LibraryThings Have Changed: I Still Love You, LT, But It’s Not The Same

LibraryThings Have Changed: I Still Love You, LT, But It’s Not The Same

My love for LibraryThing has been well-documented here in the past. While the flame still burns, things have changed between us. I still appreciate all that LT has done for me, don’t get me wrong. I got a paid, lifetime LibraryThing membership in 2008 to keep track of all the books I owned, whether I’d read them or not. Having my LibraryThing collection on my phone has saved me more than once from buying a book […]

Notes from a Staycation [Show and Tell Sunday]

Notes from a Staycation [Show and Tell Sunday]

Things I haven’t done during my Staycation My Staycation officially ends tomorrow. I didn’t have all that much planned for it, but I haven’t accomplished much of Not Much. Here’s what hasn’t happened: Getting my LibraryThing collections up-to-date for 2016. (There’s always tomorrow to start on that, though, and once I get started on it I’ll have momentum. I think.) Reading books on the patio. (We have had a triple-digit heat wave this week.) Reading […]

10 Things At Random [Show and Tell Sunday)

10 Things At Random [Show and Tell Sunday)

10 Things at Random… If you are hearing the title of this post sung to you along the melody line of “Ten Duel Commandments,” welcome to my brain. I was elected to the board of directors of my condo association a couple of months ago. There’s a lot of emailing involved. I was very tempted to sign off on an exchange yesterday with “I have the honor to be your obedient servant.” I resisted because […]

Show and Tell and Stop and Think [Show and Tell Sunday]

Show and Tell and Stop and Think [Show and Tell Sunday]

Show… It’s been quite a week out there, so I thought I’d start by injecting a little serenity. …and Tell But the horrible happenings of the last several days have led to some really smart, thoughtful and emotional writing, and I wanted to highlight just a little of that today. There’s some overlap in the specifics addressed in these two pieces: Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People | Maximum Middle Age How […]

Show & Tell & Link & Read…and Catch Up!

Show & Tell & Link & Read…and Catch Up!

I’ve noticed that one thing that’s changed for me after more than nine years of blogging is that I seem to have stopped stressing about periodic absences. For a long time, I devoted big chunks of my weekends and stolen hours at the office to preparing content and scheduling it out at least a week in advance, and when I knew I’d have to be away, I’d make plans for coverage with guest bloggers and/or […]

Judge Not: Keeping Up Appearances Past a Certain Age

Judge Not: Keeping Up Appearances Past a Certain Age

During our younger-adult years, who hasn’t judged–or outright mocked, or at least surreptitiously questioned–the style choices or leisure activities of our elders for being “age-inappropriate”? My supervisor at my first job after college was a middle-aged woman–probably about as old then as I am now–who rode motorcycles with her husband on weekends, and I could not make sense out of doing such as thing at her age. But at least she kept her hair short […]

Show and Tell (and Link and Read) Sunday

Show and Tell (and Link and Read) Sunday

It’s the unofficial First Weekend of Summer here in the USA, and we are having some beautiful late-spring weather in Southern California! We don’t have many big outdoor plans this weekend, though–we’ll be doing things like seeing movies and going shopping. I’m planning to take advantage of an extra day off by spending time reading and getting my book blogging up-to-date; I’ve had one review about 3/4 done for several weeks now, and I’ve finished […]

The BEA 2016 Highlight Reel

I collected some of the social media highlights of my Book Expo 2016 experience on Storify and thought I’d share them here as well. If you’re not seeing the embedded story in your feed reader, please click on through to the blog! But first, shout-outs to some of the people who made BEA 2016 Chicago such a great time: My roommate and blogging BFF Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) and our hotel neighbors Candace (Beth Fish Reads) […]

It Came from Chicago: BEA Books, 2016 Edition! [Show and Tell Sunday]

It Came from Chicago: BEA Books, 2016 Edition! [Show and Tell Sunday]

I posted some takeaways from Book Expo America 2016 last week, and I have additional impressions and memories I’d like to share with you. I created a Storify “Highlight Reel” but I haven’t been able to flesh it out as I’d like for reasons I’ll get into in a minute. That said, I know you’re probably most interested the books, and after a week on the road from Chicago, BEA 2016’s box of spoils arrived on […]

BEA 2016: 10 Takeaways (That Aren’t Books)

BEA 2016: 10 Takeaways (That Aren’t Books)

photo credit: Kim Ukura My thirty-pound box of books from Book Expo America 2016 shipped out from Chicago yesterday and is scheduled to be delivered on Friday, so I’ll be able to talk more about them next week. In the meantime, I’d like to share some takeaways, discoveries, and lessons from #BEA16. It’s good to go into BEA excited about at least a few of the books that will be getting buzz there. I was […]

The View Before #BEA2016 [Show and Tell Sunday]

The View Before #BEA2016 [Show and Tell Sunday]

The cruelest month that was April is finally over, although it has not yet fully decamped. But I will do my best to forget what it’s saving up for me for the next week. This weekend I’m in an avocado grove near the ocean–it’s a pause between one fray and another. Tomorrow I pack and prepare. Tuesday morning I fly to Chicago. I’m not entirely ready for BEA week, but I am more than ready […]

4 Lessons From a 4th-Timer: Ready for #BEA2016

4 Lessons From a 4th-Timer: Ready for #BEA2016

Next week, I’ll be attending Book Expo America for the fourth time (and for the first time somewhere other than New York City). Despite feeling un-ready this time for various reasons–some directly related to the event, and some not terribly pertinent to it at all–I’m excited to go again after missing it last year, and I like feeling that I’m approaching it with the mindset of a veteran. I understand that the change in venue […]

6 Reasons I’m Not Ready for #BEA2016

6 Reasons I’m Not Ready for #BEA2016

Right about this time next week, I’ll be on my way to Chicago for Book Expo America 2016, and I am feeling severely under-prepared! I’ve taken care of the things that had to be done well in advance–I have the plane tickets, the hotel room, and the roommate–but not much else, and I’m not confident of my ability to get much prepping done in the time that remains. My Top 6 Reasons I’m Not Ready for […]

Open Doors: News From Home

Open Doors: News From Home

The suburbs are fertile ground for fictional drama and have provided the setting for some of my favorite novels, but I have recently become caught up in some real-life home-front drama. We have lived in this condominium complex for almost eight years–nearly five years as renters, and then as owners since the summer of 2013. When we bought the unit next door to the one we’d been renting, we not only became new homeowners, we […]

Open Items: What I’m Working On

Open Items: What I’m Working On

This weekend, I composed a series of short updates that I’ve scheduled to post over the course of the week. I don’t have time for too much more than that right now, but I’m not happy being a missing person in Bloggerland, so this is my current coping strategy. Here is a look at what I’m working on at my day job, via my office to-do list for today. It obviously doesn’t include the things […]