Monday, 19 February 2018

Tag In Which I Invite Several Characters I Shouldn't To Dinner

*creeps back into blogosphere*

*points accusingly at Life*

Let's just move on.

(Unless, of course, you didn't even notice I was gone for an extra week two weeks nearly a month. In which case, we need to Talk.)

Today we have a tag about books. And food. (I have been told food is popular. I'm not sure why.) (I mean, who wants to eat, right?? apart from me 65.31% of the time?)

But, to mix things up a bit, I'm going to focus on one book series. One I think deserves more attention. I mean, I can't seem to find the fandom?? which is ridiculous. Not even on Pinterest, apart from a few boards with amateur fanart.

(I shouldn't say that, or it'll turn out to be someone here's art, and then I will die of embarassment... The fanart is better than any I've done, okay?)


The Literary Dinner Party Tag

Featuring: Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)


Thursday, 25 January 2018

THANKS A LOT KENZIE || consequences of the NaNo Dare Squad

My sisters have been waiting for this post ever since they first heard it was coming...

So waaay back in November, I signed up for an idea Kenzie had:

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad [of Death]

 
  • I sent her my goal for NaNo
  • I sent her a dare to go in the Virtual Hat of Consequences
  • and I laughed because aPPARENTLY IF YOU HAVE NO BRAIN YOU FEEL NO FEAR




Now obviously this should have meant I would COMPLETE MY GOAL and not lose NaNo. Because the consequences were just too terrible to contemplate.

Lo and behold, I did not win NaNo. Probably because I didn't write for the third and fourth week? I mean, I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that's a bit of a red flag for non-dedication. 

So even though I keep blaming Kenzie, this is entirely my fault.

It's just... she's laughing. I know she's laughing. I CAN HEAR YOU LAUGHING, KENZIE.
........

But what dare did I get? (you can see the whole post + options here!)

First try, I rolled a five: "Let a sibling or friend who you really don't want in control of your blog write the next post". I am so glad I couldn't do that one. because it was mine.

Then I rolled twelve: "roll the dice separately and do each!"

Then I rolled two ones, which was "Impossible! (Unless you're a Jedi...)" So I'm obviously a Jedi master and do not need to do a dare at all.

Buuut I felt like I should try again.

And I got two fours: "Publish at least one chapter (or section) of the most embarrassing novel you've ever written." (This dare was courtesy of Kirsten at Simple Love.)

I blinked twice ("...okay...") and then a very, very old story flashed through my suddenly tense mind. Quite frankly, if I wasn't such an honourable person, I would have gone with my first response:


I have no idea who this is, but I identify with his amount of nOPE.

But as I said, I have my sense of honour! So. Here it is. My first ever 'long' piece of writing (unfinished at 43 A5 pages), which also happens to be the. most. embarrassing. I just don't know what I was thinking (or why I hadn't burnt it before now??)

You may begin the throwing up. Or tears of laughter. Whichever response you're inclined towards. (I vote for aggressive clicking of the red x at the top right of your browser? but that's just me.)

Ready?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Rising Author Tag || times two


So I was reading Kendra Lynne's blog, and she did a post called the Rising Author tag. (Apparently, it was the fifth time she'd done it.)

I was intrigued by the questions, thought I'd steal them, and told her so. (She was lovely about it :)

That was in September 2017. Because MASTER PROCRASTINATOR HERE.

Then I was tagged - legally! - by Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee (at A Looong Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away) and I will refer to forevermore to her as "Ani" because that's what Anidori got called in the book. (even though her name seems to be... Cecelia? maybe? the irony is killing me?) (If you haven't read Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl, do so. It starts off a bit slow, but it's lovely.) Thank you for tagging me, Ani!

So I'm going to answer two lots of questions.


The Rising Author Tag || x2 because I procrastinate like that

(The "Rising Author Tag" - that makes it sound like I'm going places! apart from between my bed, my desk, and the kitchen! which is cool! mostly untrue, but cool!)

The Rules:
#1: No tagging back
#2: Tag Four People
#3: Thank The Person Who Tagged You

........
Ani's questions first!

--{ 1: What is your "go-to" song for writing? }--


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

9 Truths, 2 Lies (a short post?? who's writing this???)

In my Liebster Award post I promised I was saving the eleven random facts (about me!) for another post. This is that post.

But I lied.

I'm only going to give you nine. And two lies.

It's your job to tell me which you think is which.

(One of them I've mentioned before - little hint for those of you who've been reading my blog a while. ;)



 When I was [various stages of] young (such a long time ago!), I:


1. Could not BEAR shortbread

2. Tipped a jar of baby powder on my brother and then explained, "...it's snowing"


3. Learned to drive the tractor standing up so I could reach the pedal

4. Planned to marry my brother

5. Said I was going to run away as soon as I turned 18 because I hated the speargrass on our new property

6. Put my glasses down on the trampoline that oNE TIME


7. Hit a tree in the farm ute while fleeing a fire

8. Internally judged those who'd read LotR

9. Put a cereal box on my head and, according to unfortunate video footage, flapped my arms like a T-Rex doing breaststroke

10. Tore strips off pages of library books and ate the paper


11. Never had a nickname (beyond a shortening of my full name)


...I was going to put "Thought 'socialization' meant 'meet new bookcases'," but figured that one would be fairly easy to identify as truth...

This is probably unfairly hard? since I've never talked much about my life beyond what books I spend my time reading... but hey, you get to test out your guessing skills!


Which two do you think are the lies? Put them in the comments, and on - (ahhh - Saturday?) - ...Saturday! I will update this post to include the answers! 

(Also, do you have any comments to make about any of these facts? because I do. What were you doing, young me. What.)

Also also. This is one of my shortest posts in a looong time. Which is probably good?? they've been getting a bit unwieldy... xD

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Annnd... here's the update with the answers.


When I was [various stages of] young (such a long time ago!), I:



1. Could not BEAR shortbread - I don't know why? I'm only just starting to enjoy it. It's still not something I can eat heaps of, though.

2. Tipped a jar of baby powder on my brother and then explained, "...it's snowing" - I was very small at this time. Mum says she had to pretend to be cross, but actually found it pretty funny. We have a photo of my brother - he's so big-eyed about the whole thing. ;)

3. Learned to drive the tractor standing up so I could reach the pedal - I've only just learned to drive the tractor, despite living on a property for many years now. I was pretty young when I learned to drive the quad ("four-wheeler"?), but I could reach everything comfortably.

4. Planned to marry my brother - Not sure what my reasoning was for this decision, but my mother crushed my poor little plan fairly promptly. xD You can read a little more here - Q14 of the Summer Fun Tag.

5. Said I was going to run away as soon as I turned 18 because I hated the speargrass on our new property - At the time, I was sobbing and wouldn't get off the ground and everything. Speargrass seeds sticking into your socks and jabbing your legs, which get all itchy... well, it's traumatic for a smol kid who was raised in the suburbs. ;P

6. Put my glasses down on the trampoline that oNE TIME - I've never broken my glasses - in fact, I still have my first pair. Also, I'd never put them down on a trampoline. My mother trained me well - no floors, chairs, anything like that.

7. Hit a tree in the farm ute while fleeing a fire - This one tied with 10 for most voted a lie. Not sure why?? I may have made it sound worse than it was, though... I'd gotten separated from the other people who were burning this paddock, and thought I saw one through the trees. Turned out it was an orange flame, not a hi-vis shirt. I reversed into a tree, also knocking off a mirror, but it was a small fire and I was over-reacting.

8. Internally judged those who'd read LotR - Again, not sure what was going on in my head. I was a very judgemental kid, apparently. >.<

9. Put a cereal box on my head and, according to unfortunate video footage, flapped my arms like a T-Rex doing breaststroke - My family laughed... but with the box on my head, I couldn't tell they'd gotten the camera out.

10. Tore strips off pages of library books and ate the paper - *...dies* You trusted me, I know. FORGIVE MEEE. They were all old yellow-paged books too - old Nancy Drews and the like - which is gross??

11. Never had a nickname (beyond a shortening of my full name) - Despite being Aussie - and knowing people called "Hoppy" and "Trigger" and such - I never got a serious nickname. My full name's long, so I got a short version of that, but never a creative one. Julian tried with "Sam" (and I figured I'd be in good company there ;) but it hasn't seemed to stick?? (Although... maybe "Jem" counts as a nickname, now?)


So now you know alll my secrets. *looks around furtively* Don't tell the internet goblins... or the librarians. Help.