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Buffy! Nerdery! Crisps!

Sep 01,2014
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Buffy! Nerdery! Crisps!

Hey, I’m Rachael Craw, I wrote YA sci-fi/crossover ‘Spark’  Now we get to hang out together for a month Inside A Dog! HOT DIGGITY! Here’s 10 random things about me:

One: I am a Whedonite. Definition: A devotee of the works of Joss Whedon, primarily Buffy The Vampire Slayer and the Avengers. Note my favourite tribute t-shirt.File 25294

Two: I am a recovering English Teacher (try not to hold it against me). I taught at Christchurch Girls’ High School and Rangi Ruru Girls’ School. The tendency to quote Hamlet still bubbles near the surface.

Three: Nerdery is rampant in my bookish obsessions. Note my shelves are obsessively organised and reorganised into literary fiction and popular fiction, with multiple sub-groups and genres and crossovers, an author’s works must be kept together!!!File 25297

 

 

 

Four: Mis-matched editions (where covers/sizes don’t match) make me twitchy, they blight my shelves and make me flare my nostrils. I try not to look directly at them. And just so I can use the word match at least 4 times in this point: here is evidence of an atrocity with a side note: my niece borrowed ‘Matched’ and, wait for it, DROPPED IT IN THE BATH. O_O File 25301

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five: I am a mother, These three girls drive me to the brink of joy and insanity. One of them is likely to become a designer for Sir Richard Taylor at Weta Workshops, another is likely to be a missionary and feed the orphans of the world (she has great concern for the orphans) and the other is likely to sit on a throne and bestow her beneficence.File 25307

 

Six: My husband in an engineer and what I am about to tell you may be upsetting. You should probably sit down. I am. He does not read fiction. <pauses for gasps of horror, recoiling, expressions of repulsion> Some of you  may have thrown your laptops across the room. I know. I know <shakes head> He reads newspapers, engineering manuals, popular science magazines, endless nerdtacular interweb forums but he doesn’t read fiction. He hasn’t even read MY book ‘Spark’!!! How’s that for an endorsement? ‘Own husband will not even read book’. He says he’s waiting for the movie. Can’t fault that logic.

Seven: I have a weakness for Nelson’s own Proper Crisps. You haven’t eaten good potato chips until you’ve tried these.File 25309

Eight: The album most thrashed on my ipod of late is Lazaretto by Jack White.

Nine: I am a Christchurch EARTHQUAKE survivor. Might share some more about this later in the month.

Ten: Words are, categorically, my favourite things.

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Are there any other Buffy fans out there? Wave at me!

Anyone got any book/shelf issues? Tell me I’m not alone!

Best potato chips in Australia?

 

 

 

 

This is a gratuitous picture of my girls because they are so unfathomably cute. <3



 

Sep 07,2014

OH, thanks so much! :-) I'm not sure I could even bribe my hubby to read Spark ;-) LOL

Sep 04,2014
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Excellent blog, Rachael. Yes to book/shelf issues but this runs right through into my kitchen with tin/packet issues and into my wardrobe with dress/top/trouser hanging issues. Much the same. My husband only reads non fiction so Snap! there. He loves biographies. However, he has read ONE of my books. And he liked it. I suggest you make yours read Spark because it's brilliant! 

Sep 03,2014

Hi Anonymous: Thank you, I'm so glad you enjoyed Spark. Yes I am deep in the thick of my Stray rewrite. That is a great question: will I release some snippets??? I will have to talk to my publisher and see what they think. It's too early yet as I am doing rash and exciting editing! OH MY GOSH!

Here's a spoiler: as I was working today Evie finally got to punch someone I had been dying for her to punch!!! (And no it wasn't Richard Dean ... though, he can always use a good clobber*)

*note: author does not endorse gratuitous violence ... not really.

Sep 03,2014
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I'm waiting for Stray too. Loved Spark, so intense. Are you working on Stray now and will we see any snippits or teasers before release?

Sep 03,2014

Ha, Ha! Hey, Anonymous. English teachers unite! Yes, I lurve this shirt and yes, read Spark. Studies show that reading Spark will make you taller, thinner, stronger, faster and better looking.

Sep 03,2014
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Hi from another Buffy fan (love the T shirt - haven't seen that one!). I'm with you on the mismatched series too, and am an English teacher. Clearly I need to read your book :)

Sep 02,2014

Hi, Jeann!

Thanks so much for supporting Inside A Dog! I so appreciate it. Yes will quake-talk! Thank you, my girls a abit lovely. Xxx

Sep 02,2014

HI ELI!!!

Thanks for your support here :-D  Yes I will definitely dedicated a blog-post to CHCH Earthquake. It was a life changing experience for sure with repercusssion that roll on and on. My poor home town.

Sep 02,2014

Hey 'Anonymous' (is that you, Diva Booknerd?)

Thank you, thank you for you kind words about Spark! I LOVE that you loved it <dances jig> and thanks for supporting Inside A Dog!!! Oh man, I refuse to buy the last Mortal Instruments until its available in the B-format, too. LOL I cannont have a jumbo edition messing my shelves up!!! I NEED MORE SHELVES!!!

Sep 01,2014
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Awesome post Rachel, really happy to get to know a bit more about you! your girls look absolutely gorgeous. Wow, you are a Christchurch Earthquake survivor? I can't wait to read your post about it, and I'm glad that you pulled through okay. I am a Buffy lover as well although I've always been an Angel shipper <3 I just want to steal your bookshelf now. 

Jeann @ <a href="http://www.happyindulgencebooks.com">Happy Indulgence</a>

Sep 01,2014

Fantastic first post! Would really love to hear more about how you survived the earthquake. Not as in 'physically how', more just the experience of it :)

Sep 01,2014

OH!!! And about the Vampire Slaying kit at the top of the blog post, that was a legit Trade Me auction awhile back. I don't know if the backstory was completely authentic but it was COOL and the had some great close up shots of the items in the kit. So cool, huh?!!

Sep 01,2014

Hey, TriSARAHtops! Thanks for your great comment :-D What a marvelous aunt you have for lending you her Buffy DVDs!!! Don't rush through them, soak 'em up! Probably favourite period of Buffy is when Angel is still on the show and Willow is dating Oz. <sigh> good times. Though I do enjoy the final season when Spike is big on the scene and Angel does a few cameos. Strangely I never followed Angel as zealously though I had an uber-crush on David Boreanz.

Cover/edition mis-matches. Glad to know I'm not alone!

Sep 01,2014
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I've read Spark, and I was blown away, sooooo good!

I was a Buffy fan too back in high school, she was the ultimate herione. So sad when it came to an end though. Those shelves are incredibly impressive, I need Rachael to come over and organise mine too. The mismatched books are a killer, I'm so anal about mine and refuse to read the last book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy for that very reason, it's nearly twice the size of all the others.

Adorable little poppets.

Can't wait for Stray to be released, it's one of the most unique and engaging series I've read so far this year. Absolutely adored it. Looking forward to following Rachael running amok on Inside a Dog this month.

Sep 01,2014

*waves* Buffy fan right here! I'm pretty behind, only up to early season 4, but my aunt lent me all her Buffy DVDs a while ago and I'm working my way through. And absolutely loving it! :D

I used to be totally pedantic about matching covers, and I still prefer to have everything all nice and uniform (very helpful when books need to be stacked on top of other books!) I'm generally okay so long as the cover designs match (I hate it whenthe design changes halfway through a series *shudders*). There was one trilogy where I bought book 1 in paperback, waited for book 2 to come out in paperback, but then was too impatient to wait for the third book to come out in paperback (I'm not even sure if it was out is Aus, actually), so that kind meant I had to forsake the desire to have everything matched up. And there was one trilogy where I bought a book online cos the paperback wasn't out here yet, but it was still a different size and shape...

Awesome post, and looking forward to seeing you 'round this month!

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