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

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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.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Liebster Award || just ONE OF THE MANY tags I'm behind on

Okay so hERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF MY PROCRASTINATION LEVELS for you.


In October, Lila Kims at The Cheapskate Bibliomaniac nominated my blog for the 2017 Liebster Award. I accepted and had every intention of writing the post.

Five days later, Mary Katherine from Sarcastic Scribblings nominated my blog for the 2017 Liebster Award. Again, I accepted, and increased the urgency level for writing my post.

Come December, and The Temperamental Writer at All Things Trivial and Insignificant nOMINATED MY BLOG BECAUSE GUESS WHAT I HAVEN'T WRITTEN THE POST YET.

*slaps self*

I'd done a Liebster Award post before, back in July, but there was a bit of confusion about what that actually meant, and it got treated basically like a tag. This time, however, there were lovely clear lists of rules/guidelines in the posts:
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1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those whom you nominate will also help you out as well. (Or, as MK put it, gush about how wonderful the person who nominated you is.)

2. Display the award on your blog – by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (There are lots of options for pictures if you go here!)

3. Write a 150-300 word rave about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.

4. Nominate 5–11 blogs – who have less than 200 followers – that you feel deserve the award.

5. List these rules in your post.

6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post. (They might not have ever heard of it!)

7. Post a comment in the comments of the award post so your post and blog can be viewed. (This... was only open until mid-December... oh well ;)

Additionally, some included the rules:
1. Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
3. Give the bloggers you tag 11 questions to answer

...this is going to be a long post. xD