Break Time

Hello everyone,

I’m going on a trip starting this weekend and I’m not planning on taking my computer do to the nature of the trip.  I’ll have some reviews to type up when I get back, I’m sure, but since I’ll also need time to recover, don’t expect to hear from me before February 18th or so at the earliest.

Have a good couple of weeks and I’ll look forward to catching up with my backlog when I get back!

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New Year, New Changes

Hello everyone and Happy New Year (a few days late).  I know I’ve posted two reviews since 2017 began, but I do have a bit of housekeeping/updates to talk about.  Apologies for the delay in posting this.

Last year, I started to fall behind in commenting on other blogs, following them, etc.  I’m going to try to be better about that this year.  When life gets busy, blogging seems to be the first thing to suffer, and I deeply regret that.  So hopefully, I’ll do better this year.

Secondly, there are going to be some changes to my review format.  Usually, I open with a synopsis of the book and then word vomit my way through a review.  I’m going to attempt to clean that up a bit by giving ‘What I Expected’ vs ‘What I Got’.  I’m expecting the second of those sections to be both longer and more rambling, but at least there will be some kind of format.  If it doesn’t work, then I will go back to what’s become standard here.  We’ll just have to see together.

Finally, challenges.  I’ve tried twice now to get through the When Are You Reading? Challenge, and while I made it through more this year than last year, I still didn’t come close to finishing.  It has certainly challenged me to read outside my comfort zone, but I don’t think I’ll be officially participating this year.  Good luck to everyone who is.

There is, however, a challenge I’m participating in: the Beat the Backlist 2017 Challenge.  I chose it because it looks like an easy (for me) challenge, which is kind of what I would like after how crazy awful last year was.

Once again, Happy New Year to all!

NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo

It’s that time of year again.  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts at midnight/12:01 am on Tuesday, November 1.  AKA, tomorrow.  Eek!

I am once again going to be participating, aiming to write a minimum of 50k.  The story I’m working on is a continuation of the story I started two years ago but never managed to finish.  I’m being very careful to note down my exact word count at the start of the month (according to my own word processor) so that I can be as exact as possible when I update my word count, even though I know that the NaNo Validator tends to add words to my count (better than my sister, who loses words off the official counter).

And, like every November, I am of course also in the middle of a play.  So don’t be surprised if blog posts slow to a crawl – or even a halt – while I deal with memorizing lines and blocking, Tech Week, the entire run, plus NaNo.  *Phew*

To everyone else participating, best of luck!  And remember, whether you write 50k or 50 words, that’s still more than you had at the beginning of the month!

On Speculative Fiction and Reality

It’s been a while since I’ve done a discussion post – not for lack of topics, I assure you.  This is much more due to lack of time and an inability to follow through on my thought processes.  I want these posts to be coherent, after all, not a hodge-podge mess.  Hopefully some more will get straightened out, but this one managed to do it first, thanks in part to me reading Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga and the ways in which that series has been resonating with me.

All opinions expressed in this post are my own, but I would love to hear your viewpoint and discuss further in the comments. 🙂

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Review – Snow Crash

Snow CrashSnow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Synopsis from GoodReads:
In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Don’t Stand the Test of Time

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week, there’s a different topic.  Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.

This week’s theme was Top Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.  Despite this post’s official title, not all of them are negative, I promise.

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