Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Salon 4 27 14 ~ I Did it!! I finished a book!!



Time // 12:15
Eating // Just finished some 'shovelin' tacos' like a walking taco but in a bowl not the chips bag. Pile it all up and shovel it in :) NOM!
Drinking // coffee... but I'm about out again.
Weather // soft thunder this morning before church, now windy as the dickens!!
READING // Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley
Started this a while back, hit a slump, but now think I'll get back to it.


LISTENING TO // The Mayor of Casterbridge ~ Thomas Hardy
It's a good thing they like me at the Library. I've had this like 6 months of renewals. No one had come looking for it though. 

So Long Insecurity ~ Beth Moore. I'm on the fence so far, despite having already having done some underlining. 

FINISHED:// Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.  
Review coming (if I can ever get my head around all there is to talk about with this book)
My number one comment....
THESE are short stories, not just stories that aren't long, true, unequivocal, text book perfect, classic, awe-inspiring, true literature, short stories!! I adored it and at the same time am so incredibly outrageously jealous of  it as well!! I wanted to shake the book and scream "I want to sound this way!!" I was jump-up-and-down happy to have finally decided to read this amazing book/novel/collection. 
And that doesn't go anywhere near my feelings on the actual characters!


Watching // hmmm. Haven't had anything on for awhile.
Music // KLOVE and I did acquire a T-Mac cd :) 
Blogging // I even had a post between Salon's!! And it wasn't a meme!!
Acquisitions // I had a great cache at the city wide garage sales last weekend
Scored
Julie & Julia, The Lincoln Lawyer, War & Peace (abridged tho) Vegetarian, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Christmas Carol and Cricket on the Hearth, Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring, Living the Good Life, Start Your Own Business, The Girls Guide to Starting Your Own Business, A Walk On The Beach,  Confessions of a Shopaholic, Women's Devotional Bible ~ NIV (Love this find!!), and, Unfinished Business
all that for under $10.00...and hints in there as to what I'm up to these days.
Hating  //  I'm not really in a hating mood today. I'm tired. I'd like a nap. 
Loving // opportunities. ~ and SPRING! This color green just makes me want to weep with joy!

Writing // I've felt more urge to write again. Wrote the blog post last week. Fleshing out characters in my head for my current projects
Avoiding // still bills. but I got taxes done. 
Still working on cataloging my books. The more I look at it the more I think I really don't have that many. But cataloging takes awhile. So far I've barely gotten 100 done. 
I did get all my Stephen King's back on shelves. That made me feel better. 
Looking Forward to:// I CAN NOT stop thinking about BEA. I hate to miss it this year, but I really think I may try to go in person next year. 
So with that I am SUPER looking forward to Armchair BEA! 
http://www.armchairbea.com/

I've signed up to be a cheerleader and hope to get to take part in lots of other activities as well :)

Let me know if you're taking part to so I can keep an eye out for you on the blogs and twitter parties!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In praise of the paragraph.

Do you remember paragraphs? Remember having to write about 9 billion of them in school? Remember the cacophony of groans that erupted when a teacher would assign a paragraph! Personally I never minded writing paragraphs. I thought the concept was a cinch and I usually didn't have too much trouble corralling my thoughts into a logical succession of statements. I also enjoyed reading paragraphs. I even (gosh don't tell anyone or they'll think I'm a nerd) liked the structure!
     Well, I must admit there is an ulterior motive to liking the structure. I didn't fully appreciate the paragraph until college when I had to learn to skim-read text books. 1st and last became my mantra: first sentence, last sentence. The paragraph structure system got me through some core requirements handily! My fandom of paragraphs began. Then along came the internet.

And the beginning of the end of paragraphs. No longer is there classic structure to be found. No more topic sentence and supporting elements summed up in the end with a linking sentence beginning the next paragraph. Nope. Not now. That's too long now. That's too much text. You get comments like TLDR. (too long, didn't read). You get people you know employed the structure system to the whole post, first sentence last sentence, since that's what their comment is based on. If they leave a comment.

Not only are long paragraphs disliked in the blogosphere it seems, so are long sentences. Or sentences at all! Or long words!! It's cray! IKR!!

Now we want snippets.

And lingo...

And acronyms. Why I bet half the people who use acronyms don't know they are even CALLED acronyms because that's a really long word and they skimmed past it!!

Seriously though...

I actually do think the use of double-space between every

single

sentence

just a tad over done.
Occasionally I really can stand to have two lines of text right next to each other. Come on. I mean just trust that what you have to say is engaging enough that I will somehow, with great effort, muddle through an entire (gulp) paragraph! It wont hurt. Give it a shot. Topic, supporting statements, summery/conclusion, linking/transition.  It's a snap :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday 2014.. Beautiful!

Happy Easter Blogosphere!!
May the blessings of this day stay with you all the days to come!
Today, the book to focus on is the one that tells the glory of today! 

As a book blogger maybe I haven't  said it enough. But this it the NUMBER ONE book on my shelf and the most read and tattered copy of anything I own. :)


The world just looks more glorious on Easter, don't you think?


Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 13, 2014 Sunday Salon. How many books do YOU have?




Time // 8:35 p.m. on the 12th (but probably wont post until tomorrow)
Eating // Nothing at the moment but today has been one of those days. If it wasn't still moving it was fair game.
Drinking // coffee
Weather // Summer popped in to say hi. Waiting on thunderstorms. Then back to winter and snow Monday. 
READING // Wake ~ Anna Hope ~ Except I'm not. My galley ran out :(


Didn't finish this either... or  Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson


LISTENING TO // The Mayor of Casterbridge ~ Thomas Hardy
Never finished this either...
So I started 2 more I'm sure I won't get through too.... 

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. So far I enjoy it!!
So Long Insecurity ~ Beth Moore. I'm on the fence so far, despite having already having done some underlining. 

Watching // Odd Thomas!!!!!!!!


No more movie slump anyway! I LOVED this movie!! I thought it was ok close to the book. But I also adore Anton Yelchin! Nice pick for this too!
Music // KLOVE and some good uplifting music
Blogging // I haven't had time to think let alone write.
Acquisitions // I've been doing so extra close seeking of nice editions. I did stumble upon this the other day at Goodwill.
I've been interested in this one for quite awhile now! I'm so anxious to read it!
Hating  //  Making a fool out of myself...which I seem exceptionally good at. Boy oh boy did my first sermon ever go seriously seriously wrong!! :( 
Loving // opportunities. 

Writing // Nothing new here either...except my sermon. which was ok. 
Avoiding // still bills. and add taxes to that list.
The retreat (Walk to Emmaus) is complete. It went off BEAUTIFULLY!! I loved ever minute of my work behind the scenes. I miss my co-workers. It is such an amazing experience, as a pilgrim (someone going through it for the first time) it's world changing. As a worker, its hit-your-knees-in-gratitude reaffirming!
Also...
I am in the HUGE process of cataloging my books. Have any of you done that?? Do you use any particular program? I'm just using an excel sheet. Seems easiest.  People come in my house and are always like " How many books do you HAVE?" I'd take a pic but they are half in boxes and  half all over the place right now. No room in my house is bookless. 



How many books DO you guys own???