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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

      The Autumn Supporter Giveaway!       Welcome to the very first of the seasonal BCF supporter giveaways! This month also marks one year since I took on the forum, so I want to say an extra huge thank you to all of you for keeping this place going. I have a little bit more to say about that later but, for now, let's get to the giveaway!     The Autumn Giveaway winner will be getting two Penguin Little Black Classics, The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe and To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Both of these little books contain three atmospheric short stories, perfect for autumnal evenings. The winner will also get Mary Shelley tea (a lavender and vanilla black tea) from Rosie Lea Tea's Literary Tea Collection (https://www.rosieleatea.co.uk/collections/literary-tea-collection) and a chocolate skull, to really get that spooky atmosphere .   and...   A special treat for a special month. The winner will choose one of the following recent paperback releases from the independent bookshop Big Green Bookshop:       The Wych Elm by Tana French A House of Ghosts by W.C. Ryan Melmoth by Sarah Perry The Familiars by Stacey Halls  The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White   The winner will be chosen via the usual random selection process in one week. Patreon supporters are entered automatically. If you aren't a patreon supporter but you'd like to join in with this giveaway, you can support here: https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum.   I really hope you're all going to like this introduction to the seasonal giveaways. It's been a lot of fun to put together. Other chocolate skulls may have been harmed during the selection process…     
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Hello from a Coloring Book Enthusiast

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Hi All, 

I am exciting to join this forum and hope I can contribute.

I am a coloring book enthusiast, mainly for the calmness I feel when coloring.  I also love to read, both fiction and non-fiction.  I just love learning new things.  I have also been working toward publishing my first coloring book, with a twist :-).  I have just completed all the pictures and now have to do the boring part of pulling it all together for publishing.  I hope, therefore, that this forum will be useful to me as well as me being useful to you all.  

It's great to be here.

Maria

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Hi Maria.  Welcome to the board.

 

I have just gotten into the world of adult colouring myself and I love it.  I was on annual leave last week and had treated myself to the four Joanna Basford books, along with some rather expensive colouring pencils but it was totally worth it.  I spent the week alternating between colouring and reading and I had one of the most relaxing weeks ever.

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Hi Maria.  Welcome to the board.

 

I have just gotten into the world of adult colouring myself and I love it.  I was on annual leave last week and had treated myself to the four Joanna Basford books, along with some rather expensive colouring pencils but it was totally worth it.  I spent the week alternating between colouring and reading and I had one of the most relaxing weeks ever.

 

How do you do that? I must be addicted to the internet... I can read for a an hour or 2 at a stretch but I feel the need to "look things up" or just do internet stuff constantly.

 

Conversely when I was a bit overloaded at the beginning of the year, sitting for a couple of hours with crayons and a book was a great way to switch off. Although I always was rubbish at colouring so I expect the 1 book I have will still suffice in 2 years'time, I'm so slow...

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How do you do that? I must be addicted to the internet... I can read for a an hour or 2 at a stretch but I feel the need to "look things up" or just do internet stuff constantly.

 

The internet can be a really big distraction for me too so every now and again I 'unplug' for the day - no computer and no tablet at all for the entire day.  I don't use my mobile/cellphone for anything other than calls and texts so I'm maybe not as addicted as some people are but it's amazing how much more you get done when you are not distracted by the internet.  I also don't do social media either which probably helps too.  I do have to make the effort though (which can be difficult) but it's actually rather enjoyable to have a non internet day.  Yesterday was actually one for me (I didn't go back to work until today due to a local public holiday here yesterday) and I managed to get through a whole book and made a good start on another one which, due to my recent reading slump, was pretty darn good.

 

I think I'm going to have to 'unplug' when I participate in BCFs monthly read-a-thon's too because otherwise I'll not get any reading done at all.

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The internet can be a really big distraction for me too so every now and again I 'unplug' for the day - no computer and no tablet at all for the entire day.  I don't use my mobile/cellphone for anything other than calls and texts so I'm maybe not as addicted as some people are but it's amazing how much more you get done when you are not distracted by the internet.  I also don't do social media either which probably helps too.  I do have to make the effort though (which can be difficult) but it's actually rather enjoyable to have a non internet day.  Yesterday was actually one for me (I didn't go back to work until today due to a local public holiday here yesterday) and I managed to get through a whole book and made a good start on another one which, due to my recent reading slump, was pretty darn good.

 

I think I'm going to have to 'unplug' when I participate in BCFs monthly read-a-thon's too because otherwise I'll not get any reading done at all.

 

I do think you're right. I did do an afternoon yesterday (I was quite pleased with myself actually!) - I'll try and at least reserve non internet time every day while I'm home. I'll certainly get more reading done. Currently getting through a book every 3 weeks on average (and I usually buy more than that!). :)

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Hi, Maria. Publishing your colouring book sounds exciting. Have you released any art in the past?

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Welcome here, Maria :).

 

I think I'm going to have to 'unplug' when I participate in BCFs monthly read-a-thon's too because otherwise I'll not get any reading done at all.

During the monthly read-a-thon I usually use the internet once a day, to post about my progress on the forum and such, but the rest of the day I don't use the internet much and instead try to concentrate on reading. So that's a good idea, I hope it helps you :). I sometimes get distracted too by the internet (though often it's also fun).

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During the monthly read-a-thon I usually use the internet once a day, to post about my progress on the forum and such, but the rest of the day I don't use the internet much and instead try to concentrate on reading. So that's a good idea, I hope it helps you :). I sometimes get distracted too by the internet (though often it's also fun).

 

I've found in the past that whenever I've gone online during one of my 'unplug' days even if it's just briefly to check emails it's just too easy to get distracted by something else.  I'm better just staying away completely; it works best for me.  Since I joined BCF I've had to add this forum to my list of distractions.   :giggle2:

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