"Hello Giveaway Hop" - Dani Harper's Post

Many thanks to THE HERD HOPS for
hosting this great giveaway event!
In keeping with my New Year's resolution to wrestle order out of chaos in my office, I've cleaned out my closet of long-forgotten swag and found some surprising goodies. (One of them is being offered as part of my prize!)

But first, this Blog Hop requires me to dust off some lesser known facts about myself! So here goes...


1. I'm seriously addicted to gnomes. I pick them up as souvenirs whenever I travel, plus I rescue them from folks who don't appreciate them. Over the years, I've accumulated a flourishing colony. And as you might expect, they've taken over the yard. In fact, the gnomes recently applied for a permit to begin building an apartment complex....  
(BTW, it's no surprise that gnomes even crept into my recent faery PNR - Storm Warned!)
One of many gnome families in my garden
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2. I'm a HUGE science nerd! I realize now that I should have followed a career in geology, astronomy, physics or biology -- but probably didn't because I couldn't narrow it down! Tough to specialize when you're interested in EVERYTHING!  I admire big-brained folks like Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla, Stephen Hawking, Lynn Margulis, E.O. Wilson, Gene and Carolyn Shoemaker, and Richard Dawkins. 

I adore fictional smart guys as well, like Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Mr. Spock (I'd make a terrific Vulcan!). Though I don't have an advanced degree in anything but hard knocks, I've read enough to be able to hold my own in an episode of Big Bang Theory -- especially since I also have a passion for comic books!
My favorite comedy show.
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3. Maybe I'm just unusually balanced, but in addition to my love of hard science, I have a passion for the paranormal. I collect myths, lore, legends, superstitions, and folktales from many different cultures, and I draw inspiration from them for the stories I write. I also have several sets of tarot cards, a drawer full of crystals, and shelves of books on magic. 
One of the decks in my collection,
The Llewellyn Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson 
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4. I ADORE chickens! I have a friendly flock of 14 who follow me everywhere in the yard. My current favorites are Araucanas (they lay BLUE eggs!), Cuckoo Marans, Cochins, Speckled Sussex, and Crested Polish! Looking forward to chicks this spring and a chance to become acquainted with some new-to-me breeds like the Salmon Faverolle!
This is Bigfoot, a black Cochin rooster, with
a Buttercup hen in the background.
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5. I collect Maneki Nekos ("beckoning cats" in Japanese) just because they make me SMILE. These good luck felines are often seen in Asian businesses. The cat is most often white with spots, but can be any color. One paw is always raised in a welcoming gesture to draw customers into the establishment. All my lucky cats live in my office in the form of clocks, posters, and figurines. Even my desktop mousepad has a Maneki Neko on it! (The PC was replaced by a laptop long ago, but I refuse to part with this mousepad!)
I have this particular figure on my windowsill
in my office, watching me as I write this blog post.
The more kittens a Maneki Neko has, the luckier it is!
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GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!  CONGRATS TO TRACI U.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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There's a giveaway at every stop in the hop, so be sure to visit them all! 
Here's the LINKY LIST of participating sites:





50 comments:

  1. I collect Fiesta Ware, cookware, and sand.

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    1. Oooo, I love Fiesta Ware - so bright and colorful!

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  2. I collect and have for 37 years... Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments!!!! and books of course!!

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    1. Just sent a couple of Hallmark ornaments as gifts. They come up with some great ones, don't they? (And I should have thought of BOOKS! *smacks forehead*)

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  3. I like to collet swords and signed books :)

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    1. I have another friend who collects swords - amazing hobby!

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  4. I Love all the lovely facts about you. You remind me a lot of my eldest daughter. You love science; but, also have a streak of "whimsy". Love how it all comes together in your stories.

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  5. I love your collections Dani, I collect Carousel horses :)

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    1. At a fair, I always spend time at the "merry-go-round" admiring the artwork of the carousel animals.

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    1. I have a friend who collects antique baby dolls, and another one who has a room full of Barbies. Do you have a favorite?

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  7. I collect novels by Robert Lionel Fanthorpe.

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    1. That's not easy - he wrote under a lot of pen names!

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  8. I don't actively collect anything, except maybe Jack Skellington...and I might hoard craft supplies, and there's a slight possibility I have over 400 different nail polishes...but that's it, I swear! Oh wait, I do have a binder full of Pokemon cards...but that's definitely it! I think..

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    1. One of my daughters loves Jack Skellington. And I totally understand what it's like to suddenly discover you have a "collection" of something without ever intending to!

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  9. I collect swag and books. You can never have enough of either one. :D

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    1. I love seeing what other authors do for swag. Some great ideas out there!

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    1. I'm thinking there should be unicorns in the fae realms of my Grim Series

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    1. I had a stamp collection as a kid. I still get a kick out of picking out the latest books of stamps at the post office.

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    1. Don't we all? Mine are taking over the house.

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  13. I collect Hall teapots, and depression glass.

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    1. I know what depression glass is, and I've had a few pieces in my life. Had to look up Hall teapots, though. They're lovely!

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  14. I just started two new collections- minions and book swag!! I love the Minions, I just crack up when I see them.

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    1. I definitely have a soft spot for Minions. Despicable Me 1 and 2 are among my all time fav animated movies.

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  15. I collect vintage compacts and depression glass. Love your list Dani. Also love your books.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks Carol! Vintage compacts would be a fascinating thing to collect. My mom had a couple of beauties.

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  16. I collect roosters, glass or china and old kitchen utensils

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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    1. There's such a lovely selection of chicken art these days. I have a big rooster figurine on top of my fridge, and a pair of rooster art prints over the stove. That's as far as I've dared go, however -- the yard full of live chickens is just outside the kitchen window!

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  17. I have collected music boxes since I was a teen, I am now 55. I have a room in my home that my husband built shelves to sit many of them on. My house is covered and I do sometimes have to purge them, but many are precious to me, ones bought by my parents who are no longer here, ones bought by my husband and children, priceless!

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  18. I have a big collection of angels and I also have a big collection of m&m dispensers!

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  19. I used to collect fairies (sculptures and prints, not actual ones!) but that has slowed down over the years. Now I really only collect books ;)

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  20. My grandson and I collect Thomas the Tank Engine toys and accessories.

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  21. I collect anything that has a wolf on it.

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  22. I collect Winnie the Poohs! I still have my first one that I received when I was 7! I have ceramic poohs and stuffed poohs so far!

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  23. I collect Dragons, silver, gold, candles and every one that a family of friend has given me. TFS.

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  24. I guess I collect Star Trek and Doctor Who stuff. And stamps.

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  25. I hate collecting things. I'm very anti-clutter. However, I have four ukuleles. I'm trying to stop there.

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  26. Well for Christmas I purchased some of those new adult coloring books and my daughter bought me colored pencils and markers. So I am looking forward to trying it out. Thank you ♡

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  27. I love Elephant's so i have a great collection of them , My daughter bought me 2 New ones for Christmas. .

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  28. I love Elephant's so i have a great collection of them , My daughter bought me 2 New ones for Christmas. .

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  29. I collect mugs, antique glassware, and pottery. I also love books on magick and I have a couple of Tarot decks, but my primary deck is missing a card (thanks to a curious child), so I'm looking for another great deck, if you have any suggestions. I've had trouble finding one that speaks to me. I've felt like I'm missing a piece of myself since I've not been practicing Tarot every day.

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  30. I love gnomes, geology, and The Big Bang Theory, too!

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  31. I collect... books. Ha ha ha. Pens! I collect pens. The "peeps" pen is by far the oddest.

    Have you seen Scorpion? Sounds like the kind of show that would be right up your fandom.

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  32. I collect Piggy/ Non-Piggy Banks. I've been working on a State Piggy Bank collection for a few years now. I have maybe 20 State banks which is impressive for me since I don't travel much and most of them were given to be by friends or relatives who traveled!

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  33. I collect too many things! It makes my husband crazy. My newest craze is Limoge china.

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  34. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATS TO TRACI U. Thank you to everyone who read my post, entered my contest, and left a comment. I really enjoyed reading what you collect!

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Love your comments and read every one of them! Thanks for taking the time to write!