Monday, 28 March 2016

THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG DISCUSSION 3 (ADSAL)






1.What was your first impression of Oliver?
My first impression of Oliver was that somehow Marcus had changed from one body to another.

2.Do you like the new magic? Why?
I do like this magic better, since that you don't need a direct power source exactly. You just need to have it and that means we get to see more magic in action!! AND WHO DOESN'T LIKE MAGIC!?!

3.Which is your favorite character that was introduced in this book so far?
Mine would have to be Madame Marineaux and The Marquis. They are such great comic reliefs from my constant fear of evil taking over whatever is going on.

4.What do you think of Eleanor using Necromancy?
I am quite scared she will kill herself or someone else while in a sleep walk out of control thing or just becomes super powerful and no one can stand in her way and Oliver's contract with her let's him, do something with her all powerful magic. I do not trust Oliver one bit!!!!


5.What theories do you have on Eleanor and the hell hounds?

I think she will somehow lure the hell hounds into capturing and obliterating Oliver or Marcus, once she is in a major fight, with either one.

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG DISCUSSION 2 (SSAD)


This is my very late post on the second half of Something Strange and Deadly.


1.What was your favorite quote from the entire book?
"Miss Fitt, you know curiosity gets me killed."

2. Which character do you hate and which character do you love the most? Why?
I hated Clarence because of the way he always was and how he was controlling sometimes. Jie has to be my favorite because she destroys gender norms and is an independent, intelligent and strong character.

3. Did the prediction you made during the first half of the book come true or not? And if it didn’t come true, are you disappointed or shocked?
I had two theories and one of them was actually right but I was still kind of shocked about it.


4. What do you expect is going to happen with Eleanor during the next book?
I expect that she will find a way to deal with what happened and adjust to her missing hand. As well as joining the spirit hunters and maybe learns some magic herself.

5. Who do you think or want Eleanor to end up with in the end? Any reasons?
I want her to end up with Daniel because they are such a cute couple!! :)

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Monday, 7 March 2016

THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG DISCUSSION 1 (SSAD)


In this post I will be answering the Discussion questions I posted in my last post. So let's get to it!! :)

1. What is your favorite place/setting in the book so far? What was your favorite scene in this place/setting?
My favorite place has to be the Fountain inside the Exhibition and of course my favorite scene in the Fountain is when the horde of Dead came in and Eleanor had to escape from her hiding place because of the spirit. In that scene she showed what I think is her true self and she wrecked some dead. Then we saw and discovered how magic works and that was absolutely awesome.

2. What was your first impression of Eleanor?
I hated her. I knew I would probably stop hating her and I did but she just was annoying in the first chapter or two and I just couldn't stand her but as the chapter progressed I began liking her more and more.

3. What do you think is actually happening with the German Academy Boys and Eleanor's Brother?
I have two theories for this. One is that Eleanor's Brother is actually the Necromancer and he is killing the German Academy Boys. This would explain why Clarence looks so paranoid and has the body guard and why he is tired. But I think my second theory is more likely what is going on. My second theory is that Clarence is the Necromancer and he is lying about everything except how tired he is because he is being drained of magic by keeping so many Dead and he is keeping her brother as a prisoner for his knowledge and that the others are dying because he is killing them because they are competition for the election and are not actually helping him.

4. If you were living in Philadelphia at this time, would you believe in the supernatural as Eleanor and the spirit hunters do?
I would certainly believe in the supernatural as I already do in real life because there are Dead everywhere and it isn't like just one person saw the dead and there are alarms for Dead and things so it must be true.

5. What do you think of the magic and it's system so far?
I love the simple magic system and I hope it doesn't get too complicated because I think that its simpleness is what makes it so great for the time the story is set in. Also I really hope nothing too big in electrical terms gets explained cause I am an utter failure at anything that requires something slightly complex for electrical wiring and things like that.
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

WEEK 1 - THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG (SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY PART 1)




















These are the discussion questions for Chapters 1-14 of Something Strange and Deadly for THE GREAT SOOZ READALONG.
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1. What is your favorite place/setting in the book so far? What was your favorite scene in this place/setting?

2. What was your first impression of Eleanor?

3. What do you think is actually happening with the German Academy Boys and Eleanor's Brother?

4. If you were living in Philadelphia at this time, would you believe in the supernatural as Eleanor and the spirit hunters do?

5. What do you think of the magic and it's system so far?
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

TUTORIAL (HTML) - HOW TO HAVE CUSTOM BUTTONS!



Hi, Duane here!! :) I have some basic knowledge of HTML and as you can see my social media buttons on this Blog are custom. Those are very easy to make and this is what this tutorial is about. This Tutorial is for Blogger as I don't know how to use not inline CSS on WordPress and CSS is a pretty big part of this tutorial. So here we go.

One warning: DO NOT REMOVE ANY " FROM THE CODE AS THAT WILL BREAK THE CODE!!


Step 1

First you need to get the button icon you are going to use. This tutorial can be applied for multiple uses such as Social Media Buttons and a Blog Button. If you are designing these yourselves, I would recommend you make them bigger than you need them. For example if you are going to need a 50 pixels by 400 pixels Blog Button make it twice as big. So make it 100px by 800px. The size can be changed later by using CSS but this will ensure that you get a really good quality button. If you are not designing them yourself make sure to get buttons that are the size you want them on your blog or that are proportionally correct but don't get buttons that are smaller than what you want them to be. For this tutorial I am going to be using my own blog buttons.


Step 2

The second step is to upload them to your Blog. For this go to any post or create a new post and press on insert image:


Then upload the image file/s to your blogger and right click and press on 'Copy image address'. After each one paste them somewhere so that you find them later for later use: 




STEP 3

The next step is to go to your Blogger Overview and on the left hand side you click on layout: 

Now click on 'Add a Gadget' wherever you want it to be and 'Add a Gadget' is available: 


Now a Tab is supposed to appear. In that Tab you should find a Gadget called 'HTML/Javascript'. You need to click on the plus sign to its right:


Step 4

Now comes the actual HTML. Copy the Code below into your 'Content' area but do not save because you have to customize some things for yourself:


<html>
<head>

<style>

a {

text-decoration: none;

}

a:hover {

text-decoration: none;

}

#twitterIcon {

width: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
height: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
padding-left: 7px;
padding-right: 7px;

}

#twitterIcon:hover {

content: url(Enter Hover Twitter Icon Link); /* Remove the text inside the brackets and paste the desired url */

}

#goodreadsIcon {

width: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
height: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
padding-left: 7px;
padding-right: 7px;
}

#goodreadsIcon:hover {

content: url(Enter Hover Goodreads Icon Link); /* Remove the text inside the brackets and paste the desired url */

}

#blogLovinIcon {

width: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
height: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
padding-left: 7px;
padding-right: 7px;

}

#blogLovinIcon:hover {

content: url(Enter Hover Bloglovin Icon Link); /* Remove the text inside the brackets  and paste the desired url */

}

.socialPanel {

text-align: center;
margin-right: auto;
margin-left: auto;

}

.socialMedia {

text-align: center;
padding-top: 5px;
max-width: 150px; /* If you want, you can change this to change how many icons can fit in a line or the maximum size of how big an icon can be. */
margin-right: auto;
margin-left: auto;

}
</style>

</head>

<body>
       
    <div class="socialPanel">

        <div class="socialMedia">

<a href="Enter Twitter Link"  target="_blank"> <img src="Enter Twitter Icon Link" id="twitterIcon"> </a>
<a href="Enter Goodreads Link" target="_blank"> <img src="Enter Goodreads Icon Link" id="goodreadsIcon"> </a>
<a href="Enter Bloglovin' Link" target="_blank"> <img src="Enter Bloglovin' Icon Link" id="blogLovinIcon"> </a>

</div>

</div>

</body>

</html>


Step 5

The next step is to customize it. So go through the code and see the comments I left which are in between /* */. What you can also do is copy and paste the 

<a href="Enter Twitter Link" target="_blank"> <img src="Enter Twitter Icon Link" id="twitterIcon"> </a>

And create new ones. Such as Facebook. If you do so change the id to something like:

id="facebookIcon"

and go up to were there is <style> then find:

#twitterIcon {

width: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
height: 40px; /* Change the value according to your own image. And your desired size */
padding-left: 7px;
padding-right: 7px;

}

Copy it and change the #twitterIcon to #facebookIcon or whatever you set the id as.

If you do not want to have the icon change whenever someone hovers over it you need to remove all the parts that are like so:

#twitterIcon:hover {

content: url(Enter Hover Twitter Icon Link); /* Remove the text inside and paste the desired url */

}

Now all you need to do is get the links you had saved earlier for the pics and paste them in the areas where there is 

" Enter Bloglovin' Icon Link " example: 

<img src="Enter Twitter Icon Link" id="twitterIcon"> </a>

" Enter Hover Bloglovin Icon Link " example: 

#blogLovinIcon:hover {

content: url(Enter Hover Bloglovin Icon Link); /* Remove the text inside the brackets and paste the desired url */

}

and lastly finish them by putting the links where each button is supposed to take you by replacing Enter Twitter Link to the actual link:

<a href="Enter Twitter Link"  target="_blank">

That was the last of it. Now you can click save and check to see if everything is fine.
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I hope this helped you and if you have any problems or need some help with some HTML contact me on Twitter or comment on this post or you can use the Contact Form on the right and I will try my best to help you!! And tell me how I can improve Tutorials in the future!! :)
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