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text 2018-11-13 20:41
24 Festive Tasks, Day One - Dia De Los Muertos (Update #1)


Book: I tried to get into the book I originally chose for this door, but I couldn't make it out of the first chapter. It is just too Middle Grade for me. So my next choice is The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings (series that is finished). Will update when finished reading.


Task 2: Share your favorite gravestone epitaph (you know you have one).


Unknown Warrior


This was the original gravestone of the UK's Unknown Warrior from November 1920.The ironwork and coffin plate were made by D.J. Williams of the Brunswick Ironworks at Caernarfon in Wales. The destroyer HMS Verdun's  bell was presented to the Abbey and now hangs near the grave (it transported the tomb from France to Britain). I love the simplicity for it gives the inscription a sense of rawness and respectful reminder of what the country went through during the Great War. It was replaced with a more showy, longer inscription in black marble in November 1921.  


If you want to learn more go to https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/commemorations/unknown-warrior/.


Task #4: Meal time. While I was in London on Veterans' Day, I went to a little hole in the wall Mexican place (right across the alleyway from the theatre holding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), La Bodega Negra. It is extremely hipster, but the service is really great and the food is actually spicy. The menu is limited however. I had the guacamole and chips, red berry hibiscus iced tea, and wood-fire grilled oyster and portabello mushroom fajitas. Great food without making my stomach hate me during the show I went to - which at this point is such a win. The pics are on my IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqGcwcmluFt/


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text 2018-11-05 21:44
24 Festive Tasks, Day Two - Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day

Guy Fawks Night


Book: I chose Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope #2) by Susan Ella MacNeal. Will update my points when I finished the book. 


Task #1: Burn a book in effigy.

This one was easy. I would torch this book in a nanosecond. I had to "read" it (thank you, Robert Redford for the movie so I didn't have to pick up the Cliff Notes version) for junior year American Lit class during winter break. Seriously, this is a book version of most of Bravo's nightly line up - pretty rich people creating drama because they are bored. I liked to think all the characters still alive at the end of the story got really kicked in the balls/vagina when the Great Depression started.


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Task #2: List your top 3 treasonous crimes against books.

Again, really easy for me. 


1. Burning library books (see:https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/10/23/burning-lgbt-library-books/) and not getting arrested or fined or any consequences from the destruction of public property. And of course he did it live on Facebook, home to assholes. Fuck this guy.


2. Using every SEO word salad in the title of your book - yes, self-published Christian romance authors selling on Amazon, I am talking to you. Save those words for the blurb.


3. Snitch tagging authors on Twitter, especially if the conversation is about problematic stuff in their books or a bad/negative review. 


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text 2018-11-01 02:19
Festive Marker Options

I know it's still Halloween, but I've been playing around with markers for the Festive Tasks while watching scary (sort of) movies and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I haven't seen the final card yet, or the game rules, so this is modeled after last year and would be adjusted in content and colors to go with this year's card, but here are the options I'm considering. The cookies and trees are my favorites. 


Candle Marker


Holiday Cookies marker


Christmas Trees marker


Two different Ornaments markers


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text 2018-10-30 21:21

Just when you thought Halloween was done and dusted … there’s the Tasks of the Festive Season!



Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – or something like that could be this year’s motto.  As in, some holidays that have been part of the game from the start.  Some new holidays.  Some tasks “borrowed” (and tweaked) from previous editions of the game.  Some new tasks – lots of them, actually.  Something blue in the card image (and, um, hidden in the tasks).


Something for everybody, we hope.


A new card image – we’ve made it an Advent calendar this year.  A new twist to the game format.


24 squares.  100's of options and ways to complete them.  (Not that you have to do all of them, mind … as always, 1 per square is enough.)  2 months.  3 game hosts*.  2 days to go until kick-off.


We’re excited!!  Are you?




* MurderByDeath (me), Themis-Athena's Garden of Books, and Moonlight Madness

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