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The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop Button

Welcome to the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

Hopefully you are enjoying your stay at my blog and have a look around. Lately I have been reviewing a lot of cozy mysteries and cook books, but if you look at earlier posts you will find a variety of genres and topics, my reading taste is rather eclectic. If you would like to know about future giveaways and new posts in general please consider subscribing to my RSS feed or follow me on twitter. You can also add me on Google+.

With the beginning of summer we are all thinking about vacation, sun, heat and (possibly) the odd lonely island. To put everybody in the right mood I chose “Robinson Crusoe” as my giveaway. It is a used copy in the sense that we had it on our shelf, but it is unread.

Cover Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

From Goodreads:

Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe’s famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being.

Enter the giveaway:

To enter just leave a comment telling me what books you would take on a lonely island (no books on how to make a boat/raft etc. or how to catch fish, please!). If you comment without answering I will delete your comment in order to make it fair for all participants.

The other participants

Don’t forget to hop on to the other participating blogs! You will find the complete list on Judith’s Leeswammes’ blog. Have fun and good luck with all the giveaways.

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Non-fiction giveaway blog hop winner

You are a winner!

Thank you everybody for participating in the first non-fiction giveaway blog hop. For another chance to win non-fiction make sure you follow my blog as I am planning to launch another blog hop with non-fiction giveaways in fall. Now, on to the winner:

Random.org drawing

Random.org picked comment no. 5 which is by Suzanne from Bibliosue. Congrats, Suzanne, you won a new copy of Alain de Botton’s “A week at the airport”. I will be in touch shortly. Happy reading!

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The non-fiction giveaway blog hop

The Non-Fiction Giveaway Blog Hop

Welcome to the first non-fiction giveaway blog hop. Non-fiction is a sadly neglected topic among book bloggers as most of us are mainly talking about fiction. So here we are to give non-fiction its much needed exposure. I am sure you will find a a book about a topic you would like to know more about among the participants’ giveaways. Make sure you visit all of them and sign up for their giveaways. After all…

"You know, everybody’s ignorant, just on different subjects."

~Will Rogers

You will find a list of the participating blogs below my giveaway.

What am I giving away?

week-at-the-airport

It’s a new copy of Alain de Botton’s “A week at the airport”. You can read my review of it here.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with your name and email and tell me what’s your favourite non-fiction topic, and your favourite book about it.

The giveaway is international and closes on April 29.

Now start hopping on to the other participants:

Rikki’s Teleidoscope (Int’l) – this is where you are right now

The Book Garden (Int’l)

Curiosity killed the bookworm (Int’l)

Ex urbanis (Int’l)

Bookchickdi (Int’l & US)

Snow Feathers (Int’l)

Buku-Buku Didi (Int’l)

Doing Dewey (US)

Saving in seconds (US)

 

Have fun and good luck!

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The Non-Fiction Giveaway Blog Hop

The Non-Fiction Giveaway Blog Hop

When I joined Birgit’s This isn’t fiction reading challenge I didn’t know that I would be going through quite a number of non-fiction books this year. I signed up for five books and already almost reached this goal and it is not even April! I know from her recent series about non-fiction that there are quite a few other non-fiction readers out there (after all somebody must buy all those tons of non-fiction books coming out every year). So, how about a non-fiction giveaway blog hop? A lot of those books are never re-read, why let them sit on the shelf and catch dust?

Join the Non-fiction giveaway blog hop and give those books to a good home where they will serve their purpose all over again! Alternatively give away a new book that you loved and want to share with other readers!

The rules:

The giveaway runs from April 26 to 29, 2013.

Everybody stipulates their own rules. One country or international, it is up to you.

The giveaway must be a non-fiction book, it can be a cook book, a craft book, a biography, it can be about whatever topic you want, as long as the content is not fictional.

Winners should be drawn within 5 days of giveaway closing and made public on your blog.

Sign up:

Please use the form below to sign up and make sure you add whether your giveaway is international or what country/continent it is limited to. Sign up closes on April 20. You will receive a reminder about the hop a few days before its start. Please, do not sign up if you do not intend to have your giveaway post up on the morning of April 26.

There is no obligation to write a sign-up post on your blog, but I would be eternally grateful if you did anyway to spread the word about this hop.

Join the Non-Fiction Giveaway Blog Hop and give a non-fiction book a new home!

"You know, everybody’s ignorant, just on different subjects."

~Will Rogers 

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The Literary Blog Hop Giveaway

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Welcome to the  Literary Blog Hop Giveaway!

I hope you are enjoying your stay at my blog and have a look around. If you would like to know about future giveaways and new posts in general please consider subscribing to my RSS feed or follow me on twitter. You can also add me on Google+, but I am not very active there. .

What am I giving away?

gargoyle

I am giving away a copy “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson. I loved the book, and Marianne Engel is one of my favourite characters ever. I have blogged about The Gargoyle a few times already. You can compare its covers, read its beginning, read my review and see a few pictures of one of its locations which is not far from where I live. I will send the book to you via The Book Depository, so everybody who lives in a country that TBD ships to can enter.

Enter the giveaway

To enter the giveaway, please enter your details into this Google Form.

The giveaway is closed now. Random.org has picked Chantelle from Looking for the panacea as the winner. Congrats, Chantelle! 

The other participants

Don’t forget to hop on to all the other participating blogs and have fun! You will find a list on Leeswammes’ Blog. Thank you, Judith, for hosting this event again!

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Another Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is coming

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Once more Judith from Leeswammes’ Blog will be hosting the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop in February. It is already the seventh time she is doing that and I think I participated in each single one (yes, I checked and I did). Needless to say I will participate in this one as well. It is always fun to hop around, pick and choose which books you might want to win and get to know new blogs.

Want to join in on the fun? Hop over to Judith and sign up!

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A Christmas Carol (BBC)

My Christmas Carol movie marathon continues…

Christmas Carol cover 1977

You can’t go wrong with this movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The BBC did it in 1977 with Michael Hordern as Scrooge and he is fabulous. Mean and morose, he makes Michael Caine as Scrooge look like the benefactor of the year.

The production is rather spooky and bleak, no big special effects, just the bare story as we all know it. No lovely locations; you know, you can even make slums look picturesque if you want to, but here we are talking about black and white line drawings for setting the scene. They certainly haven’t spent a lot of money on location and decor, but instead focused on the cast.

Other than the previous two adaptations I blogged about (Muppets and Blackadder) I wouldn’t watch this one for jolly entertainment and a good time – popcorn and Coke included -, but rather for educational purposes.

A Christmas Carol at imdb.

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Dickens in December

Dickens in December is hosted by Beauty is a sleeping cat and Postcards from Asia.

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Blackadder’s Christmas Carol

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

I just love watching Christmas Carol re-tellings, especially the ones with a little twist. So what is better than a reverse one? If you know Black Adder (one of my favourite comedy series EVER) you will know already that this short movie – it is only 45 minutes – will be funny and entertaining.

Mr. Ebenezer Blackadder is a good person, charitable and giving, but after the visit of the Ghost of Christmas (delightful Robbie Coltrane alone is worth watching the film just because of his little ballerina entering dance) he decides to change his ways.

The whole Black Adder cast is present, Baldrick is the ubiquitous servant as always, and the usual suspects make an appearance, Hugh Laurie as the dozy Prince George, Stephen Fry as Lord Melchett, Miranda Richardson, Miriam Margolyes, Nursie, everybody you know and love is there.

Traditional Christmas Carol fans might be a wee bit disappointed in this rendition but for Black Adder fans this is a must see.

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Dickens in December

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A Holiday Card from Down Under

Holiday card and bookmarkThe holiday card from the Book Bloggers Holiday Cards Exchange arrived today. My swap partner was Jeanie from Sam still reading and she lives on the other side of the globe in Australia. How exciting!

Bookmark

I got a very cute Santa card and a handmade bookmark with an origami woman on it. I love handmade gifts, and a bookmark always comes in handy. Yes, I have seen the error of my ways and started to use bookmarks again, :). Thank you, Jeanie for a lovely gift and a great card!

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets Christmas Carol

When it comes to Dickens in December for me The Muppet Christmas Carol is a must see. This is even more surprising when you know that I am not a big fan of the Muppets –actually I dislike everything animated, puppet-ish, cartoon-ish, you get the idea. Even worse, I don’t particularly like musicals either, and there is a LOT of singing in this Muppets movie.

Scrooge is played by Michael Caine and that is a definite plus. He is the perfect Scrooge and Kermit as his employee Cratchit is just as great. Gonzo, of all people, plays Charles Dickens as storyteller.
The music is pretty awesome, Waldorf and Statler as Marley and Marley do a great performance with the song “Marley and Marley”, which is one of my favourites in the movie.

The movie is fun to watch and enjoyable for adults and children alike. The only thing I don’t like are the characters of the three ghosts of Christmas, somehow they didn’t fit into the rest of the cast. But this is just a small complaint.

All in all this is a great and fun Christmas movie for the whole family.

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Dickens in December

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Dickens in December

Dickens in December

Judith got me on to the Dickens in December event hosted by Caoline from Beauty is a sleeping cat and Delia from Postcards from Asia.

The event consists of various activities, readalongs, book reviews, giveaways and watchalongs. I can’t say that I am a huge Dickens fan, but John gave me the complete Dickens collection for Christmas last year and I haven’t watched one thing yet! About time!

So instead of going to read Dickens it will be watching movies for me. Who else is going to join in on the fun?

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The Literary Blog Hop giveaway winner

Random.org I still haven’t received them, but I already have a winner for my set of bookmarks. The winner is commenter no. 7 who is Caroline from Beauty is a sleeping cat (and just in case you are asking, I did not count one entry which was just a correction of an email address).

Congrats, Caroline! I will be in touch by email and will send the bookmarks off to you as soon as I can. Like I said it could take a little while, but I will not forget, promise!

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The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sixth Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

It is great that you found your way here. I hope you are enjoying your stay at my blog and have a look around. If you would like to be notified about new posts please consider subscribing to my RSS feed or follow me on twitter. You can also add me on Google+.

What am I giving away?

Judith encouraged me to give away something different today. I digitally made this set of 2013 calendar bookmarks and I am giving away one set. However, I must let you know that I have not received my prints yet, so it will take a while before I can get the set out to the winner. But I won’t forget and I promise that you will get them before the new year, :).

Calendar Set 2013

Enter the giveaway

To enter my giveaway, simply leave a comment and tell me whether you are a bookmark user or a promoter of “dog earing”. Don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you, all the world knows I am a book abuser.

The other participants

For the other participants, please go to Leeswammes’ Blog. You will find the links to all the fifty participants there. There are great books to be won!

And now have lots of fun hopping!

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Bloggiesta giveaway winner

Only two people actually finished my Bloggiesta mini challenge about basic photo editing and posted the before and after images on their blog. So, random.org didn’t have a lot to do this time and chose the first entrant.

Random.org drawing

And the first entrant is Judith! Congrats, Judith! You won the e-book Real.Life.Photography by Rebecca Cooper. I will send you an email with the gift code.

real.life.photography 

Thank you everybody for checking out my challenge, for trying out Picmonkey and for playing.

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Bloggiesta conclusion

Bloggiesta

OK, I think I am done with actively working on my blog during Bloggiesta. Somehow I didn’t feel like updating my Goodreads; I chose instead to update my reviews list, so all books are on it now. I had neglected it for a long while.

Also I wrote a couple of reviews and another post for Crafty Tuesday and am quite happy with what I did.

Don’t forget you can still join my Photo Editing challenge and maybe you will win a great e-book about Real.Life.Photography from Ella Publishing.

It was a fun weekend, it is evening now where I am and I am done! How is everybody else feeling? Are you happy with what you got accomplished or have you procrastinated like the best of them and spent all time on twitter and browsing other people’s blogs (not that there is anything wrong with that)?

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Bloggiesta update 2

Bloggiesta

Saturday was another good day and I tackled two things:

I really liked this one. Related posts are really a good idea and I am quite happy with nRelate. It is rather good and no work at all. What I did after reading the challenge is install the “Tweet old posts” plugin that automatically tweets older posts to being them back to the attention of twitter followers. I tweeted one immediately (you have no say in what post, but can exclude categories and specific posts from the pool) and it re-tweeted a locations post – good choice, :).

My overall score is 85, which is pretty good, especially seeing that I don’t promote my blog much or that I don’t monetize it in any way (not counting the affiliate links, if I depended on them I’d have starved a long time ago).

What this grader obviously wants me to do is get a Facebook page. Thanks, but no, thanks. I do have a Facebook account but it is rather independent from any other online activities and I want to keep it that way.

It complains about lack of tweets about my content and/or Facebook shares. Well, it IS possible to do that easily from every post, so if people don’t want to do it, I can’t do much about it. I mean, I hardly ever tweet or share other people’s posts so I am not one to complain. 

A 301 redirect is a good suggestion. I looked into that already some time ago and somehow – I can’t remember why – I couldn’t do it. I hate messing directly with program files, so I might look into a plugin for it. I will look into that again.

Today I want to update my Goodreads account and then I will be done. Not bad at all! How are you all doing?

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Bloggiesta update 1

Bloggiesta

Day 1 is over, what have I got done so far?

I have already cleaned my Google Reader. What a great feeling it was to unsubscribe from feeds. I came from 128 and ended up at 61, that is quite good going. In the future if I find I don’t read a blog in a week I will unsubscribe from it. I do not want to get into a situation where I have to stare at a list of 867 unread items again.

I went through Joy’s Evernote challenge and decided how to incorporate Evernote into my blogging.

I installed the Tumblr app on my phone and made sure I had my tumblr account activated in Instagram. That should make posting on my Tumblr blog Teleidoscope 2.0 a little easier.

Not too bad for only one evening. Saturday will be a bit busy, but I hope to get to do some more later in the afternoon.

How is everybody else doing?

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Bloggiesta kick-off

Bloggiesta

OK, I am all set and ready to go for Bloggiesta, are you, too?

What are my plans? Well, I am quite happy with the look and behind the scenes of my blog right now, so I don’t feel the need to do much. However, there are a few areas that could do with a little improvement.

  • I need to clean out my Google reader. It collects so many feeds right now that I always am behind, no matter how often I try and read posts.
  • Joy from Joy’s Book Blog offers an Evernote challenge. I LOVE Evernote for my “real” life and am looking forward to reading about Joy’s ideas on how to incorporate it into blogging.
  • I am going to have a look at The Blue Stocking’s Revitalize old content challenge. Sounds interesting!
  • I like the idea of my Tumblr blog Teleidoscope 2.0 but it is sadly neglected. I want to find a way to easily update it with conten on a regular basis which also includes Instagram.
  • If I have time I want to update my Goodreads account with reviews and ratings.
  • And, of course, (you might have noticed it already), I am running my own mini challenge this time about basic photo editing. So I am planning time for that as well.

Bloggiesta is hosted by Suey from It’s all about books and the 1st daughter from There’s a book. You can find more information, a list of all participants and a master list of challenges over there. On Twitter you can find us with the hashtag #bloggiesta. On Twitter there will also be a few twitter parties which are always fun.

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Bloggiesta Mini Challenge: Basic photo editing

Bloggiesta

Hi! Welcome to my mini challenge about basic photo editing.

If you are a blogger you most likely work with images to enhance your blog posts, at least now and then. Maybe all pictures you use on your blog are book covers that you downloaded from the net; maybe you take pictures of your own books, book shelves, book bags, library etc. It doesn’t matter where your pictures come from or whether they were taken with a cell phone, a point and shoot camera or the most sophisticated DSLR camera. Almost every photo can do with a little editing. There is not much work involved, will only take a few minutes and the result is always an improvement.

Today I want to give you some basic photo editing tips that will make the pictures on your blog look so much better than the SOOC (straight out of the camera) ones that you might have used until today.

Don’t worry we will only cover a few easy things that can be done in any photo editing software (e.g. Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Gimp). After that I will show you a nifty online tool that you can use if you haven’t got any editing software on your computer.
I am doing my editing with Photoshop CS2, so you might have to look around a bit in your software to find an equivalent, but I am sure it is there somewhere.

Before you begin editing, open your image and duplicate it, then close the original. You always want to work on a duplicate, so you have the original to go back to if you don’t like your editing results but accidentally saved them.

 

CROPPING

Cropping iconThe first thing you might want to do is crop your picture. Is there something on the side or in the corner of the picture that distracts from the subject and you would like to get rid of it? If you don’t need or want to stick to a certain ratio of the image, just get out the crop tool and start cropping.

I am using a photo of my Harry Potter books that I took to post for the Harry Potter readalong. I know, the quality is not the best and they would definitely look better if they were all one kind of edition, but it is how it is – I took it with my cell and it is rather grainy; that is why I am going to remove the colours later. Things that don’t go that well together in terms of colour often look better without them.

Do you see those ugly robot’s feet on the left? I used them to prop up the books, but I don’t want to show them.

Uncropped

Open your image and choose the crop tool in your software (it normally looks like the icon I posted at the beginning of this paragraph). Start at the upper left corner where you want your image to begin and drag out a square or rectangle until you cover all the area you want to show.

Cropping

Then commit by hitting Enter or clicking on the checkmark in the menu bar.

There, now your photo is cropped and only shows what you want to show.

Cropped photo

 

RESIZING

Image sizeNow it is time to resize your image. Unless you have your camera set to the lowest image size your image is probably too big to use online.

Go to ->Image, ->Image size. Change the resolution to 72ppi which will automatically decrease your pixel size. Then enter the width pixel size that you would like to have. For my blog a width of 600 is about the maximum that is shown properly. It totally depends on the column sizes of your blog. For the main content column a width of 400 to 500px is a good medium size. For a sidebar a width of 100 to 200px maximum would be suitable.

Image size dialog

Don’t ever increase the size of the image! You might get away with a small increase (especially on a monitor) but in a lot of cases your image will look pixelated and ugly. If your photo is too small for your purpose, instead consider adding a background and /or frame of some sort to make the whole image look bigger. .

See Pedro at the beginning of this post all nice and crisp? Below is what he looks like when increased in size:

Pedro way too big

Not so pretty anymore, is he?

Whatever width you decide on, it is absolutely crucial that you keep the ratio of the picture! Make sure the checkbox "constrain proportions" (or maybe “keep ratio” or something similar) is checked. Then the software will automatically choose the proper height according to the chosen width to keep your image with the correct proportions. Of course, you can always enter the appropriate height yourself, but that involves some maths, why not let the program do the work for you?
If the ratio is not kept your image will be distorted and looks extremely unattractive.

Let’s take Pedro again. You might only have a 100px sidebar spot for the Bloggiesta button, but Pedro is 152px wide. So you go and change his width, but forget to check the proportions checkbox. Now he looks like this:

Pedro too thin

He is recognizable, but still! We can do better than that!

 

COLOR CORRECTION

Color correction iconsNow that you have your image cropped and resized you can correct its colours a bit if you wish to do so.

The two basic things you can do is improve the brightness and contrast of your image, and then you can play with hue, saturation and lightness. If you use Photoshop you might want to do that as an adjustment layer. That is represented by a little button in the bottom of the layers palette. The advantage is that you can always go back and change your settings or remove the adjustment altogether. If you don’t have that option, you just change the values and they change the image for good (unless, of course, you go back with Ctrl+Z).

Go to –>Image, –> Adjustments, –>Brightness and Contrast and move the slider until you like the result. The settings always depend on your image, but do not overdo it. Just play around until you like what you see.

Brightness & Contrast

This makes my image a bit brighter and boosts the contrast. That’s ok for me because I want to give it another tint altogether.

Brighter and more contrast-y

 

–>Image, –> Adjustments, -> Hue, saturation and lightness is not a necessary editing step, but you might want to use it if you want to change the overall colour of your picture, give it a certain tint or desaturate it to make it black and white. There are other methods to turn a picture to black and white but this is the easiest one. Try it out, move the sliders and see what they can do.

Hue & Saturation

Above are the settings I used to make my image look like this:

Colorized

 

This is as far as we are going today. Not hard, is it?

Now, if you do not have any graphics software, there are online tools also that will help you accomplish basic (and also pretty advanced)  editing. The one I am going to show you today is PicMonkey.

 

Picmonkey

 

Snap_2012.09.07_21h21m07s_001I love Picmonkey. It is easy to use, it is free and it requires no registration.

All you need to do is click on “Edit a photo” and upload your image.

Edit a photo button

After you upload you image you might come across this window (which I saw yesterday for the first time when I uploaded a poor quality photo, not sure whether this is a new feature or whether it only turns up in certain cases):

Image setting choice

Since your answer depends entirely on the photo you are using I suggest that for now you just click on “Cance” and use your photo as is.

Picmonkey is rather self-explanatory. You have an auto adjust button that automatically enhances your image. Or at least it should do. If you don’t like whatever Picmonkey is doing just click on the “Undo” button at the top of the screen.

Undo button

On the left you have all the editing options, like cropping, rotating, resizing etc. Hit the apply button when you have adjusted the settings to apply the change (it can be undone with the undone button).

Editing options

But there is more. If you click on the icons on the far left, other menus open. You can add effects, can touch up skin, fix blemishes, whiten teeth and so on.

EffectsTouch up

There are many more options like adding captions, little symbols etc. . Just play around and remember, you can always undo what you have done if you don’t like the result.

Once you are finished click on “Save” to save your image. A dialog box opens on the left, where you can choose a file size, i.e. quality, of the image. The pixel dimensions are always the same, just the size of the file changes according to your settings. Mel is poor quality, Ewan decent and Russell excellent. In my example below the difference in file size is between 500kb and 1.4MB. The file size is down to the fact that I kept my image at its original size and didn’t resize it to web size. If you can afford it space wise always go for the better quality.

Saving the masterpiece

After resizing to a web size my file size difference was only between 22kb and 51kb. And here is my Harry Potter picture after applying the auto adjust, cropping, desaturating and the Lomo effect.

Edited photo

OK, we are done for today.

 

What is the challenge?

I would like you to go and find an image that you would like to post on your blog and edit it in some way. Crop it, improve or change the colours, resize it, add an effect, whatever you like to do in order to make the picture look better. Then post it on your blog (before and after, please) and come back here and link us up to it, so we can come and have a look.

One thing to consider: Please do NOT just take any image from the net that you come across! Always respect the copyright of people and check the terms of use of images on sites where you CAN take images from. 

 

What is the prize for one lucky winner?

I am giving away one copy of Ella Publishing’s e-book Real.Life.Photography by Rebecca Cooper. Ella Publishing’s e-books always give excellent advice and easy to follow instructions, plus, they look great! I know them from own experience and highly recommend them.

real.life.photography

After Bloggiesta I will draw a winner from all participants who were up for my challenge and posted a link to their blog post with the before and after image(s) in the comments of this blog post.

Also, for everybody who did not win the book but is interested in buying it Ella Publishing was so generous to offer a 20% discount for my readers to buy Real.Life.Photography. Just use the discount code REALLIFE20 when you check out to get 20% off. The code expires on December 31, 2012.

If you come across a problem, have any questions about above editing tips or about anything else related to Photoshop or photo editing in general, please send me an email via the contact button on the left, via my Contact Me page, leave a comment to this post or contact me on twitter. I would love to hear from you and will get back to you as soon as possible.

And now, have fun with your images and with all the other fun Bloggiesta events!

You will find everything you need to know about them at It’s all about books and There’s a book.

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The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is coming back

Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

You probably know the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop already. Judith from Leeswammes’ Blog is hosting it for the sixth time already. This fall it will take place from Oct 27 to 31 and it will a great event again, I am sure.

This is what Judith says about it:

This event is an opportunity to give away prizes and get more traffic to your blog. You will run your own giveaway, but it will be linked up to all other participants via a links list. That way, not just your readers, but also the readers from the other participating blogs will stop by your blog.

You can offer one or more books, a gift voucher (for instance, to amazon or bookdepository), or anything else related to books and reading. There is no minimum or maximum value that your prize should have.

The only restriction is that if you’re giving away a book, that it should have some literary merit. It does not have to be the most difficult classic ever, but please no romance, urban fiction or YA. Quality thrillers, poetry and non-fiction are fine, as are contemporary fiction, literary fiction and any other genres not in the categories above. If in doubt, please ask!

You can find more information about the hop and how to sign up over at Leeswammes’ Blog. What are you waiting for? It is going to be fun!

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Bloggiesta is around the corner

Bloggiesta

It is almost time for the next Bloggiesta. it will take place the last weekend in September and will again be hosted by Suey from It’s all about books and the 1st daughter from There’s a book.

This must be my 4th time or so that I am participating and – apart from getting a lot of things done – it has always been great fun. No idea what I am going to do yet though. I only changed the blog’s looks six months ago and feel no need to do anything cosmetic again. I might look into a better mobile version or something else that goes into a more technical direction. We will see.

This is what you can expect from Bloggiesta:

  • to spend time that weekend (as much or as little as your schedule allows) working on your blog
  • to create a to do list to share on your blog and link up with other participants
  • to hopefully participant in several mini challenges and learn something new
  • to connect with other participants through blog hopping or twitter
  • to make new blogging friends!
  • to come away at the end of the three days with a spiffed up blog!
    Are you going to join us for a fun blogging weekend? Write your participating post and head on over to There’s a book to sign up!
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Solutions to the book beginnings quiz

Thanks to everybody participating in the blogoversary book beginnings quiz. Here are the answers to the five book beginning questions:

1. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

3. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

5. Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The only entrant who got all the answers right is Elena from Books and Reviews. Congrats, Elena! You did great and won a small bookish something! I will be in touch.

 

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