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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reading? ‘Riting? Not Really! [Show and Tell Sunday]

Reading? ‘Riting? Not Really! [Show and Tell Sunday]

Since not much has been going on with either of The 3 R’s Blog‘s first two R’s lately, this will be brief. In fact, it has come to this: Yes, work breaks are a to-do list item right now I’ve deliberately been holding back from reading books for the last week or so. I haven’t wanted to finish anything because I knew I would not have time to write about it, and I still haven’t […]

This is a Blog Post [Show and Tell Sunday]

This is a Blog Post [Show and Tell Sunday]

Look! It’s a Blog Post! The irony of a semi-hiatus from blogging just weeks before I go to a major conference as a blogger is definitely not lost on me, but my workload has me operating in “something’s got to give” mode these days, and blogging is one of the things that can give. That said, I’m glad I have a little time to give it this weekend! I really don’t like missing a Sunday post–even […]

Today’s To-Do List [Show and Tell Sunday]

Today’s To-Do List [Show and Tell Sunday]

After more than ten years of faithful service, my Capresso CoffeeTeam coffeemaker gave up the ghost last Monday. Because freshly-ground beans made into custom-brewed coffee is one of my favorite things from the kitchen, I’ve ordered a new one. Because I really don’t want to make daily Starbucks runs in the meantime (no, seriously, I don’t), I’ve borrowed my dad’s Keurig till it arrives. . Duly caffeinated, I put together my “to do” list for […]

Bloggiesta Bust…and a Bit of a Blog Break

Bloggiesta Bust…and a Bit of a Blog Break

My only Bloggiesta accomplishments were connecting with my Bookish Masterminds group and participating in last Monday’s Twitter chat, which was scheduled during my lunch hour–I did not get to anything else on my Bloggiesta to-do list. But I’m not actually all that surprised by the #fail, to be honest–I knew the event coincided with a busy week of work and non-blog life. I also knew I’d have a couple of days off right after to […]

4 Things to Start Spring [Show and Tell Sunday]

4 Things to Start Spring [Show and Tell Sunday]

Happy First Day of Spring, Northern Hemisphere! The last sunset of winter, through a car window I had mistakenly thought today was also the first day of Spring Bloggiesta and had planned my starting-line post as this week’s Sunday programming. Then I actually read the calendar and realized that one’s for tomorrow, so this Show-and-Tell Sunday is spur-of-the-moment and short.   My husband Paul has been a fan of musician Loreena McKennitt for two decades, […]

My Infomagical Week [Show and Tell Sunday]

My Infomagical Week [Show and Tell Sunday]

I learned about Infomagical from Bryan, and decided to try this challenge for myself last week. Since I knew I had a packed week of work ahead of me, it seemed like as good a time as any to tackle a project designed to help manage information overload and improve focus and creativity: “Infomagical (is) a collective FOMO course correction. (I)t’s not about your gadgets per se, it’s about all the stuff on them, and all the stuff coming […]

Trying to Find the Happy Place [Show and Tell Sunday]

Trying to Find the Happy Place [Show and Tell Sunday]

  I suppose I should have anticipated it–when you start your week at The Happiest Place on Earth, it’s probably going to be all downhill from there. It’s not that there’s anything big going wrong, but I’ve spent the last few days on the dark side of Funky Town. Our long-anticipated departmental team-building/retreat day at the top-secret location pictured above–postponed several times over the past year–was fun and fruitful, but also indeed long. Frankly, I […]

Some Recent Online Reading [Show-and-Tell Sunday]

Some Recent Online Reading [Show-and-Tell Sunday]

The momentum of Book Blogger Appreciation Week wasn’t sustained in my blogging last week, sadly–I only got one post up and am officially behind on review-writing. I fell off the comment wagon (although I have saved some posts with the intent to comment, and may yet get to them this weekend!)   I have been doing some online reading outside some of my usual haunts, though, and wanted to share a few links with y’all […]