101 things in 1001 days: Donate Blood

Today, I gave blood. Yes I finally got round to signing up and booking myself an appointment with the donor center in Stoke on Trent. I’ve been meaning to donate for a long time but there’s been a couple of problems to say the least.

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(Me before giving le blood: Panic!)

1) I avoided going at university by making the excuses of lectures, rehearsals and meetings but really was being a terrible wuss.
2) Having my rook pierced and then having to wait five months and then at the end of that getting my tragus pierced. Idiot.
3) I didn’t realise how much time waiting times were for an appointment so yep has taken foreverr.
4) The last reason is a bit personal but I wanted to check I was all okay so I was tested for everything under the sun to make sure I wasn’t donating blood that was unfit for use. (Alllll clear readers, just to clarify)
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(Where I donated the bloooooood)
But, the reasons for donating are more than that. I’ve always tried to help people, volunteering and the like and with something my body does naturally I thought it would be a shame not to give something that is replaced so easily.
The process was super simple; a lazy twenty minutes walk to the centre and a quick iron test; just a prick of blood which when dropped into a solution dropped to the bottom saying it was good to go. Then I was taken into the room where several people were already giving blood.
Unfortunately a lot like Mumma B and my Grandfather it was a struggle to find a vein. Apparently small veins run in the family and the nurses were quick to pass me over to one another before one declared finding a suitable one on me left arm.
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(My welcome brochure – Thank you NHS)
A cleaning of the area and a prick of the arm and it was all go. Due to my tiny veins I had to keep opening and closing my hand to keep the blood moving. I was a bit grossed out by how warm the tube was (I actually really detest blood) but it was easy and the general giggling of the nurses in the room really kept me at ease. It was wonderful.
A quick glass of water and a double checking I was all okay, I was sent on my way with an appointment for the 19th of January. Overall I had a wonderful time, oddly enough and I feel like I did something really worthwhile today. I really would recommend, if out can deal with the needle/blood/doctors then I really would recommend going and donating. It really is worth it and if I can do it (blood phobia and all) you could save a life or two.
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(Bless you Mumma B)

Two Year Anniversary of mylittlebookblog!

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Afternoon readers, a little news from my little book blog. On the 29th of April 2015 I will be celebrating the two year official anniversary of mylittlebookblog.com. I can not believe how much this blog has given me in terms of confidence in my writing and reviewing, the sheer number of authors, readers, publishers and book bloggers I have met who have been such a joy to get to know and the number of books I’ve read and been introduced to. I will be celebrating the two years blogging between the dates of the 29th of April and the 3rd of May and would love as many of you to get involved as possible. Whether that’s a guest post, helping me with a give-away in terms of prizes or just sharing my blog posts on the day. If you would like to get in touch please comment or email me at mylittlebookblog2014@gmail.com

Thank you

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A little help for Jonas Lee

Hi readers, a slightly different post today but it comes from a serious starting point. Jonas Lee is a dear blogging and writing friend of mine and I’m currently reading and reviewing his book ‘A Time To Reap,’ so it came as a little bit of a surprise to see that Jonas had already written the sequel however money is tight and getting the book finished and published is a bit difficult so Jonas has set up a crowdfunding page to get the ball rolling! I wanted to help out as much as possible so I devised a little Q+A to let you see what the books are about and show you the page if you would like to help out a lovely and very talented author!

1) So give us a brief overview of the books?

A Time to Reap is the beginning story of Carter Gabel, a teenager living in a future where there is a rare genetic disease. His version of ailment causes him to spontaneously travel back in time. He has no control over his “leaps” and because of that, has to be prepared for anything. Carter attends a specialized school where kids afflicted by this illness are allowed to learn in an environment while trying to learn how to control their symptoms.

As Carter learns quickly, his disease has many more complications and potential once he stumbles across Mo. Mo is a girl in his class who has a varying form of genetic illness that allows her to use telepathy. When the two are together, their powers increase and likewise, so do their risks of finding trouble. They will soon learn that their school is not only there to help them, but research them. Things go from bad to horrible quickly as areas of Carter’s past come back to him and more twists unravel while searching for the truth.

The sequel, A Time to Live, takes place a year after the initial book. Carter and Mo are living on the northwest coast of a town called Temple Falls and trying to maintain a sedentary life not using their abilities. Before Carter succumbs to the madness of home-schooling and working as a barista, a new pair of characters enter the scene showing off powers Carter hasn’t seen and bringing him news about David who has been put into a coma. The terrorist group known as the Pirates are behind it and Carter and Mo find themselves back in Lincoln Square. In typical Carter fashion, things escalate from bad to horrible in no time and now Carter isn’t fighting for answers, he’s struggling to save a city from being destroyed and a country going to war.

2) Did you always know you would write a sequel to your first book or was it because you enjoyed writing the first so much?

When I first started writing A Time to Reap, I was honestly just trying to keep my brain occupied while providing a story to people following my blog. I had written another, much larger, book and was looking into representation. As the story progressed, I found it easier and easier to write. Pretty soon, I had over half of a book completed and decided to abandon my previous efforts and focus on this. About midway, I developed ideas and scenarios that would take this story out another two books. Like the subtitle states, the first book starts off in what will become the legend of Carter Gabel. The sequel goes further into the choices he makes and sets up a volley to prepare readers for the spike of what will conclude the series. But who knows? There may be other legends…

3) who’s your favourite character in the book?

It’s hard for me not to love Carter, coming from his perspective, we get to know his inner thoughts and mistakes a lot more than anyone. But I’d have to say Mo. She starts off a little quiet, but as her powers grow, we see this subtle confidence and playfulness emerge. She has a way about her that stuns Carter and her ability to hear into his thoughts has him stumbling over himself that I find hilarious.

In the new book… I’d have to go with Scarlett. She’s this little five-year old who completely has Carter enthralled. She’s like the little sister he never had and the interaction between the two of them is always a blast to write.

4) where did the idea of Crowdfunding come from?

Crowdfunding was a humble attempt to see if there was interest in people getting their hands on a copy of the next book sooner rather than later. In my opinion, nothing was going to stop another book from coming out. Alas, self-publishing and being the newest kid on the block leaves me in a sea of other authors. So sales, trickle in until the book catches fire. And with the second book complete, I just wanted to get that momentum happening now instead of next year.

5) What does the Crowdfunding ultimately go towards when publishing your second book?

Crowdfunding will go towards cover art, editing and formatting. If the full amount gets raised, I plan on it going towards the branding of the series, which rolls into the marketing aspects of merchandise, web development and so on. Additionally, everyone who takes part gets the option to receive the story, so it’s not like throwing your money out the window. The more money that gets raised, the faster the book develops.

6) Did you always want to be an author or was there another pursuit you thought you would end up doing?

Honestly, as a child I wanted to be a garbage man. Luckily I never went that route, but I got into writing in the 4th grade and have always felt at home creating characters, scenarios and ideas. Writing is a part of who I am and have been no matter what job I had at the time. I’m living my dream right now as best as I can and one day I home I can live it full time.

7) Finally, sell your book to my readers in one sentence!

Time-travel, telepathy and sandwiches…a winning combination. – A Time to Reap

As with most crowd funding there are many different ways to get involved from a simple donations of a couple of dollars, or pounds if you’re like me and based in the UK to getting your name in the acknowledgements. If you’ve read the book or you’re a follower of both me and Jonas, or just if you’re interested in how the book pans out, I implore you to give a little to this wonderful author, it only takes a second and I cannot wait to read the second book! If you are interested check out the link here!

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Write a letter to myself to be opened once the 1001 days are over

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So today I finished one of the points on the list that I have been putting off. Due to it being opened at the end of the a 1001 days it was pivotal to get this letter written and stored away. However something in me couldnt do it. It’s odd because writing a letter to yourself seems pretty easy but it wasn’t, and thinking about it I understand why. I don’t know who I’m writing too; see in two and three-quarter years I am going to (hopefully) be a completely different person. Potentially, I am working my dream job, reading and editing books, living in the city, maybe with a new partner, but what if I’m not. What if my life takes a completely different path and instead it goes almost backwards and I am in the still place that I am in now. That is the difficulty with the word potential; if I am in the same place am I really wanting to listen to twenty-one year old Lizzy writing about how incredibly excited about the future she is. It left me in a kind of existential crisis. I got in contact with a friend and asked him what he would do. ‘Tell the truth he said, because although you may not want to hear it right now in the future those things will resonate with you in ways you will not know, but they won’t be terrible.’ So, I sat down, put on some calming music and I wrote the letter. It’s stashed away in my email inbox entitled Dear Lizzy. I have decided that when the days are over I will post the letter here and I will let almost twenty four year old Lizzy reply to her younger self and then we’ll see my potential.

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30 Day Challenge!

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Good evening bloggers, it is lovely to be blogging to you today. For all that asked the essay was finally given in after hours and hours of hardcore reading, writing and referencing. I was happy with the final result and I even though I’m not 100% happy with the everything written I couldn’t have given anything more and that’s all you can ask for…isn’t it?

 So, I’ve taken a few days out of blogging which was horrible but essays are more important than fun and therefore my thirty day challenge was put on the back burner for a couple of days. However without further ado onto the next question in my challenge! The question for today is ‘favourite book title.’ I think this is an interesting question as we’re always told not to judge a book by its cover and therefore the title doesn’t always imply how brilliant the books is as a whole. However I have two contenders!

‘The Time Travellers Wife,’ by Audrey Niffenegger the only way to describe this title is simple but stunning. I think that it perfectly describes the plot however it creates a sense of magic and interest.

However the winner is…‘Time stops for no mouse,’ by Michael Hoeye. I not only loved this book but I also love the title! It is a beautifully sweet title for an equally beautiful book, It’s a children’s mystery book and the delicate title matches the beautifully delicate story on the inside. A must read for children!

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In the rodent-populated city of Pinchester lives Hermux Tantamoq, a brilliant watchmaker. When the beautiful adventurer and aviator Linka Perflinger drops into his shop to have him fix her watch, Hermux instantly falls in love. Then a shady-looking rat comes to pick up the watch instead… and with a little investigating, Hermux is head over heels into a mystery involving curious kidnappings, murders, and the formula of Eternal Youth, while Dr. Mennus tries to stop Hermux from getting it.

30 Day Challenge

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Evening my fellow book bloggers. Just a warning now you may be hearing a lot from me this evening! I have set myself up to stay the night in the library. I know this is normally frowned on however I have spent weeks on this essay and am just having a panic on how good it is even though it is written, checked, checked again, and referenced. This year has started to have a real effect on me and not knowing how good my essays are is really scaring me. So fuelled by energy drink and cold pizza I will fight through and commandeer Collingwood. Wow, that sounds odd. Any way back on target today’s question! So the question is…. ‘The most surprising plot twist or ending.’

I had a number of answers for this question…firstly I thought of my Sister’s Keeper, the heart wrenching twist at the end foiled me completely I hadn’t even entertained the ‘twist!’ I was totally captured by the story leaving me speechless with tears rolling down my whimpering cheeks!

However I found another book that I will be reviewing later in the month and I’d love you all to read that so we can have a discussion on the book as a whole. The book I have chosen is ‘Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

‘On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?’

That’s all I’m giving you; any more with ruin it entirely! Get a copy and snuggle down with a glass of wine. You might need it for this one!

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30 Day Challenge

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It’s Monday morning again..how does the week go so quickly! I do not know! Anyway I am reaching the end of this challenge and it’s going to be odd not writing this every morning, however I think I should just be proud of actually finishing it without being too difficult about the questions!

So, today, the question is, ‘the book that changed your opinion about something and I think it would have to be, ‘Eat, pray, love. By Elizabeth Gilbert.’ Before someone asks no the film did not stand up to the brilliance of the book and I will not be watching it again! However the book is a stunner and it taught me that no matter what I’m doing in my life, how stressed I am, how panicked I am about an essay or an exam, I know that that is not the only path I could take.

I know that a lot of people hated the book and I’m not sure why! I read it  a couple of bursts but overall I really enjoyed it and would recommend it highly. However it wasn’t the writing I enjoyed the most but the stance; it’s all about asking the simple question, “what do I want.” At the moment that is finishing my degree and getting a good mark but in a couple of months that could change to backpacking around Thailand with a one way ticket. This book only showed me that it is possible…oh and to worry less.

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Good Morning fellow bloggers! You have caught me a rush this morning and honestly I am desperate to go to Costa and pick up a gingerbread latte and a croissant. Despite this, blogging to you lovely people comes first so the question today is ‘A book that you wish more people would’ve read.’ This is a brilliant question! When I read books I tend to stray from the cannon of classics that everyone seems to have read or at least heard of and this leaves certain more niche book left alone. When I was younger and went to the library every week I became a little obsessed with books by Dee Williams. I was always fascinated with life in Britain during the war, and these books only helped to fuel my imagination. For years after I used to look for copies in book and jumble sales and managed to gain a few copies. I honestly do not know how popular her books are but I absolutely loved them and I wish more people had because they held my interest for so many years. A particular two favourites were Polly of Pen’s place and Hope’s and Dreams both my Dee Williams; if you have a minute, do me a favour and find a copy and see if you love them as much as I did!

Right coffee time! Ciao!

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30 Day Challenge!

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Good early evening my lovely fellow bloggers. I am having a relax this evening before a days hard slog in the library tomorrow (working on an essay as always) and thought I would write a new post for you. So the question today is a book that you have wanted to read for a long time but haven’t yet. There are many books that come under this category for me. This is because there are a number of reasons I haven’t read a book; maybe I have attempted to read the book and didn’t like it so I need to try it again, or a book that I have been meaning to read but haven’t had the time to give it the attention it deserves, so once again I haven’t read it! This is (again) a difficult question!

One of the books I am desperate to read is 1984 by George Orwell; I have not picked up the book let alone read it however I have heard incredible reviews and many gasps when I tell people I haven’t read it. I think the main problem is that I’m worried that if I do not have enough time I will not be able to get the full experience. However, it means that I keep putting it off, and then putting it off and still I haven’t read it however I will! (One day)

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Another book I have been meaning to read for a while is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The main reason for reading this book is due to the mixed reviews I have heard about it. Some reviewers have argues that it did not meet expectations which goes against personal reviews that I have heard. It also interests me because I am yet to see the film. One of the main rules for me is if I am going to see the film and I want to read the book I will purposely read the book first, (it’s a personal preference!) For me comparing the film and the book means reading it first! So that’s why it’s a book that I need to read but have not done so yet!

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