Sunday, May 19, 2013

BA's Posting Challenge 5 &6: In the Design / Other Loves

I missed last week because I was sick with a pretty nasty cough, sorry, so here are two posts for the price of one!

Week 5's topic: How did you come to have your current blog design and what do you love about it?

Honestly, I haven't put a huge amount of thought in to my blog design and layout. I prefer to keep it simple and uncluttered, and I like purple. It's just one of the Blogger default themes. The Goodreads widget is new this year, since I started my reading challenges. The tagline, "You never get wise, you only get older" is a line from the Dandy Warhols' song "Big Indian". To me it's not a negative sentiment, it's saying that there's always more to learn and that there's things that you will never learn, but that's not a bad thing.

Week 6's topic: What else do you love to talk about besides books, on your blog or off it?

I talk about food a lot here. I love food. I love baking. I love to make food and share it, as a gift to my friends. Right now I have chilli jam cooking in my Thermomix, to give to some of Dave's friends from work. And we're cooking beef pot roast in the slow cooker for dinner. I wish I had more time to cook and bake more.

On my tumblr, besides reblogging cute animal pictures, I reblog a lot of feminist and fat acceptance stuff. I like to read and share that stuff and think about it, and sometimes talk to a couple of friends who "get" it, but I tend not to write it myself or share it outside of safe spaces. There's plenty of great bloggers out there who say it better than I ever could.

I also talk about computer games, sometimes here on this blog but also with my friends. My biggest time sink right now is XCOM: Enemy Unknown which is a game from one of Dave's favorite franchises. I hadn't picked up XCOM when it came out because it didn't seem like my sort of game: I prefer RPGs. But after watching Dave play it I decided that I'd check it out, and I picked it up when it was a Steam Daily Deal last week...and I love it. In fact, I'm going to go play it right now!

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Monday, May 6, 2013

BA's Posting Challenge 4: Meet and Greet

This week's topic: Who are some of the authors you have met or would love to meet and why?

I've only met one really famous author, and that was Raymond E. Feist when he came to do a signing in Wellington. I have a signed copy of the extended version of Magician. This was years ago now. I remember we had to wait in line for ages and that he was not doing dedications, just signing his name. He was complaining bitterly to his assistant about the quality of the coffee while he signed. Wellington has a great café culture and so I remember being offended about that. I know, now, that most big-name authors won't do dedications at bookstore signings either, because there's just not enough time. But at the time I was really disappointed.

One author I would love to meet is George R. R. Martin, author of the series A Song of Ice and Fire. He came out to Australia in 2010 for WorldCon. I really, really wanted to go but we couldn't afford it. Now of course he's super-famous thanks to the HBO series of Game of Thrones so I've probably missed my chance :(

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