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For Whom the Bell… Oh, Wait.

The holidays took their toll this year, as I’m sure you may have noticed. Or not.

Either way, I haven’t been around much since then. We’ve been dealing with stuff. So let me share a comic (xkcd)…

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So yeah. It could always be alot worse.

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But on the brilliant side of things, I’ve had alot of good pop up, too!

I have been pre-approved for books from BookBuzz.net. That is an awesome step for me! I now have free access to their current catalog, and will receive any book they post on ‘Galley, just for the asking. So far, I’ve looked around and am excited to move in on their titles!

Another positive, is a suggestion that has been made to me by a few people now – though for full disclosure, these are all people close to me – that I should start doing “unboxing” videos, opening the books and other goodies I get.

And, oh boy!, do I get quite a bit. I don’t order alot online or buy alot of stuff, because I don’t have alot of funding to spend. So I get stuff to review. Books, movies, even snacks, sometimes. And who doesn’t like that feeling of opening a new box full of goodies that just came in the mail?

So I’m going to start that, too. (I have a few boxes sitting around waiting just for this that arrived this week, so I’m all set.)

So, as you can tell, I have lots of plans for the future…

But sometimes I feel all…

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And I stall out. I have so much to do that I spaz, jumping from one thing to another in an attempt to do it all at once. Have you ever done that? Almost everyone does that at some point or another.

And when it all gets too much, what do I do?

I plan.

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Well, maybe not that bad. Lol – But it is bad. I get so wrapped up in planning, I sometimes forget that the whole point is to DO stuff realistically, and I leave myself with like 2 hours to sleep.

Not good.

So then I got to admit…

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And that’s when I eat some white chocolate…

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And remind myself that I am awesome.

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(Heck, I learned how to put gifs on my stuff without a tutorial… Can you tell?)

So while I may wind up a little slowed down thanks to that other stuff, I’m not about to quit, or play it safe. It’s time to muscle up and show that I am a winner!

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Besides… It could have always been worse:

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And now, back to your (ir)regularly scheduled updates!

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Updates, Dallas, and Doing Stuff

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So I just got back from a long trip in Dallas, TX. That was the longest lay-over I have ever experienced. Words don’t even begin to describe. But, as you can see above, I had a travel companion. My suitcase was also packed with books. (My friends laughed at me, but somehow, with everything, I still managed to pack smaller and more completely than they did. Books are magic like that!)

What you don’t see here is my shoulder bag. It, too, was packed with books (and my friend’s laptop). After being stuck in the airport for almost two days, and stuck in the hotel in Dallas for more than that, I was so glad that I packed so many books. (Can you believe that I was starting to doubt myself?!) I got alot of reading done, but I also spent time taking in the sights. Unfortunately, my chargers were all in my suitcase, which I had checked due to the weight of it. (Won’t be doing that again.) So that means you’ll have to take my word on stuff.

But this site is not about my travels, oh, no. It’s about books. More specifically, the books I’ve read. And did I ever read!

Besides the stuff I needed to read for this training conference, I managed to read about one complete book a day. (Did I mention that I had alot of downtime due to being stuck?) When the world gives you time, READ!

I also had, in moments of brilliance, ideas about this site. I have added three new classifications above: Children’s Choices (books my daughter has chosen), Graphically Graphic (a home for graphic novels), and Noticing Non-fiction (an under-appreciated genre). Check them out, and the books that are being added to each.

I have also been working on collaborations and other artsy projects. My younger brother has suggested that I write some of my travel stories, so I am at the idea stage on that. Still not sure about it. I have also been working on taking old pictures from the phones and putting them into mini videos. The editing process is longer than I thought it would be, especially since the software I’m using has updated, and I’m still figuring it out. And now that warmer weather is in sight, there are loads of home improvements to be made, and painting projects to be done.

That means, reviews will still keep coming, but after I catch up, there may be some further house-cleaning here, too. I want to make this site easy to navigate, the pages better formatted, and fun for me! After all, once stuff gets easier to update, that means more time to read!

Oh, yeah, and that update from the mystery author I promised… stay tuned! I have an exclusive excerpt to share! And it is amazing…

Back for 2015 and The Year of Women Authors

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long! So much has happened! But I am making one promise to you all…

I am Back for 2015!

Things may be a little different at first, and go a little slower than before (my life has sped up, so adding things back in the blender goes easier when added just a little at a time), but you will see me at least once a month from now on.

Also, I have unofficially declared 2015 as The Year of Women Authors! While I won’t be reading exclusively from female authors, I will be featuring a new one each month, and reading primarily books penned by women.

This is exciting for me, and hopefully you, too. I also have a surprise in store because an author contacted me directly, and has promised to give me exclusive content for her soon to be released work. Who is this author? Well… I can’t tell you yet, but I am totally excited about this brand new opportunity!

Stay tuned to find out more…