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July Update

That moment when you realize you *might* have too many books…

Oh… My… Gawd…

I’ve been housecleaning, and coming to the realization that I have more books than some small libraries… And not nearly enough bookshelves.

And all people can ask me is…

And I’m all…

So as I continue my book adventure, this summer (don’t worry, more reviews are in the works) will also be an adventure in scouring for bookcases, ingenious book storage solutions, building projects, and more… Stay tuned!


But What If We’re Wrong?

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Read: 2017

Title: But What If We’re Wrong?

By: Chuck Klosterman


So this was one of the most mentally engaging books I’ve read in a while. It was almost worth it, spilling coffee on the pages and having to buy it from the library.

Almost. (Sacrilege!)

Although if I hadn’t abused the poor library book, I would have likely bought this one anyways – it’s just that good!

Klosterman goes about imploding heads as he tackles issues big (like gravity) and small (like god particles), and talks to experts in fields ranging from children’s sports to science, to everything in between just to ask the question – but what if we *are* wrong?

And what if we are?

I mean, alot of these arguments make tons of valid sense. Open the book to any random page, and start reading – you’ll soon find yourself nodding along, agreeing that there is validity to his arguments, even if you don’t particularly agree with Klosterman’s vantage.

This is a book that is not meant to be read in a single setting, but rather to be enjoyed in bits and bites, allowing time to digest the concepts and to raise your own opinions about the subjects. It is written conveniently into little essays, divided up by topic, but references other essays within the structure.

This is a book to break out at a party, just because the cover blows peoples minds, and then to start reading aloud, seemingly at random, and watch the conversation around you emerge. (I’ve done that!)

This is a book to take on a roadtrip (as long as you aren’t the driver) to pull out when the radio stations have all turned to shit and you can’t pick up a decent channel for miles. Trust me, this book will carry you to your destination, although the conversations may not end, even when you get there. (Done this, too!)

This is a book with footnotes, that make you wish that more books added footnotes regularly. Who knew that they could be so fun?! Outtakes of a busy mind that have to be added, but don’t fit the flow any other way.

This is a book that will go on the shelf to be shared and showed off as frequently as possible. Because…

What if we’re wrong?


Happy Father’s Day

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I know we all came from somewhere, and no matter the relationship you have or don’t have with your father, today is a day to reflect on how that person has influenced how you turned out.

So whether your father is here or not, this one’s for him:


Happy Father’s Day!


Happy New Year, 2017!

Happy New Year, everybody!

I am excited to be starting 2017… New Year, new start.

2016 was supposed to be a year of Retro reading – going back and re-reading childhood favorites. Didn’t happen.

2016 was supposed to be a year of big projects – doing things that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Didn’t happen.

2016 was supposed to be a year of moving past my medical limitations – getting back into fitness. Didn’t happen.

2016 was instead a year of disappointment, procrastination, loss, and lack of focus. It was really bad. I think John Oliver put it best:

F*ck You 2016!

F*ck You 2016!


Anyways, after a year of bad starts, it is the Year of the Cock (or Rooster, for the prudish), and time to stroll away from the wreckage and start over…


So here’s to a New Year, great friends, and a memorable journey!

To 2017!

To 2017!

New Day, New Me

Well, back in the writer’s chair again. As my co-author types away nearby, and I just adopted a new pet from my favorite addictive site, I feel that it is time that I do something productive with my time, other than workouts, running errands, and shopping.

Time to catch up.

Well, as you may know, it’s been some time since I got much of anything done here. And I should probably give a little background and perspective. I owe it to somebody, I figure.

When I decided to detox from GoodReads and move away from their new interface, I didn’t have any idea how that would affect me, both as a writer, a reviewer, and most importantly a reader. I wound up reading very little, and doing more loafing. It didn’t help much that my medication is constantly being adjusted by my doctor, and I have had ALL KINDS of stuff going on in my personal life that I just wasn’t handling very well.

In short, I was all:


And, oh yeah, we also got this nasty virus on the laptop I had come to rely on for EVERYTHING (thanks to some selective content viewed by my consort) so it was down for the count for a long while. It still does not connect to the internet from home (Thanks, Windows. Thanks, Dell.). So I had to look for an alternative, and can I say now:



Mine may not be an Ultimate, nor is it even remotely new, but it has survived alot of harsh environments, treatment, and even something like this (with Dr. Pepper):


So now here I am, back for all your smart-ass needs in reviewing books. And movies. And whatever else comes up. ‘Cause baby, “You can’t keep a good dog down!”


And now, on to the long awaited reviews:

Catching Up…

Back again, y’all…

Been a busy summery day indoors. Besides the usual nit and grit of the day, I have gotten Book 3, Chapter 9 written of the epic Five for the Road, watched the documentary The Cartoonist, helped kids with homework (yes, they got to do it in the summer, too!) and just generally got things done on my list.

More will come soon (this page is staying open today – no more procrastinating)! Stay tuned!

Summer Update

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been MIA again… It’s been a cray-cray year so far, and things have gone from one bad thing to another so fast that most times I feel like I can’t keep up…

But I haven’t been lax. I’ve kept doing whatever it is that I do, just a bit slower than usual.

And I have a new project that has been taking up quite a bit of my undivided attention. I’d love for you to take a chance and check it out…

Alot of time has been going into editing this book, so I’d love it to get a little attention.

On another note, it is our local library system’s Summer Reading program, so stay tuned for updates from my reading list – I’m behind on posting my reviews, but not on writing them. Tomorrow I’ll share images and updates on my shelves and reading stack…

Also I’ve been hitting the learning curve hard as I find myself in crash courses about computer updates and such while dealing with a connection issue on the borrowed laptop I use, and have found myself returning to “Ol’ Trusty”, my old heavy-duty Toughbook. I find myself amazed at the issues of Windows 10, and the durability of Windows XP.

Finally, I learned today that I was supposed to have taken a language class. I don’t know when that was, so I’ll find out more tomorrow. I may be opening a new chapter (pun intended) in my reading life! How exciting!

Anyways, just wanted to let you all know I’m still alive and still reading! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update and be sure to check out the Kickstarter!

Reviews and Updates – February 18

Yesterday was a bust, with the little one getting croup and being clingy and needy. I didn’t get anything done. I’d hoped maybe I’d get some reading done, but that was a fail, as well.

So, it was a forced break.

But today, after a doctor’s appointment yesterday, and getting some of my needed errands out of the way early (just in case), I think I can get a bit done today that’s been sitting on my “Finish Me” pile (and tabs)…


Don’t forget about my Coloring Contest from the popular webcomic, Girl Genius.

ggmain20160208a^^This one wasn’t colored in, but if you’re enjoying the story so far, you can print it out and post your colored version in the comments below to win a prize!^^

If you like this, you can catch up here, or pick up where we left off, here.



Reading Break – Girl Genius – February 16

Stories and books are loved all the world over, and sometimes I get just a little thrill when I get to see one of my favorite stories talking about one of my favorite subjects…


So, since I decided to do some catching up today while the little one is sick and moaning about dying (don’t know where she got that one…), I’ll post the story arc (up to it’s current location) here…







^^This one wasn’t colored in, but if you’re enjoying the story so far, you can print it out and post your colored version in the comments below to win a prize!^^




If you like this, you can catch up here, or pick up where we left off, here.

And don’t forget about the Coloring Contest! Looking forward to seeing everyone’s renditions!

We’ll return to our regularly scheduled posts tomorrow!

Happy Hearts and Hooves Day!

To all of my friends and followers…

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And for anyone still on the fence needing their last last minute something…


Their website says:

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Disclaimer: I am in no way connected to or involved with this product.


As to my writing projects… I have decided to go with a Day One approach tomorrow. Day One, starting over. Today, I got some stuff to get caught up on to clear my plate. Tomorrow though, first thing. (This is more a pep talk for myself than anything.)


Reading Updates:

Finished a few books, got a few that need reviewed, and a few current updates.

To start with,


Pg 102 –

In general, people save their warranties in clear folder files or accordion-style files. The attraction of these files is that the documents can be stored in separate compartments. However, therein lies their pitfall.



Stay tuned, y’all…