ Page Chronicles

An inventor! (I wanted to invent that real-life broomstick I mentioned earlier- I was obviously a very practical child)

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What is the weirdest desire you’ve ever had? Keira @ Signing On

To eat a whole sachet of ketchup on its own- I achieved this goal and I am very proud of myself :p

Top 5 fave Discworld, (Or Terry Pratchett in general), characters? Combustible Reviews

These are all gonna be Discworld related and very unoriginal. In no particular order: Death, Captain Vimes, Vetinari, Carrot and Ook!! (That was so hard to narrow down!!)

If you could time travel who would you want to meet? The Daily AM

Well, after the last question, I’m gonna have to go with Terry Pratchett

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And also which cartoon/anime character would you like to bring to life? The Daily AM

Dimitri from Anastasia cos I had a crush on him as a child and want to know if I’d like him in real life

If you could be any character from any book, which one would you wanna be? A Bibliophile’s Obsession

Smaug

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Which one book character would you bring to life to be your best friend? Ashleigh @ A Frolic Through Fiction

Probably also Smaug- cos I’m in a very Smaug-like mood- and because he’d offer the best protection as a best friend- nothing beats fire breathing dragon as an ally (I learnt that from Shrek).

Who’s your fictional crush?❤ I Adore Paper

Ok, don’t worry- I’m not gonna go with Smaug for this one! Even though he’s gay, it’s got to be Baz from Carry On

If you could make moderate to significant changes (plot, characters, setting, whatever) to a popular YA novel that ended up seriously disappointing you, which book would you choose, and how would you change it? Hey Ashers

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That is such a hard question! I think the one that springs to mind is Thirteen Reasons Why, because I actually liked the idea behind that one, but felt like the author didn’t do it justice. I did a post about it here where I go into a lot more depth about what was wrong with it (which would be all the things I’d change).

What was the biggest bookish plot twist you have ever read? hashtaglovebooks

Ooh hard!! The one in Jude- that I’m not going to mention cos it’s too spoilery- but you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it- that was scarring!!

What was the strangest movie or book you liked as a child? Jess’ Reading Nook

Fantasia and Bambi were my two favourite movies as a child- I used to sit and cry when I watched Bambi and then spin frantically round the room while watching Fantasia- I was an odd child.

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If you could erase one embarrassing moment, which would it be? Being a Book Nerd

When I ranted about quorn for half an hour before someone told me that’s what was for dinner

Do you prefer a fork or a spoon? (I know some people who eat everything with spoons.) Zezee

I’m a monkey, I use my hands.

And what is your favourite colour and how would you react if you woke up one morning and can only see that colour? Zezee

That literally changes every day- but let’s go with orange, cos I’d find it funny if I woke up and everything was orange.

If you instantly won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would spend it on? Samer T

I’m  torn between the totally sensible and the totally bizarre for this one- so I’m gonna try and combine the two. A dilapidated house – cos it’s always been my dream to restore an ancient property- I’ve watched way too much Grand Designs (and yes I have browsed the National Trust database cos I’m just that cool).

Ooh, and any blogging tips you could send my way! Samer T

I’ve already said have fun, so I’d suggest connecting with loads of other bloggers cos it makes the experience loads more fun!

What would your Thank You card say to Voldemort if he somehow made you look permanently identical to him? Sublime Reads

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Hey Voldy….. Look up! 

And then I’d punch him in the face. (Obviously I’d have to deliver it by hand for this to work)

And that’s a wrap! Hope you all enjoyed that as much as I did! I had a lot of fun answering all of your interesting, wacky and frankly absurd questions!

What just happened?!?

Ahh I had a wonderful surprise when I went online today and found out I had 400 followers!!! 

How did that even happen? I totally did not see that coming!! Thanks a million times over to all of you wonderful people following me on here! You’ve absolutely made my day 😀

In celebration I’ve decided to do a spontaneous Q&A!

Ask me anything- about me, about metaphysical quandaries, about the world in general- anything! I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to give you terribly accurate answers to all of the above- but it’ll be entertaining to see what I come up with! Ask away in the comments below! I’ll answer every single one of them in my next post!

Over to you!