The Evil Writer Award

I saw this award over at Smudged Thoughts and I couldn’t not do this. It sounds like such a fun tag and there is no doubt I’m an evil writer *evil laugh*, all of my characters had the worst childhood ever and people drop dead like leaves in autumn in this story.

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How many characters do you typically kill per book? And how many people have you killed in real life, dear? Do you… feel any remorse about this? I’m concerned about you.

I haven’t finished my book yet but I’ve written about 20k and there are is only one death on paper, but there are probably about four-ish that died before the story started. I plan on having a massive kill-party near halfway and probably another near the end. But okay seriously, I expect there to be at least 20 deaths (not including the ones that died before), but probably no major characters.

I’m not going to answer the second part of this question 😛

Do you prefer to use weapons of mass destruction like explosions and famine and world war or more personal torture like killing family and friends and pets?

Personal torture, thank you very much. That way I can cause my characters some more pain because apparently, I like doing that.

Are you more like Loki, who perpetrates great evil with a creepy grin, or… give me a minute… Darth Vader, who secretly weeps inside his… fake head, whilst destroying the world? 

Creepy grin. But at the same time, I cry for my characters.

What is the most dastardly crime you have ever committed as a writer? 

So far, killed the (only?) person my character loved, in a very very awful way *grins*.

What kind of chocolate do you most like to devour as you burn things? White, milk, semisweet, or dark? Bonus points if you are so evil you find unsweetened cacao palatable!

Milk! I love milk chocolate. While we’re on the topic *takes a bite of chocolate*. You can never have enough chocolate while writing.

What is your villainous title? You may not have “Evil Overlord” because that one’s mine.

Uhm… Miss Heartbreak. Because I like to break my characters’ hearts (I’ll fix them again, I promise).

Which of your characters would actually be a match for you if you were to duke it out one on one?

Emery. No doubt. She’d kill me on sight. But honestly, I wouldn’t want to meet Felton or Noa in a dark alley either. Brim I could probably fight, and like, not lose to in the first few seconds.

Which character, in all the many books you have undoubtedly written, is most likely to be your Archnemesis?

*has not even 1 finished draft of book*

*smiles sheepishly*

I don’t know.

Do you wear a cape? Face paint? A mask? Special underpants? Or do you hide in plain sight… like Moriarty? Give me details!

I wear my special cloak because CLOAKS.

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Are you an evil writer like me? Then you should do this tag, because it’s lots of fun! What is the worst thing you’ve done to your characters? How many characters will die in your book?

The Liebster Award

I’m sooooo late with all my tags and awards, therefore 2-in-1! I got nominated for the Liebster Award two times! So hereby thanks to May and McKenzie!

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May’s Questions

  • If you were to stop blogging, what would be the reason? – Because I would be dead. Okay no, the only reason right now I could think of if it would be that I would no longer have time.
  • What are some hobbies you have? – You want a list? Because that could go on forever. Some of my main hobbies are drawing/hand lettering, photography, blogging, watching tv shows, reading.
  • Would you rather be dead or die? (Yes, there’s a difference.) – well… in order to be dead you have to die, and dying seems a bit more painful than simply not existing, so let’s skip the dying part and just be dead?
  • Do you like mangoes??? – I feel like I cannot answer this question with a no haha. I like mangoes, yes!
  • What book would you not feel guilty about stomping on, tearing, and burning in a fire? – I use my copy of Lord of The Rings as a doorstop/windowstop haha, it’s big and I don’t care about so I wouldn’t mind ruining it, though, then I would have nothing to keep my doors/windows open…
  • What blogs do you ALWAYS look forward to reading? (Or, if you’re afraid your dear readers might feel bad: What type of blogs do you tend to follow? ie. book blogs, lifestyle blogs, writing blogs, etc.) – In general, I love blogs that have a lot of discussions and original content. I don’t feel like looking up all the urls so I’m just going to keep it like this.
  • What’s one moment in your life you’d choose to play over and over again (aka re-experience over and over again?) – This might be weird, but I once was at the sea in the evening and the waves were crashing against the walls of the boulevard and it was honestly the most calming wonderful thing ever. I wish I could stand there every evening.
  • You have the choice of reading a book you HATE, every single day, or reading one good book per year. Which do you choose? – One good book obviously. I love reading but I’m not going to make myself read horrible books all year through, I would get depressed.
  • What’s one food you will never get tired of eating??? (ONE food, people, ONE.) – Pasta. I love pasta and you can basically make it everything you want it to be.
  • What would you do if someone walked up to you and gave you 100 bucks? – uhm be very surprised, try to give it back but probably be too surprised to do anything. Maybe do some random acts of kindness or spend it on books to give away (and keep)
  • How are you right now? ❤ – right now I am awesome, the weather is amazing and I’ve got a pup playing at my feet. Thanks for asking ❤ [edit: the situation got even better, now I’ve got a popsicle]

McKenzie’s Questions

  • Whats your favorite book trope? – Friend becoming lovers. Or just really great friendships.
  • Have you ever been to an author signing? If so who? – No sadly not, I live in The Netherlands so… only Dutch authors sign here and I barely know any of those.
  • Put your music on shuffle, whats the first song that played? – Last Nite by The Strokes
  • Whats your dream job? – Something in marketing, preferably neuromarketing (which uses brain scan techniques to understand people’s buying behaviour)
  • Which bookish pet would you gladly adopt? – I’ve always wanted a stormhunter from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. They are huge majestic flying animals that remind me of dragons.
  • Whats your favorite book of 2017 so far? – The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner.
  • What type of pet person are you? Dog? Cat? Fish? Dragon? – Dogs and cats equally.
  • Favorite food to snack on while reading? – Eating and reading don’t go ver well together, so nothing.
  • Which Harry Potter book would you reread, rewrite, and burn? (Or pick your favorite series to do!) – I don’t really have a favourite HP book. My favourite series would be The Lunar Chronicles, so I’m going to have to reread Winter, rewrite Cinder and burn Scarlet (sorry Scarlet 😥 )
  • Whats the biggest book on your shelf? (Size or length, you pick) – Winter by Marissa Meyer is 800+ pages so I think that counts as the biggest book.
  • What advice would you give to new bloggers? – Connect!!! Get in touch with the rest of the community! Or take part in my new project!

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What’s your favourite book of 2017 so far? Do you have a moment in your life that you would redo over and over again?

Thanks for reading and if you want to do this as well, just pick 11 questions from this long list and let me know! I’d love to read your answers!

The Book Blogger Awards: My Nominations

Happy King’s Day from the Netherlands! This means a) lots of flea markets = cheap book hunting, b) a day off, c) music & activities everywhere and d) it’s the king’s birthday (which is obviously the least important thing in this list haha).

Joce from Write Through the Night is organizing the first ever book blogger awards and that’s such an amazing initiative! If you want to read more about these awards, go click on the link to her blog. Without any further ado, here are my nominations!

GENRE MOST BLOGGED ABOUT:

  • Young Adult – Anike and Zoë from Twin Tales (they are twins, obviously), together they run this wonderful blog with reviews and tags and they’re just really great!
  • New Adult / General Adult – This one definitely goes to Zuky from BookBum, she blogs mainly about adult fiction and even though I barely read adult fiction (and therefore usually have no clue which books she is talking about), I feel myself drawn to read all of her posts! Also her weekly Netgalley picks feature is amazing (please someone do that for YA books too, I love it)
  • Does a little bit of everything – Jasmine from How Useful It Is reviews not only YA but also children’s picture books and I believe also adult fiction. She’s just such a nice person in this community and has always been one of the bloggers I looked up to from the start.

THE BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING:

  • Best book reviews – Krysti from YA and Wine, though I don’t care for wine, I think Krysti’s reviews are always really good! She also rates the cover and the swoon-worthiness of the book which is a huge plus!
  • Best bookish discussions – Ashley from Inside My Minds, she writes a lot of bookish discussions and they’re always a joy to read! They’re short and sweet, and usually very thought-provoking!

THE OTHER STUFF:

  • Most full of personality – May from Forever and Everly, she is just so full of personality, she’s just a joy to read posts from and talk to! Her blog is so original and always fun to read. Her blog (which is really pretty btw) really represents her personality: sweet and happy.
    Mahriya from My Bookish Life is another amazing blogger with a lot of original content, she’s got a great personality and I couldn’t not nominate her for this!
  • Best Friend ever – I can’t help but pick two for this topic, which are  Debbie from Debbie’s Library and Savannah from The Book Prophet. Debbie has been with me from pretty much the start and she’s the sweetest person! Savannah I met a little later but ever since that first comment we’ve become quite the blogging buddies. I love you both so much, thank you for going with me through this long process that will hopefully not end any time soon!

MOST IMPORTANTLY:

  • Best New Book Blogger (created blog after July 2016) – I’m giving a shout-out here to Jess from Bookends and Endings and to Bex from My Shelf & My Self who are both lovely new bloggers and deserve some love!
  • Best Overall Book Blogger – You can’t make me choose! So I choose nobody (which implies that you’re all amazing) 😛

Argh this was hard! Not as hard as I expected it to be! There are probably a lot of bloggers out there that deserved this just as much so I’m sorry if I left you out, it probably was not intentional.

I highly recommend you to send out your nominations soon, because the nomination period ends April 30th, which is only a few days away!

Have a wonderful day!

The Real Neat Blog Award

A long while ago I was nominated for this award, twice I must say, just about two months ago. I was nominated by Trisha from Autumn of 2003 and Allie from WondrousNightRambler, thank you both and everybody go check out their blogs, they’re wonderful!

Trisha’s Questions

 

  1. Who is your least favourite singer/band? I really dislike a lot of Dutch singers, but I don’t really know who’s my least favourite.
  2. Who’s your favourite youtuber? John Green (and Hank too)
  3. Would you call yourself a bookworm? Uhm, yes that just about describes half my life.
  4. Favourite TV shows? I have a list that will probably go on until infinity and beyond: Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, The Flash, Supergirl, Gilmore Girls, Friends,  and about 10 or so more but it’s not worth writing all down.
  5. Why did you start your blog? Short story short, I was a little bored, and I wanted somewhere to get rid of my bookish frustrations and rambles.
  6. What’s one good thing that’s happened to you today? Today, I finished a book. (Actually yesterday because I’m planning to post this tomorrow, when I’m at a very interesting (I hope) symposium)
  7. Can you  type supercalifragilisticexpialidocious whilst holding your breath? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Yes I can 🙂 It kinda hard though because I needed to type it with one hand so I could keep myself from breathing from my nose, which made me need to see where my fingers were placed on the keyboard, which then made me have to look up every three letters and check like three times whether I was typing the right letter.

Allie’s Questions

 

  1. What is your favorite book? Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
  2. What is your least favorite color? I don’t know, I don’t dislike any colour. Maybe bright pink.
  3. Favorite song at the moment? What an impossible question, I love so many songs at this moment, but let me just choose the one I’m listening to right now, which is Antoine Dufour with Talk. I love listening to acoustic guitar songs with no vocals while working and this one is my favourite work song right now.
  4. Who is your least favorite celebrity? Trump? But I think it’s a tie between Geert Wilders and Donald Trump right now. (If you don’t know Geert Wilders, he’s a Dutch politician who openly hates the Islam and wants to ban anything that has to do with the religion from our country, including the people).
  5. If you were transported into any book or movie what would it be? I would love to take a holiday on Luna from the Lunar Chronicles, meet the gang and visit all the beautiful places in Artemisia.
  6. How is a raven like a writing desk? I have been thinking about this a lot and I think I remember the riddle but not the answer. So frustrating.. They both have legs?
  7. Do you have a conspiracy theory or theories you believe in completely? Not really.

I’m too lazy to make up questions, so not tagging anyone today. But I’d like to know: What is your least favourite colour? And what’s a good thing that happened to you today?

 

The Liebster Award

I was tagged by Hannah from The Book Thief Without Words for the Liebster Award, so thank you, Hannah! I just looked it up and apparently, Liebster means dearest in German which is cute. And also very fitting for today.

I completely forgot to let you all know, I have hit 300 followers! Thank you all! Any ideas for how to celebrate? (except for buying myself chocolate, because chocolate is the best)

The Questions

  1. Favourite Diverse Book?25322449

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

  1.  Are you a writer? If so whats your current project?

I am currently preparing for camp NaNoWriMo in April, about which you can find all you want to know on my blog.

  1. Favourite song atm?

This is impossible to choose! Even my top-20-playlist has well over 20 songs on it, I just can’t decide! Let me just randomly pick one: All Time Low by Jon Bellion. I let Spotify decide but it’s actually one of my favourites at this moment! It’s also a little different from the music I usually listen to but I can’t help but love it.

  1. Favourite vegetable?

I like a lot of vegetables, carrots maybe?

  1. What is one trope you love and one trope you hate?

I love it when characters that dislike each other at first become friends (lovers is okay too).

I hate love triangles and especially instalove.

  1. Least Favourite book?

I really don’t know?

  1. What are your hobbies asides reading?

Writing, photography, watching tv-series, teaching myself random stuff (right now I am learning all about astronomy and I love it!).

  1. Whats your favourite underrated book?

The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (too underrated! Why doesn’t everybody love this series as much as I do?)

  1. What is a book that you dont think deserves the hype?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and also I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

  1. Favourite T.V Show?

THIS IS EVEN MORE IMPOSSIBLE! I can give you a top ten? Supernatural, Grimm, Wayward Pines (only season 1), Once Upon A Time, Doctor Who, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Flash, Supergirl, Class, Sherlock, okay I can’t even give you a top ten because I could go on. (I watch too much tv. seriously.)

  1.  One thing youd like to see more of in books?

Diverse characters with realistic flaws and of course ace characters! We need more of them!

Happy valentine’s day! (even though I quite dislike it… anyway, I hope you have a wonderful day!)

Two Things on Tuesday: Blogger Tag & Real Neat Blog Award

I’m really behind on all the tags and awards, so I’m not going to do all of them (forgive me), but I’m going to do some now and maybe a few in the future. I was tagged by Tanya from Scribbled Dreams for the Blogger Tag, so thank you Tanya! I was also nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Abi from Happily Abi, which is real neat 😛 Thanks Abi!

Go check out their blogs because they’re both amazing bloggers and you should have them in your life. Tanya writes amazing stories, she’s so talented! Abi writes very inspirational posts AND she just started a youtube channel (isn’t that awesome!).

The Blogger Tag

Question 1: How tall are you?

1.67 m (ish)

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent?

Binge watching series, no that’s not really hidden. Uhm, knitting then.

Question 3: Whats your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

No offense to anyone, but sometimes I get messages and I really don’t know how to respond and that is so annoying. That’s probably more my fault then theirs though.

Question 4: Whats your biggest non-related blog pet peeve?

Rudeness. I can’t stand it, even if you’re right, DON’T BE RUDE.

Question 5: Whats your favourite song?

HOW CAN YOU ASK ME THIS?! It’s even worse than asking for my favourite book. I guess, maybe, One Day by Kodaline?

Question 6: Whats your favourite social media website?

I choose two, weheartit.com (it’s not really social though) and twitter (but not always, because see question 4)

Question 7: Whats your favourite way to spend your time when youre alone?

Reading, blogging, watching tv shows.

Question 8: Whats your favourite junk food?

PIZZA

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pet(s)? If so, what kind and what are their names?

I think they’re more my parents pets than mine, but they’re still a little bit mine. We’ve got a dog named Indy (from Indiana Jones), a cat named Puck (hah I came up with that one) and three goldfishes named Oskar, Renzo and Ariel (also names I came up with, with Oskar being of course my favourite book character ever).

Question 10: What are your number one favourite non-fiction and fiction books?

Fiction: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (this is directly linked to my answer at 9)

Non-fiction: I really don’t know, I don’t read that much non-fiction, but I guess The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Ithurbe broke my heart so I’m going to go with that one.

Question 11: Whats your favourite beauty product or tool?

… A brush? Shampoo? No wait, hair conditioner. Those are basically all the products I use..

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

I had a presentation and I kinda failed to say the word “multidisciplinary”. And thinking back, I really hate the person that put that word on the slide. It’s impossible to say when there are like 50 people staring at you!

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life what would it be?

Iced tea maybe? Or lemonade, because lemonade can have every taste! (there’s also iced tea lemonade 😛 )

Question 14: Whats your favorite movie?

The Imitation Game

Question 15: What was your favorite lesson at school?

Maths I guess, I was quite good at maths.

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

I don’t know where, but somewhere in a city, perhaps abroad, in my own apartment. I really don’t know where though.

Question 17: PC or Mac?

 PC

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse? 

(Or any kind gesture from a friend)

Romantic gesture? Nope. Kind gesture, my friend saying that my presentation went quite well (WELL THAT’S OBVIOUSLY A LIE, I do appreciate it though)

Question 19: Favourite celebrity?

Emma Watson

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want to be best friends with?

EVERYONE (seriously every single one of you)

Question 21: Who is your biggest inspiration?

See question 19

Question 22: What is your favorite blog to read?

I can’t choose one, but I most definitely have a preference for some blogs over others. Usually the blogs by people I know better, I like better.

Question 23: What is your favorite high street shop?

What’s a high street shop? Is there also a thing called low street shops?

Question 24: Are you in education or do you work?

I’m a third year student.

Question 25:  One thing you are proud of?

Getting to my third year in university without ever failing any class.


The Real Neat Blog Award

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?

I’ve got three but I’ll just pick one, The Imitation Game. It makes me angry and sad and happy and above all it makes me think. And of course Benedict Cumberbatch has the main part, so that’s a huge plus.

  1. What are the first five things that come to your mind right now?

Cookies, snow, homework, blogging, pink.

  1. What is something (or someone) that makes you happy?

Books of course, but a lot of small things can make me happy. What also makes me happy is when I accomplish something I didn’t think I could do!

  1. What is one thing that you learned about yourself last year?

I think I learned more about my sexuality and “how I work”, if that makes sense.

  1. Name one good thing that happened today.

I finished a book!

  1. How do you spend your long weekends?

Preferably reading and watching tv-shows

  1. Fill in the blank: I always ____.

Procrastinate? Look at the stars? Create? Read? Breathe?

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful evening!

Btw, does anyone watch Wayward Pines? I just started and damn this is awesome (and freaky and scary)!