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Friday, June 10, 2011

Follow Friday (FF8) and Book Blogger Hop 6

Hoppy Friday, Everybody!  Or Thursday, as the case may be. ;)
—Nope; it's Friday.  Wasn't feeling all that social last night (or maybe it was the killer headache), so I decided to do the prudent thing and sleep, instead of staying up hopping all night.  It seems to have done the trick, because my headache was gone when I woke up!  Yay! (possibly there *are* movies in my future tonightSuper 8 or Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer—Can't decide—They both look like different kinds of awesome!)  

Soooooo… Friday already!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!  I can’t believe how fast this week went…and I don’t remember much either…hmmm…

Best happenings this week?
  • I finished reading Wilson Rawls’ Summer of the MonkeysWHY didn’t I read this book in 6th grade?!?!?!?!?!!?
  • I’ve been doing a read-aloud program with my sister—Basically how it works is that when she makes me run errands with her, I read to her so I don’t get bored in the car.  We just finished reading When Patty Went to College, by Jean Webster—And it was absolutely meant to be read out loud!!!—Lots of laughs!!! :)
  • Teen Wolf on MTV.  I haven’t really watched much MTV ever since they stopped playing videos and started playing Sweet 16 and Pregnant 24/7.  And I was a little hesitant, because MTV Teen Wolf looked nothing like the Michael J. Fox Teen Wolf.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised—same basic concept, but edgier.  And I kind of like that he doesn't fully transform—He looked a little bit weird at first, but if he fully turned into a wolf, there’d be no way he could stay on the basketball, eh, lacrosse team and score the winning shot.  And while I was a little skeptical about MTV Scott playing lacrosse instead of basketball, I now see the advantage of being able to wear a face mask/helmet while you’re turning into a werewolf and trying not to make it super-obvious.  Plus, can you imagine how much more damage a werewolf can get away with on a lacrosse field, with his padded teammates and opponents??? ;)

Ready to get your Friday on?

For anyone who’s new—Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meet and greet meme hosted by ParaJunkee, where she features a blogger of the week, and all us awesome bloggers can hop around, introduce ourselves, and meet each other.

This week’s Featured blogger is Nicki J. Markus—so be sure to check her out!!!

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop is NORMALLY hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books, and goes Friday through Monday.—But this week you can catch the hop over at Lori's Reading Corner!

If you want to join in the fun just hop on over to Parajunkee’s View for Feature and Follow Friday, or check out Crazy for Books Lori's Reading Corner for The Book Blogger HopThen just add your name to the list and start hopping!

Easy-peasy ;)
Now for the Q and A portion of this weekend:

Parajunkee asks:
Q. The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says:
 "you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" 
Who are you going to switch with?

A:  There’s a magic book fairy?  And she’s in my cereal box?

I am eating the wrong cereal.

You know what?  I’ve read enough books and watched enough Freaky Fridays to know that switches never go like you plan.  So, I hate to cop out, because there are definitely a couple characters that I wouldn’t mind trying out, and even though being plain-old-me is more fun sometimes than others, I’m not done being me and having all my own adventures yet, and I would hate to miss out on what’s yet to come!  So this week, I’m just gonna be me.

Or get more awesome cereal.  Seriously, if there’s a magic book fairy in a box, maybe I’d pick Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet.  While I’m tempted to go the way of the mermaid as in TLC’s Forgive My Fins/Fins Are Forever, or be a goddess (Oh. My. Gods./Goddess Boot Camp)—or the way of the dragon, as in Sophie Jordan’s Firelight/Vanish—The one thing I know is that Alanna has lots of fun and a happy ending…The other stories are still being written, so no telling what as-yet-unforetold events may arise.

Crazy for Book's Lori's question of the week is: 

Who is the one author you are dying to meet?

A:  Author I’m dying to meet?

I can’t answer this question without mentioning that I’ve already been amazingly amazingly lucky to already have met some of my favorite favorite authors!!!

Tamora Pierce—I’ve met her twice while she was doing book signings; the first time I was living outside of Philly and drove five hours to the other end of the PA to see her in Greensburg.  I almost didn’t get back, because I was on a toll-way and wasn’t carrying any cash.  At the time, they weren’t taking debit.  Oops.  Thank goodness I had my checkbook with me!  I’ve been very conscious about tolls ever since.  The second time I was living in San Jose and she was signing in Cerritos, CA.—6 hours one way, and I had the day off, anyway.  No big.—Some of you may know that Cerritos is located near LA.  I did not.  But despite the muddle of rush hour traffic, I made it just in time to see the middle/end of Tammy’s speech, meet her (again), and have her sign all the books she’d come out with since I’d first/last seen her.  Drove back 6 hours, then 3 ½ hours to Yosemite the day after.  And I’d do it again.

My other author sightings have been just as awesome, but with less driving.  Ok, yes, I still had to drive 4 hours to get to LA.  But totally worth it!  I started making plans as soon as I found out Tera Lynn Childs was going to be at the 2011 Romantic Times Booklover’s Convention this past April.  Then I found out that Sophie Jordan was going to be there.  And Tina Ferraro.  And Marley Gibson.  And Heather Davis.  And Dona Sarkar-Mishra.(—That’s 62% of one of my favorite author blogs—Books, Boys, Buzz...!)  And Melissa Marr, Kimberly Derting, Joss Ware, Merrie Destefano, Pamela Palmer, and Kerrelyn Sparks were going to be there (32% of my other favorite author blog—The Supernatural Underground!)!!!!  Oh, and, um, Holly Black.  And Cassandra Clare.  And Rachel Vincent.  And Richelle Mead.  And Jerri Smith-Ready.  And Kami Garcia.  And Kelly Armstrong.  And Alyson Noël.  And Ally Carter.  And Rosemary Clement-Moore.

It was kind of  BEYOND. AMAZING.  And they were all the nicest, sweetest, coolest, most awesome people that I thought they would be.  Especially Tera Lynn Childs, Sophie Jordan, and Tina Ferraro—with whom I was lucky enough to get some one-on-one time.  Let’s just say, in the midst of all these amazing books and authors, I may not have been at my most articulate (When I realized who Kami Garcia was, I burst out with, “OMG—You’re YOU!” to which she replied, “Well, half of me.”—I think I heard that Margaret Stohl was there, too, but I didn’t see her).  But I did have an amazing AMAZING time!!!!

And after all that, you may be wondering if there are even any authors left to meet…And yes, there are a few.  And topping my list, I would LOVE to meet L.J. Smith and Cate Tiernan.  They’ve been favorites of mine FOREVER, and I would absolutely LOVE to see them.

So, how ‘bout you?—Any encounters of the author kind?  Anyone you’ve met or would like to?

Have a great weekend everybody!!!



Beth said...

Um, WHAT?! You've stalked, I mean met TP?! If you ever go again into the wonder of her presence, fangirl it up an extra notch for me? She never comes to the UK!

Calm... I'm perfectly calm...

nymfaux said...

Oh, um, didn't I mention that? ;)

*YES* And she is SERIOUSLY AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! I don't know what I expected, but as soon as I met her, it was easy to see why her books are SO fantastic!--If you ever get within the same country as her, I *TOTALLY* recommend seeing if she has a book signing nearby!!!

--It's funny that she doesn't go to the UK, because I always picture medieval England/Europe whenever I'm reading about Tortall!

Howard Sherman said...

Wow! Every answer I’ve read is a great one. Some have been surprising, too.

The one author I have to meet before I die? Tricky question! It took me a long time – much longer than usual – to come up with an answer.

Who’s that author I’m dying to meet?

Hop this way to find out my roguish answer – http://www.howardsherman.net

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nymfaux said...

@Howard--Thanks for stopping by!--I'll definitely check out your author pick!

Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books said...

Being a mermaid would be fun. Thanks for stopping by, also an old follower! :)

Nicki J Markus said...

Thanks for stopping by. I wanted to be a mermaid as a kid when I saw the film "Splash"

nymfaux said...

@Chelsey--I totally agree!--Being a mermaid would rock!!!!

nymfaux said...

@Nicki--Congrats on being the feature!!!

I've always been a water-baby, but I think I fell in love when I saw Disney's The Little Mermaid!!!

p.s. If you want to see some awesome mermaids, check out the new Pirates movie!!!

Jez said...

W.O.W. You met that many authors?! *Sigh* Lucky you. I love The Little Mermaid too, especially the singing.

My hop:

Alison said...

Hopping through. You're super lucky to have met so many authors. I wish I could have gone to that festival.
My Hop

nymfaux said...

@Jez and @Alison--I know! right!??!?! ;) But honestly, I met Tamora Pierce on a whim; I decided to google her web site, and saw that she was speaking (a mere) five hours from where I was living--I decided it must be fate, and made it my mission to see her--She was absolutely everything I could have ever dreamed of...It has totally inspired me to keep an eye out for when my favorite authors are doing appearances in my neighborhood(or state)(within driving distance)!--And they become adventures and amazing experiences in themselves!!!--I totally recommend it!!!!

nymfaux said...

@Jez --The Little Mermaid *sigh*

nymfaux said...

@Alison--Keep an eye out, you never know when you're favorite author might be closer than you think!!! (especially keep an eye out when they have upcoming/new releases!!!--most likely time to spot them in the wild!) ;)

Carissa said...

Yay for Tamora Pierce! I've read the first two books in the Lioness quartet and I loved them! Can't wait to read the rest!

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