The Shoulder: The Sequel! (First Official NaBloPoMo Cop-Out Post!)

The Shoulder: The Sequel! (First Official NaBloPoMo Cop-Out Post!)

If you were on Twitter Saturday afternoon, you might have seen this: @florinda_3rs Florinda Pend.-Vasq. Guess who fell and landed on her right arm AGAIN? Shoulder’s not dislocated this time, but the impact was bad and the whole arm just hurts. Sunday morning’s follow-up: @florinda_3rs Florinda Pend.-Vasq. Arm Injury Update: less pain & more mobility than yesterday, but still needs rest & healing time today. Also, Left-Handed Typist is back! I didn’t visit the ER […]

Seeing through family eyes: an “Own Your Beauty” moment

Seeing through family eyes: an “Own Your Beauty” moment

Growing up, I never thought much of my looks – and no one else seemed to either, except maybe my mom. I stopped growing early, a few inches shy of five feet; I was small all over, actually. But I wore big glasses (which helped hide my somewhat lazy, inward-drifting eyes), and had naturally big hair long before girls spent the ‘80’s trying to achieve it. My mother would tell me I had “good bone […]

Tuesday Tangents: The Questionable Season

Tuesday Tangents: The Questionable Season

It seems like “the holidays” – or at least the process of getting ready for them – start just after Halloween these days, and that sent me off on a few Tuesday Tangents. When did you start seeing Christmas-merchandise sections in the stores this year (assuming you already have)? On October 29, I noticed that the Christmas section of the new Target in my neighborhood was larger than the area devoted to Halloween…which hadn’t happened […]

Encino Says: “Save Our Bookstore!” (Updated)

Encino Says: “Save Our Bookstore!” (Updated)

There have been too many stories in the last year or two about cities closing or limiting the hours of their libraries, but bookstores have been having a hard time of it as well. Shelf Awareness regularly reports on closures in the independent-bookseller sector – there’s one looming in Nashville – but they’re not the only ones affected; the big-name bookstores have been struggling too. I live in what’s essentially a one-bookstore town…well, two if […]

Sunday Salon: Thankful for blog-driven reading, and Indie Lit Awards!

Sunday Salon: Thankful for blog-driven reading, and Indie Lit Awards!

  Karen’s comment on my entry for last week’s Weekend Assignment made me stop and think for a minute: “It’s interesting that your habits have changed on (re-reading). Is it that your reading horizons expanded with adulthood so you had access to more books TBR, or was it more a question of awareness of a wider range of books in which to be interested? It sounds as though your recent rereading is pretty much all […]

Not-quite-Wordless Weekend: Hollywood Neighborhood #2

Not-quite-Wordless Weekend: Hollywood Neighborhood #2

We’ll start this week’s travels at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and LaBrea Avenue… …where this pavilion marks the beginning… …of this! This song gets stuck in my head every time I take this walk:  Everybody’s a dreamer, everybody’s a star, And everybody’s in movies, it doesn’t matter who you are. There are stars in every city, In every house and on every street, And if you walk down Hollywood Boulevard Their names are written […]

Book Talk: *Outside the Ordinary World*, by Dori Ostermiller (TLC Book Tour)

Book Talk: *Outside the Ordinary World*, by Dori Ostermiller (TLC Book Tour)

Outside the Ordinary World Dori Ostermiller Mira (2010), Edition: Original Paperback (ISBN 0778328899 / 9780778328896) Fiction: 400 pages Source: Publisher, via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Blog tour/review Opening Lines: “I’m pacing circles in the family therapist’s waiting room, trying to discern what my daughter is saying on the other side of that door. Hannah hasn’t spoken to me in days, but she seems to have plenty to say to a stranger: I can […]

Censorship, #Amazonfail, and the dark side of self-publishing

Censorship, #Amazonfail, and the dark side of self-publishing

Remember Banned Books Week? It was a little over a month ago, and many of us defended the freedom of access to books, regardless of their content: “I’m very much in favor of the freedom to read what one chooses to read – and in order to make those choices well, one needs access to the full range of choices. I also believe in the freedom to choose not to read something. But I believe […]

Green Books Campaign: *An Election For the Ages*

Green Books Campaign: *An Election For the Ages*

This review is part of the Green Books Campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco- friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books. The campaign is organized for the second time […]

Calling for a “Read-Over”! (Weekend Assignment #343)

Calling for a “Read-Over”! (Weekend Assignment #343)

Yes, this writing prompt is called the “Weekend” Assignment, but we have until midnight tomorrow (Wednesday) to respond to it, and I’m issuing a special invitation to my bookish buddies to join in this week. You can find the guidelines on the the post with this week’s topic: Weekend Assignment # 343: Read It Again Some people like to read a book once, and then they’re done. The plot is resolved and they know whodunnit, […]

Book Talk: *Notes From the Underwire*, by Quinn Cummings

Book Talk: *Notes From the Underwire*, by Quinn Cummings

Notes from the Underwire: Adventures from My Awkward and Lovely Life Quinn Cummings (Twitter) Hyperion (2009), Paperback (ISBN 1401322867 / 9781401322861) Memoir/Humor, 272 pages Source: Personal/purchased Reason for reading: Blogging Authors Reading Project Opening Lines: “This wasn’t in my plans for the day. “Alice and I attended a parent-and-child art class. While Alice mused over a composition that would be entitled in future catalogs of her work as Meditations on Pink Tissue, Elmer’s Glue, and […]

Sunday Salon: Writers, readers, and NaNoWriMo

Sunday Salon: Writers, readers, and NaNoWriMo

  For the second year in a row, I’m publicly saying NO to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I love to read, and I love to write. Also, I love to write about what I read, otherwise my blog would never have been born. I think there are some truths about life and humanity and why we are the way we are that are best explored through fiction. I think that fiction can help us […]

Not-quite-Wordless Weekend: Hollywood Neighborhood #1

Not-quite-Wordless Weekend: Hollywood Neighborhood #1

I don’t work in the entertainment industry, but I do work in an office just off Hollywood Boulevard. I took a walk one day at lunch and took some photos around the neighborhood, and I’ll share a few with you each Saturday this month – NaBloPoMo participants are allowed “Wordless Weekends.” Welcome to Tinseltown! Today we’ll follow the stars… …to the world-famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and see who’s left their footprints in the courtyard. It’s […]

Week-End Review: Recommended Reading

Week-End Review: Recommended Reading

I won’t be taking up too much of your time this Friday…but since I’m doing NaBloPoMo, you won’t get a break from me tomorrow, so it all evens out! I’m sure you’ve heard there was an election this week – and no matter how you feel about the way it all turned out, I hope you voted! Julie takes a fairly moderate look at how change begets change, while April’s glad we’re done with campaign […]

Shoulda Read It Sooner! (Weekly Geeks 2010-35)

Shoulda Read It Sooner! (Weekly Geeks 2010-35)

#fullpost { display: inline; } I call it “TBR Purgatory” for a reason – books come in and languish for an indeterminate amount of time before I decide their fate. If they arrive with a due date – publication or review-tour commitment – they’ll get out sooner. Some – granted, not all that many – arrive in hardcover and are still unread when the paperback hits bookstores. And occasionally, when one is finally sprung from […]