I meant to publish a long, think-y, bookish post today, but… that’s not going to happen. Right now my brain is going IT’S THE WEEKEND, WRITE SOMETHING SILLY. So that’s what I shall do.
I’m linking up with my friend Emily @ Loony Literate for a blog hop / giveaway / celebration of the launch of her new, self-hosted blog! (She used to write at The Loony Teen Writer, but has since changed her title and URL because she won’t be a teenager forever. I hope you know that you could’ve avoided this problem by becoming a perpetually-seventeen-year-old vampire, Emily.)
Here are the blog hop questions!
1. What’s something a bit LOONY about you?
I rehearse basically all conversations before I have them… which doesn’t usually work very well, since conversations go off on weird tangents and can’t really be planned. BUT I AM STILL DETERMINED TO TRY.
This dates back to my middle-school years, when I was painfully shy. Whenever I was in social situations, even with people I’d known for years, I’d freak out and become incredibly anxious. I have no idea what brought it on, and I’m mostly over it now, but one lingering aspect of those days is my habit of thinking, “So, when I see [insert name of friend here], I’ll say hello and then I’ll say [insert something here] and then they’ll ask me [insert question here] and I’ll respond with [insert response here.”
I don’t do this very often with my online friends, because you guys don’t make me nearly as socially awkward and nervous. Thanks, people.
2. Since I’m Australian – what’s your favorite book by an Australian author?
I loved Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts, which I read last year. It’s about two teenage cancer patients who fall in love and IMHO, it is soooooooooo much better than The Fault in Our Stars. I… had a lot of problems with the latter book – with its writing style, characterization, et cetera – and Zac and Mia was basically the same story, only now the problems were fixed.
3. What’s your favorite kind of post to write, and why?
THIS IS A HARD QUESTION UGH WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME EMILY.
I like short, quick, easy-to-write posts (such as blog tags) and I love talking about books, so I suppose that my favorite kind of post to write is the one where I talk about books but do so quite quickly.
Not the kind where I spend like half an hour agonizing over the best ways to describe how much I loved/hated a particular book. Which is the kind of post I was working on until I decided to post this today. (This wasn’t a coincidence. My first post wasn’t going so well so I needed a better idea for today.)
4. Favorite genre of YA?
…I’m going to have to say “dystopian,” but this isn’t my favorite genre of all time or anything. I prefer fantasy as a whole, but YA fantasy on its own isn’t my favorite.
5. Biggest blogging goal?
I’ve been Freshly Pressed once before (way back in August 2012, FYI), and I’d LOVE for that to happen again. In general, I just want more followers. I have three hundred and sixty-four at the moment; someday, I’d like to have at least a thousand. (Promote my blog, peoples!)
6. Name another blogger who has been an inspiration to you.
I really love Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes, even though I constantly forget to comment on her blog. I love her writing style – descriptive, down-to-earth, geeky, and sarcastic all at once – and I love the variety of her post topics. I never know what she’ll talk about next: Will it be about college, writing, books, fandom, LGBTQ+ issues, life in general?
7. Trivia! A) A 2014 contemporary YA release where the main character is called Emily (and I loved it, by the way)? This author also wrote a book about a road trip.
Ooh, this is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, isn’t it? Which I recommended to Cait @ Paper Fury and then she recommended it to you, so I’m glad you liked it so much! I did too… one of my favorite contemporary YA books ever, to be honest.
b) Madam Rosmerta from Harry Potter makes lovely oak-matured what?
Well, your hint says it’s part of your name, and I know your last name is Mead. So… she makes mead!
8. If you haven’t done this already, look up your full name (or your pen name if you use one) on an anagram finder. What’s the best anagram of your name?
“nevillegirl” anagrams to:
- Reveling Ill
- Eviller Ling
- Leg Liver Nil
- Vile En Grill
- Evil Ell Grin
Oh. My. God. None of those are any good – and why do so many of them sound vaguely evil, anyway?! (Except for “Leg Liver Nil.” Please, never call me “Leg Liver” again.)
Meanwhile, my full name (first name, middle name, and surname) anagrams to:
- Hijack Eyebolt Hazes
- Jezail Eyebath Shock (my Skulduggery Pleasant name, obviously)
- Cheeky Zealot Hijabs
I didn’t find many interesting anagrams there, or any that made much sense, but I’m not surprised. Not with letters such as Z, Y, J, and K in my name. That’s hard to anagram!
I want to read about more friendships between girls. I’m not interested in girls whose relationships with one another consist of putting down the other person. (Especially if it’s an attempt to steal someone’s boyfriend, or whatever. Actually, I’d just like to see fewer YA novels with characters who fight over significant others of any gender.)
I want to read about more friendships between two guys. I’m tired of reading stories where the dudes are like “no homo, man.” (Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle is a really good antithesis to this, if you’re interested.)
I want more YA authors to question the need for automatically pairing up their female protagonist with a minor male character, or vice versa. Can we please start questioning the idea that a girl and a guy can’t be just friends, and always have to have something more between them?!
I want more LGBTQ+ books that are about friendship between queer characters. YA romance isn’t my thing, but soooooo many LGBTQ+ YA novels are all about that.
Wow, I’m sorry – I think you wanted a short answer there, Emily, and I accidentally gave you a long one! Oops.
10. And finally – are you excited about Loony Literate?!
Oh my gosh, no. I’M KIDDING! Of COURSE I’m EXCITED! Would I take part in this link-up if I weren’t excited?! I love your new blog design, Emily, and I look forward to reading your future posts!
Don’t forget to link up with Emily – you can win a book by doing so! Farewell, dear readers, and have a lovely night.