Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas (Eve) Everyone!

I'm taking a little break over the holidays to practice my sword-fighting skills, perfect the fine art of Swedish cooking, and work on my next book. (Someday, maybe you'll thank me!)

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I'll return on January 2 with more weird facts to blow your minds.

You'll . . .

Take a tour of a town filled with art forgers.
Meet the blue people of Troublesome Creek.
Learn how to build your own tropical island.
Find out about tattoos that change with your mood.
Discover the treasure hidden deep beneath Manhattan's skyscrapers.

See you in 2008!


Anonymous SAME ANANYMOUS said...


10:35 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

I DON'T KNOW SAME ANANYMOUS!! NOOO DON'T LEAVE US ANANKA!!! XD lol, have a nice time in where ever you're going. (aww I'm staying home for Christmas TT-TT) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!! o^-^o

10:57 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Happy Christmas (Eve)!

I can't wait to learn about blue people...

Can't wait for your next Kiki book...

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Jin Ai Y. said...

AHH can't wait!
Also for your next book...won't you be nice and give us a hint as to what it's about? :D

I'll be bored and have nothing to do at home :(

I loved the Christmas present ideas below, especially the possessed books and wrapping paper.

I'm trying to build an alarm that buzzes every time someone turns my doorknob or a REALLY REALLY REALLY simple pass code type thing but I'm having a bit of trouble :P Where is Luz when you need her??!

PS: I'm dedicating my anti 'I HEART NY' shirt icon to you! :D

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

I will miss you! Have fun! And we're moving at the beginning of January, (only temporarily) so if we don't have internet access, (but I think we will) this is Goodbye, everybody! until the end of July. :(

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope u have a good holiday Annaka and i'm just dying to know what the next Kiki strike book is about! :) I'll try to get u the story by Febuary since the HSPT is in January and I'll be studying like crazy! mk*

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Kirsten said...

Swedish cooking?!!? yum! Just stay away from lutefisk...I'm Norweigan, trust me, IT'S NOT WORTH IT! My moter is going to force me to eat some tonight...yuck.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Remember the 'reason for the season'!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

horay! christmas is here! I found a really cool type of street dress in tokyo and other major citys! gothic lolita! i am not goth, but lolita style is very cool, I think betty would love it!
(_) (supposed to be a halo)
O (oh holy night, the stars are brightly shinning...)

1:10 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

Merry Christmas everyone!

I can't wait for the next book!

I love it how everyone says "see you next year".

1:19 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

Happy Christmas to everyone! Ananka, please read this before you go in cognito. Have any of you seen NAtional Treasure 2: BOok of Secrets yry? OMG It was the best movie in the history of mankind! AND they're making a THIRD one! I'm ecstatic! Ananka, can you teach me to solve a international conspiracy? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ?!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Mage said...


1:58 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS Kirsten and Ananka! :D

2:35 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

OMG-Just saw National Treasure 2! Like, 5 min. ago!

I love Riley on there!!!!!

4:07 PM  
Anonymous cupcakedoll said...

Can't wait to read future stories of weird things, and with luck I'll find one or two to suggest to you. Did you know someone cloned kittens that glow under blackligt? Now if they could just make them all the way glow-in-the-dark we'd never step on our cats in a dark basement. (which I have done but don't worry, she wasn't hurt.) I'll dig up the link later.

Merry Christmas Ananka and y'all!

9:01 PM  
Blogger ookamishinzui said...

Have a merry Cristmas everyone!!!!
(and a happy new year) I can't wait for the nest Kiki Strike book when does it come out???? people???? where do you find these things???? do you just go to google and type in "random facts" or something?

10:53 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...


Happy Christmas!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous SAME ANANYMOUS said...

marry christmas

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Merry Christmas!
I checked!
PLEASE LET US HAVE INTERNET ACCESS WHEN WE MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!! My mother says we probably will. *whew* If we don't, I will find an Internet cafe.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Ginnyweasley007 said...

cupcake doll believe it or not ananka already had a post on the blacklight kittys!!!!!


3:42 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Those all sound fantastic. ^^ Merry Christmas - I'll see you soon. :)

4:38 PM  
Anonymous  said...


when the second book comes to brazil?

i loveeeeeee kiki and the irregulars!

thks :D

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas everyone! Yay, I got a Kiki Strike t shirt for Christmas and now I am HAPPY! Wearing it as I type, actually! Yes! Go cool book-themed shirts!

10:52 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

OOOOO... This is soo cool! o-o

That is soo cool!!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a question 4 kirsten miller
did she go to high school in gilford, connecticut?
the reason i'm asking is because my dad was friends with a girl named Kirsten MIller she was in his graduating class.
u don't have to awnser but i'm Curious

3:01 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

JinAi: Love the icon. Delightfully misanthropic. As for the alarm, go to the nearest hardware store and ask for a magnetic door contact (with sensor and alarm). These are usually pretty cheap, and they can alert you every time your door opens even a crack!

Kirsten: Hope you survived the lutefisk. I've never had the pleasure, but I've heard it's pretty foul.

Ookamishinzui: I collect strange facts, and I keep a running list of stuff I want to write about. Every time I come across something interesting, I bookmark it for later. You wouldn't believe my bookmarks list.

Ve: I'm not sure when book 2 will be in Brazil. But I'll check and get back to you! And thanks for visiting the blog. I'm a huge fan of the southern hemisphere.

Anonymous #1: Glad you like the t-shirt!

MK: Nice try, but KM grew up in the great state of North Carolina.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

Oh my gosh!
Today(the 27th of December) one year ago was the day Ananka posted something for the first time in months!(If you are confused just look at the post for the 27th of December 2006)I remember that day, I freaked out when I saw the post! =) It's kind of random that I remembered that, but hey it's cool.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I got The Empresses Tomb for chrismtas. I just finished reading it today and it was so awesome. I love the first and second Kiki Strike book. They are so great. I want to be an Irregular. Im thinking of buying a T-shirt. I cant wait till the next book.
See Ya Ananka,

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

Ananka have you heard about the tunnels possibly below Tokyo?

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

Hey Ananka,
I have a few questions.

Have you heard about there possibly being tunnels under Tokyo?
If not go to this site:

This site is also real cool where you can create your paintings:

Also i was wondering if you were going to create any other stuff besides T-shirts? I thought maybe it would be cool if you did some other stuff too, things like maybe Backpacks, watches, jewlery, Jackets, Hoodies, Journals, An Irregular outfit.


9:50 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Hi Kad: First of all, welcome! Second . . . I am very impressed. There aren't that many people who've heard about the Tokyo tunnels. More via email!

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

WE WILL HAVE INTERNET ACCESS! Hooray, I can keep reading Ananka's Diary!

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I found this great site where it tells about all different places in the US that are supposed to be haunted.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I never realized there was so many B&Bs and Motels and Inns that are supposed to be haunted

4:28 PM  
Anonymous ((S)) said...

Aww! I will miss all the delightfully random postings. (But I was in NYC today, so that was cool.)

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

Did you see the article about the rats in the NY Times? Even my parents [and my mom, who hates rats] found it interesting! It was pretty funny reading about the cat who had her kittens in the hood of a car...

10:43 AM  
Anonymous ******** said...

You know me, and to find out my identity, click on my name. (the stars)

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

By the way: thanks for the tip, Ananka-but I'm trying to build something similar myself, although taking one apart might help me figure out how it works, which I've been trying to find out with no success :P
Also, if the first book was about Kiki and the second about Oona, can you tell us who the third book will be about, if anyone? *puppy eyes*

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I am very interested in strange but true facts. I found a site that has all sorts of strange facts and here are a few of them:

Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year!

The electric chair was invented by a dentist!

Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!

Most lipstick contains fish scales!

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!

In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs!

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!

Here are some Laws that might be true and might not be true:

Alaska law says that you can't look at a moose from an airplane.

In Kentucky, it's the law that a person must take a bath once a year.

In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway.

In New Jersey, cabbage can't be sold on Sunday.

Hope you find these interesting.


2:12 PM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

Agh, I keep remembering things I want to say at the last minute! I was looking through your old blogs to see what I'd missed before I started checking them regularly :( One that interested me was the story about the girl who was found sleeping on a ledge in Brooklyn in a wedding dress. I checked the article, and it said that they found out who she was-unfortunately, it was not quite as interesting as I had hoped; it turns out she was about to be married to a guy who dumped her because she was bipolar and wouldn't take her medication! There's a link to the other story on the original news page.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I must be off to watch the 1985 version of Alice in Wonderland. It is like 3 hours long but it is really good.I love the Alice in Wonderland book too. Maybe because everything is strange in Wonderland.


4:09 PM  
Anonymous SAME ANANYMOUS said...

thats realy cool kad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:20 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Hazel & Nellie: I'm so glad to hear you'll have Internet access! Are you moving somewhere interesting? Amazon rainforest? The Dead Sea? Detroit?

Kitty: Very cool, indeed. But it makes me sad to think it will all melt away one day!

Ariana: Thanks for sticking around so long!

******: You continue to amuse me. But for some reason I still can't see your profile on that site! Maybe I have to join?

Kad: Wow, great facts. I might just pop on over to New Jersey, buy some cabbage and make a citizens arrest or two!

JinAi: You know there are instructions online for making that sort of stuff. Or are you set on inventing something new? As for Book 3, it's about Betty. But don't worry, Luz will be next. She's one of my all-time favorite characters, too.

And the girl in the bridal gown. Yeah, tragic, huh? I was hoping the story would have an amusing ending. Too bad. I hope she's OK.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous ******* said...

You should be able to see my profile without joining, but it's really not all that interesting.

I can't wait to read Book 3! Gotta see what happens with Betty and Kaspar.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous dangerous said...

ooooooo! about betty huh? VERY cool I will undoubtedly get that book the day it comes out.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Kad said...

The 3rd book is about Betty!!!!!!!!
YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY! I love Betty she is one of my fave Irregulars. Betty is so awesome. So Ananka, you said the next book is about Betty and the one after that is about Luz so then the last one will be about Deedee right? Are you going to end the books after you have done every girl? If you are that makes me so sad.
Cant wait till the book comes out!


3:53 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Ah-you have forgotten Iris and Kaspar, Kad!

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

Thanks for telling us! I can't wait to learn more about Betty-she's one of my favorites.
I forgot to tell you that Kiki Strike is the first and only book I've read so far that I can read more than once within the same week without getting bored of! [oops, awkward sentence...did that make sense? Lol.]
What made me really crack up was the disclaimer in the front saying that the advice, including the first aid advice, shouldn't be taken seriously and that you aren't to blame for any injuries. rofl!!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Jin Ai - I read that too. I was laughing so hard, I didn't think I would stop. xD

1:20 AM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Hey, Kirsten - check this out. ^^ Isn't it fantastic? xD
(THough you might like this.)

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Ginnyweasley007 said...

hello im very nervous in 45 minutes i am do to a doctors office where i will have my wisdoms out, im still very young! I saw sweeney todd last night and it gave me awful nightmares, dont see sweeney todd inless you want to see johny depp play an insane evil person not even funny just ... ughhh

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

There's a new movie out about a boy who makes friends with the Loch Ness Monster, I think. It's rated PG for, among other things, brief smoking.
There's a movie I saw at the library that got its rating for "teen partying." Isn't that weird?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

Ananka: Germany! (yay)

2:06 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Did you live in the U.S. before?

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Lena said...

Okay! Lena-La has been VERY busy, so forgive me if ish has not rpelied to a post in some time.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

JinAi: Yeah, the disclaimer was a nice touch, eh?

Raph: My head is spinning. Somewhere, in a parallel universe, I'm on yacht sipping (non-alcoholic) pina coladas, counting my enormous fortune, and finalizing my plans to take over the world. I think I'll have to post about that.

GW007: Oh dear. That sounds rather terrible. (The dentist visit, I mean.) Good luck! BTW, I heard that the movie was pretty gruesome.

Hazel: Wow--just for brief smoking? I wonder why they didn't just take it out of the film. And I certainly wouldn't want to see any teen partying--the HORROR!

Nellie: How cool! You'll be able to read the next Kiki Strike in German.

4:24 PM  
Anonymous soccergal said...

though you might want to know Volterra Italy has underground tunnels. I've been there twice first time touring second time bcuz of another awesome book Twilight. I recomend it to any1 needing a book while waiting for book 3. When does book 3 come out?

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Ananka: I know - isn't it fantastic!

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Hazel: GERMANY! Fantastic. ^^ My cousins and grandma live there (and my dad grew up there). Where abouts? Maybe I can come visit you with the next Kiki Strike in English...

6:50 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR, RAPH! (It's a little early for everyone else.) Good luck in 2008!

Soccergal: Thanks! I will definitely check that out. I've read all of the Twilight books, but I never knew the tunnels were real. (Bit of a slip, that.)

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Mage said...

Hazel I saw the water horse[loch ness monster]there was nooooo smoking that I saw! i saw a movie and it was PG13 for that same reason!

8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kirsten Miller where in NC did u grow up in i lived there for 4 years and my dad's parents live in Charlette and so do my cousins and aunt and uncles :) !
Can't wait till the next Kiki Strike book comes out!

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Mage said...

it just hit that i have no homework woohhoo! i was supposed to ski this week but i'm stuck at home because of a huge storm.


9:01 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

Thank you, Kirsten!! :) Right back at you. xD
And a very happy 2008 to all you guys... when it happens. ^^

9:27 PM  
Anonymous Raphael said...

And speaking of sword-fighting, did I mention that I do fencing at school? ^^ I really enjoy it - I don't know how competent I am though.
Perhaps we should practice together. xD

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...


What is all yall resoulutions?



10:27 PM  
Blogger Bohae said...

Happy Christmas, Merry New Year : ) Hope everyone has had great holiday fun!

11:19 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

You know what happend to me today?
I was supposed to have a party with a friend who now lives in florida and my best friend who moved about a half hour away from and i dont get to see her as often and the other friend i only get to see once a year. And do you know what happend this morning at about 2:00. I GOT THE FLU! So they couldent come and i am very depressed.

11:21 PM  

*I will have at least one ultra-exciting novel-inspiring adventure in 2008*


11:24 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...


12:28 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

It is now officially 2008 on this continent!!!!!!!

Today I am going to my great-uncle's 65th birthday party. Maybe there will be some crime to solve...

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

Yayy Ananka's coming back to life tomorrow!! *confetti*

The disclaimer reminded me of how Copernicus had to do the same thing in his book, saying that none of what he was saying (that the world was round!) was true and that he was just making the whole thing up!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Maddi said...


ewwww!! last night my friends and i dared eachother to drink this concoction we made, and we all threw up! it had three sodas in it, chicken and bread seasoning, ketchup, seltzer, grated cheese, grated chocolate, and whipped cream. EWWWW! i drank it at three in the morning and i can STILL taste it!

great way to start the new year!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous SAME ANANYMOUS said...

wow.lot o comments.AND I WAS #1

2:08 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

We should try to comment until there are 100 comments!!!! Only...about 30 more to go!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

Hey everybody! HAppy NEw Year! This is going to be a great year! Anyhoo, I've been in cognito for a while. So for christmas, i got this book called THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS you should all read it, its got some pretty good stuff for girls who want to supersize their brains and girls who like a little mischeif and risk! Oooooooooooooooo. catcha later:) O and did I miss somethiing because ginneyweasley, I'm not comprehending ANY of ur clip art stuff thingies. Please enlighten me.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

I have an idea. I think we should design a uniform that we think would work for the Irregulars. We could design it on paint and send it to Kirsten and she could put the best 3 designs on the blog. Well its just a thought of somthing to do.


4:18 PM  
Anonymous Lara said...

I hope everyone had a great 2007, i know i did!!! I went on a trip across Asia with my family for 6 months, it was an amazing experience!!

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Jin Ai said...

They already have a uniform, don't they...?!
Happy new year.
ANANKA WHERE ARE YOU??!! *megaphone* It's January 2nd! :(
I think I've seen the Daring Book for Girls; there's one for boys and many similar books. I'd like to buy it but I'm broke :( lol. Oh well, for now Kiki Strike will do!q

8:18 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

MKB: In a little town called Sylva in the mountains.

Raph: I have a feeling you're quite deadly with an epee.

Kad: I hope you're feeling better! I had the flu earlier this winter and it was TERRIBLE. And I like the uniform idea--the Irregulars grew out of the ones Betty made.

JinAi: Today is January 1! I'll be back tomorrow. :)

Maddi: That is totally disgusting. I'm surprised you're still alive!

I hope I didn't miss any questions . . . you'll let me know if I did.


8:49 PM  
Anonymous Soccergal said...

I'm really confused its still the first here.
One of my friends brothers said if you've seen the previews for the waterhorse you've seen the movie.
I had trouble with my resolution this year at first it was to not have 1, but that gave me a headache. Then to be random.(did any1 ever notice certain newspapers smell like pickles), but that didn't work because i always break my resolutions and i want to keep that, so I finally told my friens I wasn't going to drink water all year.(as soon as I said it I took a big gulp of water)now I don't have toworry till next year,I alreasy broke my resolution.

:) 8P :)

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

When is the next Kiki Strike book coming out? Also, will you be writing a book about Iris or Ananka? Thanks!

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

One more question, have you ever seen either Stargate SG-1 or Stargtae Atlantis? Thanks!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

Soccergal: Probably a good thing that you broke that water resolution.

Elizabeth: It's a little too soon to say when the next book will be coming out, but you'll know as soon as I do! And the first book was really about Ananka. As for Iris, I think she deserves one, don't you?

And I cant say I've ever seen much of Stargate SG or Stargate Atlantis. Are you a big fan?

10:16 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Who wants to hear my resolutions? Oh well. Here goes:

In 2008 I will...

...have one novel-inspiring ultra-exciting adventure the ENTIRE dictionary

...tail that college guy with the huge mohawk that I have been wanting to tail. (my colleagues say it's too 'dangerous'. Bah!)

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Kad said...

International Mastermind: I wish you luck on your Resoulutions.


Some of Mine are to:

...Read My Bible More Often.

...Read at least Half of the entire kids section in our Library.

...Take in Another Stray Cat.

...Eat Healthier and Exercise.

Nothing Dangerous on that list but if i go without a glass of Coke for a real long time i may become dangerous.


10:57 AM  
Anonymous said...

it is now officially The Second Day Of 2008!!!!!
hurry up and blog ananka!
i just got the empresses tomb last week, and finished reading it in 2 days!!!!
hurry on the third book too!
i can't wait!
it ends on such a cliff hanger, what with kiki saying that she's goung to claim the throne of pokrovia the next day!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've finally left a comment!!!!
i wasn't able to do it before!
double yay!
reminder: my computer says that it is Jan/02/08 and 12:10 pm

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally agree foofoo smile
i can not wait till the 3rd one comes out! I wan't to learn about new & pretty peculiar eccentries and facts on the blog so please i am dying of boredoom my bffs are in england,LI,Nj and peru and i have no one to talk to. :( Post again pretty please :) with whip cream on top!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Thank you for answering my questions. Iris should have her own book, she's one of the most interesting characters. And both of the Stargate shows are really good (though only one of them, Stargate Atlantis, is still airing new episodes). The next new episode is airing Friday on the SciFi channel at 10PM.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous udon't need2knowmyname said...

People people please! Random comments, discombobulated sentences, wrong time and dates? I love it! Its like one big chaotic MESS! YAYYYYYY let's all dance around and sing the muffin man!
KAd, I'm up for the outfit/uniform idea! That'd be hecka cool. I LOVe dsigning outfits!
Ginney weasley, you never answered my question! Waahhhh. i feel so unloved! *sniff*
IM: you really are a mystery. I like to think of you as a undercover Superspy who's spying on all of us and stuff because you like to and stuff, yeah, i kinda lost my train of thought, never mind:P

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Kad said...

Oh whoa..(Oh whoa..)
Never find a love like this(x2)

You’re the only one that knows me,
love it when you hold me,
never find a love like this.
Let me hear you say,
now I’ll never be lonely,
look at what you’ve shown me,
never find a love like this

I am so sorry. I love this song and i had the lyrics stuck in my head so i decided to post them.
The song is Love Like This By Natasha Bedingfield.


9:05 PM  

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