soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 06:30 pm
I started a marathon Buffy rewatch the other day and I'm halfway through season 2 now. Cole's watching it with me because the family that watches Buffy together, stays together. Now, I don't think I've watched Buffy since season 7 ended all those years ago. That's a cushion of a lot of years we're looking at. For the most part, the show has held up nicely. And then Buffy holds up her pager and tells Giles "If the apocalypse comes, beep me" and I dissolve into giggles.

Also, those huge ass computer monitors Willow's using in the library? Do you remember when the monitor took up the entire desktop? I DO!

Anyway. I have some GREAT Twitter conversations to share...

I bought a pair of fishnet thigh highs the other day and tweeted that I couldn't decide if I'm looked like a hooker or the leg lamp from A Christmas Story. Amanda came back with this...


And this...

Bwahahahahaha!

Meanwhile, despite what I say about him publicly, Keith Melton is slightly amusing. He might lie all the time but he comes up with little nuggets like this upon occasion to make up for it...


Have I ever mentioned that Jodi Redford and I bonded over the lack of puffer fish sex in books? True story. We have a long, complex relationship based on amphibious critters. Could you imagine the two of us meeting in real life?


And finally... I'm working on another story. One spawned on Twitter by an off the cuff tweet, it's taken on a life of its own and ... well, it's weird.


Yep. Now I'm going to go stalk... I mean, talk to people on Twitter to see what other little gems pop up.

Randomly, I'll be in Menlo Park tomorrow at Kepler's Books to meet Scott Westerfeld. He wrote the amazing Uglies books and the steampunk-y Leviathan trilogy. If anyone's going to be around, I'll be the one taking pictures of my feet and talking loudly about the delicious hard cider I can get at the bar next to the bookstore.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Monday, September 5th, 2011 08:18 am
Arrgh! Yesterday got away from me so today I'm making an effort to get this journal done early. Look at me, being all proactive and stuff!

So. Since last I posted an update that didn't involve 9,000 book review links, things have been happening. Not really. I'm just as boring as always but I'm going to make it seem interesting so you'll be all "Dude! Things happen!" Yeah. It'll be awesome.

School's in full swing for Cole. I had to go in and talk to his counselor because he's the only 7th grader in his Algebra 1 class and I wanted to make sure he was where he was supposed to be. It turns out he's exactly where he's supposed to be since he scored ridiculously high on his state test scores. He hated the class the first week (what with being the youngest and the only one who didn't know anyone) but it seems like it's coming together for him. Which is good because I don't want him dreading a class he's going to have all year when he's only in the 2nd week of school.

In the post of 9,000 links, I mentioned that I signed up for a week long Read-A-Thon with some of my book blogging buddies. I set a goal for myself to read 15 books over the week. I picked all the books ahead of time because I work better when I have a plan and all that jazz. I read 13 of the 15 I picked plus another 5 random books that popped up on my radar. EIGHTEEN BOOKS, PEOPLE! I had to push myself for those last few and I think I took a 5 hour nap after the week was over, but... I had FUN!

In more recent news, on Friday when I was taking the dogs on a walk I found a kitten sitting by a tree. The poor thing barely moved when the dogs lunged over to sniff it and I couldn't in good conscience leave it there. So I tromped home, got our cat carrier, did some kitten rescue, brought it home, fed it and let it get its strength up. When Heather and Hailey got home, we went out to make sure there weren't any other kittens tucked away in the same area. Sure enough, we found a second one. We managed to wrangle that one into the cat carrier (after my mom was bit and clawed and dripped blood all over the sidewalk) and brought it home to regain its strength with its sibling. Currently, both kittens are ensconced in our downstairs bathroom with food, water and a nice warm bed. My mom's on industrial sized antibiotics and it looks like we have 2 new cats.

I have MORE to talk about but I'm going to save it for later. Unless I forget.

Meanwhile, books...
Book #352 - The Line (Line #1) by Teri Hall - I didn't love this book. I wanted to but I had some issues with the simplified writing and the fact that there was no resolution AT ALL to the storyline. That said, I now feel a deep, dark urge to read the next book just so I can get some closure.
Book #353 - Soul Survivor by Misty Evans - Time travel, soul mates and one seriously nasty bad guy.
Book #354 - The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2) by Julie Kagawa - I love this series. Which is a good thing since I'm going to be zipping through the next book so I can review book 4 before it comes out in October.
In My Mailbox - I know this looks like I scored a lot of books this week but it's only because I forgot to post last week's IMM and had to combine it with this week's. So, you know. I did score a lot but it was over a two week period.

I'm off to shower so I can pretend to be productive today!
Later.
soulswallo: (Stock-Books-Lots and lots)
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 03:09 pm
So. It looks like I'm back form my unintended hiatus. I have no excuse except that I wasn't in the mood to journal. So, I didn't. Yeah. I'm planning on putting a second post up sometime in the very near future to babble about eveyrthing that's happened to me these last few weeks, but this post is going to be all about books. Sorry. See, I joined a week long read-a-thon and read a ridiculous amount of books and I've been posting reviews like a crazy woman. Which isn't all that different from what I normally do except that I got to brag over that week about how many books I read. It was awesome.

Anyway. I have close to 40 books I've reviewed and haven't posted here and I'm nothing if not determined to wear my fingers to the bone typing up links and witty remarks.

Let's get to it!

Book #315 - Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick - A gorgeous post-apocalyptic tale of survival. It gave me chills. Seriously.
Book #316 - The Aviator (Fantasies of New Europa #3) by Morgan Karpiel - Sexy steampunk! With airships and spunky women! Sweet!
Book #317 - A Bloody Good Secret (Secret McQueen #2) by Sierra Dean - I love this series. It's so fun you'll hardly be able to handle it.
Book #318 - The Seeking Kiss (Midnight Playground #1) by Eden Bradley - Vampires in a sex club. Yeah, I liked it!
Book #319 - Kiera's Moon by Lizzy Ford - I love Lizzy Ford's writing. Everything she's written makes me grin.
Book #320 - Destiny United (Shadows of Destiny #2) by Leia Shaw - A fun fantasy with vampires and fae!
Book #321 - Out in Blue (Return to Sanctuary #1) by Sarah Gilman - Loved the mythology for this one, with the angels being feared and demons being their protectors.
Book #322 - Motor City Fae (Urban Arcana #1) by Cindy Spencer Pape - Fabulous, fabulous series. I'm a little mad at myself for waiting so long to start it.
Book #323 - Greywalker (Greywalker #1) by Kat Richardson - I didn't love this book but it has some interesting mythology and I've been told the later books really pick up.
Book #324 - Bound by Blood by P.A. Lupton - FBI agent meets vamps. Chaos descends.
Book #325 - Motor City Wolf (Urban Arcana #3) by Cindy Spencer Pape - Like I said, love this series.
Book #326 - The Champion (Fantasies of New Europa #4) by Morgan Karpiel - More sexy steampunk!
Book #327 - Lord of Rage (Royal House of Shadows #2) by Jill Monroe - Love the Goldilocks feel to this one.
Book #328 - Captive Surrender by Linda Mooney - Sexy sci-fi! Aliens and humans cohabitating! Awesome!
Book #329 - Wild & Steamy Anthology - Definitely worth it for the Jill Myles story alone. *wink*
Book #330 - Alien Revealed (The Confederacy Treaty #1) by Lilly Cain - My string of sexy sci-fi books continues!
Book #331 - Maddy's Oasis by LIzzy Ford - I even like Lizzy Ford's non-paranormal books!
Book #332 - BIG Temptation by Robin L. Rotham - Steamy, naughty fun!
Book #333 - Raphael (Vampires in America #1) by D.B. Reynolds - This one was gooooood. I picke dup book 2 from the library this week.
Book #334 - Mojo Queen by Sonya Clark - Loved the worldbuilding and that the main dude wasn't really a good guy.
Book #335 - The Perfect Creation (Creations #1) by Marie Harte - And another sexy sci-fi to extend my streak!
Book #336 - Pack Challenge (Magnus Pack #1) by Shelly Laurenston - This whole series is HILARIOUS! I highly recommend it.
Book #337 - Tempest Rising (Jane True #1) by Nicole Peeler - I liked it, but I'm not in love with this series yet.
Book #338 - The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade - LOVED this one. It was funny and sad all at the same time.
Book #339 - Spiderwork (Apocalypto #2) by L.K. Rigel - There's something about this series that keeps me coming back for more.
Book #340 - Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan - I really liked this book except that I wanted to punch the mom in the throat. Yep, I wanted to give her a full-on throat chop.
Book #341 - Exotic Indulgence by Vivian Arend, Lexxie Couper, Jess Dee - There's some serious menage action in this book.
Book #342 - The Demon Trapper's Daughter (Demon Trappers #1) by Jana Oliver - I'm dying to read the next in this series now.
Book #343 - Queen of the Dead (The Ghost and the Goth #2) by Stacey Kade - This series just keeps getting better.
Book #344 - Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod #1) by Heather Brewer - Fun, but not one that grabbed me and tried to strangle me into submission.
Book #345 - Vampire in Denial (Blood Ties #1) by Dale Mayer - I really liked this book even with the killer cliffhanger.
Book #346 - Out of Time by Monique Martin - And this book is why I should read the synopsis right before I start the book. You know, so I won't be surprised by the vampires.
Book #347 - Dangerous Designs by Dale Mayer - This had a very cool alternate dimension vibe going on.
Book #348 - The Darkest Fire (Lords of the Underworld #0.5) by Gena Showalter - Decent, but I wish I had read a few of the LotU books first.
Book #349 - In Bed with a Highlander (Highlander 31) by Maya Banks - The trailer for this book is freaking HILARIOUS! GO WATCH IT NOW!
Book #350 - The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter - Now, this was the book I should have read first in the series (instead of the prequel). Fab!
Book #351 - Staked (Time Brokers #1) by Sandra Edwards - Interesting, but it needed a little more fleshing out.

Dear GAWD! That's all the reviews. *whimper* And I didn't even get to the non-review posts. Yikes.
Maybe that'll be later tonight.
For now, I'm sure I should do some work or something.
later.
soulswallo: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Saturday, August 13th, 2011 08:54 pm
Between last night and this afternoon I had the strangest Twitter conversation. The strangest. It started between author Jodi Redford and I and ended up as a 5+ way convo between several authors and myself. What was it about? Mainly, puffer fish and all the sex that they don't have. O.o Yes, you read that correctly.

Somehow in the middle of all that I managed to finish reading Maximum Witch by Jodi Redford. This book is the whole reason the puffer fish conversation started and when I reviewed it this morning I wrote "Jodi Redford writes the best non-puffer fish sex I've read all week." Well, you can see that quote in all it's glory on Jodi's website now. There was even talk of glittery gif puffer fish to accent it.

Don't be jealous that you didn't think up a quote that spaztastic first. Some of us are just gifted in ways that defy explanation.

It probably goes without saying that I had a lot of coffee today (hence the continuation of the puffer fish convo) but that entire tweet stream is motherfucking gold, people. If you're not following me and everyone I follow on Twitter, you're totally missing out. Totally.

Anyway. I have a bunch of book stuff to catch up on. Are you ready to rumble?!?
Book #312 - Her Guardian Angel (Her Angel #4) by Felicity Heaton - Sexy angels and the women they worship. Niiiiice.
Book #313 - Maximum Witch (That Old Black Magic #3) by Jodi Redford - There is no puffer fish or sea horse sex in this book. But that shark shifter is mighty tasty!
Book #314 - Anasazi (Sense of Truth #2) by Emma Michaels - I liekd this one more than the first book. Plus? Pretty cover!
Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday - Crazy book titles, reading habits and book covers that make me swoon!
Spotlight On... Amanda J. Greene's Caressed by Moonlight - Amanda's book gets a new cover on it's rerelease! Sweet!

Okay. I'm going to crack open my Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1 (and there's a story about how I cut over half the book because I was unhappy with how my two halves weren't matching up) and WRITE!
Later, skaters!
soulswallo: (4400-Maia-Chance)
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 09:44 pm
I spent yesterday afternoon and evening babysitting my baby nephew Ryan. I love the kid but when he cries for 30 minutes straight because he's too tired to do anything else... not fun. Anyway. That's obviously why I didn't journal yesterday. You know, since I vowed that I would get back to blogging on a more regular basis. Sadly, I was tired by the time I got home. I went to bed. The end.

Okay. I have books. Books, books, books.
Book #311 - Cipher (Southern Arcana #4) by Moira Rogers - As usual, I'm all crazy fangirly about this series. Waffles! And Alpha werewolves! Awesome!
Teaser Tuesday - Werewolves, angels and ... actually, I don't know what the 3rd book is about. I've only read, like, 3 pages.

I'm going to go find the naughtiest book on my Kindle and read it. Later.
soulswallo: (Cloverfield-The lady needs a head)
Sunday, August 7th, 2011 11:06 pm
Uggh. I don't want to talk about how many days it's been since I last blogged. Terrible, Kelly. Absolutely terrible.

The problem with not blogging on a regular basis is that I have all these brilliant things to talk about and by the time a few days have passed they've all fractured inside my head and I'm left with bits and pieces. These bits and pieces don't make sense now. It's like watching the last three minutes of The Matrix, the middle three minutes of Matrix Reloaded and the first three minutes of Matrix Revolutions. THERE IS NO CONTINUITY LEFT! I'm looking for some and I end up with "Hailey is shiny!" and "Bwahahaha! RUBY!"

No one wants to read about that!

However, since I'm talking about random things, I watched Mega Python vs Gatoroid this morning on Netflix. Wow. Just... wow. It was so bad I couldn't stop watching. I'm sorry but Tiffany overacts and Debbie Gibson... well, she overacts, too. There was a lot of overacting. And a lot of giant pythons and swelled up gators. Honestly, I couldn't make that up. Well, I could. But I didn't.

Anyway. Books.
Book #306 - Haunting the Night (Past Midnight #2.5) by Mara Purnhagen - A fun little novella that bridges the events from book 2 to book 3.
Book #307 - Crossroads (Southern Arcana #2) by Moira Rogers - This was the only book in the SA series I hadn't reviewed on my blog and I wanted to get it up before I read book 4. So, here it is.
Book #308 - Lucifera's Pet by M.T. Murphy - I have ridiculous amounts of love for this book. It was so bloody and yet it was such an interesting love story.
Book #309 - Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows #1) by Gena Showalter - Not great, but a good start to a new series and one that I had fun reading.
Book #310 - Beyond the Grave (Past Midnight #3) by Mara Purnhagen - A nice wrap up for the series.
In My Mailbox - Lots and lots of freebies this week.

Okay. I'm off. I'm vowing to myself that I won't let so many days go between blogging from now on. Vowing.
soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 09:42 pm
Where did this week go? It can't be Thursday night already. It can't be. I'm sure it's only Monday. Possibly Tuesday.

I came home from work today and took a nap. After I dragged myself out of bed I managed to wander downstairs and collapse in an ungainly heap at the kitchen table while my sister made spaghetti. I told her that I had the weirdest dream while I was napping and she was all "How the hell can you dream during a nap? When I nap I can hear Hailey talking and stuff." Me - "I don't know. I sleep hard."

Don't other people dream when they nap? I mean, I know normal people don't nap for 2 to 3 hours at a time so maybe I'm just freaky like that. Whatever. It was a weird, cool, awesome dream I had during my nap. I was pleased to have had it.

I do this whole book thing. Occasionally. Every once in a while.
Book #303 - A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan - This book really surprised me. It was sad and sweet and I'm glad to have read it.
Book #304 - Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian - Decent, but not great. Still, I'll probably continue with the series.
Book #305 - Where Demons Fear to Tread (The Company of Angels #1) by Stephanie Chong - Another one that wasn't great but it was still pretty interesting.
Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday - Books I want to get my hands on and books that made an impression on me. When I was young. And impressionable.

I have to work tomorrow. Part of me wishes I didn't have to. And part of me is excited because I'll be alone in the office and can listen to obnoxious music and talk to myself while reading. :D
Later.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 10:39 pm
Hey! Yesterday's posting didn't screw up. I'm so happy about this. I have excitement! Since that worked so well, I'm going to stick with DW for a while. Yay!

On an entirely unrelated note, I'm going to have to start looking for a new job again. Or, not start. I'm going to have to find a new job. Like, yesterday. No, I haven't been fired. I'm only working part time right now and I'm sadly broke. Sadly, sadly, sadly without money. So, either I keep the job I'm currently working at (which I like) and get a second job on top of it or I find something full time. Period. Going full time would help a lot because then I wouldn't be paying my own medical. That's a killer. A kill-eh. If I didn't have that stupid bill I would still be broke just not as badly.

You know, I don't think I've ever been broke. I don't like it.

Anyway. I have some books...
Book #301 - Born of Ice (The League #3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - I liked the book but it definitely wasn't up to the other books in the series.
Book #302 - To Touch a Sheikh (Pride of Zohayd #3) by Olivia Gates - Honestly, I accidentally requested this one at Netgalley. It's totally not my type of book. But I get auto approved for any Harlequin requests I make and it approved the darn thing before I realized what I'd done. That said, it was a pretty hot book. And not just because it takes place in the desert.
Teaser Tuesday - Umm... I've already read all three of these books and reviewed two of them. I kinda rock!

I'm done now.
For serious.
soulswallo: (DW-Rose-Look to the side to see it!)
Monday, August 1st, 2011 08:55 pm
This is my inaugural post trying the cross-posting feature from Dreamwidth to LJ. I'm going to assume I'm going to do something wrong somewhere and will have to spend hours tonight trying to undo it. I mean, that's about par for the course for me. So, you know, okay. I'm resigned to it.

On the other hand, if everything goes perfectly, I'm going to do a little jig. And praise Dreamwidth from here to the great beyond for making things easy on poor, confused souls like me.

Anyway. I've had the Dreamwidth account for a while and I've been using it as a backup for LJ. And by that I mean that I've been importing the content from LJ whenever I remember to. Which is about every three months or so. Yeah. I'm not so good about remembering. However, if I decide to go this route, I won't have to worry about importing. I'll have all my mental diarrhea automatically strewn across the internet. Isn't that fabulous?

The point I'm trying (badly) to make here is that I have a Dreamwidth account. If you're so inclined, you can add me over on DW and I'll be all happy and joyful. Otherwise, I still plan on checking LJ and responding to comments and what have you. Not that there's a whole lot of commenting going on anymore. Which is not a complaint, just an observation. Hell, I'm not the greatest commenter in the world so I have no cause to berate others.

As a reminder, I'm on Twitter pretty much daily. If you do that Twitter thing and don't mind tipsy tweets and talk about how my mom and dad named my sisters and I after colors, follow me there and let me know so I can follow you back.

Since this is getting long...Books!
Book #299 - My Lady Taken (The Archangels #4) by Shirl Anders - A sassy and fun historical. I didn't even mind starting the series at book 4.
Book #300 - Altered (Setenid Blight #1) by Kimberly Montague - I loved this book. I'm on pins and needles for the next one to be written so I can see how things work out. *sigh*

There you have it.
*crosses fingers and hopes everything works properly*
soulswallo: (Psych-quote-suck stopper)
Sunday, July 31st, 2011 10:35 pm
Do you guys see what happens when I don't have access to LJ for a few days? I lose my journal writing momentum and then days and days and DAYS pass without a journal. I even wrote a list up yesterday of things I wanted to get done while at work and update ye olde LJ was on it. Yet, it didn't get done. I did everything else on the list. Just not that.

I am horrible.

But now I'm going to get right back on that momentum horse and not let my slackerish tendencies control me. Because I'm strong like that.

Since we're talking about momentum and other scintillating things, I'm having a crisis with my Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. I originally had great plans to add a bunch of stuff to the narrative to expand the time frame of the story and then link the new writing back up with what I wrote way back when. The thing is, the more I add to the story the less likely it looks like the original scenes will be able to merge with the updated timeline. It's just not going to work. I can see the main female character changing as I write it. She's growing in ways she wasn't able to in the shortened timeline I wrote originally. This is a good thing because the entire reason I decided to add narrative was to make her growth more realistic. Yet, now the growth she's experiencing makes her later actions out of character.

What a conundrum!

I think I'm going to cut the entire end of the book and just let this new story unfurl. Of course that'll mean that EWM#2 will have to be completely rewritten as well. *face palm* Still, it's better for the book and for the characters that it plays out this new way. I can handle some hardcore rewriting. Or just, writing.

Anyway. I have a lot of bookish stuff to post. You know, since I haven't been good at updating recently.
Book #294 - Earl of Darkness (Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy #1) by Lix Rickloff - Decent enough but the ending was so abrupt that I kept looking around waiting for the next bit of action.
Book #295 - Amaury's Hellion (Scanguards Vampires #2) by Tina Folsom - Tina Folsom can write some steamy vampire sex. For serious.
Book #296 - Warrior (Blades of the Rose #1) by Zoe Archer - I loved the way the author brought the landscape of Mongolia to life here. It was so vivid and bright.
Book #297 - Awaken Me Darkly (Alien Huntress #1) by Gena Showalter - Not the best book I've read by this author, but still entertaining. As a plus, there's great setup for the later books in this series.
Book #298 - Sons of Apollyon by G.A. Colin - Bloody, gory fun. With vampires! Sweet!
Teaser Tuesday (07/26/11) - Warriors, monsters and vampires. Lovely.
Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday (07/29/11) - Books I'm looking forward to, t-shirt slogans that represent me and one sexy, sexy back.
In My Mailbox (07/31/11) - A lot of fabulous free books!

Dude. How the hell is it almost August? I honestly didn't realize it until I typed the date in that last link. Whoa. Just, whoa.

Alright. I vow to be a better blogger and post more than once a week. Also, I might be relocating to Dreamwidth and crossposting those posts over to here. I don't know. I'm very torn about giving up on LJ as my main blogging place. I've been here for quite a while, you know. Quite.A.While.

I'm done.
soulswallo: (Calvin-This is how I do my thing)
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 10:05 pm
Herein lies the post I wrote up on Monday.

...

Cole's been watching Naruto the last few days and it's kinda annoying me. I really don't remember it being so ... loud. And braying. God, I feel like I'm getting old when cartoons are starting to bug the fuck out of me. The loudness is especially annoying because I'm trying to finish up a scene in the EWM#1 and I really can't concentrate with it blaring behind me. You might be thinking "Well, Kelly. Send Cole out of your room and you won't have to listen to that damn show." You'd be correct. Yet, I'd rather bitch at the moment.

I'm pleased to announce that I finished reading the last of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books I own. It was an emotional journey, yet I did it.

I think I want to attempt to finish that EWM#1 scene one more time. Which means I have to babble about books for a minute...
Book #293 - Lover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J.R. Ward - Outstanding worldbuilding, characters that don't quit and storylines that are revisited and expanded brilliantly... I'm in love with this entire series. LOVE!

That last BDB book was a 2 day book. 2 days of concentrated reading. It was lengthy. And fabulous. I'm tempted to get the next in the series but I keep reminding myself that I want to wait until it comes out in paperback so it'll fit on the shelf with the rest of the BDB books. I know. Awesome plan.

I'm done.
Later.
soulswallo: (SW Lego-The gangs all here!)
Sunday, July 24th, 2011 10:18 pm
I'm deep into finishing up book 6-8 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. These books pretty much kill me. Every one of them. They have so much that happens with the secondary characters that it's amazing. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed with all the emotion and action but at the same time it amazes me. Just... whoa.

Over the last few days I've been having a constant stream of plot running through my head regarding my Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. I can see where the editing needs to go in order to link it up to the part of the story that I've already written. This is exciting!

Okay. Bookish stuff:
Book #291 - Father Mine: Zsadist and Bella's Story (Black dagger Brotherhood #6.5) by J.R. Ward - Z is my man. Zsadist is pretty much the epitome of what I look for in a damaged hero. He's insanely fantastic to read about.
Book #292 - Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood #7) by J.R. Ward - Since I've started this series, no one has even come close to being as awesome as Zsadist. Until Rehvenge. For a drug dealing pimp who's half sociopath by birth, he's outstanding. The fact that I was caught up in his spell at all just goes to show you how perfectly J.R. Ward wrote him.
In My Mailbox - Not a ton of books this week, but a decent haul.

Okay. I'm off to do things. Very important things. Obviously.
Later.
soulswallo: (Heroes-Niki-Game on!)
Friday, July 22nd, 2011 10:50 pm
I did a whole lot of nothing today. Well... let me rephrase that: I did a whole lot of nothing outside of my house today. In fact, I barely got dressed. However, I finished up my epic retagging project over at Reading the Paranormal. It has made me hurt. Physically. My arm is aching from wrist to elbow. Now, it admittedly might have been me sleeping on it wrong or something (as an aside, my shoulder feels like I have a boulder under it) but I have a sinking suspicion that it was all the clicking and typing I was doing. I also have the food shakes at the moment. As in, I'm questioning whether I remembered to eat or not. Yeah, I really don't remember. Whatever. It'll go away. Or I'll die. I'm sure one of those things is bound to happen.

Oh, I also read a book. Like you didn't know that!
Book #290 - Lover Enshrined (Black Dagger Brotherhood #6) by J.R. Ward - These books are not light reading. For all that they're oversexed and considered to be paranormal romances, they do some pretty heavy lifting. Plus, they are full of emotion. Or they elicit a rather strong emotional response from me. I didn't cry this time, though. I totally sucked it up and held it in. Barely, but I managed.

Since my arm feels like it's going to fall off and I might possibly die from forgetting to eat, I'm going to go. I have another 2 books and one short story to read by the end of this weekend. I'd best get to it.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 09:24 pm
Do you guys remember all the times that I got it in my head that I needed a project and then proceeded to choose the most INANE things to project on? Yeah. Me, too. Oh, the hijinks that ensued that time I decided that I was going to listen to every song on my iPod at least one time within a calendar year. And, of course, being that I can't just have a project but I have to have a project, dahling, I ended up listening to every song within a three month period. I think I had that iPod on constantly for weeks on end. Which is probably why it crashed and burned and left me weeping.

But I digress. I get it in my head that I need a project and somehow it blows up and ends up being a huge-ass experience and I'm like, "Whoa. What just happened?" Yeah, I totally channeled Keanu there. Whoa. Speaking of Keanu, for some reason I've been wanting to watch Johnny Mnemonic recently. I don't know why. That movie really isn't very good. I mean, if I'm going to go the Keanu route I should really go with The Matrix which is both entertaining and weirdly cool and not just weird. Right?

Anyway. My latest project. Yeah. I decided that I wanted to redo the tags at my book blog to make them more user friendly. That makes sense, right? Because people aren't going to bother going to your blog if they can't find the things they're looking for. I spent HOURS yesterday adding author names to all the posts. That's 750+ posts, guys. SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY PLUS! And I did it. And then I decided that while that was good, it wasn't good enough. Today I'm going back through those posts and re-tagging them to make them even easier to navigate. I think my head might explode. EXPLODE!

Why do I do this to myself? Oh, wait. I remember. It's because I have an excess of awesomeness. *face palm*

I do have a few bookish things to get out of the way...
Book #289 - Heartless (The Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger - Oh, how I love this series. I'm sad that I have to wait a year to see how it ends. :(
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday (07/22/11) - I'm not a fan of classics, I ramble on Twitter and *fans self* nice picture!

On top of all that up there, I also wrote up this note for my sister this morning...

I think the underlining really brings the point across that this is VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS!

Okay. I'm off.
Later.
soulswallo: (SPN-Boys going gravedigging)
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 10:28 pm
Two of my cousins and their respective husbands and girlfriends are in town. This means that the family gathered at Amb and Phil's house for dinner. There were drinks. I consumed a few. there was food. I ate well. There were many desserts. I did not share mine. My boy-cousin brought his new girlfriend. I imagine that meeting the entire family in one fell swoop is a frightening experience. We're loud. We tend to tell bawdy jokes. The jokes degenerate into downright dirty as the alcohol begins to flow.

Yeah. Scary.

I was going to make tonight an all night writing night but I don't think it's going to happen. As much as I want to, I'm exhausted at the moment. BECAUSE I MISSED MY NAP NOT BECAUSE I HAD A DELICIOUS BEVERAGE OR TWO. The good news is that I can bump my all-nighter over to Thursday night.

Speaking of writing, my girl-cousin had offered to do a read through for me on my Epic Werewolf Masterpiece. Due to the massive rewrite I'm subjecting it to it isn't quite ready for human consumption. In fact, it's something of a hot mess at the moment. I have faith that I'll whip it into something readable at some point but I wouldn't want to unnecessarily scar anyone by making them read an incoherent story. So, she's still planning on looking it over and I'm going to work my ass off to get it to a point where I don't mind someone reading it.

Yay!

Okay. Books.
Book #287 - Damian's Oracle (War of Gods #1) by Lizzy Ford - I'm so pleased I found this author. She gives some good story, if you know what I mean.
Book #288 - Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger - Alexia travels to Italy to find out answers and discovers the wonders of pesto along the way. Hilarious!
Teaser Tuesday (07/19/11) - Lots and lots of steampunk! With warriors! And pertness! It might sound weird, but it's true.

I'm skating the edge of tired now. The very thin edge. I'm off to kick my kid out of my bed so I can collapse.
Later.
soulswallo: (Birthday cupcakes)
Monday, July 18th, 2011 09:09 pm
Today is a HUGE birthday day amongst my family and friends.
My sweet niece, who often drives me crazy, is celebrating her birthday in Disney World.
Happy Birthday, Hailey-Bug!

My big sis, far away in Hawaii enjoying the sun and surf (in theory).
Happy Birthday, Tracy!

My favorite bibliophile who moved across the country but still manages to keep in touch like a CHAMP and prod me to write my part of our Zompocalypse story!
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] oddmonster!

That's a lot of birthdays. I'm all worn out now.

Anyway. Onto the not as joyous stuff. As you can see, I'm online again after the Great Computer Outage of 2011. The technician ran a slew of tests and everything came back looking good. He admitted that there's been a lot of calls about slow and non-responsive internettedness and it looks like there are just too many people using too little ... whatever it's called. So, yeah. That sucks. But we're back up and running and we're going to try to keep track of when and how often we lose connection to see if it's worth changing providers. I'm not feeling terribly optimistic about this, to be honest. Meh. We'll see.

I have a ton of stuff to talk about but I'm going to talk book for a minute and save the funny stuff for tomorrow. Maybe.
Book #285 - Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger - These books are so freaking FUNNY. I love the tone they're written in and how utterly absurd some of escapades the characters find themselves in the middle of are.
Book #286 - Lights, Camera...Monsters (Monsters in Hollywood #1) by Lila Dubois - I know these books won't be for everyone but I thought this one was sexy and fun. Sex with monsters! Who knew I'd get such a kick out of it?

Out of the blue today, my mom says "One month until the kids are back in school." It really does seem like they just finished school and now we're going to have to gear up for a new year. Crazy.

Okay. I'm off to finish the 3rd Parasol Protectorate book.
Later.
soulswallo: (Calvin-Crap! I'm caught in a spider web!)
Saturday, July 16th, 2011 04:37 pm
I have a terribly tragic story to tell. Terribly tragic. Like, small children and those easily driven to tears should avert their eyes. Not that small children should be reading my blog with how often I say "fuck" but that's beside the point.

I have no internet access at home. I KNOW! How can I go on?!?! Woe! *crumples dramatically and weeps* I'm going to be without it until Monday. MONDAY! It's like the world is telling me to get outside or get a life or something. I don't like it. I'm scared. Hold me.

In all seriousness, I don't know what's wrong with our connection. I swear that we paid the bill. I have a feeling that our modem just got fried and the technician is going to have to replace it. Oh, and the window they gave us for the tech to come by is from 8 AM to 7 PM. Dude, technician guy, you suck. You need an 11 hour window? Fuckers. All of them.

To make a long, tragic story short, I've been burning up the internet here at work today to soak it in so I don't go into withdrawal or something. I don't remember the last time I was offline for over 24 hours. I might end up stark raving mad and be one of those people you hear about on TV whose neigherbors are all "She was such a nice lady. We never expected this of her." Yeah.

Anyway. I have half an hour until I'm off work so I'd better not dally too long or I'll end up with a half-written post and an angry scowl.

Onto the books!
Book #282 - The Warlord's Secret by Lizzy Ford - Not a perfect book by any means but I was captivated by it. Don't ask. I can't explain it.
Book #283 - Misfit by Jon Skovron - I liked the book, I didn't like some of the stylistic choices the suthor made. Does that make sense?
Book #284 - Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger - OMG! Loved it! I was all O.O as I was reading it. And there was laughing. Out loud. While I was alone. Yay!
Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday - I put up a picture of a man who looks like he wants to juggle two chickens. I know. I know.
In My Mailbox (07/17/11) - The Oodles of free ebooks edition - Holy pancakes! I picked up a hell of a lot of books this week. *whimpers*

On this note, I leave you until at least Monday morning. If the world ends, somebody text me since I can't get my news form twitter until then.
Later.
soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Thursday, July 14th, 2011 11:59 am
I'm alone in the office today, tomorrow and Saturday. It's not a huge deal or anything except that I start going stir crazy with no one else to talk to after a while and end up glomming onto the poor souls who venture in here with questions. Yes, in a totally creepy and stalkeresque sort of way. It's always awesome when people back away from you with a scared look in their eyes.

Anyway. I have some bookish stuff to put up. I didn't have my templates done up for two of the books I read this morning (what? I have a lot of free time on my hands.) so those reviews are only up at Goodreads at the moment. I'm not sure if I'm going to post them on my book blog, to be honest, since they're both for short stories. On the other hand, one has Zombies in it and you know how I like my Zombies.
Book #279 - Zola's Pride (Southern Arcana #2.5) by Moira Rogers - Yet another well-written short story set in teh Southern Arcana universe. I love everything Moira Rogers puts out but the SA series is one of my favorites.
Book #280 - A Girl's Guide to Falling in Love with a Zombie (Girl's Guide #1) by Richard Denney - A highly amusing short story about a living girl who can't let her high school crush go after he gets zombiefied.
Book #281 - Graham by Brenna Lyons - This story was a little too short for what it was trying to do. There was too much info on the alien customs that we never got to really absorb before the gratuitous sexing began.

I'm meeting [livejournal.com profile] malkovich03 for dinner tonight before heading over to the book signing. The book signing that I'm not going to freak out at. I promise.

I think I've covered all the basics. Back to staring at the walls and reading.
Wish me steampunky monsters and a cold cider!
soulswallo: (4400-Maia-Chance)
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 10:44 pm
I wasn't going to post this evening since I posted a couple of times early early this morning but I wrote after those posts and I'm excited that I have word countage to report. Yay!

Although I'm editing, I'm adding so much new narrative that it's changing the entire complexion of the story. In a good way, I hope. The original time line, from beginning to end, took place over the course of a month. I had to squeeze in way too much stuff and when I went back and reread it it wasn't believable that everything that was happening would happen over such a sort range of time. So I'm taking my girl out of the hero's bedroom (TEMPORARILY!) and giving her time to settle into her new life with a pack of werewolves. She's a mess. I couldn't justify her character changing from a girl who had been repeatedly abused to trusting those around her without reservation so quickly. Now she's getting the time to learn that not everyone she meets wants to hurt her. That said, I do get to throw a jealous female tiff that I had originally plotted back into the mix because now that my girl is not directly under the protection of the big, bad werewolf she's a little more vulnerable to petty hatred.

This excites me, guys!

I ended up adding 916 words today, putting my total at 109,118.

This is especially thrilling because I was doing some crazy sleeping today. I went to bed at 5:30 after dropping Heather and Hailey off at the airport, slept until 10-ish, got up and did some stuff (including a bit of writing) and took a nap from 2:30 to 5. I think I got more sleep staying up all night last night than I normally get. That amuses me.

I also read a book.
Book #278 - Katie's Hellion (Rhyn Trilogy #1) by Lizzy Ford - I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this book. I went into with no expectations and thought it was oodles of fun. OODLES!

I decided that I am going to the book signing tomorrow. After rereading the synopsis for book 1 of The Parasol Protectorate I really wanted to read the book. So, I'm going. I won't even mention how shitty I think it is to tell someone what type of books that can or can't buy.

Okay. I'm done.
later.
soulswallo: (Office Stock-Pens pens pens)
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 12:37 pm
I'm having a moment here. In a good way. I have to take Heather and Hailey to the airport at the ungodly hour of 4:30 tomorrow morning so I decided that I'm not going to sleep tonight. No big, right? I have Wednesday off, I'll sleep then.

Since I'm not sleeping tonight, I decided to put my writing plan into action. I'm going to challenge myself to write a minimum of 2000 new words on any one of the stories I have currently languishing plus do some editing on the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. In theory, I want to finish my current pass on editing so I can do a full read-through on the EWM#1 to check for inconsistencies. However, since I'm not home at the moment I don't have any hard numbers on how many pages I have left to edit. I think it's a lot (around 100 in Word) so I don't want to give myself an insane goal and then get nowhere near completing it unless I can clone myself.

Am I right?

So. 2K new words and a good chunk of editing on the EWM#1. Totally doable!

I'm going to try to do mini updates throughout the evening to keep myself on track. Just word counts and amusing typos. Be warned.

Well, I also have some bookish stuff that I need to get off my chest. Not literally.
Book #276 - This Totally Bites! (Poison Apple) by Ruth Ames - The alst of Hailey's books that I appropriated. This one's about vampires! Awesome!
Book #277 - This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost - I LOVE this series. Jeaniene Frost has given me the perfect vampiric couple and she makes them all wickedly feral and AWESOME! *love*
Teaser Tuesday (07/12/11) - With a selection from Cat & Bones! Except that I've now finished that book. Good thing I have a back-up book I'm reading! Half-Demons! Yay!

I have a book signing for Gail Carriger (The Parasol Protectorate series) on tap for this coming Thursday and I'm waffling on whether or not I should go. The reason is kinda lame - basically, she wrote an article a while back telling people that they should buy her books as physical books over ebooks because ebook purchases won't help her get on the New York Times bestseller list. My knee jerk reaction to being told that I NEED to buy a book in a certain format is to give someone the finger. I buy ebooks because they're both convenient and I like reading them. Yes, I love my physical books as well. I have a lot of physical books. Telling me I need to do something a certain way rubs me wrong.

So, yeah. I'm totally waffling over whether or not I should go. Still.

And I'm done. I guess I'll read a little more before I have to scoot home for the day.
Later.