Cover Characteristics: Swamp

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Swamp

This was an interesting topic. One of my favorite songs to this day is Seminole Wind. I sung my heart out to that as a toddler. While I am terrified of the murky and lurky in the swamps, I respect the need for them and their necessity.

 

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Book Blogger Hop #22

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


What is the most fun part/aspect of being a book blogger? (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

Oh, you know! 

It’s YOU!

You know, when I first started blogging and didn’t know what in the world I was doing, I thought getting free books directly from an author, agent, or publisher before they released was super cool and the best thing ever.

Now I know that’s only part of the equation. The most fun thing about blogging is YOU guys! All the friends I’ve made and the conversations we’ve had and the virtual relationships we’ve developed make me happy. I love learning new things from you guys on your blogs and being inspired by you guys. I love doing what I do and I am one of those where I have to stick to a schedule or it’s complete anarchy over here, but I enjoy the whole process and knowing that this is mine. My space, my publications, and I’m sharing them with you. I’m proud of it all.

Cover Characteristics: Clocks

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Clocks

I have to admit – I hate the sound of analog clocks. Growing up in a 100+ year-old house (that my great-great grandfather built), I could hear the kitchen clock ticking from the opposite corner of the house. It kept me up at night and drove me crazy.

 

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Book Blogger Hop #21

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


What do you do with books you no longer want? Do you donate them? Do you take them to a half-price bookstore? Does a friend or family member benefit? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

When I made the most recent move of my bookcase, I decided I needed to review some books just sitting around on my shelves. A few of them were mass paperback romances I purchased at WalMart that I never intended to re-read, and a book or two someone gave me when I first started blogging that weren’t my kind of reads, and a bunch of children’s books I was sent for review. Those kinds of things that I knew I could part with and not regret, so I did. I gave them to my mom. She gave the ones appropriate to her school’s library. The school is K-8 in a very rural area with approximately 120 students in good years. The rest she donated to our public library. I had wanted to do giveaways in little bundles of 2-3 similar books, but I just didn’t have the time, and I can’t even answer my own doctor’s calls during the daytime, let alone get to the post office. I also know of some bloggers who set up a post with a list and sale prices and they sell them through their blog.

My Bullet Journal: Oopsies & Reinvented Pages

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This is the fourth in a series of posts about My Bullet Journal Journey. I’ve sequenced the posts so that they chronicle my journey and are step-by-step guides for those of you considering starting your own. 

  • #1 – My Bullet Journal: Taking the Plunge (materials)
  • #2 – How to Get Started (terms and basic set up)
  • #3 – My Collections
  • #4 – Oopsies & Reinvented Pages

I’ve been working at bullet journaling for five months now. It is a journey of self-discovery and a learning process. I started mid-January and decided to delay my posts until I had enough content and time to share them how I really wanted them done.

I am not an artist. I grip my writing utensils tightly and I write heavily. Lightness on a page is hard for me. It requires retraining your entire fine motor skills and muscle memory. It also requires patience, which I’m not always the best at it. Sometimes it means lots of erasure or just going straight to the White Out. I’m also not always the best at generating or creating a fresh idea, so sometimes I start with an inspirational find and later on think of ways to tweak what I’ve put on the page and make it more creative and appealing.

Oopsies! & Reinvented Pages

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I started a Wish List page for larger, perhaps pricey, items. When I started this page I kept it a simple list. I could only think of one item that I could put down, and the page stayed this way for a few months.

Until I found something new to add to brighten the plain page. I love the dandelion blowing in the wind I have seen on a few others’ pages, so I decided to incorporate it on my Wish List. The dandelion is whimsical and dreamy…like my wish list. 🙂

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My Mood Tracker is also something I improved. Originally I started with only 5 moods: Happy, Sad, Mad, Stressed, and Bleh. I used these through all of January.

When I showed my yearbook students my Mood Tracker (because they are also doing their own bullet journals), they didn’t like that I had a bunch of bleh days. In fact, they thought I should add another mood: Frustrated. Most of them are former students I have taught or current students, so they know me well and they understood I needed to add this mood to my list.

So I did. After reflecting on my moods I allotted myself, I realize next year I am going to make a better effort up front to include the variety of moods to help me better categorize and track my mood. Bleh doesn’t please me as an every day mood. Perhaps content?

My movie tracker started out even worse than my Wish List. It was a very minimalist list. And I hated that. It was so boring.

I did a little research, found some other examples out there and reinvented this page. It took a lot of White Out. As a perfectionist, that drives me crazy, but I would rather have the page the best way I can make it than worry about correcting something to redo or get rid of entirely.

 I made a grievous mistake one day while setting up my weeklies. Somehow I got off on the dates and messed up an entire page. You can see on the front of the page I corrected it by freehand, but the backside shows the tell-tale mistake. Originally I had Saturday and Sunday as the 3rd and the 4th, when in reality it was the 4th and the 5th. You can still see the 3 and 4 on the underside when the light hits it just right.

After my students presented two of their collections shortly before leaving for spring break, they gave me a handful of ideas. One of those was a travel destinations spread. My student had a simple list with related icons on a page (half-spread). Because I always investigate before I start a new spread, searching for inspiration, I came across a very professional spread I tried to duplicate. I’m not as good of an artist, and I definitely have a thing or seven to learn about proper shading and such (although I was told white helps blend everything, so I tried that). Then while on a mission to buy some desperately needed White Out, I popped into the sticker aisle at Walmart and found the perfect sticker set for my page. I decided to do a little reinventing. Unfortunately for me, the way it was designed didn’t leave a whole lot of space for my sticker additions, and I also discovered the airplane isn’t just a sticker. It’s an actual decoration attaché and quite thick. I caution using anything that doesn’t lie flat in your book, like a true sticker or the like. It makes your book bulky, but it is also difficult to work on the following pages.


Keep an eye out for some of my favorite spread designs in an upcoming post and a new list of supplies I’ve added to my arsenal toolbox since getting started. 

Are you a die-hard perfectionist or do you believe in a little White Out here and there? 

Cover Characteristics: Footprints

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the week’s particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

Footprints

I struggled with this one! I thought for sure I would find so many great choices for today, but I just kept coming across great beach covers. Hmph.

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Book Blogger Hop #20

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I think initially I would stay away from the author for a while. I would have to seriously reconsider giving the author a second chance, but it really does depend on why I ended up hating a book. Like, what kind of hate we talking ’bout here? If it is a fundamental issue, such as moral or ethical conflicts with my personal beliefs to such an extent in that direction, I would most likely never read from that author again. If it was hating how a certain situation went down in the book (like the wrong person chosen in a stupid love triangle that shouldn’t have happened in the first place), I would give a second chance. If there were greviious errors with the actual writing in terms of syntax, grammar, and punctuation, it would be hard for me to give a second chance, but I understand not all authors can afford a copy editor. However, I also feel like there are plenty of folks we know personally (a trusted group of relatives or friends)  who could be asked to beta read and give that feedback to fix prior to publishing. Then there are other authors who don’t know and/or can’t afford a developmental editor. Last summer I reviewed Audrey Greathouse’s The Neverland Wars and pointed out some things I noticed in her writing, and she commented on my review echoing the items I pinpointed in my review.

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I know some authors don’t ever look at what people say about their books, and some lurk and look but never say anything, and then there are others who comment, whether it is a simple “thanks for reviewing” generic comment or something more meaningful, like what Audrey commented.

Following my review, and when she was sending out her ARCS for the second book in the series, she sent me this wonderful email with an ARC:

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Sometimes we just need a second chance.