Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Devil Orders Takeout Cake Day

GUESS WHAT?

Alyssa Carlier, who is amazing in many ways—not least of all because she has never criticized the weird way my brain works—has just had a birthday! So happy birthday to her, firstly, and secondly, happy blog-birthday! That’s right: she’s been running her blog for two years and given it a new design!

It is the most beautiful thing ever, I tell you. Okay, maybe not ever. But it’s still gorgeous.

Anyway, Alyssa is holding a party, and YOU SHOULD JOIN IN!

The Devil Orders Takeout - Birthday Giveaway 2015

In accordance with the wishes made in this post, this post that you should go to, yes, this post—I am to answer this questions to celebrate with her!

Also, I was promised virtual cake!

(This is funny, though, because you don’t know what I will do for food. Every month at my school the students vote on a “Teacher of the Month” and usually I don’t vote. However, the swim team has been selling these pink t-shirts to raise money, with a picture of the swim coach smiling that says TODD IS HOT in big letters (his name is Todd). We were thinking, wouldn’t it be funny to vote for that teacher and write down “Todd is hot” as the reason as to why he should be voted in? We all agreed we'd probably never do it—and then my friend said, “Heather, I will give you seven skittles if you do it.” And that is how I came to get seven skittles and possibly why I am doing this questionnaire.)

To the questions!

If you win, what book would you like? (By the way, she is running a $10 giveaway for The Book Depository.)


Okay. Um, pressure. I’ve never used this place before. Maybe Cruel Beauty, because I’m in love with Ignifex and apparently the paperback would work. OH I COULD GET EARTHFALL: RETRIBUTION BECAUSE MARK WALDEN.

Or a grown-up coloring book or ANY of the Pandora books or ANY of George O’Connor’s books or…

My friends, I am leaving the Book Depository site because $10 is too much money for me to daydream with.

What I really want (what I really, really want) is the third book in the Ever-Expanding Universe series which is coming out in April. Let’s just mourn my lack of patience together.

*moment of silence*

What would your ideal bookmark look like? (If you own it, show us a picture!)


I am not really a bookmark person. And by that I mean, I just put the book face down with the pages open, and it is one of my best friend’s pet peeves but I do what I want.

What's a book you want to read/write but have been putting off forever?


Um, two ideas. Firstly, Underworld Intern, as I mentioned in the last Notebook Interview, and then this other one about a magical accountant who hates magic.

Yup.

One urban myth you've heard about China? (Because CHINA. I'll drop by and clear it up :D)


Well, my grandpa has been to China, you hear a lot of stuff about China, and all in all the government likes us to be suspicious of China, and I am not suspicious of China but I am suspicious of things I have heard about China.

*ahem* A Short List of Things I Know I Don’t Know About China:


Is it chill to spit everywhere? As in, I have saliva in my mouth and I do not want it anymore, so I spit it out wherever I am. On the street. In the fancy office building. I don’t know.

The pollution is so bad in Hong Kong that sometimes it is unsafe to breathe.

Do people still abandon baby girls? I mean, I know that it probably happened more in the past, but I’m still curious.

All the trash bags you buy are like really small and blue and you’re not allowed to have more than X amount of trash every week.

The Chinese will not extradite a national. (Okay, this is from Batman. But still.)

And, I do not know what the Great Firewall is but I have heard of that too.

List your blogging inspirations.


Pretty much… the things in my life. Like, I will see a picture on the Internet and then I’ll write a blog post about it. Or I’ll see my notebook and say, “Hey, I could interview that.”

My discussions with my best friend, the books I read, my faith—just the things that I feel in touch in my daily life, just because those are things that I can really dig into and talk about… Yes.


Once again, feliz cumpleaños to Alyssa, and thanks so much for hosting the party! Where’s my cake? Just kidding.

Hey—why don’t you join the blog party, too? Link me to your post when you get it up!

6 comments :

  1. YAY! *happy dance* Here is your cake! By the powers of virtual Internet, I declare it shall be mango and chocolate. Because that's awesome.

    Let's talk about the urban myths first. Is it chill to spit everywhere? Definitely not in Hong Kong, and I have never seen a single person spit in the mainland. It's definitely not encouraged -- I saw a bus sign warning people not to. So not chill, but probably happens more than it should.

    Pollution is fine here, I am alive.

    Do people still abandon baby girls? Well, I'm not sure. I suppose it does still happen *sigh*, but the gov't is lifting restrictions for less developed regions and people in the city are more likely to be able to afford paying the fine for >1 kid.

    Re: trash bags, I do not know the trash habits of mainlanders, but it doesn't happen in Hong Kong. It happens in Taiwan, though, so maybe that's why.

    I do not know the extradition laws of China. Sorry. The Great Firewall probably refers to the gov't ban on Facebook and Twitter and Google, which sort of sucks but there are ways to get around it. It does not exist in the SARs (HK and Macau), and select areas of Beijing and Shanghai.

    I also do that thing with the books when I run out of bookmarks! The spine gets all cracked and stuff but whatever. If a book's not worn out, I don't love it enough.

    I WANT THE MAGIC ACCOUNTANT STORY. MUCH WANT.

    Okay, that was a long comment, but TL;DR, thank you SO MUCH for participating, Heather!

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    1. That does sound awesome—definitely worth it! Thank you for le mango cake!

      Hmm... If there are signs against spitting, maybe it used to be okay and now not so much? I have no idea—but it's fascinating that such signs exist. Then again, we have signs telling people not to poop in abandoned stairwells, so I can't talk.

      Oh, well, I am glad you are alive!

      That's good, I think. Although, I hope it's also that people are liking girls better, too. I mean, my parents have four girls, and I'm sure they would pay a fine for us, but I think they kept us because they liked us, too.

      Hm. I guess I also didn't think about how big China is; obviously, different things will be different for different people.

      That's okay; I also know that Batman isn't real, so I am not that disappointed. :) Banning such websites, though... Wow. I guess it is just different to think about, that a government could and would control such things.

      I know exactly what you mean! Old books are the best!

      WELL IT'S STILL IN PROGRESS HOLD YOUR PANTS.

      Thanks so much for hosting, and again, thanks for the Mango-chocolate cake!

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  2. I don't use bookmarks much, either because I usually just remember the page I'm on. BUT. BUT. YOU JUST PLACE BOOKS FACE DOWN FOR A BOOK MARK?!? I CAN EXCUSE YOU IF IT'S A HARDCOVER, BUT PLEASE DON'T TELL ME YOU DO THAT WITH PAPERBACKS.

    Ahem. I gain a ton of inspiration from my life as well. Even though most of my blog posts center around books and writing, things that happen in my life can spark ideas that I can twist with a bookish or writely view for a blog post.

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    1. I BRAIN DUMP SO MANY THINGS, I DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO PAGE NUMBER! AND OF COURSE I DO IT WITH PAPERBACKS PAPERBACKS ARE THE EASIEST TO PUT FACE DOWN; THERE IS NO REASON NOT TO!

      Just saying. *ahem*

      Anyway, yes—it is surprising how much real life can travel to join us on the Internet. Important to think about, and important to enjoy, as well. :)

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  3. I confess that sometimes I leave books lying like that when I'm in a hurry. I also confess that no matter how much I am in a hurry, I never do it to the books I own.

    We need the Magic Accountant story!

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    1. Really? Maybe I'm the opposite; I always feel guilty if I do it to other people's books so I mostly do it to my own!

      I'M WORKING ON IT SLOWLY KIND OF VAGUELY OKAY IT'S COMING IN TEN YEARS GREAT

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