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text 2018-08-20 00:22
Halloween Bingo 2018 Intro Post

I think I have my card sorted out, but my books still need some work.

 

This is my marker for read books:

 

And these will be used below the marker to mark called squares (colour chosen will depend on colour of background square:

 

Here's an example using the centre square of my card:

 

In case anyone's wondering, I'm using GIMP as my image editing software; it allows me to save the stickers as different layers. There's a bit of a learning curve, but no more than any other software and it's free (they accept donations though).

 

Now for the books! I've listed possibilities for each square rather than chosen a specific book (although in some cases I only list one).

1. A Grimm Tale: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden;

2. Genre: Horror: Catskinner’s Book by Misha Burnett; Rust: Season One by Christopher Ruz; Gristle & Bone by Duncan Ralston; North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud;

3. Shifters: The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke; Discworld Night Watch books; Finishing School books; others?

4. Doomsday: Sugar Scars by Travis Norwood;

  1. 5. Darkest London: this shouldn't be hard, but I haven't listed any specific books yet

 

6. 13: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

7. Supernatural: Catskinner’s Book by Misha Burnett; Salvage: a Ghost Story by Duncan Ralston; The Reaper’s Daughter by K. M. Randall; The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett; The Nun’s Dragon; Wyrmhole by Jay Caselberg; The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke; Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett; The Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman

8. Spellbound: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

9. Creepy Carnivals: Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine

10. Terrifying women: The Reaper’s Daughter by K. M. Randall; A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas; anything by Agatha Christie, Ellis Peters, Candace Robb, Lindsey Davis....

 

11. Ghost stories: Salvage: a Ghost Story by Duncan Ralston;

12. Relics and Curiosities: The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett;

13. Free Space: Avarice by Annie Bellet; Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright;

14. Diverse voices: The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett; A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas;

15. Terror in a small town: Rust: Season One by Christopher Ruz; Salvage: a Ghost Story by Duncan Ralston; [I might need another option here]

 

16. Fear the Drowning Deep: Kraken by China Miéville;

17. Deadlands: The Vampire of Northanger by Bryce C. Anderson; The Queen is Dead by Kate Locke; Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright; 

18. Genre: Suspense: The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett; [I'm sure there are others...?]

19. Amateur sleuth: The Harper’s Quine by Pat McIntosh; The Nun’s Tale by Candace Robb (Owen Archer); An Excellent Mystery by Ellis Peters (Cadfael);

20. Country house mystery: Behold, Here’s Poison by Georgette Heyer;   

 

21. Cryptozoologist: The Nun’s Dragon by Christine Emmert; Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett (yeti)

22. Baker Street Irregulars: ....

23. New release: Before Mars by Emma Newman

24. Murder Most Foul: The Harper’s Quine by Pat McIntosh; The Nun’s Tale by Candace Robb; many others....

25. Gothic: The Vampire of Northanger by Bryce C. Anderson; The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [I've never read it];

 

We'll see if I have to use any author cheats. There's always the second Flavia book for Baker Street Irregulars, I suppose, but I was trying to mostly stick to Mount TBR books. I always struggle with "suspense" as a genre. Maybe I can call The Prayer of the Night Shepherd suspense.

 

I made use of MbD lists in several cases to come up with some of the possibilities (to remind myself of books that are on my TBR), so thank you to everyone who contributed to them!

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text 2018-08-19 17:38
How to track your bingo!

We're less than two weeks away from starting Halloween bingo, so let's talk about how we are going to track our bingos!

 

First, a bit of a rule refresher! A square is captured when two things have occurred - one under the control of the reader, one under the control of the game hosts! The reader must have finished the book for the square, and the square must have been called.

 

There will be bingo calls every other day starting on 9/1/18. You will find the calls here, on my blog, and also on Obsidian Blue's blog, as we will alternate. She will make the first call on September 1st, I will make the second call on September 3rd and so we will proceed until the last call drops on Halloween.

 

You can read in any order. The square does not have to have been called for you to read! What this means is that you can just start reading on September 1, but you cannot mark off a square until the square is called and the book is finished.

 

The way that I handled tracking last year was to use different markers for different stages. I had one marker for called but not read, one marker for read but not called and one marker for claimed.

 

Example:

 

 

The yellow moons would represent called but not read, the orange pumpkin represents read but not called and the back cats are claimed squares. 

 

I did a tracking post last year that I would just update every few days to reflect the calls and my list of completed books, which I will reblog for reference!

 

Other readers have different systems! If you've done a post that talks about your personal system for tracking, feel free to link to it in the comments!

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text 2018-08-19 03:41
Halloween Bingo Randomness

I think I just spent way too much time working out how I'm going to track my Halloween Bingo calls and books read... and I'm not even sure if it'll work out the way I want it to.  I went back and forth between the table I used last year, to just making a bullet point list, to playing with a new idea that you can see below.  It's sort of a table slash card that I wasted hours working on just to get the dimensions right, only to realize that I might have made things more complicated than necessary.

 

I may or may not actually use it.  -_-  And really, I need to be thinking about what marker to put on my actual Bingo card rather than playing with tables and html.

 

 

But anyway, here's another (different) look at the books I've chosen for my squares!  A couple new changes have been made.

 

So yes, September needs to arrive soon so I can quit wasting time outlining and formatting update posts, and start reading all the books I'm actually very much looking forward to reading.

 

Really, I just need to step away from my computer for a couple days and finish reading a couple other books.

 

 

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Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/08/halloween-bingo-randomness.html
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text 2018-08-19 00:20

September 1st: *taking forever to get here*

 

Me:

 

I've got my card printed, my list made, my books are rounded up...I am ready to go!

 

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text 2018-08-18 17:15
The Countdown Begins...

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