In Which the Candy Eater Returns to Day Dreaming

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What would life be like if we all talked through speech bubbles?

I owe you all an explanation for my sudden silence. I did not die, I did not fall into a coma, and I still have all my limbs. In fact, nothing tragic at all happened, but something exciting did… I got a new job! If you didn’t know before; I use to be a lunch lady and though there was never a boring day on the job it was not enough to support my book addiction and feed me. Food and books are two things I just can’t give up.

I had been applying for jobs left and right and becoming all the more hopeless with each one. Let me tell you something about rejection: it’s exhausting. Then one day I walked out of an interview panel afraid to hope and seeking Starbucks for comfort when I was called back in. It had been decided that I was the best person for the job, does anyone want to take a guess as what this job is? I bet if you thought about it, you’d figure it out! Let me give you a hint: It involves my favorite thing.

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Does this look like the face of a librarian to you?

That’s right folks! I’m moving into the library! One of the interview questions required me talking about the last book I read and explaining my thoughts on it. My eyes just about popped out of my head with excitement as I gushed over my latest read, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and J.K. Rowling’s uncanny ability to bring characters to life. I was told none of the other candidates had reacted so strongly and at that I swelled with pride.

So my energy turned to training for my new job. I thought it would be easy peasy, thinking I could just walk into the library, show my bookworm badge and be good to go. But it didn’t work quite like that and I’ve been forced to focus on learning everything for the job. But now my new title is: Candy Eater, Day Dreamer and High School Librarian, it has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it? Oh my gosh, I haven’t even mentioned the desk yet! I get my very own desk! It’s part of a desk really, there’s a big circulation desk and I get my own half! It comes with post it notes, a stapler and all the desk supplies you can dream of! Every time I think of my desk I sigh in anticipation.

In With the New

Now, I know this is no excuse; many bloggers manage change or full-time jobs just fine. Balance is key and unfortunately I’m still learning that trick. You see, during the last couple months of blogging I was unsatisfied. I couldn’t seem to find a way to catch up and even though I absolutely loved it, I felt like I was drowning. I was determined to figure out an easier way.

During the month of July I buried myself in research (alright, Pinterest). I was looking up blogging techniques and organization and became a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of info out there. At the end of the day though it’s about finding out what works best for you and I’m glad to say that I’ve adopted several methods that make me feel for the first time in my blogging experience that I am in control. I’m planning and scheduling, drafting and color-coding– the whole shebang. Bring it on blog, I’m ready. With my new methods brings some exciting new features! Over the course of my blog I will be introducing three new series: Let’s Pretend I’m a Publisher: My Guide to Good Book Material, How Not to Fizzle Out of Blogging and Fictional World Vacation Packages. All three are going to contain fun-filled posts and maybe every once in a while, a helpful one too. Along with my three new series I’m going to be changing a feature; Spreading the Word was a feature inspired by Asti’s Bookish Friends, it was a feature that spotlighted fellow bloggers who had caught my eye. This feature will now be called Scanning the Skies. The purpose of this feature will more or less stay the same but now instead of just blabbing about a terrific blogger I will now create a super hero persona for them as well– with all the works! Look for this hilarious feature the second Saturday of every month.

Now for my final addition to the blog (the one that I’m most excited about): Novel Scramble. I’m going to be creating a puzzle of literary pieces and characters and hiding them in reviews. It will be your job to find the puzzle pieces and put them together in the correct way. There will be four puzzle pieces and each one will be placed strategically in a review. For the first puzzle piece of this month I’ll show you how I hid it so you can get a sense on how to find them later on. There will be ten to twelve reviews a month, but only four reviews will have puzzle pieces. You’ll have to figure out which ones.

Then you have to decipher the puzzle pieces and when you get all four you put them together to create the answer. The first person to send me the correct answer via email will win a grand prize! I’ll announce the prize at the beginning of each month so that you know what you’re playing for; this month the grand prize is a $15 Amazon gift card. Now, what do these puzzle pieces look like? Let me give you an example.

Puzzle Piece #1) The boy who lived was standing on a bridge so famous, they made a song about it.

Deciphered: Harry Potter was standing on London Bridge.

Puzzle Piece #2) When the girl on fire saw the scar she knew it was him. Her hand tightened the one holding it and they slowly but surely made their way to the boy.

Deciphered: When Katniss Everdeen saw the scar she knew it was Harry Potter. Her hand tightened the one holding it and they slowly but surely made their way to Harry.

Puzzle Piece #3) A boy known for bread and cakes held the hand of the girl. They were meeting someone who would change their lives forever. The two that held hands were about to learn the truth.

Deciphered: Peeta Mellark held Katniss Everdeen’s hand. They were meeting Harry Potter whom would change their lives forever. Peeta and Katniss were about to learn the truth.

Puzzle Piece #4) The scarred boy saw the two approach. They asked him a question on everyone’s minds. When they pressed him with “why?” he answered, “the pale pianist is hotter when he is the guy who died in the fourth one because the latter isn’t making out with the clumsy girl who prefers monsters.” The two holding hands nodded, satisfied with finally having the answer.

Deciphered: Harry Potter saw Katniss and Peeta approach. They asked him a question on everyone’s mind. Whey they pressed him with “Why?” he answered, “Edward Cullen is hotter when he is Cedric Diggory because the latter isn’t making out with Bella Swan.” Katniss and Peeta nodded, satisfied with finally having the answer.

Final Answer: Harry Potter was standing on London Bridge. When Katniss Everdeen saw the scar she knew it was Harry Potter. Her hand tightened the one holding it and they slowly but surely made their way to Harry. Peeta Mellark held Katniss Everdeen’s hand. They were meeting Harry Potter, whom would change their lives forever. Peeta and Katniss were about to learn the truth. Harry Potter saw Katniss and Peeta approach. They asked him a question on everyone’s mind and when they pressed him with “Why?” he answered, “Edward Cullen is hotter when he is Cedric Diggory because the latter isn’t making out with Bella Swan.” Katniss and Peeta nodded, satisfied with finally having an answer.

Make sense? I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and hilarious as it plays out. So like I mentioned before, the first person to decipher all the hints and put them together correctly wins a prize, which for this month is a $15 Amazon gift card. Spread the word and tell your friends to play!

That’s it for now. I hope I’m forgiven for the unplanned absence and promise that I’m back for good. Before I finish up this post though I want to play a little catch up. Here are some things that have happened during my absence:

  • Bought a new car and named it Belle
  • Watched first season of Bates Motel. Liked it.
  • Watched all of Sherlock. Loved it.
  • Watched all of Mixology. Loved it. Mourning it.
  • Pet sat the biggest dog in my life.
  • Saw Menopause, the Musical!
  • Consumed 3 tins of Pringles
  • Devoured too many Kit Kat bars to count.

That’s just about it on my end, but now it’s your turn. Share something that happened to you while I was gone!

P.S.– Did I mention my desk?

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Share something that I’ve missed during myΒ absenceΒ below and happy reading!

Posted August 1, 2014 by Lindsey in Uncategorized / 21 Comments

21 responses to “In Which the Candy Eater Returns to Day Dreaming

  1. Duffy

    Totally enjoyed your new blog. Wonderful that you got the librarian job, and a DESK. It will be nice working indoors out of the summer heat and winter cold. Enjoy yourself.

  2. Welcome back and congratulations on your new career move! It is always inspiring to see someone show excitement and passion for work that they love so dearly. The new features on your blog look very insightful and intriguing, can’t wait to see more of it!

    Hmmm, what did I do while you were gone? I guess I began to dip my toes into the genre of fiction via the short story. It’s a learning process, but it has been a lot of fun. Always encouraging myself and others to try something new (in writing and in life). Happy to see you back, best wishes for an inspired day!

    • Thanks Dave, I’m really enjoying the calmness that comes with the library. Ah, the short story. It’s a great start and also a great way to try out authors. I hope you find some good ones. Thanks for welcoming back, it’s nice to know that I didn’t lose any friends. πŸ™‚

  3. Glad to have you back, Lindsey! I have missed your blog.
    It’s brilliant that you’ve found your place at the library, sounds like the perfect job and I hope you have fun learning the ropes.
    A lot of the new features sound awesome, especially the new mix-up of Spreading the Word. I SO want a super hero persona!!! (Even though I know you’ve already done me, hehee.)

    Also could totally use some blog organization tips, I never plan ahead and it does make blogging more stressful but I have no idea where to start!

    Looking forward to reading your posts. πŸ™‚

  4. Welcome back, girl! πŸ˜€
    So nice to see you. New car, new job and your very own desk so no wonder you’ve been MIA! πŸ˜‰
    Your line up of features are very intriguing and I’m definitely excited to see them.

    • Thanks Nuzaifa! It’s good to be back, I have to admit life is going pretty well right now. Thanks for not completely abandoning me, it means a lot. I can’t wait to catch up on your exciting adventures since I’ve been gone! πŸ˜‰

  5. Congrats on the new job!!! I just got a new job myself a few weeks ago. I know all about the rejection, it is exhausting. This job sounds perfect for you and I hope you love it.

    Can’t wait to see what you have I store for your blog. It sounds like you have great ideas and you have inspired me to think up some cool stuff for my own.

    • Thanks Chris and congratulations yourself! There’s nothing more refreshing than the excitement of a new job, except possibly the excitement of a new book. πŸ˜‰

  6. Congrats on your new job! πŸ˜€ I know how difficult the job search process is as I was going through it myself not too long ago. Working as a librarian sounds like a cool job, I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun.
    I’ve also been having a very hard time blogging consistently all the time. Instead feeling relaxed like I usually do, I feel rushed because I’m on the go. I look forward to reading your future posts and new segments πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Rachel, yeah the process is definitely exhausting, I’m glad that you’re not in that situation anymore. I hope I have some tips that can help, I know it’s frustrating when blogging feels like a job. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Congrats on the new job! I’m glad you found something! I love the pics, I love your hair! I’m glad you’re back and I’ll be looking forward to your new features =)

    • Thanks Katy, I really appreciate the enthusiasm! It’s so good to be back, I really missed chatting with all the great bloggers out there (you included)! πŸ™‚

  8. Glad to have you back; you’ve been missed! I’ve been relatively AWOL too, and mine started before yours. But I’ve officially been back for ~ a month and a half, and I think I’ve finally found the balance between reading (and listening to audio books), posting, and work. Woo hoo! Best of luck to you on your return πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Liza, it’s good to be back. It’s hard to find the balance but once you do, life is oh so sweet again! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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