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
City of Rashes
And my personal favourite… Fisty Falls
BUT in the end I just settled for saying:
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…)
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! Guards! would be my gift to one of you lucky readers!
Righty-ho- now that you’ve had a good chance to ogle the prize, you can enter the giveaway here:
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!!!
By some *CRAZY* miracle, I have just reached 600 followers!!!
I am literally so excited and I can’t thank all you lovely people enough for joining me for the ride! I’m incredibly grateful for all your support.
Okay, before I get too gushy and this starts to sound like an Oscar’s speech, I have a quick announcement– to celebrate this slightly insane event, I’ve decided to use this opportunity for us to get to know each other a little by having a rather special Get To Know You, Get To Know Me tag week. I will be getting up close and personal, asking questions you don’t want to be asked and answering some things I’ve no desire to share- it’ll be fun! (I think) 😉
To kick it off, I want you to tell me the last really exciting thing that happened to you in the comments! 🙂
So last week something massive happened…. something I can’t even explain…. I reached 500 followers!
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.
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:
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!
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)
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!
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…
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
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).
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
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!
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!
Oh my goodness I have some *MASSIVE* announcements!!!
Firstly I yesterday I wrote my 100th post!! (Sadly the post had 99 in the title- some things you can’t plan).
Secondly– and this is the big one- I hit 300 followers!!! I literally cannot believe it!!!!! Thanks so much guys!! I am really grateful to all of you!!!
(*Brief pause to do a little happy dance*)
Okay, now I’m done, mostly- I swear I’m gonna try and not fill up this post with too many *squeals* cos I’m not done making announcements…
Thirdly, in honour of these huge landmarks, I’ve decided to do an exquisite corpse post. A little while back I was inspired by Elm’s post and thought it would be a really cool idea to try out on here.
So the way this is gonna work is simple (I hope). I will write out several fragments of sentences. All you have to do is choose a sentence to follow on from, write it in the comments and I will cobble something together from whatever you write. Write whatever you like- the crazier the better!! And don’t worry about using the same prompts- I will include whatever you write (though I may juggle around its position).
This could work or it could be the most horrible thing I ever do- who knows? “We’re all in it together!” If you have any questions let me know!
So without further ado, here are the bits to follow on from:
Okay, this is not a post I expected to be writing any time soon- but I have reached 200 followers!!! I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone! I’m absolutely chuffed with this and I’m gonna have to stop before I tear up…