Liebster Blog Award!

March 4, 2013 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

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The rules for the Liebster Award are very simple: You are required to thank the person who nominated you, answer the 11 question they have asked you, nominate 11 other people and ask them 11 questions in return. According to the guidelines the Liebster award should be sent to bloggers with less than 200 followers so that new bloggers can see how awesome they are!

So thanks to Socially Oxward for nominating Anakalian Whims. It’s exciting to be noticed!

And now to answer your questions…

1. Do you think you’ll still be blogging in ten years?

If wordpress and cyberspace continue to exist, yes.  I hope wordpress does not go the way of xanga and myspace, but frankly it is probably inevitable.  However, before I check out, hopefully I’ll be able to get Anakalian Whims in print even if it’s just for my personal book shelf.

2. Did you ever realize that a rake was the male version of a ho(e) in the past? A rake and a ho(e)? Do you think ho is spelled with or without the e….?

Ummm… yes.  And I always spell it with an e.

3. What were you thinking when you posted your first blog entry?

That I’d like to become a professional reviewer one day.  Getting paid to read… what’s better than that?

4. What is humanity’s biggest flaw?

Disbelief and/or distortion of the truth of Jesus Christ.

5. What’s your first memory?

I have a handful from when I was two.  I’m not sure what order they occurred in, so I’m not sure which one is first.  One is falling on concrete and scarring up the backs of my hands.  I have several of hanging out with my Grandpa, before he died.  I’m lucky to have those, he died when I was four, I believe.

6.Why is Shakespeare so relatable?

Because everything he ever wrote has been rewritten to suit modern day times and scenarios.  Every generation has their version of most of his stories.  Twelfth Night becomes Yentle and She’s the Man… Romeo and Juliet becomes every romantic tragedy ever… and so on.  He wrote about basic human instinct.  A chick dressed as a dude will inevitably fall for the guy she becomes best friends with because best friends are what solid relationships are based on.  Teenagers who think they are in love but are forced to be apart will go all melodramatic on you.  It’s the way of the world.

7. Favorite punctuation mark? Explain.

I would like to say the semi colon; it’s a beautiful piece of punctuation that is often neglected.  However, if you view my writing tendencies you’ll find that if I am honest my favorite to use is the ellipses.  I am also a proud defender of the Oxford comma.

8. Does it bother you when people look at you in public?

Depends on why they are looking.

9. What’s the best food ever? Ever.

My Grandmother’s squash casserole. It doesn’t get better than that… it just doesn’t.

10. Someone knocks on your door. Right now. Who do you want it to be?

If I tell you, I’d have to kill you.

11.How many questions is too many questions?

13, that’s when I get tired.

Now, for my nominations:

1.Melinda McGuire is a fab lady who has done book signings at the Half Price Books in Humble a few times. She’s fun to chat with, lovely to have as a headliner for an event, and edited an awesome anthology on quilting. She also writes novels and is from Texas.

2.Joel Robison Photography probably already has too many followers to qualify for a proper nomination, but I really love his work so I’m doing it anyway. If you’ve never seen it before, I suggest you go check it out.

3.Coffee Cups in Trees is actually my old college roomie. She doesn’t post often, but she’s clever and witty and maybe she’d be more diligent with her blog if she had more followers [ahem].

4.Thinking Through Christianity writers are good friends of mine. The blog is informative and makes you use your brain. Check it out.

5.M E Foley writes about living in England from an American perspective. It’s a bit of fun and worthy of being noticed.

6.Prose is a fellow book blog written by a guy whose opinion I enjoy and respect when it comes to reading material. Met him in an online book club and following his reading is a pleasure.

7.S. Smith is the author of the Seed Savers series. It’s a fantastic book series for young adults that more people should be aware of, so I’m using this blog award to pimp her stuff. It’s awesome. Look into it.

8.Reading, Writing, Publishing, A Blog… there you have it. The name of the blog is so self explanatory it’s ridiculous. This chick is awesome. If you are a reader, you should follow her.

Technically, I’m supposed to nominate 3 more people. But I’m tired, so I quit for now. Maybe I’ll add them later.

MY QUESTIONS TO YOU (I liked the ones given to me, so I’m reusing some of them):
1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
2. What is the most interesting thing you learned from a book this year?
3. What were you thinking when you posted your first blog entry?
4. What is humanity’s biggest flaw?
5. What is your favorite book to love?
6. What is your favorite book to hate?
7. Favorite punctuation mark? Explain.
8. Does it bother you when people look at you in public?
9. What’s the best food ever? Ever.
10. Someone knocks on your door. Right now. Who do you want it to be?
11.What is the song that’s stuck in your ear right now?

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January 22, 2013 at 2:52 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Introducing L.B. Simmons and her February Blog Tour… this tour is just the beginning.

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The time is near my friends!!! The Running on Empty Blog Tour is almost upon us. I am so excited. There are interviews, there are character interviews, there are Blake POVs, lots of fun stuff…this tour is gonna be EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! There will be signed paperback copies up for grabs…so be sure to visit these blogs on the following days to be able to enter for one!!!! I know there may be a few of you out there who would like one…;) Spread the word about the tour people! I love you guys so much and the book is doing amazing because of YOUR support!! Let’s rock this tour together! ❤ 🙂

FEBRUARY 1: Natasha is a Book Junkie  

http://www.natashaisabookjunkie.com/

FEBRUARY 2: My Secret Romance Book Review

http://www.mysecretromancebookreviews.com/

FEBRUARY 3: The Phantom Paragrapher

http://thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com/

FEBRUARY 4: Sugar and Spice Book Reviews

http://sugarandspiceandeverythingnaughty.blogspot.com/

FEBRUARY 5: Shh, Moms Reading 

http://shhmomsreading.com/

FEBRUARY 7:…

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3 Year Anniversary

November 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm (The Whim) (, )

WordPress has informed me that it is my 3 Year Blogging Anniversary.  Who will bake my cake?  I want one just like in the picture.  Just kidding.

In honor of this milestone, I have added the Blog Stats widget to the right hand side of the page.  Look at all those hits!

Today I’d like to use my anniversary as an excuse for fellow bloggers and readers to leave me a comment telling me how long they’ve been with me and how they came across me – if you remember.  Also, what are your favorite features of Anakalian Whims, and what would you like to see more of in the following year?

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The Bookaholics’ Guide to Book Blogs

September 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , )

Title: The Bookaholics’ Guide to Book Blogs

Compiled by: Rebecca Gillieron & Catheryn Kilgarriff

Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers

Length: 254 pgs.

I promised a review of this lovely book, and here it is; and trust me: the redundancy of a blogged book review of a book about book reviewing blogs is not lost on me.  I suppose it goes without saying that I loved it.  I love the front cover, I love the blogging snippets, I love the things Rebecca and Catheryn had to say (and yes, I am speaking of them with first name familiarity because I’m taking the liberties of pretending to know them after reading about their likes and dislikes regarding my favorite corner of the world: blogs and books and book blogs).

Catheryn Kilgarriff is the publisher at Marion Boyars Publishers and Rebecca Gillieron is the Senior Editor.  This particular publishing company sounds relatively small, by their own descriptions, and cozy, and wonderful, and British.  Of course, I am now obsessed and plan to purchase anything and everything I see published by Marion Boyars when shopping at brick and mortar stores.  I also have dreams of one day being published by them, even though I live in Texas and the logistics of it may seem ridiculous.  Simply, they made me fall in love with their little office and want to live and breathe everything that they live and breathe.  Coincidentally, I already followed many of the blogs mentioned in the book, but the ones I didn’t already receive emails from on a weekly basis I hunted down so I can in the future.

Having been printed in 2007 and being about the internet world and e-books, it’s a little more than a bit outdated, but still completely worth the read.  The book is not so outdated to feel foreign, just outdated enough to say, ‘Yeah, that doesn’t work any more’ or ‘That’s not quite a true statement these days.’ When those phrases pop up in my mind, though, they surprise me because it’s just barely on the verge of being old news, like their whole chapter on the future of e-books.  I kept thinking, ‘Wow, I remember thinking that several years ago, but…’ the future is here, my friends, the future is here.

I think its wonderful how true Rebecca and Catheryn are to the things they like and appreciate.  For example, the cover art for their book is actually from a blog they discuss in great detail and length called  Dovegreyreader.  The very end of the book even includes all the links for their favorite mentionables.

My favorite quote:

“For book reviews pages are not read simply for pleasure, they do not serve only to sway the purchasing power of the reader towards a particular author or trend.  They are – in an ideal world at least – essential tools of cultural dialogue which stimulate informed debate, encourage new writing and shape the literary world.”

I read that, immediately unlined it, and nearly shouted: Yes, oh yes!

If you write a blog, read blogs, or love books or any kind of literary criticism, you should give this title a go.

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