Week-End Review: Friday Fives, plus a quizzical bonus

Week-End Review: Friday Fives, plus a quizzical bonus

Five things to tell you: I went back to the office for three days this week (worked at home the other two, since I didn’t have transportation). I’ve found I’m productive in different ways in each space. On my second day back, I invited you to my workplace and asked for your help – a simple online vote – to get a new program off the ground. If you haven’t done that, there’s still time… […]

Sunday Salon: I Am Not a Professional

Sunday Salon: I Am Not a Professional

  Hey! Who are you calling “unprofessional?” That was the Question of the Week, directed at a romance novelist who responded to a couple of reviews that didn’t please her with a post on her blog, Authors Helping Authors, advising her fellow writers to steer clear of “unprofessionals” who “set themselves up as reviewers” and probably “never wrote anything themselves other than a grocery list.” I’m not linking to it myself, because plenty of others […]

Week-End Review: 5 for Friday, and a few more

Week-End Review: 5 for Friday, and a few more

Five things about my week: After two weeks of resting and recuperating, I went back to work this week, but I didn’t actually go to work – telecommuting FTW! Monday was very tiring and my shoulder was feeling it on Tuesday. Wednesday was better, but by yesterday my energy was pretty well used up. The only real drawback I find to telecommuting is that data travels very slowly between my computer and the remote server. […]

Week-End Review: 5 things from me, and 5 (links) for Friday

Week-End Review: 5 things from me, and 5 (links) for Friday

Five things from me: Looks like things are going well 2 weeks post-shoulder surgery! The incisions are healing nicely and the X-rays look good. I’ve been given two new exercises to do 2-3 times per day. Otherwise, I’m to stay in the sling and basically try to forget I even have a right arm for another 4-5 weeks, and I see the ortho again on February 21, exactly one month after the surgery. Aside from […]

Sunday Salon: Abandonment Issues

Sunday Salon: Abandonment Issues

  Last week, participants in The Broke and the Bookish’s “Top Ten Tuesday” posted reading and blogging resolutions for the New Year. I wasn’t one of them. For one thing, I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions; and secondly, because I try to write and schedule my posts ahead of time, I don’t do many daily/weekly memes any more unless the prompts are posted in advance. However, I did read quite a few lists of […]

Sunday Salon: The Great Book Purge of 2010

Sunday Salon: The Great Book Purge of 2010

  You may have heard that the Sunday Salon closed to new members a while ago for technical reasons; the feed aggregator it uses for participants’ posts had reached capacity. Well, have you heard that it’s re-opened – as a Facebook group – and both old and new members are invited to join up there? Group members can link up their Sunday posts on the FB page and easily comment and have bookish discussions with […]

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

2010 in Review – ‘Riting: Here and There…

Image via Wikipedia (If you think you’ve read this post before, you may be right – it accidentally got published a couple of weeks ago, and got into the feed before I could pull it back to the correct date. Oops!) Total posts in 2010: 305  – includes 11 guest posts, 10 progress updates during two 24-Hour Readathons, and 30 daily posts in November for NaBloPoMo Most-viewed 2010 post: “My Festival of Books Report, 2010 […]

2010 in Review – Reading: final Bookkeeping, and Books of the Year!

2010 in Review – Reading: final Bookkeeping, and Books of the Year!

  As befits a book-blogging accountant, I’ll begin this look back at the year in reading with a little number-crunching: Total books read: 56 Fiction: 45 Adult: 33 YA: 12 Nonfiction: 11 Memoir: 8 History: 2 Other: 1 (music) Number of pages read: No idea, although I suppose I could do the math…but I’m really not all that interested in crunching this particular number at this point, so never mind! (Do you keep track of […]

Sunday Salon: Reviewing Review Policies

Sunday Salon: Reviewing Review Policies

I posted a revision to my Book Review Policy a couple of weeks ago, stating that I would not accept most review offers for the first six months of 2011 due to various other commitments, including recovery from shoulder surgery scheduled later this month. (That may be a good time for reading, but probably less than ideal for writing reviews!) I’ve been trying to dial back my review commitments for over a year, yet over […]

Sunday Salon: Reading Notes and Bookkeeping

Sunday Salon: Reading Notes and Bookkeeping

I haven’t done a Bookkeeping report for a few weeks because there hasn’t been a lot to report. I haven’t added many books to TBR Purgatory for the last couple of months. I’m scaling back review books, and have been trying to confine my book-buying to titles already on my wishlist – and at least until Christmas, my book-buying will be limited to books for other people. However, it certainly looks like I’ve been busy […]

Week-End Review: Five (Links) for Friday, and introducing the Friday Foto!

Week-End Review: Five (Links) for Friday, and introducing the Friday Foto!

It’s about time we got a button in here, isn’t it? I got myself a Tumblr blog after all, and if you’re on Tumblr, I’d be more than happy for you to follow it (and I’ll follow you back)! But here are a few reasons you might choose not to: I’m treating it as a “spinoff” from this blog, so a lot of what I post there will probably end up back over here anyway. […]

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 […]

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot

Who’s ready for Election Day?  I have an election-related post scheduled for Monday, but couldn’t wait till then to get on topic. For starters, which side of the red/blue divide do you fall on? You Are 35% Conservative, 65% Liberal Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal How Liberal Or Conservative Are […]

Sunday Salon: Spoiler Brats

Sunday Salon: Spoiler Brats

I often come across book reviews that include statements like “I didn’t know anything about this book before I read it” or “I avoided reading the jacket copy” – something along the lines of wanting to go into the reading experience without much advance knowledge of what was coming. The blurb for Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee totally plays off this: “We don’t want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a […]

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot, Ides of October edition

Week-End Review: Links & Whatnot, Ides of October edition

Whatnot, just ’cause: I’m still over here waving my purple banner for Alzheimer’s – my Memory Walk is next Saturday, October 23 – but can’t forget that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Given the abundance of pink ribbons on all sorts of products in the stores right now, I’m sure you can’t forget it either. But think before you pink – some of the companies that practice “cause marketing” this month are actually […]