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.
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?
Share something that I’ve missed during my absence below and happy reading!