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:
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So I might be spending more time here, writing review (which badly needs done), posting opinions (which might need done), and wasting time (which absolutely don’t need done, but I do anyways).
GoodReads, my favorite time-wasting site has applied new formatting updates, and they are not up to my likings. So, until either I get used to the changes, or they make changes I can live with, I will be spending less time there.
I have also been spending more time on another favorite that I abandoned a while back, fully intending to quit, but didn’t… ChickenSmoothie! So much fun, and I love giving away stuff at this time of year.
The other day when we stopped by Barnes & Noble, my daughter decided that she wanted something, and I believe in gimmes – that little thing you buy your kids when you go to the store so they behave and don’t ask for the expensive big thing – but her daddy don’t. So when she asked for the Snow Sleigh, and her daddy said ‘no’, she had a mini-meltdown. I tried to do the ol’ bait-n-switch, with a little tinker thing, but she wasn’t havin’ it. At all.
Until I mentioned Star Wars, and we wound up picking this:
This little girl loves anything Star Wars right now, and that just makes her daddy’s heart melt, so I knew he couldn’t say ‘no’ to this. Sucker!
Later, we watched Tyrion Lannister run around New York with Jupiter Jones while searching for Patch Adams in:
This was a moving, touching, sometimes funny movie. A real tearjerker, so make sure to cuddle with someone you care about, have a fresh box of tissues handy, and plan on telling at least one person you love them after contemplating your own mortality.
Because, what would you do if you only had 90 minutes to live?
I’d finish a good book.
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I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.
I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:
and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)
Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.
That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:
Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)
I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:
And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…
Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA). I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –
So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!
Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend
Read: 20 September 2015
Punky Brewster (#1)
Read: 19 September 2015
Cheese & Quackers
Read: 18 September 2015
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Okay, so I have fallen tragically behind on my reviews, although I have been reading still. It’s just that time of the summer, where the kids are getting bored with summer, errands and chores that were put off at the beginning of summer need doing, and everyone wants a piece of your time – so the constantly growing list starts to look daunting. (This sounds like the good premise of a short story…)
But, I am not to be put off, even if the task is challenging – it just needs to be re-imagined and put into a different format to make it easier to read (or do).
So, without further ado, the list of books that will be pending review (please note that links to the reviews will be available as the reviews become complete):
The Diggingest Dog
Read June 22 2015
Let’s Go To The Park!
Read June 23 2015
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Splat the Cat: The Big Helper
Read June 24 2015
The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book
Read June 25 2015
The Guardian Herd: Starfire
Read June 26 2015
In The Blood (A GoodReads First Read)
Read June 27 2015
The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Read June 28 2015
Read June 29 2015
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All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat
Read June 30 2015
Read July 03 2015
Sailor Moon 3
Read July 05 2015
Biscuit Goes to School
Read July 06 2015
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Fifty Shades of Chicken
Read July 06 2015
Charlie’s Dirt Day
Read July 07 2015
Birthday in the Barrio
Read July 08 2015
Read July 13 2015
New Dad (A GoodReads First Read)
Read July 13 2015
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Thought I’d get this out a little early this week since I have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow, and I’ve been late enough as it is. Besides, I don’t think any book will outshine this as my Pick of the Week:
By: Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
A lively, rollicking romp around an alternate Victorian London, filled with steam, surprises, and sudden bouts of lightning fill this book with head-shaking, laugh-inducing semi-drama that begs to be read in one sitting and cries out for a sequel!
(Please, please, please write a sequel!!! And can I be a character, too?)
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