Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature and Follow #24


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Q: Tell us about the most emotional scene you’ve ever read in a book – and how did you react?

 It's hard to select only one so I'll start with the most recent--I just finished "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Greene a week or so ago, and it made me cry. (Spoiler alert coming up so leave now if you don't want to know....go ahead, I'll wait....). When Gus dies, that's not the part I wept at. What got me were all the little things he did as he was falling in love with Hazel, stuff that made me tear up and tell my hubs (as in hint, hint, look how romantic!) how wonderful this teen wonder was.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Image of the Day: Bks Xplained

I love this image, but maybe because I'm cynical...

Image of the Day: Bks Xplained

Feature and Follow #24


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Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book?

 Hmm..I think all my pleasures are guilty ones! ;-) It's hard to say, and I know I'm equivocating here, but I think it would have to be comic books...I mean, graphic novels. It's how I discovered the incomparable Neil Gaiman and Sandman series, and a number of other adolescent faves. Favorite brand would definitely have to be the Vertigo line. Comics/Graphics can be really great ways to learn storyboarding for writers. No ink can be wasted!



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Live Stream: Steubenville Rape Trial, Sunday, March 17 - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

They say blog what you write about--and I write a lot about my own experiences with sexual assault, rape and abuse. So I am watching this case closely.  I'll be out today on the mountains, getting away from the computer for a while, but as soon as I'm back, I'll be glued to the screen, to see what happens. I have a lot more to say about this, and I'm sure I'll be thinking about it while we're in the hills today. Sometimes getting out in the fresh air can help with putting my thoughts together--relatively calmly. Or as calm as I ever tend to be!

Live Stream: Steubenville Rape Trial, Sunday, March 17 - WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature and Follow #23

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Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture.

I went a little artistic with it because we just moved in October, then all the snow came, and although it's pretty spring-like here, the chill is still in the air and we've had snow up until May. In the mountains, it has been known to snow on the Fourth of July. But today is gorgeous, and even though it's not quite time to start working on the yard of our new home, I have my reading spot all picked out--this is a view of our apple tree, horse stables beyond (not ours) and the mountains in the distance. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Feature and Follow # 22



Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops?


My biggest newbie blogger sin was exactly like Kathryn's Inbox featured blog today at Parajunkee:

So bless me, fellow bloggers, I have sinned. I have used images that I skimmed from Google images. While I wasn't passing the work off as my own or anything, I still have failed to give credit where credit is due. I was new once upon a time, and I've learned to either give credit or use my own images where I can. So at least I've learned from my mistakes!

I ask humbly for forgiveness!  

I've also learned to make sure I state very clearly what kind of books I review. For example, if someone wants me to review a book and it is clearly listed I don't, for example, review science fiction anymore just for this very reason. If I want real science fiction, I'll go the greats, like Ray Bradbury and Ursula Le Guin. Sadly, I still get requests to read science fiction from people who think they ARE on this level. 

I think that was a rant. But anyway, it's something I've learned not to do! 

Not there yet, but a little closer than yesterday

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