July overall is going to prove a very busy month for me. I barely have time to read for enjoyment thanks to school. It’s leaving me with little creativity currently so I thought I would take a month to recharge my blog batteries. Vacation should help with that and I will be very hard pressed not to pop on here and post about it but I’m going to try. August should see school done for a couple of weeks and then I shall return to posting.
I WILL be hopping on to read everyone else’s blogs though. You guys post a lot of fun things and I don’t want to miss out on the fun.
I hope July is fantastic for all of you and I come back in August with a blogging vengeance. ❤
I mean….truth. Sure, reading is fun but so are photos/memes/gifs.
I’ve been a bit of a scatter brain lately, I meant to address this stuff in my Bookish Resolutions post but I did…….not.
Mr. C&M poked fun at me in 2020 for backing off of blogging. As he pointed out, I was being lazy about it the instant people were looking for new content to keep them entertained while trapped at home. It was a fair point BUT work became hell at that point and mental health became a prerogative. (Not to mention he jumped in the game streaming ocean both feet first, so one of us was doing the world a content favor anyway.)
Despite my lack of activity, the blog continued to grow in 2020. I’m now up to 886 followers and I just want to say THANKS for joining me AND for hanging in there while I wasn’t posting much.
All that being said, with my new fancy laptop, my motivation has seemed to return. The hope is to be posting twice weekly again, at bare minimum once a week.
I’ve also decided to return to writing book reviews. *insert cheering masses here* I’m going to be more relaxed about it than I used to be however. It became a job at one point and then I stopped enjoying it. So, I’m only going to really review anything that makes me feel strongly one way or the other. Mediocre books produce lame reviews when it comes to me, so I’ll either skip them altogether or do mini-reviews at the end of the month.
I would also like to revive Mr. C&M’s craft beer review section, although since we’re still not going places and he’s not drinking that much, that one might be a little while.
Lastly, I spruced up the front page of the blog. Probably nothing too noticeable though, changed some fonts and colors. Maybe this will be there year that I actually figure out how to do more things with WordPress. I only recently figured out how to do photo galleries if that tells you just how little I’ve tried anything past basic posts.
Those are my big plans. Hopefully 2021 doesn’t take a big fat dump all over them.
Yes, you read that right.SALAD and a chat. Because it is the evening and I can’t have caffeine after 5 pm or I don’t sleep at night.
I’m not 100% sure that I’m out of my blogging/reading funk but I’m here anyway! My little cousin made it through his surgery great and is home resting, but that was an intense 4 days. I took time off of work since I have a ton of vacation hours and no vacations planned, so that I could help my aunt and uncle as needed. I tried to make sure they ate and tried to get some sleep and didn’t burn themselves out.
On top of all that, there was a job change for Mr. C&M that was/is a bit stressful so all-in-all, it was probably a good thing that I took some time away.
This also means that I have a few things to post from my backlog. I’ll be reviewing the book that I did not finish, still debating reviewing The Chamber of Secrets and a baking recipe.
I bought two books in February: Master Assassins and The Kingdom of Copper. They were $1.99 each on the Kindle. Did I just ruin my New Year’s Resolution? NOPE. I have a $20 Amazon gift card that I’m working off of, so technically, I’ve still spent $0 of my own money on new books. ^.^
In review, hopefully March is a much better month.
I’ve been trying to catch up on everyone’s blogs, but going days at a time between logins makes that very difficult. If I’ve missed anything of yours that you think I would be interested in, please feel free to link it in the comments!
Good morning Ghouls and Ghosts! It’s the most wonderful month of the year and this ghoul is PUMPED. Last season was depressing due to a death in the family, so we’re going hard this year. Well, as hard as we can with a semi-ill spouse. BUT, we’re not going to let that get us down.
I’m not sure exactly why but, every year I have a different ‘thing’ that I’m all about during the Halloween season. Last year, it was witches. This year, it’s skeletons. We recently purchased a skeletal rat, cat and T-Rex skull and I love them all.
Mr. C&M and I already started with the horror movies about a week ago. He randomly choose one we had never seen and it was……..not good. 😛
Today also marks our 13 year dating anniversary. 13 is both of our lucky numbers so hopefully the next year together holds some really awesome things for us.
Like last year, I plan to do weekly updates on Sunday of all the Halloween fun we’re having. I had so much fun doing it last year that it will become a yearly blogging tradition.
I hope everyone is ready for a spooktacular season!
I didn’t intend to wait a whole week to answer questions but that’s just what happened and you know what? I am a-okay with that because you guys came up with some interesting questions and the blog officially hit 700 followers. Thanks for that!
Now let’s get to it.
Hot or Cold? (As in weather and beverages.)
A. For weather, chilly. That’s right, I commit to nothing but autumn weather! If there was somewhere that it was autumn 24/7, that’s where I would move to. Beverages, hot coffee. I like cold coffee drinks too but even during hot weather in the summer, I need hot coffee to start my day.
2. Why blog?
A. I wanted something different to do. I read all the time, I read the internet way too often. I started reading other people’s blogs and thought it might fun. It took me two tries but on the second try, when I changed topics, it was fun.
3. What are your opinions on thongs? And do you own many pair?
A. Damn Aussies, always gotta make fun of the difference of dialect. 😛 I still don’t 100% know whether this means the footwear or the underwear and frankly, I’m afraid to google it. The footwear, fine. I own a pair as I like to be as barefoot as possible in the summer. The underwear, well I don’t want to see anyone in their thongs to be honest lol. I’m sure there is a pair or two lurking in our house for sexy time with Mr. C&M. 😉
4. Which character (book, movie, or TV) do you identify with most and why?
A. Throw down the ultimate question gauntlet why don’t you? The first answer that springs to mind is Sabrina from the Netflix series. I like getting dark and spooky, but I’m nice and just want to enjoy life with my friends and loved ones even if there’s always someone trying to ruin it. Plus, I really wish magic was real.
5. Why did you start the blog, and why did you restart your blog?
A. Originally, I started the blog to vent my frustrations about the world and people at large. Although, I did it in an anonymous manner as I was paranoid that someone would figure out who I was and who I was talking about. When I restarted the blog, it was to focus on book reviews, random things I enjoy and still do a little bit of the same thing. However, I don’t hide behind anonymity anymore. I try to be a very honest person, even if people don’t like it.
6. What blog posts are you most proud of?
A. I enjoy all my book reviews but I think the one I love the most, just personally, is the one venting my frustration with Kathy Griffin when she did the stupid Trump pic that got her in trouble.
7. How would you describe your blog in 3 words to someone who is new to reading it?
A. Shenanigans, reading, and humorous. (I think I’m funny and that’s not up for debate.)
8. Do you own an actual machete?
A. I’m really surprised that no one has asked this until now. I don’t! But Ignited Moth does and she’ll loan it to me if I need to hack someone up. 😉
9. If you could only have one kind of cake for the rest of your life, what cake and why?
A. Cheesecake. I don’t have a good reasoning for this.
10. What genre would you never read?
A. ‘Never’ is a strong word. I like to think that I’m open to trying just about any genre at least once but if I had to pick one right off the top of my head to ignore forever, it would definitely be erotica. I like plenty of books that have sex in them, it’s just that sex isn’t the whole point of the book.
11. What is your unpopular bookish opinion?
A. I find it horrifying that anyone would write on the margins of pages in a book. Text books I’m a little more understanding of but you’ll never catch me doing it in a million years.
12. What do you love most about blogging?
A. The perfect question to end this Q&A. I can say with 100% certainty, the fun people I’ve met. I love chatting with people from all over the world about common interests and learning about fandoms that I’ve never been introduced to before. (I’m looking at all you Warhammer modellers out there.) It’s probably half of what keeps me going with the blog. I enjoy rambling about things I like and finding other interesting people to chat with.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to think up a question. I had a blast answering them and who knows, here’s to 7 more years of blogging!
Sometime in the last month, WordPress notified me that it was my 7 year blogging anniversary and I was just too busy at the time to do anything about it. Now you might be sitting there thinking, “Whoa damn! That’s a long time” but the truth of the matter is that this blog sat like a dead fish in the water for 4 years of that time. I don’t know why WordPress never deactivated it, but they didn’t. My actual blogging anniversary is actually more like 3 years.
I’m a little surprised that I’ve stuck with it that long to be honest. The difference this round being that I put in the effort to seek out other blogs and talk to people and I’ve met a lot of awesome people that way.
So, in celebration, let’s do a little Q&A session! There are a lot of new faces following this blog lately and maybe you have some questions for me that you haven’t been around long enough to know the answers to. Maybe, someone wants to ask something that we’ve never chatted about. Maybe, you just want to ask the most ridiculous question you can think of.
I’ll post in a couple of days the answers to any questions. Seriously, have fun with it!
Morning chaps! I was sitting, sipping my coffee and thought, I should have a discussion with my blog peeps. (The kids still say ‘peeps’ right?) I’ve been slow in my reading, having left the book I’m currently working on at work over the past weekend, so I felt the desire to be chatty.
Many moons ago, I attempted to write a book, a YA post apocalyptic novel. I made it decently far in the process, but my grandfather (my inspiration to try to write) passed away and with the depression that followed, I stopped. I didn’t feel the urge to try again until the last couple of months. It’s no longer the same book, but I’m trying again.
I’m struggling more than I was the first time, but I’m being much more critical of myself this go around. I recently instated a new house rule, Wednesday nights and Saturdays I must work on the book for one hour minimum. If I keep going past that, excellent, but I was having a hard time finding the time to write. Inspiration isn’t so hard, especially after Ignited Moth and I have a writing meeting. (Yeah, we’ve formed our own cool little writers group.)
So my question is this, what writing tips (or encouraging tips in general) do you have to help someone along in the process? What have you struggled with yourself?
Woooooo! I did not mean to take a little mini blog vacation there. I’m still slowly chugging along on The Indifferent Stars Above and need to review my reread of Harry Potter BUT my dad is coming to town. Which means, lots of cleaning. That makes my house sound like a filthy mess but I assure you that’s not the case. Parents just have a way of finding that ONE thing you missed and pointing it out. I don’t think my dad does it on purpose, it’s almost always when discussing ways to renovate the house that something I missed pops up and frankly, I like a clean house when any guest comes to town. I like them to feel comfortable, at home and well fed, all thanks to my grandmother. She set the bar for hosting people and it is high.
As usual, it also coincides with a warm front making the yard a hot mess. Mud, mud everywhere. Especially on puppy paws every time they go out to do their business. So I clean, and I clean up again and curse the yard, several times a day.
I’m also willing to bet that my dad shows up sooner than expected. He gets excited and then shows up hours to days before planned.
Anywho, I should be back to my regularly scheduled activity soon but I’m going to soak up the father/daughter time because I don’t get enough of it with him living almost 4 hours away.
I woke up and logged into my little blog to find that I’ve hit 500 followers!
A big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my little corner of the blogosphere and provided entertaining conversations.
I was recently made a moderator on one of my Goodreads groups. New adventure time! I haven’t done much on it yet other than chatting with people but I’m having fun nonetheless and it makes me feel cool. 😛
If you would be interested in joining a sweet SF/F group and building your TBR pile along with getting the chance to ask some published authors questions about their books, leave me a comment and I’ll let you know the name of the group.
I stole this little beaut from the lovely The Shameful Narcissist. I really enjoy reviewing books so I thought a tag about how the writing happens would be fun. Plus, it’s been a very long time since I’ve done a tag of any sort. So I’m going to sit here, sipping my delicious coffee with strawberry cheesecake creamer and try not to give super grumpy answers since I’m not a real human until the coffee kicks in.
Where do you typically write your blog posts?
On my very comfortable sofa on the end with the chaise lounge. Usually covered in one or two dogs with the cat peeking over my shoulder from the back of the couch.
How long does it generally take you to write a book review?
I’ve never timed it before but I would guess about a half hour. Depends on my feelings about the book though. If I absolutely loved or hated it, I might bang it out quicker. If it was just meh, I might stare intently at the computer screen for a few minutes between each paragraph, trying to figure out what to say next.