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Comic Con, Good News, Blogging, New Year and Comic Con

After my previous attempt at trying to get back to blogging siriusly (well of course you didn’t know it was that!), I almost lost hope.
I was like, ‘Nope! Not gonna happen!
I guess the blogging phase of my life has come to an end and I should accept it now.’

But I guess it wasn’t, because then I saw that people were still reading my blog…
I was getting views in spite of not having updated for a month!

Then I told myself, it’s not over yet!
Look you cannot just abandon this!
Try again, just try again!

So here I am.
I’m going to start with some good news- it’s old news now but it’s good news, and more importantly, news that’s unknown to quite a few of you.

*drumroll because most things lack drama right now and I could do with some*

I was the first runner up in the blogging competition I had participated!

You know the one I’m talking about right?
It was called BloCo (short for Blogging Contest).

Surely you remember it?
I have been pestering you about going there and reading my posts and whatnot!

So yes!
I won that!

Yayy for me!

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My posts are still there, if you wanna check out the award winning stuff, you can follow the links from my blog (right here) to that one.
But that’s not what I’m here for now, am I?

New Year will be here soon.
Hope you have a great one!

So what’s everyone doing?
I don’t know about you guys but, to me, it doesn’t feel like a new year is approaching at all!
There’s an overall lack of enthusiasm, motivation or resolutions whatsoever.

Christmas didn’t feel like Christmas either until 3 days later when I received a card from my absolutely awesome penpal Leanna (I’m linking to her blog here but the blog doesn’t even begin to cover the response to “How awesome is she then?”)

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Oh but come on! I don’t know why I’m being such a buzzkill when the very month we are in right now was pretty awesome for me!

You know what’s in December where I live?
COMIC CON!

And of course I went!
(Now that I’ve remembered about this, let me just babble excitedly for a while)

At last year’s Comic Con (which was my first ever), I met Mark Gatiss and he signed a thing for me, and I met loads of friends and saw amazing cosplays and I was a bit wary this year because I didn’t know how I could top all that (yes, I am feeling the overall increased levels of pessimism in my approach towards life too, let’s not talk about that- at least not now when I’m in Comic Con mode).
But guess what?
It was pretty cool too.

Some really amazing things happened!

I met Gavin Aung Than of Zen Pencils fame, I interacted with him thrice!

I was extremely excited to meet him and I am so glad I did!!!
I had painted him a picture (from his own comics really, but yeah) and he took it!
That was pretty cool!

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The thing I painted for him 🙂

I also bought one of his books (it was literally the last copy on the table, can you frikkin’ believe that? ALL his books were sold out! I was lucky to grab the last copy!) and he was nice enough to then sign it! 😀

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There’s a poster inside it but it’s huge and I don’t wanna spoil or damage it until I decide where I’m gonna put it up, and so I haven’t removed it from the book yet.
I’m also really excited about that!

Also, if you guys don’t know Zen Pencils, I highly recommend it- it is one of the most inspirational websites I’ve come across on the internet, and for the past 2 years it has, directly or indirectly, motivated me countless times!

I bought a Game of Thrones T-shirt, which I then wore at the first opportunity I got so excuse the wrinkles (although I’m not sure they really show in the picture…?)

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I bought other merch as well, fandom badges and stuff, might put pictures of that here later… I don’t know!

I made new friends at Comic Con, met at least 3 people who had cosplayed as Arthur Dent from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and it made me really, really happy because, like, I didn’t know Hitchhiker’s fans existed in my city!
How crazy amazing is that?!?
My only regret is that I didn’t think to befriend them- Comic Con is just a whirl of events actually.
Rest of the year is completely uneventful for me and then it’s like they suddenly need to complete the quota of exciting-events-per-year in December, and Comic Con is convenient so that’s when they bombard me with eventful stuff!

I should stop talking about Comic Con now, since there’s 11 months to go for the next one and we don’t wanna get excited so early!

Which brings me back to the impending doom upcoming New Year!

I don’t have any resolutions, there’s usually no point to those- there used to be a point to my Goodreads’ Reading Challenge (the only thing that there used to be a point to) but after this year, I’m not really sure about that either.

I strongly discourage you from looking me up on Goodreads, it is utterly shameful and I’ll never be able to show you my face again if you’ve been on my Goodreads: for one thing, what few books I have read in the past 12 months, I haven’t updated- because that’s the kind of person I am now!

But there is one thing I’m looking forward to in 2016 (if things go according to plan, and I’ll try my best to see that they do.)

This will be in January itself- again, if things go according to plan.

I had sort of decided to write about it in this post itself, but the after-Comic Con madness happened so wait for it…

An explanation.. of sorts!

Yes, me being me, I didn’t go through with BookBlogWriMo.
I quit before I was even halfway.
To be fair though, I do have an incomplete post which was to be posted way back on the 20th November or something.
In any case, I intend to complete it soon and post it.
Then again, I intend to do a lot of things and we’ll get to that part in the later half of this blog post- along with an explanation about BookBlogWriMo.

Before that, I need to tell you something.

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Read this book. Just read it.
It is an anthology of short stories by various YA authors such as Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, David Leviathan etc.
Actually wait, I’ll list down all the author names because all of them did an amazing job writing those stories.
I’ll also list the titles of their stories.

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1. Midnights- Rainbow Rowell
2. The Lady and The Fox- Kelly Link
3. Angels in the Snow- Matt de la Peña
4. Polaris is where you’ll find me- Jenny Han
5. It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown- Stephanie Perkins
6. Your Temporary Santa- David Leviathan
7. Krampuslauf- Holly Black
8. What the Hell have you done, Sophie Roth? – Galye Forman
9. Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus- Myra Mcentire
10. Welcome to Christmas, Ca- Kiersten White
11. Star of Bethlehem- Ally Carter
12. The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer- Laini Taylor

I’ve highlighted the ones that made me feel all warm and nice inside. 😀
I loved all of them but I specifically restricted myself to highlight only about 5.

And since most of the stories are about Christmas, you could probably read them all before Christmas to get into the festive mood.
There’s 12 stories so you could read one in two days each and you’ll be done by the time Christmas arrives (although all of them are so short that you will, in fact, read two in a day rather than one in two days).

So since I’m in the middle of recommending things I fell in love with recently, you might also want to try out 1989.
Taylor Swift’s latest album.
It is brilliant! I wasn’t particularly eager to listen to the songs because for some reason I had thought I wouldn’t quite like the songs.
I was very much into nerdy music (mostly by Hank Green) these past few months but then I somehow ended up listening to a few songs from 1989 and loved them.
Highly recommended!
Especially these songs: Blank Space, Style, Welcome to New York, and Bad Blood.

If any of you have read the book or heard the songs or both (especially if both) do leave a comment- I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions on both the things! 😀

Okay, so the second half I promised:
BookBlogWriMo was about blogging daily for 30 days but I ended up doing it only for 14 days.
(To be honest with you guys though, I’m actually very happy and proud of myself that I did it for 14 days at least. I was afraid I wouldn’t get through more than 3-4 posts.)
The prompts were awesome and I really wanted to write all of them but then I didn’t. Because I’m lazy, and I procrastinate and it’s like quicksand, the more I don’t do something the more I get sucked into the state of never doing it (especially if there’s catching up on the missing parts involved).
And I think I have only a limited amount of creativity assigned for each month; like, there’s always a saturation point. I physically am not able to write more posts after that point.
All of that is sort of what happened.
But here’s the thing, I really do want to complete BookBlogWriMo and so I have decided to do it slowly.
Once in a while, I’ll pick up the next prompt and write about it. No pressure. That way, I don’t scare myself into not doing things I’m meant to do.
It’s just an experiment- I’m trying out various methods to see how I actually work (no I am sirius, I was going through my old diaries the other day and I realized that I’ve always been like that. About everything. There has to be a solution right?).
This should work, I think.

Moving on to more exciting things, there’s something I’ve been planning on doing for a while now.
Before BookBlogWriMo came around, I was all set to do it in November but anyway I’m going to do it this month.

There’s a little bit of details to work on and also a little bit of planning and scheduling of posts to be done, so I’ll be posting an official announcement in my next post (which will be up very soon).

So I’m really excited about it.

All I can say is, it is gonna be legen-wait for it

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Friday Picture (I still do not give any guarantees about its regularity!)

Friday Picture (I still do not give any guarantees about its regularity!)

Merry Christmas, Everyone! 😀

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