Wednesday Link Happy - and Giveaways!


Jon Paul's given me this gift:

I'd like to pass it on to... all of you! Your comments always put a smile on my face. Whoever comes by that doesn't have this award yet, feel free to snap it up.

I came across Jon Paul's blog through his NaNoWriMo Video Songfest. If you haven't signed on yet, you still have a week to do it! My post was up last week and featured the Whisky Trench Riders.

Two celebrations!

Michael's having a giveaway and a party for his one year blogiversary and for reaching 500 followers.
Congratulations, Michael!

Len's hosting a thanksgiving and friendship celebration, with a giveaway!
Very glad to be your blogging friend, Len.

Meanwhile, the folks at Random Acts of Reading are hosting a series called Books in the Wild, showing books in their natural habitat, with kids, booksellers, animals, or just proudly on display. Snap some photos of your own novels, and your favourite books, and send them over.

Here's one from me, back in 2008 or so:

So excited to meet Diana Gabaldon again that I've got red eyes!

As for A Round of Words in 80 Days, I've finally caught up with NaNo. But in the true spirit of ROW80, my goals got revised a little. Now it's all about completing the draft of Ayten's story this month. Then December I can focus on editing Rosa's story, Out of the Water.

As usual, during NaNo (or a writers' houseparty, or any big event), housework is the first task to fall by the wayside. But one thing I do without fail is make the bed. I mean, would you rather come home to this:

(Yes, there's no bed in that image. But given the state of the room, I'm sure you can imagine what the bed must look like!)

Or this?:

(Image taken from the Tommy Hilfiger site)

Where do you stand on bed making? Is there any one chore you perform without fail?

Finally, Nathan Bransford had a hilarious post the other day about writing styles and What Not To Do. Go have a laugh!


Adam Heine said…
I have and will always hold that I do not need to make my bed because I'm just going to sleep in it again that night.

I tried, but I can't think of a chore I must do without fail. If I learned one thing in college it is that any cleaning task can be put off indefinitely if you're willing to deal with the consequences.
Nadja Notariani said…
Deniz - you are too funny!
Enthusiastic bed maker, here! Messy beds make messy thoughts - at least for me. First thing in the morning, I make my bed. You get to feel that you've already accomplised something; and that starts my day off on the right foot.

I'll look into the NaNo video link you've posted. It's funny to see it, since I posted a song link today - something I've never done before...hmm.

Have a great weekend, Deniz. And good luck in hitting your 50K for NaNo. :}
Anonymous said…
You know what's funny? I gave you the same away this morning on my blog. How hysterical is that?!

I'm the first one up, so making the bed is not on my list of to-dos in the morning.
Claire said…
Oh, one day I really do hope to meet Diana Gabaldon. I'll probably make a complete tit of myself in the process, but I suppose that's life...

When it comes to bed-making, it depends where my bed is. I mean, when I spend of lot of time in my bedroom, I will make it. Drives me bonkers to see it unmade, otherwise. Where I am right now, though, I have a little office I can do my writing in rather than at a desk in my bedroom, so I basically wander out of my bedroom first thing and don't go back in until I want to sleep, so...bed-making? Naaaaaaaaaaaaah. XD
S.P. Bowers said…
I always make the bed. I also have to have clean bathrooms. The world cannot function with dirty bathrooms. Yes, I'm the kind of person that doesn't like to use the bathroom away from home. Ewww, gross.
L.S. Engler said…
Yeah, I've always got to make my bed! It's one of the first things I do when I get out of the shower in the morning. I tend to do most of my writing on my bed, so it's like I have to set up my office before I can get any work done. Plus, I've found that I sleep better if I crawl into a bed that's nicely made rather than one that's still messy from the night before.

Great job on catching up with NaNo! I'm trying to claw my way back up, so I bet it's a great feeling to finally be on track again. Only a few days left! Best of luck!
Anonymous said…
Way to go on NaNo! That's a tough challenge. I've finished it a couple of times, but it's just too much for me now.

It would be silly for me to make my bed. I'm leaving for work as my husband is coming home. So he's going right back into the bed I just got out of. LOL
Zan Marie said…
Congrats! You do have a lovely blog!

I'm gearing up for company for Thanksgiving, but couldn't resist stopping by to see you. ; )
Naina Gupta said…
That picture looks rather familiar ... hehe

I would love a tidy room, it just seems impossible sometimes. Although sometimes I will be on a high and just tidy everything. Otherwise I do the bare minimum.
Jillybean said…
LOL! I remember having that Berenstain Bears book as a kid [g]

I rarely make my bed. I think large numbers of throw pillows are useless and obstructive to the act of sleeping. Who shows off their bedroom to guests, anyway? [g] (insert rationalization for my messiness here...hee)

Sooo hopelessly far behind on blogposts. Sorry!
Deniz Bevan said…
I agree with you on most chores, Adam. But a tidy bed always gives me a sense of calm...

Exactly, Nadja! One has to get something done [g]

Thanks for the award Joshua!

That's true, Claire - if I had an office I could maybe ignore the bed... I don't make it if there are cats sleeping on it [g]

I agree Sara - public bathrooms, ewww!

I like that idea LS - I used to do my homework on my bed and yea, it had to be neat.

That's funny lauralynn - you've got a built in excuse, luck you!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Zan Marie. We had lots of company this weekend too, oddly enough.

I get that feeling too sometimes, Naina! And I run around tidying...

I *like* lots of throw pillows, Jill. But I can't have any because they'd all get covered in cat hair...

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