Tuesday 27 August 2013

Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me...

Hurray! Guess what, everyone -- I'm two today!

The blog itself just said that, by the way. At the grand old age of twenty-four months it has been given the ability to speak by the gods of technology. It asked me (at knife-point) to tell you this because it thought you wouldn't believe it if it told you itself. But it is completely true, 'rinos. I can assure you of that.

Yes, it was on this very day in 2011 that Charlotte posted her first post, which you wonderful people have somehow kept as the most viewed post throughout that whole time, even though I have become a treasure trove of much better and less embarrassing posts since then. I'm sure Charlotte will join me in thanking you for doing that. We are both so terribly grateful and bemused.
 Two years,one hundred and fifteen posts, three followers,one thousand six hundred and seventy views, forty menacing stalkers and three convictions later, the world is a much better place for having me in it, as I'm sure you'll agree.

I've seen a lot of blogs have parties for their birthdays, and while I would love to have a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, I'm a blog with no arms. It's lying -- it's pointing a knife in my face right now so how could it not have arms? Someone please come and help me. Ignore Charlotte, she's just messing, and taking me away from my point: I'm a blog, so I can't have a human birthday party (and don't really want one, either). However, I would like to have a Blog Get-Together. If any of you three followers, forty stalkers or people of the void have blogs, and if those blogs have been granted voices by the gods of technology, I would love to get to know them! Link to them in the comments and let them post what they will for the day, and I will get my minion/blogger to comment on their post for me. I would love to have some Blog Friends instead of rubbish human ones who think the anthropomorphosis of something immaterial is impossible.

 If you would like to send me a birthday message just add a comment, and if you would like to send me a birthday present (which you undoubtedly do), post it to Charlotte and I will steal it off her when she's asleep. Or perhaps I'll just kill her and take over her life as if nothing has happened -- I have been privy to her thought patterns for long enough now that nobody would ever notice, I think. I'll just see how it goes.

Blog out!

Wednesday 21 August 2013

I Have Completely Given Up On...

...waiting a while to get perspective on my WiP. If I don't edit it soon I might blow up, so I'm going to read through it, and when I have I will actually get around to that post I've been promising for over a week now about how it all went.

Spontaneously combusting person out!

Monday 19 August 2013

A to Z Survey

I'm back from the end of the land and my holiday! Hurray! I think I promised a round-up thing of how my WiP first draft went, but I'm procrastinating over that. Instead, you get this survey originally from The Perpetual Page-Turner! Yay!

Author you've read the most books from: Probably Rachel Caine -- I love all ten Weather Wardens books, and I've read a lot of the Morganville Vampires books, though I've sort of gone off them.
Best sequel ever: Tough one -- I love all sequels, usually, simply for the fact that there is one. But I think the best has to be The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
Currently reading: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
Drink of choice while reading: Robinsons Orange and Barley squash. I basically only drink squash and Coke.
E-reader or physical book? E-reader. I love books a lot, but I also love my Kindle and not having to cart around very heavy books -- especially when on holiday like I just was.
Fictional character you probably would have dated in high school: well, I'm still in school, so... I think probably Adrian from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.  I just always want to give him a hug. And he is so romantic in The Indigo Spell that he just can't be beat. Since this is hypothetical and he is fictional, he'd also probably have to not be a drunkard who was five years older than me.
Glad you gave this book a chance:  The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I wasn't so sure about it at first, if you can actually believe it.
Hidden gem book: Samantha Young's Slumber (Chronicles of the Fade #1).
Important moment in your reading life: when I read The Book Thief. First book I ever cried at and one of the greatest books in the history of forever.
Just finished: The Magnus Bane Chronicles #1: What Really Happened in Peru. Don't read it. You will want to punch Magnus Bane and Cassandra Clare in their pretty little faces. It is way too cruel for words.
Kind of books you won't read: Contemporary. I know I've read some -- I think I've even reviewed some of them on here -- but no more. Reading them makes me feel dirty (says the girl who is writing a novel that walks the line between speculative and contemp. Don't talk to me.). I hate the 'broken person healed by love' trope.
Longest book you've read: If I'd got through Les Mis, I could say that, but unfortunately I didn't, so I don't really know.
Major book hangover because of: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelled Hodkin. Anything I read afterwards paled in comparison.
Number of bookcases you own: two. I have one in my room and my old one is on the landing and serves as a kind of communal thing for the books me and my brother have grown out of but can't find the will to get rid of.
One book you have read multiple times: I read lots of books more than once! The one I've read most times, though, is probably Vampire Academy #1. I think it's got up to 4 re-reads now.
Preferred place to read: in my house somewhere. The living room couch, probably.
Reading regret: that I used to be a Twilight super-fan in my youth. Sure, it introduced me to the genre that I love, but did I have to be so obsessed with it? Could I not have realised how bad it was sooner?
Series you started and need to finish (all the books are out): ha! I don't have the luck of discovering serieses after they've finished. My life is a list of Amazon Pre-Orders and cliffhanger tears.
Three of your all-time favourite books: that is just mean. Three?! Probably The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. No, wait, what about Weather Wardens? And the Kate Daniels novels? And the Alex Craft novels? This is too difficult.
Unapologetic fangirl for: Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, of course.
Very excited for this release more than others: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines). And Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price. You can't expect me to choose just one.
Worst bookish habit: breaking the spines on my books.
X marks the spot -- starts at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book: it depends how you're doing it, because my bookshelf is double stacked and stuff, but what I got was... Lord of Misrule (about #100 in the Morganville Vampires Series).
Your latest book purchase: I just pre-ordered Grave Visions (Alex Craft #4) by Kalayna Price.
ZZZ-snatcher book -- last book that kept you up way too late: I haven't stayed up too late to read since I started getting migraines when I was ten, so it's a hard one to remember -- but I think the last one I remember was a book by Dianna Wynne Jones that I can't remember the name of but had something to do with red and white Welsh dragons and magic.

Well, that took up even more time than I imagined it would (I've been kind of stuck for purpose since I decided to take a writing break [which, if you don't count my holiday, has been today and yesterday and that is it] because all I want to write is my WiP and I'm supposed to be letting it rest [which I'm probably going to give up on soon and just go straight into my first read-through], so this is better than it sounds). Hurray!

Charlie out!

Thursday 8 August 2013

Book Review: Angel Fever by LA Weatherly

Willow, Alex and Seb have escaped from Mexico City and the angels, and now they've set up shop in Nevada, training new AKs and planning for the end of angels. But then a spanner's thrown in the works and Alex finds himself on a mission that he can't tell Willow about. Will he survive it -- will Willow?

Thursday 1 August 2013

CampNaNoWriMo: Day X

It's the END. Camp has finished (and I won!Yay!). But my novel hasn't.
Hopefully it will at some point, though, because I'm very proud of it and can't wait until it's finished and had a bit of time to sit so that I can go back to it, read it, and realise that I've made a bigger mistake than Frankenstein did when he made his monster. And then I can follow in Frankenstein's footsteps even more by attempting to make it better and just killing everyone I love.

Maybe not the last bit. But the rest of it is exactly what will happen. Don't worry, 'rinos -- I will continue to bother you incessantly with my blathering about it.

WriMo out!