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Monday, 25 May 2015

Random Quote #232

One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away. 

Stephen Hawking

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Intros & Teasers: It's Tuesday!


To take part in Tuesday Intros simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or are going to read. Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea.

To take part in Teaser Tuesday turn to a random page in the book you are reading, and share two teaser sentences from that page, without sharing spoilers. Teaser Tuesday is hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

It has taken me a while to get back in to the swing of "normal" blogging after taking part in the A To Z Challenge but here I am back with another teaser and intro:

Tuesday Intro

On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.

Teaser Tuesday

And she stepped forward and slapped Claire across the face, hard enough to draw blood, hard enough to make flares and comets streak across Claire's vision, hard enough to make everything turn red and boiling hot.
Claire let go of the banister and slapped Monica right back, full across her pouty mouth, and for just a tight white-hot second she actually felt good about it, but then Monica hissed like a scorched cat, and Claire had time to think, Oh crap, I really shouldn't have done that.

Loc 176, Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

This book counts towards my totals for the New Author Challenge 2015 hosted by Literary Escapism and the Fur and Fangs Reading Challenge 2015 hosted by Phantasmic Reads and Novel Heartbeat.




Monday, 18 May 2015

Random Quote #231

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up ’cause they’re looking for ideas. 

Paula Poundstone

Monday, 11 May 2015

Random Quote #230

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. 

Noel Coward

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Reflections Post 2015

And so the A To Z Challenge 2015 has come to a close. And I did it - I wrote a post everyday except for Sundays - I survived!

And now all that remains to be written is my Reflections post for this year's challenge.

I would have posted this earlier in the week but I've been ill with a cold for most of the week (the first couple of days I was trying to convince myself that it was only hayfever).

But better late than never...


So what did I learn from this year's challenge. Well as in previous years I found it a lot easier to complete this challenge having already compiled a list of what each post was going to consist of.

And I also learned that, as I didn't write all of my posts before April, that using the Sunday off each week to write the following week's posts was very useful. I didn't feel as stressed out about making sure I had my posts ready to roll.

I also remembered just how annoying blogger can be - yes blogger I'm talking about you. Because my challenge was music based I had quite a few videos of said music to include in my posts. And I had forgotten about the strange peculiarity of blogger when sometimes it throws a hissy fit and doesn't actually include said video.

I've found the trick to it is to past in your code for embedding the video and then press save before you do anything else. So with some posts I had to do this more than once. And more than once I forgot, scheduled the post and previewed it only to find a gap where a video should be. In which case I also learned not to get rid of the tab with the video's embedding code on it until I'm sure it has saved it properly.

Because when there's a gap instead of a video you can guarantee the code has mysteriously vanished from your post.

And lastly I learned that I am a bit of a bad blogger - oops.

I think it was suggested on the A To Z Challenge site that you visit at least 5 blogs a day starting with the one straight after you on the sign up list.

Which I did do... to begin with. For about 6 or 7 days straight I visited 5 blogs a day... sometimes a couple more. And then on the 7th or 8th day I didn't get round to it so I thought "I'll visit 10 tomorrow". And on that day it became "I'll visit 15 tomorrow"... you get the idea. I've currently no idea how many I should have visited in one day to catch up to the 5 a day total.

And I didn't do all that well in last year's Post A To Z Road Trip... maybe I should try it again this year and just try an awful lot harder.


Now I've just got to come up with an idea for next year's challenge :)

Monday, 4 May 2015

Random Quote #229

A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

Colin Powell

Happy Star Wars Day 2014... Err 2015

I know, I know I posted this video last Star Wars Day but I still can't hear the original without thinking of this.

Any way the force flows...


May the fourth be with you!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Z Is For...



Welcome to the A To Z Challenge 2015.

My theme this year is music. Specifically music that I listen to at least fairly regularly and that falls in to these categories:
D - Can't help but dance to it
P - Panicked
S - Can't help but sing to it
S/C - Strikes a chord with me (no pun intended)
W - Wildcard

When it some to the “strikes a chord” category, I don't necessary relate or connect to that song but it still send a bit of shiver through me to listen to it. And I couldn't think of a way to describe all of that in one short phrase... so strikes a chord it is.

Enjoy!







 And here is the final post in the A To Z Challenge 2015... and my 2nd wildcard post. Like with X I could not think of a song that I listened to regularly that began with Z. So here is another type of music I listen to whilst writing. I would say it's similar to classical but as you will hear this group is both similar to the classical genre and different at exactly the same time.

For Whom The Bell Tolls - Apocalyptica

(Yes this is a cover version of the Metallica song)



Grace - Apocalyptica


Pray - Apocalyptica


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Y Is For...



Welcome to the A To Z Challenge 2015.

My theme this year is music. Specifically music that I listen to at least fairly regularly and that falls in to these categories:

D - Can't help but dance to it
P - Panicked
S - Can't help but sing to it
S/C - Strikes a chord with me (no pun intended)
W - Wildcard

When it some to the “strikes a chord” category, I don't necessary relate or connect to that song but it still send a bit of shiver through me to listen to it. And I couldn't think of a way to describe all of that in one short phrase... so strikes a chord it is.

Enjoy!











You've Got A Friend In Me - Michael Buble - S/C


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

X Is For...



Welcome to the A To Z Challenge 2015.

My theme this year is music. Specifically music that I listen to at least fairly regularly and that falls in to these categories:

D - Can't help but dance to it
P - Panicked
S - Can't help but sing to it
S/C - Strikes a chord with me (no pun intended)
W - Wildcard

When it some to the “strikes a chord” category, I don't necessary relate or connect to that song but it still send a bit of shiver through me to listen to it. And I couldn't think of a way to describe all of that in one short phrase... so strikes a chord it is.

Enjoy!

Welcome to the first of my 2 "wildcard" posts (Betcha can't guess which letter is the other wildcard can you?)

Basically I could not think of a song that I had ever heard of let alone listened to on a regular basis that began with the letter X so I decided to make this a wildcard post. Both of my wildcard posts concern music that I like to listen to when I am writing - today's type of music? Classical.

I don't know why but I do like to listen to a bit of classical music when I am writing and here are 2 of my favourite pieces.

Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens

The only problem with listening to classical music when I'm writing is sometimes I end up conducting instead of typing :)

(don't turn this up too loud - it starts out quiet and then gets louder... suddenly)

 

In The Hall Of The Mountain King - Edvard Grieg

(this is another one that starts off quiet and gets louder - although this one isn't quite so sudden)