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I’ve been reading, just not blogging

I don’t like that I haven’t posted here in awhile. It’s not that I don’t enjoy blogging, it’s just I am still uncertain what I really want this blog to be (and I spend all day at work on a computer and lately the thought of going on a computer to blog leaves me feeling ‘meh’.  Is that a blogging sin?). I thought for awhile I wouldn’t write book reviews because they are so subjective. But then I read a great book that I want to tell the world about – tell me, what’s a reader supposed to do?

I’ll tell you – blog about it. I’ve decided to continue with book reviews and the format will be the following:

  • Quick summary about the book
  • Highlight of a character that stood out to me and why
  • How the book made me feel

That’s it.  No grand opinions on style or prose or grammar or blah, blah, blah….just quick and dirty. Feels are all I know to be real – what I think, not so important, but what I feel….ahhhh…that’s what reading is all about.

Now I will end this blog with something I learned recently – you aren’t supposed to use two spaces after a period anymore.

Now, back to blogging!

Monkey-typing

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Aversion to challenge – this blog post brought to you by the letter A

Ok, I am pretty good at commitment.  I am still married, I try not to cancel plans and I alway arrive precisely when I am meant to.  But I avoid certain commitments – like the one I am about to partake in.  A blogging challenge.

Frack, why did I even sign up for it?   Just saying it in my head gives me the aches.  I like being my own boss, writing a blog post when I want.  I don’t like to be told what to do.

But I like this one which is why I signed up for it.  The A to Z Challenge.  For the month of April write a blog post each day beginning with the letter A on April 1st and so on until you get to the end.  Seems easy enough but the rebellious side of me is already thinking of all the reasons NOT to do this challenge.

So with a positive thought in mind and a page full of ideas to sustain me throughout April – happy challenge to me!

And with that, I end this blog post – the first in my April challenge.  Short and sweet.

BAM! (oh wait, I have to save the letter B until tomorrow.)

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2014]

Thank you Jelly Pom

I love the name of her blog so I had to put it in the title.  Jelly Pom was nice enough to throw me the Very Inspirational Blogging award.  These blogging awards are great encouragers to keep writing and I appreciate the sentiments behind them.

So the following now has to happen:

  1. thank the person who nominated you – so again, thanks Jelly Pom!
  2. post the award to my page;
  3. list seven things about me;
  4. nominate a few more inspiring blogs and let each of them know they’ve been nominated by posting a comment on their blog.

Okay, here is the award:

7 things about myself?  Oy, I dunno.

1. I’m a woman

2. I’m a speed reader

3. I love Jimmy Fallon

4. I love Survivor

5. For some reason I could never quite picture the Balrog in Lord of the Rings books, I don’t know why.  I just couldn’t see it.  Not until the movie did I go ‘ohhhhhhh’

6. I’m Canadian

7. I have mad love for gorillas

And now for the blogs I want to give the title of Very Inspiring Blogger to are:

http://iamtheinvisiblehand.wordpress.com/ – she says some brave things in her blog, things I have only thought but never said out loud.  Her blog resonates strongly with me.

http://grimmsfurrytail.wordpress.com/ – let’s face it, animals are always inspiring.  I dare you to read the About Grimm section and not fall for that dog.

http://fatimaildefonso536.wordpress.com/ – hers is a voice of a broken heart.  Reading her posts are raw.  I respect anyone willing to just throw their emotions out on the table.

http://renegadehomeschooler.wordpress.com/ – again, another honest voice.  I’ve enjoyed reading her posts on homeschooling as I too have been thinking about homeschooling my kids (when I have them).

All right, that’s it for me.  I only discovered these 4 today and was really moved by their posts so that is why they are getting some blog love here.

Giddier than a geek meeting Gandalf

First off, I don’t think there could be anything that could make me more giddier than meeting Gandalf (yes he’s real!).

But, today is proving to be a giddy type day.  I am having an absolute blast right now.  Why?  Because of the activity happening here in this small blog-osphere.  Thanks to the kindness of WordPress and ‘freshly pressing’ one of my blog posts I have had the great joy of discovering so many other bloggers through their interaction with Geeky Book Snob.

I just want to say thank you to all the people stopping by.  I am trying to respond to everyone, to visit your blogs and read through your stuff in return.  I may have to take a nap at some point due to this awful cold I have right now (caught it flying back home through a wormhole recently) but this communication with so many strangers is really delightful and a balm for my pounding sinuses.  There are so many different hues of souls out there and I’m just finding this experience really neat.

Happy reading all!

wizard

 

Oh Dearest Blog

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Blog Award thanks to The Jenny Mac Book Blog and 5Arabee6 So thank you to these 2 writers for sending this nomination my way, I appreciate the attention!

As I am a researcher by nature (and professionally) I of course had to research the Liebster Blog Award as I had never heard about it before.  I am still fairly new to blogging and I love being constantly delighted with how active and community oriented bloggers are.  And now this?  Blogging awards!  How fantastic!

So my research has pulled up essentially consistent information on the Liebster award with a few discrepancies between blogs.  The Liebster Blog Award is awarded to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  The German word Liebster means dearest so really, it is the Dearest Blog Award which is pretty awesome. The purpose of this award is to give these newer bloggers some recognition and support so that they keep on blogging.  I know this has certainly worked for me!

So having said that, if I am to accept these nominations the following needs to be accomplished:

  1. Thank the person publicly who nominated you for the  Liebster Blog Award and link back to them (again, thank you The Jenny Mac Book Blog and 5Arabee6!)
  2. Copy & Paste the award image to your blog
  3. Choose other bloggers with less than 200 followers and inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog

Okay, this is where it gets different from blog to blog:

  1. Answer the same questions the blogger who nominated you answered in their blog OR list 11 things about yourself, answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you and then ask your own 11 questions.  (Holy crow this is going to be a long post)
  2. Nominate other blogs that you enjoy to receive the award who have less than 200 followers – some blogs say nominate 5 blogs while others say nominate 11 blogs.

So since everyone seem to do this differently, I am going to do 5, 5 and 5.

5 things about myself:

  • I have brachydactly thumbs
  • I’ve never broken a bone in my body
  • I am a White Self Existing Worldbridger (if you know where this comes from I will send you a heart shaped sticker)
  • I grow my own vegetable garden in my backyard
  • I want to become an herbalist

Answering 5 questions from the two who nominated me:

  • Name a book that changed your life.
    • The Dragon and the Unicorn.  Not only was it a fantastic novel but spiritually it opened me up to new concepts around quantum physics and God.
  • Who is your favorite author/writer ?
    • Alice Hoffman.
  • Who are your favorite music artists?
    • Arcade Fire, Emile Sande, Pink, Broken Records, Grouplove. 
  • If you had just 5 minutes to live, what is the last thing you would do?
    • Give thanks
  • How do I define love?
    • The ability to truly forgive and let go.

My 5 questions for the bloggers I nominate:

  • Who would you want to have dinner with most in the world?
  • What is your favourite word?
  • If you could  choose 5 songs that would be the songs to the soundtrack of your life, what would they be?
  • What is the word you hate the most?
  • If you could choose your own name, what would it be?

And the 5 bloggers I nominate are:

Pretty Books

The Paper Wallflower

The Captive Reader

What a Nerd Girl Says

Lynn’s Book Blog

Okay, happy reading and blogging everyone!

 

Book bloggers blogging ’bout books

Say that title 10 times fast.

If you notice near the bottom of the right side of this page there is an icon that says Bookstore Blogger Connection.  What is that for do you ask?  (Even if you aren’t asking I’m going to tell you anyway).  It’s a pretty cool concept that two lovely ladies started.  And rather than me try to fumble and explain it I thought it was best if they did it in their own words.

Meet Andrea from The Little Red Reviewer and Elizabeth from Dark Cargo.

Why don’t you introduce yourself?  How did you two connect?

Elizabeth – Like everyone reading this, I’m a bookaholic. I often fight with piles of books around my house for sitting space, cooking space, sleeping space. I have passionate, love/hate relationships with genre fiction. Otherwise, I tutor literacy skills with the Literacy Volunteers of America.  Andrea and I connected through the book blogs we maintain.

Andrea – funny how this works out, I’m also a bookaholic! I like to describe my apartment as looking like a library exploded. I’m about to start hiding books in the freezer, it’s gotten so bad.  Last year (or maybe the year before?) Elizabeth had let me know about a yearly event Dark Cargo hosts called AtHomeCon, and it was a blast and a half. I couldn’t even keep up with all the different posts that were going up every hour or so – it was quite literally a sci-fantasy genre Convention a person could enjoy from home, with different discussions and panels happening every hour. We’ve been friends ever since.

What is the purpose of Bookstore-BookBlogger Connection?

Elizabeth – We realized that somehow, the bookstores were not yet tapped into the book blogger potential for selling books. We hope to see bookstores utilizing the blurbs collected at Bookstore-Bookblogger Connection to sell books.

Andrea – what she said.  Never hurts that the bloggers will get more exposure from the blurbs posted at bookstores.

How did the idea form?

Elizabeth – on my side, I was chatting with a bookseller in the vendor room at a convention, and wondered if somehow I could use the blurbs from the book reviews that show up on Darkcargo as bookmarks, or signage somehow for this bookseller to use. And then I thought, why only this one blog? There are lots of blogs who do this! Andrea and I chatted over email, storms of email-y madhouse ideas, and worked through to Bookstore-Bookblogger Connection.

Andrea – I had a similar experience, except instead of at a vendor room at a convention, it was at my local bookstore. I found I was familiar with nearly all their new Scifi and Fantasy titles because of blogger reviews I’d read. Because I’d already read of a bunch of reviews on blogs I follow, I really wanted to buy those books.  Why not share that information with the bookstore so that more people want to buy the books?  And yes, the e-mails of brainstormyness, they were pretty incredible.

Why is this idea important to the two of you?

Elizabeth – book bloggers put a whole lot of work into what they do. Hours and hours. It’s crazy how much dedication you people have to this idea of reviewing books. Certainly that devotion should be re-utilized for the further promotion of literacy and books.

Andrea – On both sides of this equation is a lot of passion  for books and the written word, and sharing that love. Bloggers are passionate about reading and talking about what they’ve read.  Booksellers are passionate about increasing readership in their communities and helping people find new books and authors to enjoy. Doesn’t a partnership between bloggers and bookstores just make sense?

What is your vision for Bookstore-BookBlogger Connection 3 years from now? 

Elizabeth – it would be cool to have a massive indexed database of SF/F book reviews.

Andrea – it would be cool to be officially recognized by bookstore support groups like IndieBound. Also, I love the idea of having links to a gazillion SF/F book reviews all in one place. Interested in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods? We got links to a dozen reviews you can look at.

Why should bloggers/bookstores get involved with this idea?

Andrea – Bloggers should get involved because this is one more way for their words to be heard and seen. They get extra exposure because their blog name is attached to their blurb. Bookstores should get involved because our service is free to them, and these are reviews from the same types of folks who walk through the front door of their bookshop – passionate lovers of genre. This is a win-win for everyone who gets involved.

What is your favourite genre?

Elizabeth – My favorite genre is “this book that interests me right now”.  I wander through genre fiction, picking and choosing and being a generally over-judgemental ass.  I also try to make myself feel smart by owning calculus textbooks and carrying around books on ancient history.

Andrea – I’m easy. My favorite genre is Space Opera. If it counts for anything, I  do own a Calculus book, although I don’t understand what’s in it.

What is the last book that made you cry and why?

Elizabeth – Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. His multi-lingual puns just kill me. Truly, the tears, they stream and make little splooshy spots on the pages.

Andrea – don’t tell anyone, but I cried at the end of Feed, by Mira Grant. Most of the book was just so-so and rather predictable for me, but there was that one twist at the end that completely kicked me in the head. Her short story Crystal Halloway and the Forgotten Passage had me weeping at the end, so I should have expected that kind of emotional power in her longer books as well.

And lastly, what I find to be the toughest question to answer; if you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Elizabeth – Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. At least then it would be a short life because I’d throw myself out into heavy traffic rather than have to finish that book.

Andrea – Neal Stephenson’s Quicksilver.  It’s About 900 pages of awesome. The kind of awesome that makes your brain want to explode.

So there you have it folks.  If you are a blogger blogging ’bout books then why not get involved?  This is a fantastic concept that anyone, anywhere can get involved with.  Kudos ladies!

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