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, [ 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.
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 [ 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: (Actor-KUrban-lensflare ahoy!)
Sunday, July 10th, 2011 08:55 pm
I feel like I've been a terrible journal writer lately. Which is funny because my last few posts have actually had some substance as opposed to be just rambling about books. As I'm so fond of doing. But I really do try to post every day and it seems like lately that's fallen by the wayside a bit.

One of the reasons I originally started posting on a regular basis (besides the fact that I have this unlimited capacity to write and write and write and write about things that no one wants to hear about) was so I had a record of these fun, sometimes interesting, often bizarre things that happen to me. I have a terrible memory. TERRIBLE. When I hang out with [ profile] malkovich03 she'll say stuff like "Do you remember that time we went to dinner and you ordered the pasta and then we both had wine and your was white and mine was red and these guys came over and one of them was an alien and he wanted to take you away to the mothership and show you the galaxy?" You'd think I'd remember an alien wanting to take me away to the mothership BUT I DON'T. Much less what I ate that time it happened. I swear, if my brain had any more holes in it I'd be a walking medical miracle. Imagine what I'd be like if I were all drug addled and drank like a fish. I know. I'm scared now too. I'm sorry to put that picture in your head. So very, very sorry.

Anyway. I feel like I've been doing a poor job keeping up with my lj lately. I don't exactly know if that's going to change in the near future but I'm not going to let myself stress out over it too badly. Because I've got plenty of other things to stress over. Right?

Okay. Books. I have some.
Book #273 - Midnight Howl (Poison Apple) by Claire Hutton - The 2nd of Hailey's books that I filched. This one with werewolves!
Book #274 - Space Junque (Apocalypto #1) by LK Rigel - I barely knew what I was reading through half of this book and I STILL ended up picking up the next in the series. That must say something.
Book #275 - Never a Bride by Amelia Grey - Another quick little historical romance. nothing mind bending or earth shattering about it but it was fun.
In My Mailbox (07/10/11) - I found out this weekend that Goodreads has a section for free ebooks they offer. I downloaded a metric ton right after posting this post. Meaning that next week's post is going to be HUGE!

I'm a little hungry. Should I eat? I must think.
soulswallo: (Lost-Sawyer- F!)
Friday, July 8th, 2011 09:51 pm
I was offline pretty much all day yesterday. It's a not-so-long, slightly-convoluted story and you're about to hear all about it. I'll follow up that story with the one about how I got unintentionally felt up in a bar and now have nightmares about chairs and people sitting on me. You can thank me later.

To start things off, we've been having intermittent internet problems at work. Randomly, our internet will die, come back and die again. We've had people out to look at it, we've replaced out router and modems but it hasn't really helped. On Thursday, we lost all internet access completely in the morning and it didn't come back before I left for the day. Talk about a long ass, boring as hell day. I had no Twitter, no Goodreads, no anything. It was AWFUL!

Anyway. I had mentioned to [ profile] malkovich03 last week that I wanted to try to get together for dinner one day soon. We didn't make any hard and fast plans, it was more a "ooh, that sounds fun". Lacey text messaged me Thursday morning asking if I wanted to try for that evening. Since I had nothing better to do (woe, I was internet-less!), I said yes. I might have sent a chastising text message to Lacey reminding her that if we had planned ahead I would have brought a change of clothes and not had to wear my work clothes. She might have said that she'd be wearing her work clothes, too. I might have responded that she has the naughty banker look working for her whereas I just come across as a disheveled office worker. There was laughter at that point.

Onward. After Lacey's long-ass closing crap she does at her bank (it involved bickering and noises of disgust between two of her coworkers) we finally made our way to find a place to eat. We ended up at a little wine bar, sat at the actual bar, drank some wine, ate some snacky things, Lace saw one of her friends. At some point, a drunk chick and her handsy manwhore came in and ended up standing next to me. He kept edging her backwards toward me until SHE WAS SITTING WITH ME ON MY CHAIR. Dude. Really. Then he was groping her and I had the unfortunate displeasure of getting roped into the group grope because SHE WAS SITTING WITH ME ON MY FUCKING CHAIR. Lacey looked at me at one point and said that I looked like I was involved in an unwanted threesome. *face palm*

I really should have said something but I was a little afraid to look over at them. I was sure he was going to suck her face inside out and I'd be standing next to a bloody faced corpse. For the record, that didn't happen.

Lacey, however, got to tell all about the guy standing behind her surrounded by three drunk women. He was telling them about his trip to Africa and how wildebeests OR WHATEVER THE FUCK THEY WERE ran in packs of 100 - 3 males and 97 females - and all the male wildebeests did was fuck all day. I CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP! How much game does this guy have that he's telling these drunk chicks about fucking wildebeests - literally fucking - and they're hanging on every word? There was also talk about how he hadn't had a blowjob in 10 years and when he was married he only had sex on birthdays and anniversaries. *face.fucking.palm*

You know what? I still had a good time. Because I got to hang out with my BFF and drink wine. Sweet!

Okay. I have book stuff to talk about.
Book #269 - Between the Land and the Seas (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson - A nicely written, YA book with MERMAIDS!
Book #270 - The Mistress' House by Leigh Michaels - A series of three interconnected novellas revolving around a house in London.
Book #271 - Now You See Me (Poison Apple) by Jane B. Mason & Sarah Hines-Stephens - I'll admit that this was Hailey's book. I totally nabbed it for a light read.
Book #272 - Born of Fire (The League #2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - LOVED this one. I adore sexy sci-fi and Sherrilyn Kenyon so this is a no-brainer.

I'm off. I have to work tomorrow and I'm praying to all the old gods that my internet is working. PRAYING!
soulswallo: (SGA-Sheppard-Ummm)
Saturday, June 25th, 2011 03:44 pm
Tonight I'm going from work straight over to Hailey's dance recital. I don't know how to put this without sounding like a raging bitch so I'm just going to say it. I'm really not looking forward to this. I mean, I like watching Hailey's dances but she's only in 2 or 3 of them. And the entire show is THREE HOURS LONG. The evening performance starts at 7. So it'll be at least 10:30 before I get home. Like I said, I don't mind watching Hailey dance and, honestly, I'm sure I'll enjoy the entire first half of the show - they're doing Aladdin after all and I do love me some crazy-talking genie - but the second half is going to be hard. Because by the time we hit the second half I'm ready to go home.

So... yeah. Dance recital after work.

Now, I want everyone to hold onto their pants for a minute because I'm going to talk about books. Not the way I normally do- that'll come later- but about the really great run of books I've been reading lately.

See, I have this theory about books. Part of it has been begged, borrowed, and/or stolen from various places (most notably [ profile] oddmonster) but it works for me so I'm appropriating it for my use.

I believe that all books have an audience. I might not be that audience but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people out there who fully enjoy a book that I don't. This is just one of the reasons that I always try to be gentle in my reviews when I don't like a book. I try to give reasons why I didn't like something or why it didn't work for me as opposed to just throwing up my hands in disgust. The other reason I try to be gentle has everything to do with how much of my heart and soul I put into my own novel. I can't say for certain but I'm pretty sure that most people who take the plunge and attempt to write a book and have it published have put a lot into its creation. That book is someone's baby. They nurtured it from the kernel of an idea up to the end result. That last part might be me projecting my own insecurities out into the universe. I don't know.

I'm not saying that you have to like every book, either. I'm not saying that you can only say good things about a book. Believe it or not, I don't always say good things about the books I read. I just do my best to explain why whatever I was reading didn't work for me.

I've kinda gotten off track here. Let me step back on. I've been reading a lot of books lately that have worked for me. A lot. Like, 9 out of 10 books I've read recently have migrated to my 2011 Favorites pile on Goodreads. Why? Timing. I pick up these books and they're exactly what I'm looking for at that moment. I wanted a book about fallen angels with an emphasis on the urban fantasy side (as opposed to a paranormal romance) so I started reading Highborn by Yvonne Navarro this morning. My God! This book is EXACTLY what I wanted. Yes, it is well written and incredibly engaging and I probably would have rated it highly anyway on those points alone but the fact that I was looking for exactly this type of book right now is propelling it into favorite status.

So on top of every book having an audience (somewhere, even if it's on a Himalayan mountaintop with a lonely goat herder) I think that timing is key. If you don't want to read a book about dangerous fallen angels you're probably not going to love this particular book as much as I am. Does that make sense? I feel like lately I've either been making some really good book decisions that match up perfectly with what I'm craving in a literary sense or I've been incredibly lucky lately. Because I've been reading a lot of great books. A.Lot.

I don't think I articulated this as well as I could have. I'll have to think on it and let it simmer for a bit.

Anyway. I read a book today. Don't act so surprised.
Book #254 - The Sacrifice (Forbidden #1) by Samantha Sommersby - This book shocked me with how good it was. I was seriously expecting a smutty quickie and I got a full-on story. Sweet!

I've really gone on enough here.
soulswallo: (Psych-quote-the best nutshelling)
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 01:52 pm
I am journaling from work today because I have nothing better to do. Except read. But I've already been doing that most of the day and I needed a break. Yes, my life is very hard. Yes, I'm well aware of it. Yes, I promise to never complain about being paid to read at work.

I was holding out hope that [ profile] malkovich03 would be back in town for tonight's book signing, but that's a negative. She's in Arizona, therefore I'm booking it alone tonight. Besides the fact that I'll miss her witty and sarcastic comments about everything and her inability to sit still for any legnth of time, I'm not bummed out. I mean, I am, but I'm not. Does that even make sense? No. But that's the way it is. I'll attempt to be sociable on my own. *cue dramatic music* I'm really inept when it comes to talking to people I don't know, btw. Really inept. It still amazes me that I work in a job that requires me to interact with people AND that I'm fairly good at it. You'd think I'd freeze up and start drooling and batting at invisible flying things but no. I can actually act pretty decently in a semi-professional setting. It's all the other settings that get me.

Anyway. I've got a few bookish things to post about:
Book #236 - The Naked Truth (The Confederacy Treaty #1) by Lilly Cain - Sexy sci-fi is so delicious. I really, really liked this one.
Book #237 - Fresh Blood by Jennifer Colgan - Sexy vampires and the women who feed them. With a hint of BDSM and a little blood play, this is one author that I keep enjoying every time I run across her books.
Teaser Tuesday (06/14/11) - Vampries and more vampires. I'm almost done with the 2nd book, too. I'm rocking it this week!

Oh, yay! I've killed another half hour with this post. Soon I'll head out to Menlo Park where I shall drink large quantities of coffee and read a book. Which is exactly what I did this morning, I'll have you know.

Okay. I'm done now.
soulswallo: (FF-Simon-River-Hiding)
Monday, June 13th, 2011 09:06 pm
The kids and I took the dogs to the dog park this morning. Bailey rolled around in every patch of mud and dirt she could find. She was adorably filthy by the time we left. Needless to say, both dogs got a bath today. Heck, I practically needed a bath by the time we were done bathing them.

In totally random news, [ profile] malkovich03 had to make an emergency trip out of state and I miss her. I have a book signing I'm going to tomorrow and we would have gone to dinner to catch up on life and various other things (things which mostly involve me inserting the words "cock" and "screaming orgasms" into the conversation while trying to keep my voice down so the patrons at the next table don't hear about sleep orgasms. No fooling. Hey, researching for writing sex scenes is a dirty job and I'm happy to do it!) before the signing but now I'm just going to go, get my book and find a coffee shop to read at until I can read at the bookstore.

Thus far, I've watched all of disc 1 of Firefly with Hailey. Episodes: Serenity parts 1 & 2, The Train Job and Bushwhacked. Hailey still isn't convinced that it's as good as The Walking Dead but I told her she had to give it a chance before making such a sweeping declaration.

And now onto the books...
Book #234 - Shameless (The House of Rohan #4) by Anne Stuart - I really, kinda, pretty much loved this book. Historical shenanigans, FTW!
Book #235 - Solid (Solid #1) by Shelley Workinger - A well-written, nicely fleshed-out young adult novel. It has a mad scientist in it. Well, a mad scientist conducts experiments in the prologue and then the kids he experimented on have to deal with the fallout, so he's not actually in it in it, but... oh, nevermind.
Felicity Heaton's great e-book summer savings - Felicity's offering her newest paranormal vampire romance for $0.99 through July 1st. As an aside, I've read quite a few of her books. And I've liked them all.

Okay. I'm done.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Saturday, June 4th, 2011 02:20 pm
I am exhausted today. Seriously, I could crawl into bed right now and sleep for a couple of hours. I didn't even stay up that late last night. Okay, I did stay up late, but I usually do. This shouldn't have caused me to be dragging ass today. It sucks. I don't like being all fuzzy headed all day long.

Anyway. Last night I was hanging out with [ profile] malkovich03. I dragged her out to a book signing in Menlo Park for Melissa Marr, author of the fabulous Wicked Lovely series and the fabulously creepy Graveminder. Lisa Desrochers, author of Personal Demons and the upcoming Original Sin, showed up. I met Lisa a month or so ago at the Cassie Clare/Holly Black signing. She's so fun and down to earth. She just sat there and chatted with me as she waited her turn to get her books signed. Gotta love that.

Mal and I wandered over to the pub next to the bookstore afterward and had food and libation. Crab cakes and french fries, baby! Champagne for her and a big-ass cider for me. I love when the waitress brings the bottle of cider to the table and it's absolutely HUGE and I'm all... O.o ....YES! Dinner conversation ranged from talking about ADD to screaming orgasms. Yes, you read that correctly. I think the two old guys at the table next to us were lovin' the conversational bent last night.

Who wouldn't?!?!

The point in all this is that I got home after 11 and didn't bother to jump online and get my journal on.

Okay. Book stuff...
Book #223 - The Highlander's Touch (Highlander #3) by Karen Marie Moning - Highlanders! I really do think that says it all.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Favorite posts, the Zombie Apocalypse and where I buy books. Now with a sexy mostly-naked man. For a real treat, click on the picture and see him in his full sized glory! Delicious.

I'm still tired. Only 2 1/2 more hours to go! Yay.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 07:56 pm
Cole and I just watched Hot Fuzz. He swears that it's the first time he's seen it, which I find amusing since I've watched it many, many times and you'd think he would have caught it a time or two just by walking through my room.

He liked it, btw. He said it was "cool and hilarious". Awwww. Mom and son bonding over violent, bloody movies. LOVE IT!

Tomorrow's the last day of school. I'm okay with it for the most part (except for that whole "Hailey and Cole fight constantly and this summer is going to be REALLY LONG" thing) and then I realize that my baby is going to be in SEVENTH GRADE! WTF!?!?! When did my wee beastie get so big? I'm not talking height wise either (although he is nearly as tall as me- damn you, mom and dad, for combining to give me these tiny, tiny genes)... I'm talking HOW DO I HAVE A KID WHO'S ALMOST 12?

*le sigh*

Tomorrow is going to be awesome. I'm heading out to [ profile] malkovich03's end of town (well, work-type town) and dragging her off to a book signing. Melissa Marr at Keplers in Menlo Park at 7 pm. I'll be the one with red and black hair trying to talk her BFF into going out for a drink later.

I have some things of a bookish variety to talk about...
Book #221 - Hidden by Blood (Sweetblood #1.5) by Laurie London - Short and sweet, I liked it a lot.
Book #222 - Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark #5) by Kresley Cole - I AM STILL LOVING THIS SERIES! Now with bloodthirsty vampires, sexy ghosts and awesomeness beyond compare!

I am done, people!
soulswallo: (Roswell-Group-Foursquare)
Saturday, May 28th, 2011 09:28 pm
The day of fun, food and Zombies has come to an end. [ profile] malkovich03, [ profile] jenah, & [ profile] kimbrchick came over and we ate a delicious meal followed by season 1 of The Walking Dead.

It was awesome to see all of them, especially since we haven't managed a get together since around Christmas. It's all my fault, too. You know, since I work on Saturdays and all. Anyway. It was totally great to catch up and do the TV thing. Yay, for friends!

All I can say is... it was a good day.
soulswallo: (FF-Big Damn Heroes)
Friday, May 27th, 2011 08:47 pm
Holy Hannah! I made it through and entire Monday thru Friday work week. It was touch and go for a while there but I had [ profile] malkovich03 do some virtual hand holding today on Twitter and coax me thru the rough patches.

You know, I used to work ridiculous amounts of hours every week. Every day of every week. Now I can't even work a measly 5 days in a row at 6 hours per day. It's like my brain got broken or something. Or it's like ... my brain got... no, I already said that.

Anyway. I was going to recreate the Twitter conversations I engaged in today but that seems like waaaay too much work so... yeah. Not happening. However, I did tweet a picture of my red and black hair (complete with hot pink scalp) to Mal this morning...
Red and black, babies. red and black.

As a random aside, I wore really cute red plaid shoes to work today. Totally impractical with four inch heels but they fucking rocked!

Okay. Books.
Book #212 - Graveminder by Melissa Marr - I couldn't put this book down. It has this gorgeous creepy, slow-build feel to it that was so very, very captivating.
Book #213 - Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) by Melissa Marr - Look! I'm having a Melissa Marr-a-thon. That's because I'm going to meet her next Friday. Book signings are so fun. Especially when I get to hang with Mal and be catty. This book? Awesome. Loved it. But then, I do tend to love those wicked, wicked Fae.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - The best part about this post is my totally fictional account of what the poor model guy had to deal with during his nuded up photoshoot. Ha! I make myself laugh.

I have [ profile] malkovich03, [ profile] jenah and [ profile] kimbrchick coming over tomorrow and I've pretty much done everything I was planning on doing tonight. This includes cleaning, vacuuming and getting some of the food made. AWESOME!

Okay. Now I'm done.
soulswallo: (SW Lego-The gangs all here!)
Friday, May 20th, 2011 09:43 pm
I did big house cleaning today. Okay, not really big so much as normal sized house cleaning. But the house is now cleeeeeaaaaan.

The downside of this is that I'll have to do it all over again next week because [ profile] malkovich03, [ profile] kimbrchick and [ profile] jenah and her son will be popping in for a visit on Saturday. This is the first Saturday I've had off since I started back in February so we're taking advantage of it.

In other news, I'm once again working on editing the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1. The changes I'm making will make the story tighter as a whole, which makes me very happy, but I'm not really good at the whole editing thing. I get distracted by reading the story and forget to edit. It's tragic.

Okay. A little book update today.
Book #204 - Raven's Kiss (Raven Grace) by Toni LoTempio - Surprisingly steamy considering the two main characters don't hook up until the end of the book.

And that's all from me.
soulswallo: (Psych-Gus is stealth)
Monday, May 9th, 2011 09:25 pm
I'm attempting to condense down some of the random sites I have here and there around the web. I deleted my fanfic journal this morning. Mostly because I haven't updated it in over a year and I have big plans for being published in the future. That might not make sense but if I ever decide to share all my random writings with the internet again I'll probably go all out and do it on my own domain. I also have plans to delete my graphics journal, mostly because I really don't see myself making icons or wallpapers or anything like that in the near future. So, yeah. That'll go away soon. I think [ profile] jenah and I need to decide if we're going to do anything with [ profile] blabapalooza or just let it fade away. I don't really care one way or another, I just know that I haven't been watching many movies lately and thus have nothing to review.

Oh, and yesterday I mentioned that I'd written about 450 words on my Zompocalypse story. I cranked out another 150 words last night after I wrote up that post, so I ended up at 600+ words. Nice. Not fantastic, but definitely nice.

And for books...
Book #181 - Turned at Dark (Shadow Falls #0.5) by CC Hunter - An interesting introduction to a new series. I liked it.
Book #182 - Fallen from Grace (Dark Passages Prequel) by MJ Putney - Not quite as tight as I would have hoped for a new-to-me series but it tickled my fancy and left me with a lot of questions.
Book #183 - Voice of the Blood (Voice of the Blood #1) by Jemiah Jefferson - I liked some things about this book and then there were other things that I wasn't as in love with.
Book #184 - The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton - Oh wow. I loved how we were given three different storylines from three different times and we slowly begin to unravel the mystery of what happened so many years before and how it ties in with the present.
soulswallo: (SotD-Zombies are Love-big)
Sunday, May 8th, 2011 09:03 pm
My wee beastly boy (who really isn't all that wee anymore seeing as how he's nearly as tall as I am. I can hear all of you that know how tall I am laughing hysterically at this point and saying that the fact that he's nearly as tall as me is nothing to write home about) slept from 6:30 last night until 6:30 this morning. The little brat was tired, I guess.

Anyway. For Mother's Day he gave me a Karma necklace shaped in a spiral that says "What goes around comes around". Lol! My kid knows me so well.

Hailey asked me if we could watch The Walking Dead earlier and naturally I agreed. Somewhere along the way I started chatting with [ profile] oddmonster on Twitter about Zombies. I'm proud to announce that Odd shamed me into cracking open my Zompocalypse short and cranked out 450 or so words. Not great, I know, but I still have time tonight to get some more done on that. Hopefully I can finish it up in a few thousand more words and get back to writing the epic Zompocalypse Morgan Hill story. I'm not promising anything but there might possibly be a cursed glass eye that makes an appearance.

In totally random news, I started watching Game of Thrones and really wasn't all that impressed by it. Now, I wasn't fully focused on it so that might have been part of the problem but the first episode seemed incredibly slow. Incredibly. Like, I kept waiting for something to happen and finally I just turned it off. I'll try again at some later date but I'm not really feeling the love at this point.

So. Book stuff. Of which I don't have a ton.
In My Mailbox - A couple of fun ones. Yay!
As an aside, I'm going to attempt to get my TBR pile down by tracking it weekly on my IMM posts. My starting point? 224 books. Let's see how I do on taming that beast!

Okay. I have a sweeping story about Zombies and blood to write.
soulswallo: (DW-Tardis-Take me away)
Monday, May 2nd, 2011 08:46 pm
I just spent 20 minutes laughing my ass off over [ profile] oddmonster's post about Velociraptors. Comments. Cracking me up. Dying now. Can't breathe.

In other news, I had a plan to do some things around the house today. Things like vacuuming and making laundry detergent (I know, I am so crafty. You don't have to say it.) but instead I did a whole lot of nothing. I did do some laundry but that was it. And I still have to make laundry detergent.

I am momentarily caught up on reviews.
Book #175 - A Little Harmless Sex (Harmless #1) by Melissa Schroeder - Fast, fun and sexy. It's another contemporary romance I liked.
Book #176 - The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (The Steampunk Chronicles #0.5) by Kady Cross - I really liked this glimpse into Finley's life before the events of The Girl in the Steel Corset.
Moira Rogers, free ebooks and sexy men! - Moira Rogers has a book coming out tomorrow, Wilder's Mate is 50% off at ARE, Pocket After Dark has some great free reads and I like wet, half-naked men.

I'm off to do very important things. Wish me luck!
soulswallo: (Stock-photo-Just walk away)
Saturday, April 16th, 2011 10:40 am
I seriously had every intention of journaling last night but... and I am not kidding about this IN THE LEAST...I was reading this absolutely HORRIBLE book and I was afraid that if I put it down I'd never pick it up again and then I'd spend way too much time dwelling on The Book I Couldn't Finish. And, honestly, this is one book that I don't want to linger in my brain.

So. Yeah. I finished that monstrosity of a book and now I just have to write up the review so I can purge all memory of it from my mind and move on with my life.

In other news... Umm. Give me a second, I'm thinking. Oh, I'm having my hair done next Wednesday and I think I'm going to go with a cherry red/black combo. It might not be Cherry Red, exactly, but I want it to be bright and bold. I was going between red/black or hot pink/black but [ profile] malkovich03 talked me into the red/black. This time. Soon I'm going to be a rainbow haired punk who works in a leasing office and reads a lot of books. IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME!

Speaking of Mal, she's heading out for a week of revelry in Vegas and New York. My favorite part about her going to Vegas was that she was all peeved that the Lazy River at the hotel she's staying at is only open on the weekends and she wasn't getting in until late Sunday night. You wanna know what she did? She changed her flight so that she could arrive in the morning JUST SO SHE COULD FLOAT DOWN THE LAZY RIVER. Do you guys see why I think she's so awesome? She changed her flight for a RIVER!

My BFF rocks!

Hmm. I should probably get onto the book portion of this post since I'm doing this at work and conceivably I should do some work at some point. I guess.
Book #150 - The Girl in the Steel Corset (The Steampunk Chronicles #1) by Kady Cross - Gorgeous steampunk setting with fun and fabulous characters. I was very excited when the author told me that the character I adored will have an entire book revolve around him in the future. SWEET!

So, with that book I've hit the year end reading goal that I set at the beginning of the year. After doing some mathematical gymnastics (not really, I'm pretty decent at math), I upped my year end goal to 450 books. I think I can do that. In theory. I might be way overestimating my ability to keep up this pace though, so we'll see.

Now I'm off to write up the reviews for the 3 books I read yesterday.
soulswallo: (DW-Books-Arm yourself!)
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 08:54 pm
Oh, I had a fabulous time at the book signing last night. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black were an absolute hoot together. I think a large part of it stems from the fact that they're friends in real life and not just two authors who happen to be touring together to promote their books. They were riffing off each other and they are just really fantastic women who put on a great Q&A.

I also happened to spy author Lisa Desrochers (author of Personal Demons) hanging out on the periphery (she was there to meet the ladies, not as part of the signing) and she ended up sitting next to me. I got to talk to her one-on-one about her books, her contract, the sexy teasers she's been leaking for her upcoming book and just writing stuff in general. It was one of the coolest and most unexpected things to have happen and I absolutely loved it. I did manage to wrangle a picture with her...

[ profile] malkovich03 took the picture and she snapped it just as Holly Black was passing behind us. So although I don't have pictures of CC and HB during the actual signing (there were probably between 200 and 300 people there so they didn't have time to chat excessively or pose for pictures), I do have that action shot of Holly Black scooting past us.

As a random aside, I kept getting compliments on my fingerless gloves yesterday. The girl at Peet's Coffee was almost drooling over them and Cassandra Clare told me she really, really liked them. Fingerless gloves WIN!

On top of all that, I met a lovely blogger who lives in the Stanford area and Mal and I got to giggle over the massive amount of teen angst floating through the room. I was also recognized by the lady who organizes the event since she had just seen me on Sunday for the Kelley Armstrong signing.


Final count for the books I got signed last night:
Holly Black: 10 total (5 from the Spiderwick series, 3 from The Modern Faerie Tales series and 2 from the Curse Workers series)
Cassandra Clare: 5 total (3 from the original Mortal Intstruments series, 1 from the 2nd Mortal Instruments cycle and 1 from The Infernal Devices series)

So, yeah. I'm happy with what I came home with.

I also managed to get a few reviews written. Which is nice because now I feel REALLY accomplished.
Book #144 - A Lady Never Tells (Willowmere #1) by Candace Camp - A totally engrossing historical that happens to be a free read at Pocket After Dark until April 30th.
Book #145 - Catch of a Lifetime (Tritone Trilogy #3) by Judi Fennell - Cute, but ultimately not really my type of book.
Book #146 - Venice Vampyr (Venice Vampyr #1) by Tina Folsom - I liked this one, but I was expecting a lot more from it.
Book #147 - Trey (Red, Hot & Blue #1) by Cat Johnson - Look! A contemporary romance I LIKED!

Okay. I've gone on and on and on here. I guess I can stop babbling now.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 08:54 am
I have a horrid headache at the moment so we'll see how coherent this post ends up being.

I mentioned in my last post that I was dragging [ profile] malkovich03 out to a book signing to meet Kelley Armstrong. We did that on Sunday and I had such a good time. The signing was really small. I think there were 10 people there total but I got all 15 of my books signed and I got to chat with Kelley. After, Mal and I went out to dinner and I ate TWO desserts instead of a real meal. It was awesome. It's also something I wouldn't do if Cole had been with me because I know that every time we went out to eat after that he'd want dessert only. So, yeah. I was a totally irresponsible adult and ate two desserts when my kid wasn't around.

Yesterday, Cole had a bad sore throat so I let him stay home from school. I did drag him out to the Borders in San Jose that was closing only to find out that it's already closed. How sad. No deeply discounted books for me. Cole and I lounged around at Starbucks for a bit before heading back home. I slept. I thought about writing up some reviews. I decided to be a slug and do nothing.

Oh, Cole was watching Cloverfield while I was napping and I kept waking up to hear panicked screams coming from the TV. HILARIOUS!

Tonight, [ profile] malkovich03 and I are going to another book signing. This one is for Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I'm pretty excited for but at the same time I think there are going to be a lot more people than at the last one. I'm not so much looking forward to that part. Still, I get to hang with Mal and get my books signed. Yay!

As far as book stuff goes, I have 3 reviews I can write today at work and another that I need to set up the template for before I can write it. I am seriously lagging on keeping up with those reviews.
But I do have some other booskish stuff to share...
Book Blogger Hop (Non-weekend edition!) - Once again, I manage to squeeze in that hot picture of Jason Behr and his muscular biceps. Also, there might be a picture or two of me looking aggressive as Kelley Armstrong signs my books. Ha!
Teaser Tuesday (04/12/11) - Steampunk, Steampunk and my newest lovely signed book!

Okay. This is mostly coherent. I think. I do apologize for any raging typos but my fingers are cold and my head is still paining me. Also, this computer doesn't automtically check my spelling for me as I type. What's that about?
Time for me to do some work. (not really, I'm going to write up a review or two and read if my head stops hurting)
soulswallo: (Stock-Nature-Oblivion)
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 09:53 pm
It was a spectacularly uneventful day at work. I read. I wrote up a review. I read some more. A few people came in. Not many. I came home. I had pizza at my sister's house.

As much as I complain about how slow work is, I actually really, really enjoy what I'm doing. First off, I get to read a lot, which is always cool. But more than that, I do have stuff I do during the day. It's just easy stuff that I whip through and then I get to work on how to make the office run more efficiently. Needless to say, I like this job far more than my last one. FAR MORE. Like, whoa.

Did I mention how I get to read at work? Beautiful.

Tomorrow I'm dragging [ profile] malkovich03 out to Menlo Park for a book signing. I'm going to be seeing Kelley Armstrong who wrote the completely fabulous Women of the Otherworld series and the YA Darkest Powers trilogy. Her newest book is coming out on Tuesday and it's a new trilogy set in the Darkest Powers universe, which is itself set in her Otherworld universe. Confused yet? Don't be. Anyway. I adore her writing and I'm super, super excited to get to meet her and get my oodles of books signed.

Since I'm already talking about books...
Book #143 - Mine to Possess (Psy-Changeling #4) by Nalini Singh - I freaking love this series. And this book is my favorite so far.
In My Mailbox (04/10/11) - Free books, anyone? I picked up many this week.

I'm two reviews behind. Again. It's like I catch up and immediately fall behind. Ahh, the perils of reading all day while working.

Okay. The beastly boy wants to watch Terminator Salvation. I can't deny myself the lovely Sam Worthington. He's purty.
soulswallo: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Monday, March 28th, 2011 08:40 pm
Umm, excuse me? Where did my day go? Seriously. How the hell did it roll around to 8:30 already? Did I do anything today? Anything? No, I didn't.

Oh, wait. I did some laundry. I also made my bed. With clean sheets. Because I did the laundry. Do you see how that works?

OMG! I need to get out more. But not today. Because, you know, it's late. Ish. Late-ish. I'm sure. Hey, [ profile] malkovich03, do you remember that I recruited you to go to two book signings in April? Since I've been extremely boring lately I'm not going to let you wiggle out of it. Not that you'll try or anything, but I'm not going to let you anyway because I need excitement in my life. And I find excitement sitting in chilly libraries and bookstores listening to people who are famous to me talk about their imaginary friends. Writers RULE!

Speaking of books...
Book #124 - Kidnap and Kink (Taboo Wishes #2) by Brynn Paulin - I read this one last year but never reviewed it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?!
Book #125 - Yuletide Greetings (Taboo Wishes #3) by Brynn Paulin - The naughty spanking Santa is a hit in my library!
Book #126 - Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs - I'll just come out and admit that this book made me cry. Damn you, Patricia Briggs! You made me cry!

And now I'm done!