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The One with the Teeny-tiny Announcement!

What do you do when you’ve been planning on doing something for a really long time, like, longer than a year, and then you finally do it?

What do you do?!?

I’ll tell you what you do guys- you write a blog post about it!

(My first time embedding so I hope this works)

You should maybe watch the first 20 seconds of this video so you know how to read the above paragraph.
And then you should watch the rest of it because Hank! Singing! 
Foetus Hank, at that! (Fairly foetus-y, anyway)

The writer of A Blast of Random now has a Facebook page!

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I now present to you my glorious Facebook page:

*sweep of hand*

*curtains rise*

(I’m unveiling it, get it? 
Never mind, I’m trying too many things and it’s just too difficult because it’s all online)

RavenclawSam 😀

This is the profile picture- which I clicked and I’m really proud of: 

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Now you’re probably wondering, What’s she gonna do on there?

Worry not, I brings answers.

Here are a few choice examples of what happens on the page:

There’s me trying to be funny (and punny)

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When other people are funny, I post that:

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I make you wonder if I might be a psychopath:

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I post stuff when I’m bored:

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I post my art because well…

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I post things like this (because there are so many social media platforms!!)

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I fangirl over Hamilton because I’m Hamiltrash (This is a relatively new feature) :

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When all else fails, there’s always Tumblr to rely on. 
And you can always rely on me to rely on Tumblr.

Now I had also said (if you go deep down enough on the page, you’ll find a post where I welcome you and promise all these amazing and ambitious things on the page) that I would post about new and interesting projects I do, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Even then, I try and post wonderfully inspiring stuff I find on the internet became everybody else is so creative!

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It is good stuff. 
I’d say it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

What that means is, you should go “Like” it!

There’s also a small box right here on the blog on the right hand side (where there’s also all that other stuff) which leads to the page, you’ll spot it easily enough.
Clickity-click, you won’t regret it!

P. S. Drop in a message for me on the page if you’re one of those people who read and like my blog (well, the latter is questionable)- I’ll have something special ready for you.
I don’t know what yet, but I’ll think of something! 😛

Keep Calm and DFTBA!

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This is my second fandom post for the blogging competition.
Please do like and share! 😀

DFTBA!
(Especially since the post is all about made of awesome Nerdfighters)

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

Yesterday I was nominated by anonymoustallulah to do the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge.
Thank you! 😀

The rules of this challenge are simple:

Thank the person who nominated you.
Post one quote each day for 3 days (it can be anybody’s quote, even yours. Make sure you credit it properly), and tag 3 different bloggers everyday.

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Picture credit

This quote is from Looking For Alaska and it is supposed to be like a reminder to myself and all you readers (who’re mostly young adults- and even if you’re not, don’t worry, you’re still young enough to do everything you want to).

The people I’d like to nominate for the challenge today are:

1. Caffeinated and Opinionated
2. Coffeelant
3. husbandandhusband.net

Anybody else who’d like to join is welcome to do so!
Make sure to leave a link in the comments so I’ll check it out! 😀

The (Non Harry Potter) Epic Reads

The Writing Hufflepuff and Leanna at Short Story Long Blog nominated me for the Epic Reads tag (thanks for that by the way!) and I decided to do it as a challenge.
I haven’t yet read any questions. Not a single one (I did accidentally read a part of the first one, but no other) and I’m going to read them right now and answer them BUT, for no question can I answer anything Harry Potter related.
Because I just… well… Harry Potter is basically a cop-out.
So no Harry Potter.
(Unless the question is specifically about Harry Potter.)

Okay here I go:

1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you like to invite and what would you serve them?

It would be Meg Cabot and the fictional character would be Mia Thermopolis from Princess Diaries.
I have no idea what I’d serve them.

2. Which book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

Yeah. Not the Marauders.
Of course not.
That’s not my answer.
Because of course I had to say that I wouldn’t say Harry Potter.
So no Harry Potter.
Obviously!
Not like I’m obsessed with the Marauder’s Era (like most of you).

3. Which two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?

Alright so this is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.
Not that I thought it’d be easy— but then, I didn’t think that I’d literally have to go through a list of all the books I’ve ever read looking for characters either!

This is what I came up with:
Andrea Sachs from Devil Wears Prada (by Lauren Weisberger) and Luke Brandon from the Shopaholic Series (by Sophie Kinsella).
I know they won’t make a really good couple, but I’d like to see the plot of Devil Wears Prada played out if Andy actually had a workaholic boyfriend who would be more supportive of her job and maybe even help her with a few tips or something.
(Also, it’d only help that Luke worked in PR right?)

4. If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them who is it and what would it be?

To John Green I’d say, “Hello John, I hope you understand my dilemma where I can’t say more than a sentence, and, therefore I’m going to make it as long as possible by saying that you are one of my favourite people in the world (one of the others being your brother), your writing is an inspiration and your books can make me cry and laugh; and your vlogging has basically changed my life for the better (I’ve met so many Nerdfighters who are completely made-of-awesome) and I hope you continue to do so by writing many more books and vlogging about amazing things and encouraging Nerdfighteria to decrease worldsuck and, you finally made French The Llama a thing- I’m so proud of you, I knew you would, one day- and well, it’s a surprise I managed to say all this because I always thought I’d be tongue-tied when (if) I met you and yeah- I should probably shut up now and I will after I say one last thing (which is again something you made into a thing and that is-) Best Wishes!”

I owe this one to brackets and dashes and punctuations.
(It’s a little ill-formed grammatically, but it’ll have to do)

5. What book made you a reader and why?

Enid Blyton books.
I can’t choose a specific book written by her, it’s just all her books in general that got me into reading and then there was no going back.
So thank you, Enid Blyton! You’re the best!

6. Your bookshelf just caught fire. What is the one book you would save?

Oh my God! The horror!!!

All of them. I’d either save all of them or die trying.

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in and why?

I haven’t read many dystopian novels to answer this question properly.
I’ll tell you which dystopian worlds I’d not want to live in: Panem.
Neither in the districts nor the Capitol (but especially not the districts).

8. What is your most Epic Read of all time?

I don’t know how people can even ask a reader this question!
The basic principle of reading loads of good books is that you’re not going to like one more than the other.

(That holds true for me, at the very least. The moment I choose one book, I think, the guilt of not choosing the others will kill me).

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As I answered these questions, I felt like I knew them from somewhere.
My intuition was confirmed at Question 6 when I finally remembered that a few weeks ago, I had watched T. Michael Martin’s video where he answered these very questions. (I especially love his answer to the first question)
So yeah, I knew the questions beforehand but it doesn’t really count since I didn’t realize it until almost the very end.
And I did keep my promise (the more difficult one at that) about not answering with Harry Potter so that counts for something.

Now for my nominations:

The Introverted Schmuck
Anything and Everything
Sucheta The Scribbler
The Vocal Wallflower
BookishFetish394
Little Onion Writes

Anyone else who’d like to do this tag should feel free to do so.
Please leave a link to your post in the comments, so I can check it out! 🙂

My Top Ten Bookish Problems

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and this is, I think, the first time I’m doing it.
I’ve always loved reading these posts on my fellow bloggers’ blogs but writing one was really fun too!
It is about the Top Ten Bookish Problems we face and here’s a list of mine.

10. The feels attack you get every time your favourite books are mentioned

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Usually it starts with...

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When this happens

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Followed by...

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Ending in tears. It always ends in tears.

9. Lack of social ettiquette after seeing somebody read a book in public that you’ve read and love.

Usually when this happens, I first shriek and let the person know how much I love the book and then start mentioning random words related to the book with “Oh my God”s inserted at intervals.
Let’s say, for example, the book in question is Paper Towns.

“Black Santas!!! Oh god that was so epic! I love her name! Margo Roth Spiegelman’s, I mean! And the road trip is the best part about that book!! Shit it is so awesome!
Remember that scene where she explains the meaning of Paper Towns?? I love it! I love it so much! OMG!! The entire book is supermegafoxyawesomehot!!!! I hope the movie is good. Like seriously! Paper Towns is my favourite John Green book! Honestly”

All of this in one breath.
I wonder how I do it.

8. Inability to hold a conversation for longer than 10 seconds without making book references.

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Everyone in the room is like

It’s true what they say about Supernatural.
It does have a gif for everything.

(Are you getting that reference? Do you know what I mean?)

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Well okay... 😦

7. Stuck in a reality where book bars aren’t a thing yet…
…. and Bookworms around the world are too busy reading books to do anything about it.

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This is what I'm talking about!!! Please make it a thing!!!

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Or at the very least-this!!!

6. You can’t have just one favourite book or author or even series.
Maybe you can have one in every subgenre which is then categorized by the year it was released and the gender of the author.

People who are not voracious readers never seem to understand this.
They keep on insisting that you tell them your one favourite book or your one favourite author.
When talking about Meg Cabot, I say “Oh Gosh! She’s my favourite author!” A friend will look at me accusingly and say “I thought J K Rowling was your favourite author.”
Another will be like, “Hey what about John Green?” and I’m like “ALL OF THEM ARE MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS!
CAN’T A GIRL HAVE MORE THAN ONE FAVOURITE AUTHORS!!!”

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5. The uncontrollable urge to enter a bookstore when you see one.

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It doesn’t matter whether I buy new books or not.
I must- absolutely must- enter a bookstore, look at my favourite books with those eyes (do you know what I mean?) and stroke their spines and sniff as many books as I can before I get kicked out (or dragged out by friends).

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These eyes! These are the eyes I mean!

4. Inability to function in the so-called “real life” because you’re still living in the world of the last book you read.

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3. Book hangovers aren’t a valid reason to stay at home sipping coffee.
Also, sadly, the only cure to book hangovers is reading more books or therapeutic buying of more books.

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2. The overwhelming need to watch/ read every movie/ musical/ TV Show/ modern adaptation ever made for your favourite book.

Be it The Lizzie Bennett Diairies or A Very Potter Musical or even The Casual Vacancy show.
You know what I mean.

1. Should I read this standalone book that just came out last month (and I bought it on a whim) or the next book in this series that I have been reading for a while now (and am deeply invested in the lives of the characters) or buy a completely different book to read (because I should diversify my reading) or-or– reread my favourite book which I’ve already read 42 times (to make sure I haven’t forgotten the exact wording of my favourite quotes)??
Dilemma!!!!!

While too many books, too little time is a certified problem with every bibliophile, I also face the problem where I never have a good book to read.
It’s like, yes I did buy this book a month ago just so I could read it someday soon but then again I’d rather read the book I bought last week first. But I’m saving that for after my exams! Suddenly I don’t have any books to read!!! 
(By the way, yes, I did write 2 problems under the head of one.. sneaky right?
Well, do you blame me if I have more than ten bookish problems??)

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The Introverted Schmuck also wrote a post for Top Ten Tuesday and she insisted that I do (which is why I did actually) and therefore I have specifically not written the problems she has already mentioned. Otherwise really, those are some of the most important ones we all face.

Tell me some of yours and if you’ve written a post already (because really, I’m posting on Thursday, what are the chances you haven’t?), leave a link below- I’d love to check out your post! 😀

Which is the perfect song for Paper Towns?

You know what’s the perfect song to listen to while reading Paper Towns???
Especially while reading around the last 60 pages or so which is their road trip? 

It is Dreams And Disasters by Owl City.

[I wanted to embed the video in the post but I am not using my laptop to be able to do that 😦 ]

Oh my god the song is so perfect!!!!
I always thought so and I meant to post it here on the blog but completely forgot and now that I remembered (only because it started playing on my phone and I’m listening to it right now. On replay.) I figured I must post it before I forget again.

We were alone on the road driving faster,
So far from home we were chasing disaster
Hard on the gas till the car caught on fire 
We had to laugh as the smoke billowed higher

And that’s just the beginning.

If any of you Paper Towns fans is planning on rereading the book before the movie comes out (like me) do listen to this song.
And then there’ll be people who’ll read the book only because it’s the new cool thing to do or whatever. Like they did with The Fault In Our Stars.

Aah anyway who am I to judge?
If it gets them to read more books, why not?
John Green is as good a place to start as any.

Also, Paper Towns or no Paper Towns, this song is so awesome!

Enjoy!
And tell me in the comments what other songs you feel are apt for certain books.

On Writing Honestly

I read so many blog posts.
I like some and then I don’t like some.

I recently realized what the difference between the two was.
Which ones I liked and which ones I didn’t.
Reading any piece of writing is simply looking into the innermost heart of heart of the author.
And that’s when I figured out the difference.

If you look at it completely objectively, some of them were so well written really, highlighting all the key points relating to a topic and whatnot.
But they didn’t end up touching my heart. Some of them felt like they were literally a page torn out from a thesaurus, it felt like the author was trying too hard to impress.
Like he was trying to put up a front and wanted us to fall for it.
But like I said, they didn’t appeal to me at all- and this was probably the reason why.

I’m a pretty honest person (I’m in fact Divergent with my second faction being Candor- apparently. A test I took surely thought so. And yes, of course the first was Erudite).
And especially in case of writing I believe you have to be extremely honest.
It should all come from the heart.
All technicalities and thoughts of the implications of your next sentence should be ignored.

Sure, you need to do your homework; learning correct phrasing and grammar, honing your vocabulary skills, and reading about the proper structures and formats of writing essays or letters: all that stuff should be done when you’re learning to write.
But when you’re actually doing the writing you shouldn’t do all of that, it should simply flow.

Write drunk, edit sober, Ernest Hemingway said.

And lately I’ve started realizing how important it is to do exactly that. 

You can’t think about the kind of traffic your blog will get because of this post or whether or not people will admire it. If you do that, it reflects in your writing, it is subtle but yes it does.
And that’s when people don’t respond the way you want them to.

I, for one, always want to read about a person’s thoughts or feelings on different topics. Their very own thoughts and feelings, and then I don’t even care if they’re rambling about something that isn’t even all that interesting.
I still love reading it.
I love reading something when people have loved writing it.
I’ll enjoy an article when the author himself had fun while forming it all inside his head.

And while all of the above is just my own opinion, I’ve noticed during what little I’ve blogged that quite a lot of people feel the same.
It is appparent in the stats part of my blog.

Two of my posts especially come to my mind while talking about this whole process of writing.

So my Petites Potterheads and I were randomly creating an Organic Chemistry/Harry Potter crossover and we were having so much fun that I decided I had to write it all down, because I wanted to preserve this- and it was something really amazing- and one of these days all of us were gonna look back at it and get nostalgic about it- and I wanted that.
That’s why I wrote a post about it.
And the response from around the internet was amazing.
So many people read it and that was the first time my blog got such brilliant views and yes, that made me very happy but it also surprised me because I hadn’t even written with an intention of making people on WordPress read it!
I’d written it because it was a fun activity, I’d written it for my Petites Potterheads.

The second post is pretty recent.
It is actually a short story I wrote.
The idea came to me and I felt that these 3 (yes, only 3) friends of mine would laugh a lot when they read it (it’s full of inside jokes which only those 3 would understand- for the others it’s simply a story) , and others who read it would probably find it lame but I didn’t really care, I had to write it.
And so I did.

One of the 3 friends even commented that all my readers will think I’ve suddenly become a lame-ass storyteller because even she felt that if you didn’t get the inside jokes, the story wasn’t much really.
And she said “What will your readers think?”
And I said, “Hahaha! I was thinking the same but you won’t believe the response it got! A lot of people actually liked it. I can’t believe it either”

That’s another thing in fact, about making gifts for people.

The John Green video is here.

You should never create something because you wanna be rich or famous, he said, but you should create stuff for people, as a gift.

I’ll admit that back when I first watched the video, parts of it didn’t make sense and I thought, ‘What do you mean, gifts for people? That’s so vague- and I don’t even quite understand how it helps.’

But slowly I realized that John Green was right (as usual).

You should watch the video itself actually, I’m not going to elaborate on it. He is so much better at explaining stuff anyway.

I guess that’s all I wanted to say.
All of this actually came to me when I was encouraging a friend to start a blog and she asked me for some tips…
I was like, ‘Tips? I don’t have any tips.
But yes, just remember one thing.
Always be honest in your writing. Rest you shall figure out by yourself.’

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