My fabulous blogging friend, Emily, has changed blog names from The Loony Teen Writer to Loony Literate! She’s having a small party. I am coming. (I like virtual parties…not real ones. Just virtual ones.) There is no cake (sadly) but there is a giveaway.
There’s a party game which involves writing lists so…OF COURSE I’M JOINING IN. (I love lists.)
1) What’s something a bit LOONY about you?
There is nothing, absolutely nothing, strange about me at all.
There are a few notably loony things about me, including:
- I have an addiction to collecting journals and notebooks yet I never ever write in them.
- Every time I read a book, I add about 5 more to my to-read pile and this is why I’m drowning in books.
- If I ever spawned a child, I would so call it Eustace Clarence Scrubb whether it deserved it or not.
- Since I’m friends with Emily, and, you know, she’s loony, I MUST BE TOO.
- Coffee gave me a huge adrenaline rush the first 3 times I drank it. Now? Nothing. But it’s tasty.
- I love nonsense books like Alice in Wonderlandand anything by Lemony Snicket.
- I once ate vegemite on an orange.
2) Since I’m Australian – what’s your favourite book by an Australian author?
Well FANCY THAT. I, too, am Australian! Huzzah for our glorious wet land! (I know it’s traditionally “sunburnt” but it’s currently the rainy season and if I see another grey cloud I’m going to scream. I like sun.)
But what was I saying?
Australian authors are wickedly talented and hugely under-appreciated. I think Australian publishers don’t market as well as America and the UK.
- Claire Zorn: The Protected and The Sky So Heavy
- Steph Bowe: Girl Saves Boy and All This Could End
- Darren Groth: Are You Seeing Me?
- Shirley Marr: Preloved and Fury
- Jessica Shirvington: Disruption
- Karen Foxlee: The Midnight Dress and Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy
- John Flanagan: Rangers Apprentice series
- Melissa Keil: Life in Outer Space
3) What’s your favourite kind of post to write, and why?
I enjoy writing ALL THE POSTS or else I wouldn’t write them. I admit, I have a weakness for lists. (You probably did not know this.) So tags and lists and compilations are my favourite. Although I quite enjoy a rowdy discussion topic too.
4) Favourite genre of YA?
Urban fantasy! I cannot live without my little paranormal piklets. But if it’s fantasy, I shall probably adore it.
5) Biggest blogging goal?
Basically to be famous. To rule the internet and therefore the world. To have millions of little minions do my bidding. To one day publish a blog post that says “HEY! I wrote a book and it’s for sale!” and the next day have 359,703,593 people buy it and therefore become the bestest* selling author in the world.
* I promise I use better grammar in my books.
6) Name another blogger who has been an inspiration to you.
Well, NOT EMILY.
Yes, I will do the obvious and just say Emily has been incredibly inspiring to me. She’s always hilarious and nice and friendly and her talented writing self always inspires me. I have no idea how she reads ALL THE BOOKS and goes to school and blogs and writes and swap-critiques with me and is just all-round fabulous. I suspect she has a time machine. I plan to steal it from her ASAP.
7) Trivia –
a) a 2014 contemporary YA release where the main character is called Emily. I’m 98% positive this is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, which I think (correct me if I’m wrong, Emily!) I told her to read, too.
b) Madam Rosmerta from Harry Potter makes lovely oak-matured what? Well I hadn’t the faintest. But I googled and apparently it is mead.
8) Look up your full name on an anagram finder. What’s the best anagram of your name?
This is the first time I’ve anagrammed myself! If I ever need a pen name, I am so definitely sorted.
- Arctic Ragweeds [I could start a band]
- Cicada Grew Erst [or grow a garden…]
- Carat Ceder Swig […or star in Harry Potter.]
- Agar Crewed Tics [I don’t even know. What.]
- Scarce Egad Writ [I think I could be in a Skulduggery Pleasant book with this one]
- Cacti Draw Serge [sometimes I am rather prickly]
- Aced Carter Wigs [Um. No.]
- Cadger Craw [I LIKE IT]
9) One thing you want to see more of in YA?
This is probably going to be a cliche answer, but: diversity. And I don’t just mean skin. I mean diversity for everything. Where are the 16 year olds who don’t find a boy/girlfriend? Where are the mixed-race protagonists? Why is everyone American and white? And I wish there was more diversity in food too. Everyone eats pizza and coffee but where are the tacos and Indian curries and pavalovas?
10) And finally – are you excited about Loony Literate????
And also have a brief history of Emily in gifs! Because she is awesome and deserves endless welcome to the world of self-hosted WordPress (of which I have been part of for all of 2 months, but whatever…self hosted is the best).
I have no idea how I met Emily. Through twitter? Or Aussie Owned and Read? But I decided she was awesome and we needed to be friends.
So I stalked her.
Um. I mean I FOLLOWED HER BLOG.
Much nicer, right? I am a completely nice person. I believe I spent quite a while just leaving annoyingly persistent comments on her blog. Then she visited my blog.
I think it went
all downhill well from there and we mutually fangirled about writing and books and eventually swap critiqued our books. I cannot remember if I asked or she did. (It was probably me. I maintain that I’m the annoyingest.) We liked each other’s writing and decided to become critique partners. HUZZAH!
Emily is very helpful when I come whingeing for writing help. (For a writer, I am notoriously awful at grammar. Emily can attest.)
A ginormous congrats must be given to Emily for moving to self-hosted wordpress! Moving blogs and changing names is hard. (I know from experience!) I remember her saying something about a possible move back when Notebook Sisters changed to Paper Fury. My response?
So I’m totally excited for The Loony Teen Writer to now be loonyliterate.com!
I hope you continue being 1000% loony, Emily. And I shall continue reading all your posts, leaving slightly ridiculous comments, and telling people at every opportunity to go read your marvellousness.
Why are you still here blogglings? Go read her blog. GO NOW.
so, my blogglings! firstly you should go check out Loony Literate and enter the giveaway and, of course, follow. you won’t regret it (i promise). secondly! i want to hear anagrams of your names. and have you ever read a book by an Aussie author?! TELL ALL IN THE COMMENTS!
Cait is currently driving herself loony (loonier?) while editing. She has absolutely no idea what she’s doing with this ghosty book, but, with two chapters edited…she shall soon be poking her silent wattpad account into activation. Keep your eyeballs peeled. Currently she’s squeaking because she finally got I’ll Give You The Son and Of Metal And Wishes from the library!