10.08.2016

In Two Years' Time - Happy Birthday, Edge of Night!


Happy October!

Another summer has come and gone, and I am no longer drowning in the hot, humid air. Thank god for that. I seriously got spoiled with an absolutely perfect fall-like year in 2015, and 2016 made up for it with several streaks of 90+ degree days.

(I shouldn't be complaining - it was warm here, but it was scorching elsewhere; something like 114 °F in the southern US, and record temps of 120° - 125° in India and other places.. But I am. I do that. I complain about the weather when it's hot, and when it's cold. No shame. Okay, some shame.)

* All temps listed are in Fahrenheit, by the way. Here's a basic °F to °C converter, if you're curious enough and in need of one!

October is one of my favorite months, for several reasons - and since 2014, I've had another one to look forward to. October 8th is my blog's anniversary; or, in the blogging world, blogiversary. Today marks Edge of Night's second, and to celebrate these two wonderful years in the blogosphere, as well as to make up for my trigger-happy posting with Nightfall, I have a little gift for you. Details and more below.

I already went into a brief monologue last year about the wonders of blogging and some of the troubles I had with it, so I'll spare you this time. I find my writing from back then, although not drastically different, a bit annoying.. Still, if you'd like to check it out, please bear with me as you read my first blogiversary post. But I will say it's been an amazing couple of years, and I have you all to thank for that.

Moving on to gift details, I felt bad about not coming through on my original release date for Nightfall, even if it was only a plan, not a promise. But I posted about it waaay too early. Way too early! By the time I started thinking about postponing it, I had a basic plan laid out for the book's layout; it's very likely, however, that my current plan isn't going to be my best option as I accumulate more poems. With this in mind, here's the deal:




Two-Year Blogiversary Gift: Receive an early edition of Nightfall!

Interested in receiving an early edition of my poetry collection? Here's how! :)

  • Anyone who messages me, via comments, email, or social media, and requests a copy will get one. It's as simple as that.
  • You will receive an early PDF version of Nightfall, containing every poem of mine to-date, including the crap ones (because hey, this version is especially for you, and you might not think they're as bad as I do!)
    • This version will use my original layout plan, which may or may not be similar to the final book. Depends on how many poems I end up with.
    • It will be formatted to fit the PDF, not any specific device or range of devices.
    • Think of it as an unofficial version, a special edition even. It's going to include things that likely won't make it into the final one!
  • This is a limited-time offer! Made special for this occasion. You have until October 29th to request one for yourself! Copies will be sent out sometime after this date.
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It's also a blogiversary tradition to share a blog's stats each year. Someone thumbs downed my last post (not complaining! I have those buttons there for a reason! lol), and I have a feeling this might have had something to do with it. And I completely understand that. It's kind of.. it brings everything back to numbers and followers, which are easy things to get preoccupied with. And it probably makes me look like a bit of a showboat, too. But that's truly not my intention.. It's just a fun way to look back on past years and see how things have changed. The numbers aren't important, and they aren't the point. I hope my sharing of stats doesn't come across in a negative way, and I apologize if it seems like that to you. Just wanted to address that!

Now - lights, camera, action.. Totally kidding.

Que the stats!

                                                                                                                 




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- Reader Collab: A Collection of Outside Poetry & Prose

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And let's see.. I also still need to change my header (again), still can't design to save my life (except for the occasional image that comes out not looking like an absolute monstrosity), and I still wish I could visit my fellow bloggers more often. Ahh - so much changes in a year, and yet so many things remain the same! :D

But in all seriousness, thank you, every one of you - the bloggers I've had the pleasure to meet throughout my two years, my readers both interactive and silent, the people on the Internet who come up when I search for "what does this piece of code do" -  all of you. :) Thanks for everything.

Cheers to another year!
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Also, I'm really sorry about not posting much these past few weeks. I just can't get anything finished! Whether it be time, energy, inspiration - something always seems to get in the way. Looks like it might be like that for a while, but I'll keep doin' my best to get things out! I appreciate your patience!

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Eve!!! :D Awesome stats as well! ^.^ Definitely deserve them! =P

    I'd DEFINITELY like an early edition of Nightfall! <3 I may use some for a mini-FruitsVille High comic; if you could make a Fall-based one soon, that'd be a cool collab, too! :P

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    1. Thank you so much, Quayla! :) Woot! I'll write your name down. As I said in the post, I'll be sending those out sometime after the 29th!

      I'm assuming you mean poems, right? Absolutely! That'd be a great collab. :) I'll start thinking something up. Any particular details or themes you'd like in it? Or just something befitting fall?

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    2. Excited for it!! ^O^

      Yeah, something that just screams Autumn! :) These are food characters we're talking about, so something heartfelt/fun will do! :P

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    3. Alrighty! :D I'll see what I can do!

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  2. Congratulations on two amazing years! Cheers to two more *clinks glass*
    I'd love to enter the giveaway :D

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. Thank you, Ellieeee! :D *clink*

      Alrighty! Your name's added to my list!

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  3. Congrats on two years, Eve! :D

    OF COURSE I WANT A COPY! Hehe, lol. ;) I think you have my email, if not let me know.

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    1. Thank you, Faith!! :) Hah! Added you. :D Pretty sure I do, yes! Will stop by and ask for it if I can't find it. Need to come by again soon anyway!

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  4. Yaaay!! Happy Blogiversary! :DD We can see how you are achieving success by going up step by step and this is really amazing. It's nice to see your stats upgrading each year with high numbers because they are actually people who are interested into your blog and in your writing so that is really good. Don't worry about not posting often. Yes it does demand patience for your readers but since you are such an amazing blogger, it is worth the wait. Keep it up!

    I would love to have an early edition of Nightfall :D You are really sweet for doing this! This truly is a gift. ^__^'

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    1. Thank you so much, Heena! :D I agree - I am extremely grateful to all of my readers. And that's just it - it's not the numbers themselves that are important, but, like I said, it's fun to look back and see how far you've come. The step-by-step changes are a reminder that success, however you want to define it, doesn't just come from thin air (unless you're lucky like a lottery winner lol).

      I appreciate that, Heena. :) And you're added to the list!

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  5. happy blogaversary, dearest! <3

    evelyn clickman @ if these stars shall fall

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  6. well congratulations Eve! i'd love a copy, your poetry is amazing and to have it to hold, ahh what a treat!

    ~ noor

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    1. Thank you, Noor! I'll add you to my list! These aren't physical copies; just PDF ebooks. :) So no actual holding, unfortunately. Although once you have the PDF file, you could always print it to make it a physical copy LOL.

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  7. Happy Blogoversary!! Congrats Eve. :D <3

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  8. Happy belated blogging anniversary! Two years is definitely an accomplishment :)
    I'm so honoured the tag we did together was one of the highlights of your blog's year! It was so much fun. I'm always down to do another one or some other kind of collaboration anytime soon!
    Please count me down for getting a copy of Nightfall! Your poetry is just so lyrical to read, and I would love to have a copy to read at my leisure :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes! I never thought I'd last this long. At least not on a single blog. Usually after a little while with something like this, I begin feeling like I need a fresh start and delete/change everything.

      That was a great tag, and I had so much fun doing it with you! Same here - always up for something like that!

      Aw thank you! :) Got you down for one. Expect it sometime after the 29th!

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  9. Congratulations Eve! You sure have come a long way. ^__^
    <3 Happy blogiversary. Even my blog turned two in September.
    And, I would love to read your collected works for Nightfall!

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    1. Thank you! :D Yes! I thought I'd be long gone by now lol. Always end up "starting fresh" or getting burned out with things like this. But I'm really glad that hasn't been the case so far, because I have enjoyed these last two years so much. :)

      Oh, a super happy blogiversary to you, too, Vani! That's so exciting!

      You're down for a copy. :)

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