Friday, 25 April 2014

It's Friday, Friday, Gotta go Blogging on Friday!

Book Blogger Hop
Sorry for bringing Rebecca Black back to the forefront of your mind. I feel like I've severely lowered the tone of my blog, but to make up for it, here are some amazing memes! First up is Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This week's question, submitted by Elizabeth, is:

Do you answer the Book Blogger Hop questions in advance and have them scheduled or do you write your post the night before or the day of the Book Blogger Hop?

I usually write my post the day off or the night before. Somehow scheduling never works out quite well for me, with posts either not posting or doing so at the wrong times. I quite like waking up on Fridays knowing I've got some "work" waiting for me. I also feel that if I answer the question now, I'll be more curious as to what other people have answered. The amount of times I've felt the urge to change my answer after seeing everyone elses, because everyone always makes such good points, is countless.

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowFollow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee and this week's question is adorable:

Have any pets? Tell us or show us.

I personally don't have a pet anymore, my guinea pig died years ago and none of the landlords like it when students come in with pets. But my Dad's girlfriend has a dog that we doggysit quite a lot and he is practically our pet as well. It took me about 20 minutes to find the picture below because I just couldn't pick one I liked best.


Don't judge me for the gratuitous picture of my Zero Coke bottle. I wouldn't be up and running if I didn't have that. Anyway, this is Cooper, he is incredibly old by now and rather blind and deaf, which means that when you pet him he thinks the hands of God have descended upon him and he just looks up at the ceiling rather than you. He also walks into things, which is hilarious. This picture was taken about two years ago when he was a bit more sprightly. At that point, he preferred to interrupt me at doing any kind of work. He is absolutely adorable.

Book Beginnings and Firday 56 are hosted by Gillion over at Rose City Reader and Freda at Freda's Voice respectively. This week I'm using only one book for these memes and that book is The Time Machine by H.G Wells. I love The War of the Worlds, so I decided to slowly but surely make my way through his other Sci-Fi stories.

2493So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight,The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

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'The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed ad passed in our glasses.' p.1
I love Wells' description here. It is just so beautiful. The fire he refers to is of course not just the one burning in the hearth but also the one in the Time Traveller. Wells' describes his excitement really naturally without making it plain and obvious.

F56:
'Above me towered the sphinx, upon the bronze pedestal, white, shining, leprous, in the light of the rising moon. It seemed to smile in mockery of my dismay.' p.56
Being mocked by a giant statue, I wonder where our Time Traveller got himself lost. And especially, in what time!

So, how do you write your Friday posts? And do you have a pet that constantly, adorably distracts you from doing anything productive/

20 comments:

  1. I have never read The Time Machine, but I do enjoy Wells' writing. I love the descriptiveness!

    Here is my Beginning

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  2. Sorry to hear about your pet but its nice to still have them around. No? New GFC follower :)
    MY F&F

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  3. Cooper looks like a sweetie. I hope your able to get of your own soon.
    New bloglovin and GFC follower =)
    Monique @ Mo_Books
    My FF

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  4. "when you pet him he thinks the hands of God have descended upon him and he just looks up at the ceiling rather than you." I had to laugh out loud at that. What a great description :) Just Reading for Fun . . . and stuff

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  5. A classic! Great! Have fun reading it. I might need to reread it sometime. Thanks for stopping by my Friday memes.

    brenda

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  6. Hope you're enjoying The Time Machine! I read it last year (I think) and absolutely enjoyed it :) Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    My Friday Book Memes

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  7. I have no pets and I schedule most posts days or even weeks ahead. I like the comfort of knowing that something is ready to go and I don't have to scramble for something when I'm on my way to work. Happy reading!

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  8. I do love those excerpts, even though I probably won't read the book...SciFi isn't really my thing...LOL. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  9. I have never read The Time Machine but I want to after reading the beginning! I am slowly getting more into science fiction. Also the dog you featured above is adorable! Thanks for visiting me @ The Key to the Gate!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca

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  10. That is a cute looking dog. :) I had a guinea pig once when I lived in an apartment that didn't allow cats or dogs but now I have a cat.

    I haven't read The Time Machine yet but it's sitting on my kindle. His writing seems quite evocative.

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  11. It has been a long time since I read that one. Love you dog picture. My Post

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  12. My dog is a fluffy white mix -- half bichon frise, half maltese. His goal in life seems to be to bark at every leaf that falls, every dog that walks by our house, and every person who dares to ring our doorbell. He prefers to do this after slipping up next to me while I'm on the computer. Luckily, he's really cute.
    I've never read The Time Machine. Hard to believe it was written so long ago! Definitely a classic.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

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  13. I must admit that I haven't read this classic. One of these days . . .

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/04/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_25.html

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  14. I must read this book! Thank you for sharing.

    My Friday 56

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  15. GREAT answer, Juli. It is always good to have work waiting for you. :)

    THANKS for stopping by my blog earlier. I write mine in advance as you read when you visited.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  16. I read The TIme Machine a very long time ago and remember nothing of it. LOL Great 56!

    Have a great weekend!

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  17. Cooper is a cute lil old dog.
    I really loved this old book too!

    Happy weekend!

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  18. Cooper is so cute! No judgement here, I'm a Diet Coke fiend. Thanks for visiting my FF! Old Bloglovin follower, new Twitter follower :)

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  19. Cooper is gorgeous!!
    New follower on GFC.
    My FF
    Hannah @ The Book Landslide

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  20. I'm not judging. But you have excellent taste in books. And pets ;)

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