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Eurovision Adventure Story

Published May 22, 2015 by julietstubborn

Video version of the story here.

First choose a name for your country: Next you must choose a song for your country, do you want:

  1. A Love Song
  2. A Dance Song
  3. A Sad Ballad
  4. Abba cover ‘cause they won before.

Now the most important part of a Eurovision song is the chorus as this is the part that will get played over and over in the replays, so write your chorus. 1. Don’t you ever say, I just action verb (past)  I will always verb you I can’t live noun, action verb, for my life I will always verb you I came in like a big object I never verb past so  describing word in love All I wanted was to action verb your noun All you ever did was verb me Yeah, you, you verb me 2.  Everything is describing word Everything is describing word when you’re part of a noun Everything is describing word, when you’re verb our noun. 3. I word on scale of hate to love to proverb but I couldn’t action verb I couldn’t action verb it I had verb past you’d see my body part and be reminded that for me it isn’t noun Never mind, I’ll verb someone like famous person I wish nothing but the noun for famous person too Don’t forget me, I beg, I remember you said sometimes four words of your choice, but sometimes two words of your choice instead Sometimes it four words of your choice but sometimes two words of your choice instead. 4. You are the action word  title(Lord/lady etc) description and description Only number action word  title Feel the beat from the musical instrument You can action You can action Having the time of your length of time sense(see etc) that girl sense that scene Digging the action word  title  Congratulations! Your song has made it through to the final! During the performance of your song, you get excited because you’re performing on Eurovision! You want to make your performance as memorable as possible to the viewers, do you: 1. Restrain yourself because you know your song is good enough without antics 2. Attempt a flip. 3. Crowdsurf.

  1. Restrain yourself because you know your song is good enough without antics. – you finish the song and go backstage to wait of news of the voting. You hear the presenters talking about how they can’t even remember how your song went. Do you:

1A) Go over there and tell them you song is awesome – the other acts laugh in your face because they can’t even remember how it went. You cry and drink until you can’t tell who’s giving 12 points to who. 1B) Gatecrash the stage to try and make your act more memorable – You don’t even make it onto the stage. Security at Eurovision is tight and 3 security guards carry you outside so you don’t even get to hear where your act placed. 1C) Ignore all the comments – You ignore all the comments about your song and concentrate on drinking. Unfortunately you get so drunk you think you’ve won and attempt to sing your song over the winning song. The whole crowd boos you. 2. Attempt a flip. – you can’t do flips. You fall flat on your back but you’re a professional and you get back up and carry on singing to the delight of the crowd. Do you: 2A) Attempt a flip again to make it look like part of the act – You fall on your back again and as a result you ruin the last note of the song. But maybe no-one noticed… 2B) Get somebody from the crowd up on stage and try to make them do a flip – They happily attempt it but fail even more than you did and the last part of your song is cut off by paramedics coming onto the stage to cart them off. Not good. 2C) Keep lying down on the floor and standing back up as if it’s part of the act – Your dancers don’t know what to expect from you next and keep tripping over you. One of them happens to yelp into your microphone as they fall and that is the part that get played in the replays 3. Crowdsurf. – no-one has ever crowd surfed in Eurovision before and the crowd are not expecting it. As a result they drop you and you have to remain singing your song in the crowd as if it was on purpose. Do you: 3A) Walk through the crowd high-fiving everyone – You carry on your song walking through the crowd, but you reach the end of the crowd before you’ve finished your song and have to walk back through the crowd in silence. No-one wants to high-five you again. It’s awkward. 3B) Stay at one spot on the crowd and pick one person to be friends with while you sing – The person you befriend and lets you know by head butting you when you try to make them contribute. You fail the ending of you song due to concussion. 3C) Run through the crowd towards the commentators’ booths – You don’t make it to the commentators’ booths, you shouted that that was where you were going and the crowd cheered, but you didn’t say you were going to do this in rehearsals, so security stop you and shepherd you back on stage and the people who just cheered you now boo you, because they’re fickle, fickle people. Voting. Answer these questions to the best of your knowledge to find out where you placed:

  1. What song did Abba win Eurovision with? Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia
  2. What was the last year the UK won Eurovision? 1997, 1996, 2000
  3. What year did Terry Wogan stop presenting Eurovision? 2008, 2009, 2007
  4. You are the representative for Greece. Who do you give 12 points to? Cyprus, Germany or Latvia?
  5. What year did Graham Norton first present Eurovision? 2009, 2010, 2008
  6. What country won in 2012? Sweden, Finland, France
  7. And with what song did they win? Euphoria, Desire, Despair?
  8. Are Australia in Eurovision? Yes, as of 2015, Yes, they are participating in next year’s contest, No,
  9. How many times have Finland won Eurovision? Once, Twice, Three times
  10. Which band did Finland last win Eurovision with? Lordi, Lady, Trolli?
  11. Which country has won the most times? Ireland, UK, Spain
  12. Which country is hosting Eurovision this year? Austria, Sweden, Denmark

Answers:

  1. Waterloo
  2. 1997
  3. 2008
  4. Cyprus
  5. 2009
  6. Sweden
  7. Euphoria
  8. Yes, as of 2015
  9. Once
  10. Lordi
  11. Ireland
  12. Austria

Scores: 1-3 = Nil Points. You came last no-one voted for you, but don’t worry it’s probably just because they hate your country. They have nothing against you personally. Maybe. 4-6 = middle of right side of voting table. Some people voted for you. It was only the people in your neighbouring country, but at least they did it because they wanted to and not because they had to, right? Right? 7-9 = Bottom of left side of the voting table. You’re on the same side of the table as the winners! But no-one cares because you’re not in the top three. Move out the way so people can take pictures of the winners. Go find the bar or something, I dunno. 10 points = You came third! Of course, you get nothing for coming third, but enough of the other at congratulate you and give you free drinks that you can get really drunk before you fly home tomorrow. 11 points = You came second! At the beginning of the voting you were first, but then everybody started giving 12 points to that damn dancing man in a mask. The damn dancing man in a mask was pretty cool though. Your country gave 12 points to it. Try again next year. 12 points = You won! Congratulations! You are top of the leader board and hosting Eurovision next year. Can your country afford it? Can they handle the pressure? Well you have to now. Congratulations (again) go and collect your prize!* *Prize may not exist. Sorry.

Bout of Books 13.0 Read-a-thon Update Post

Published May 11, 2015 by julietstubborn

Monday:

Pages read today: 102

Total number of pages read: 102

Notes: I have been reading Dracula by Bram Stoker, I started the book before the read-a-thon and am currently on page 148. I may be able to finish the book tomorrow provided I get up early enough to do everything else I need to do tomorrow (I recently moved house and have still not unpacked…)

Tuesday: Pages read today: 119

Total number of pages read: 221

Notes: I doubt I will be able to finish Dracula today after all but I would be surprised if I don’t manage to finish the book tomorrow instead as I am now more than half-way through the book and have finished unpacking! (for the most part anyway) So don’t have to worry about that taking up my time tomorrow. I probably still won’t have much time to read during the day but my evening should be fairly un-interrupted. I am also going to try and participate in the challenge tomorrow.

Wednesday:

Pages read today: 139

Total number of pages read: 360

Books finished: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Notes: Now I have finished Dracula, which it turns out is a lot more elaborate story than I thought it would be before I started, I am hoping to spend time tomorrow reading a few pages of the Lonely Planet New Zealand guide I have (I will be moving there in a month’s time) and will start my kindle edition of Rogues which has many authors including George R.R Martin, Gillian Flynn and Neil Gaiman.

Thursday:

Pages read today: 106

Total number of pages read: 466

Challenge: Today’s challenge is to share one book that you think will still be a classic in 100 years time (and is also published after 2005) and two reasons for your choice.

Answer:  I’m going for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. The reasons I have for this choice are:

1. The fairytale nature of the book means it is already timeless and could easily be read at any time, past present or future.

2. The book blends so many elements of stories and fairytales everyone already knows and mixes them with new elements that in 100 years time, I could easily see it being a classic alongside The Chronicles of Narnia which did the same thing of blending known stories with new ideas.

Notes: Today I have been switching between my Lonely Planet New Zealand guide and have read the first story in Rogues leaving only another 20 to go! I’d be very surprised if I managed to finish another book during this read-a-thon as Rogues is 832 pages long and I’m on page 48 (at least that’s my estimate as I have a kindle version and there are no page numbers) and my NZ guidebook is 673 pages long and I’m on page 92. (and guidebooks aren’t really the kind of thing you read front to back anyway) I will have more time over the next few days than I have had so far though so it might not be impossible to finish one of these two books. I may even start reading a completely different book and finish that one instead.

Friday:

Pages read: 245

Total number of pages read: 711

Books finished: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Notes: I started and finished Fahrenheit 451 today as I am going to a performance based on the book tomorrow and having never read it before, thought it might be a good idea to at least start the book. As I managed to finish it as well then tomorrow will be back to Rogues and the Lonely Planet New Zealand guide!

Saturday:

Pages read: 33

Total number of pages read: 744

Notes: Today was the busiest day I’ve had during the read-a-thon having been out of the house for the majority of the day and unable to read as I was with other people all day. I would like to try and get to 1000 pages tomorrow and as far as I know I don’t have to leave the house or talk to anyone tomorrow so it wouldn’t be impossible. I did take part in my first twitter chat earlier today and while it may have been my first it will definitely not be my last!

Sunday:

Pages read: 108

Total number of pages read: 852

Total books finished: 2 (Dracula by Bram Stoker and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury)

Notes: So I didn’t manage to make it to 100 pages over the course of the week, but I think 852 pages is still pretty good. I think concentrating on the number of pages I was reading rather than how many books I was finishing did help me as it meant I didn’t feel compelled to finish a book just so I had finished a book but instead could flip between two or three books as I got bored of each. Now I just have to wait until October for the next read-a-thon!

Bout of Books Read-a-thon 13.0

Published May 9, 2015 by julietstubborn
Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So I participated in a previous bout of books read-a-thin (I think 12.0 but I’m not sure!) and didn’t do as well as I hoped only finishing three books in the week. This time around I should have more free time than I did last year to read during the week and would love to finish at least five books during the read-a-thon (that is my realistic estimate anyway I will aim for a book a day but that’s unlikely to happen.)

I will post updates each day during the read-a-thon detailing which books I have started, finished any notes I have on the books and whether I participated in any of the challenges for each day. And if you would like to take part in the read-a-thin too there’s still time to sign up!