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well hello there (chaotic post)

ok so this is going to be a really long sip of half deep-fried tea. i hope you are prepared. (dont expect to understand anything and dont expect good grammar aT ALL)

hello, i’m alisa and i’m now 15 (my bd was on 14th feb). 15 years ago i was like… in my mother’s womb and… well yeah then i started reading books and now im 14- uh i mean 15.

okay so basically i was an inky judge in 2019, noT QUITE sure whats going on NOW (HELLO CAN YOU HEAR ME, YES YOU, INKY DOG- WHERE IS THE LONGLIST THAT WE WERE SUPPOSED TO DECIDE?!?!) i mean the answer is probably around here somewhere anyway *looks through drawers* but im too lazy so yeah *shuts finger in drawer* *smiles in suffering*

umm ok what else, oh yes, merry christmas and happy new year to everyone. i know it’s super early, but i totally forgot and was in my grave for a while so yeah. happy new year. 🎄

and happy birthday to m- i mean, happy valentines day you guys. i’m still lonely but its ok i have my ipod classic and the new Alice-Miranda (at school, on holiday AND takes the lead) 3 in 1 book so im all set for the next 12 and a half fortnights.

speaking of drink bottles i am now addicted to buying them – someone stop me – and now i have like 5 drink bottles (none of which i actually use on a regular basis)

also now i have scoliosis (look it up if u need) and uh what else… OH i went on a soccer camp and a beach excursion (twas cool) and im learning guitar and drums now and im taking vocal lessons. (that was the MOST useful sentence i have said since i was 3 and could say “mummy i need to use the toilet”)

now i sleep on a futon that smells like a big fat cow, and im organised coz i have a bullet journal (honestly the only organised thing in my life right now, i still do assignments the night before, this is doubling as a procrastination post tbh, i have a japanese assignment due tomorrow-)

also bts had a massive comeback like jesus on a bicycle the songs are so good and there are 15 new songs so like yehssssss

ok this boiled egg im eating… just… it’s perfectly cooked

also im infected with the coronav- i hAvE A COLD seriously i said that to my coach at school today and she was like ‘yOu hAs cOROnAAA’

and i was like ‘coroNAH i don’t’

see what i-

it was-

 

yeah i better do my assignment, and this post may or may not look like i wrote it while on multiple paracetamol tablets…

 

 

 

25 comments

alisaaa

yeah i like my own post whatchu gon do about it ?

4w ago
imosshelf

Who doesn’t? Lol

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

hahaha so im not a loser :))

4w ago
imosshelf

Also, we love a disaster post! I don’t know what’s going on here, it’s a little chaotic but it’s all good :) I don’t think anyone knows what’s happening with the Inky Awards lol, the applications haven’t opened and I want to apply :( HAPPY BIRTHDAY BY THE WAY!!

4w ago
alisaaa

ahaha yep my mind suddenly felt the urge to just vomit so i came on here for the first time in months. also you should definitely apply, your reviews are too good. i have contacted them to ask whats going on. THANK YOU BY THE WAY!!!

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Thank you <3, it’s good to know my reviews are well received (I was a shadow judge last year but I can still apply for regular judge). I dm’d them and they said they didn’t know anything either lol??? I don’t think anybody knows anything at this point. I totally get the word vomit thing, welcome back from your hiatus :)

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

thanks lmao
yeah i was lucky i did judging at such a convenient time (year 9) bcos now im in year 10 everything sucks (homework wise) ;-; no time to read nowadays, i have like 6 to-be-read books on my shelf and i haven't opened one

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Yeah, I feel like this is the last year I can probably be a proper judge (year 10) as VCE is too stressful for that. I’ve actually been doing pretty well this year with reading which is surprising. I read 15 books last month which was pretty good for me. I’ve started getting more ARCs so I have to catch up and review them before they’re released :))

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

coooool you get arcs ;-; no one sends me them no matter how hard i try

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Have you sent them proper emails? Also, the only reason I get arcs is because I have a book Instagram account (it’s tiny lol), that way they can see follower count and stuff

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

yeah i send long emails detailing why i want the book, reviewing on goodreads (literally no following tbh, im not online often) and stuff like that... i probably need to get goodreads famous!

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Do they ever respond to you? I’m thinking of doing a blog post on how to write a decent arc email because there’s a kind of ‘formula’ to it and I’ve actually started getting a few. I have literally zero goodreads followers but because I have my Instagram (only 200 something followers but it’s something) that they send to me.

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

never gotten a response ever ;-; im currently following people i should've followed ages ago (lmao i love their reviews) and joining goodreads groups THIS PLAYLIST IS SO GOOD

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

THE PLAYLIST IS *ICONIC*!! That’s weird that you haven’t gotten responses, who have you been contacting if you don’t mind me asking? Goodreads groups are smart but as I said I have literally zero followers on goodreads and it’s easier to get a following on social media than gr. Also, netgalley works for a lot of people (I don’t love it tbh but it’s where heaps of people get arcs)

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

ok so i've contacted (from memory and i only remember 2?) simon/schuster aust. and philomel (philomel is part of penguin house and is based in US so i didnt really expect an ARC)
i'm not allowed socials and i think you need to be 18 to sign up for netgalley... :/

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Yeah, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to get arcs then. Simon and Schuster don’t really give arcs to smaller reviewers (I don’t think) and for Penguin (AUS) to contact you, you need about 1000 followers. Inside a dog doesn’t really disclose blog followers so it’s a real bummer (and the community is just too small). The best place to start is emailing smaller publishers (this is what I do). At the end of the email I usually ask them to reply, even if it is to reject me so I know what I’m doing wrong for next time. This almost guarantees a reply at least and then you can improve. It’s always best to start off smaller from what I’ve found.

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

that's exactly what i've been doing, adding that small 'i'd appreciate if you'd reply to explain why i could not receive this arc.' so basically i'll just start finding small publishers then, and as i go i can expand my goodreads account. i'll ask my mum if i can get netgalley lmao :D thanks

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

No problem! I usually add something like ‘In the circumstances you are unable to send me a review copy, I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me why...’ at the end of my emails. It’s also sometimes good to request a review copy instead of an arc just to get started

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

oh ok, i'll try that instead. thank youuu i'm looking for more books i want to read now. do you have a goodreads that i could friend you on?

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Yeah, my goodreads is @befuddled_bookish (as are all my other book related things atm). What’s yours? Also, I lowkey never keep up to date with goodreads so my numbers are a little dodgy lol

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

sorry just ducked off for some toast and tea. im just @alisa (i've been online a lot more recently)

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Awesome, I’ll give you a follow!

4w ago
alisaaa

In reply to imosshelf

cool thanks :) i just got netgalley, time to figure it all out haha

4w ago
imosshelf

In reply to alisaaa

Good luck, I still don’t understand it lol

4w ago
inky State Library Victoria

Missed you Alisaaaaaaaaaa! If I knew anything I would tell you!!!

3w ago