Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Salon - I'm baaAAAaaack

Time //  7:22
Eating // lasagna then bunny tracks ice cream
Drinking // Raspberry hot tea, sleepy time. Trying to manage my caffein. 
Weather // foggy, unseasonably warm and holding. 
READING // Some Luck ~ Jane Smiley

LISTENING TO // The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest ~ Stieg Larsson

Watching // Fringe
Music // KLOVE and some good uplifting music
Blogging // Now that I"m just a normal person again, I'll try to get back to blogging like one.
Acquisitions // I'd rather talk about how many I've gotten rid of at this point. It's a little overwhelming to have my entire inventory in my downstairs.
Hating  //  Being annoyed with myself. 
Loving // The support of friends old and new!! People are good. The end.

Writing // Won NaNoWriMo but haven't started revisions.
Avoiding // purging. But I'm not going to avoid it fro long.
While some folks may look at my experience and see failure. I saw an attempt at something that mattered to me and found out so much about myself in the process. Lessons that will be invaluable. I loved my store. My patrons loved my store. I'm so glad I had it!! :)

And it's great to be back around you all as well!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children ~ Ransom Riggs

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk
Pages: 352
Why I read this book: Blogosphere hype. And the cover is super cool.

Goodreads Synopsis:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

Personal Reaction
I realize I'm not the target audience for this book, but I'm not for, say, Harry Potter (sorry I know, not comparable, but it's the first one that came to mind) or The Borrowers or The Boxcar Children.  
I didn't love this book. It felt forced and trite and ... well similar to another series. I had a hard time with disbelief. And I was less than charmed by the 'world building'. BUT, I didn't Hate this book either! It had tons of potential and the writing itself was solid. I think we can expect to see great things from Mr. Riggs. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Yeah.. That's about the book store.
That was fast, huh?

I love books. Always will.
I love my landlords. They were the kindest people on the face of the planet!!
I love MOUNT VERNON!! what a town!!
I loved my shop! It was soooo cute!

But I neeeeeeed income to pay the bills.

I've accepted a job offer and arranged for an auction.

I think I"m the shortest lived shop in the history of retail.

I've also learned that I do NOT have the constitution for this kind of risk! I've been through a lot, but this nearly took me out! To say I had a nervous breakdown was beyond a cliche. While 'nervous breakdown' isn't a medical term, Anxiety Disorder is and Panic Attacks are and are HORRIBLE!

I've learned so much. And I have so many people to thank that I can't even begin right now!!
So I'll thank God for all the blessings in my life! And they are many! :)