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...


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: (DW-Ten/Rose-Ahhh!)
Sunday, September 25th, 2011 02:02 pm
Today I discovered Nutella. Apparently, people feel very strongly about Nutella because as soon as I started tweeting about it the replies started coming in.


*blink, blink*

I had no idea Nutella was such a driving force...
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Friday, September 23rd, 2011 08:08 pm
I've been spending A LOT of time on twitter lately. A LOT!

Allow me to illustrate this statement:

Yes, werewolves are a common theme in my tweets. That and severed heads. Go figure.

Rehvenge is my book boyfriend from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. When Rehvenge tweets me I lose all ability to form sentences.

Smurf Boobs. Smurf boobs and quirk. *nods*

So, yeah. Since this was a tiny, tiny snapshot of how I spend my days while at work, you can imagine how some of these conversations evolve. You can apparently always find me on Twitter. Join me and be afraid!
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: (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
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: (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: (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.
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: (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.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Monday, July 11th, 2011 08:38 pm
Ever since Cole and I went to see Transformers 3 I've had this hankering to rewatch the first two movies. I just finished the 2nd and it's a lot better than I remember it being. The first is still my favorite, though. Megan Fox isn't the best actress but at least she didn't ruin the movie for me. Unlike Edward Furlong in Terminator 2. I love the Terminator movies but I can't watch the 2nd one without cringing. In fact, I don't watch the 2nd one at all. Which is kinda a bummer because it's a good movie. I just can't stand Edward Furlong's acting.

And I really got off subject there, didn't I?

Today, I had a fun-filled day of doing boring chores. I returned some books to the library, got gas, went to Target to buy a new bathroom rug, vacuumed, cleaned the carpet and vacuumed again. I know. Somebody stop me. It's getting way too intense in here.

I was having a writing thought earlier. I want to finish up the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #2. I think I have about 25K more words to write. Maybe. The problem is that I'm doing a major overhaul to the Epic Werewolf Masterpiece #1 and the changes there could end up having a big impact on EWM#2. So, do I finish writing EWM#2 knowing that I'm in for some major editing on the back end or do I hold off until I finish editing EWM#1? Either way, I want to get myself back into the groove of writing every day. Or editing, as the case may be. I'm going to set up my word goals and metrics bars and everything. FUN!

I just have to figure out what order I need to do things in.

Alright. I have work tomorrow. Yay. I wish my chair was more comfortable at work. Sometimes my butt falls asleep. It's not fun.
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: (Fringe-stock-butterfly)
Monday, July 4th, 2011 08:30 pm
I feel craptastic at the moment. In fact, I fear that this blinding headache that has me in its clutches has killed off a large-ish portion of my brain cells. Fortunately for you all, they're the cells that handle the day to day werewolf thoughts. Which means that my epic werewolf masterpiece #1 will forever languish only half edited. I'm just kidding about that. I'm totally going to finish editing that one day. Totally.

Is it too early to start thinking about what I want to write about for NaNoWriMo? Little bit? Okay, I'll hold off.

Head still hurting.

I had an actual topic I was planning on babbling about today. It involves me, an author and coffee. But now it seems like too much work to sort through my thoughts. Plus, half the thoughts were eaten in the Great Headache of 2011. Fuck you, pain. I hate you. You ruined today's journal entry.

I don't even have any bookish things to report on. Because of my head.

I'd go to bed but it's only 8:30 and there's that whole fireworks thing going on later. Then again, sleep sounds so deliciously decadent at the moment.

I should have taken a longer nap earlier. I knew it. I knew I woke up too early. *pouts in a most unbecoming manner*

I'm going away now.
soulswallo: (Dr Horrible-Evil evil evil)
Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 09:10 pm
Someone left a comment on my book blog the other day that seriously left me scratching my head. The comment itself was left on my Book Blogger Hop post. The Book Blogger Hop is a blog hop to encourage people to visit other blogs that they might not have seen before. I'm totally down with that. I mean, I participate in it so I can meet new people, etc. But, before I follow a blog I make an effort to see if they read the same type of books that I read. I mean, why do I want to follow a blog that only reviews non-fiction books on obscure European monarchs when I have no interest in either non-fiction books or obscure European monarchs?

Does that sound like I'm being too picky?

So, someone left this comment:
Hello, I am you newest GFC friend. My answer to this weeks Book Blogger Hop question.
I prefer reading and reviewing Christian Fiction but I do read a varity of other books. I just can’t handle too scary or gory. Suspense and Mysteries I like. No explicit adult books either if I do find one I really want to read I just skip over the x-rated stuff.

I appreciate that she's trying to stretch her wings and everything but I seriously wonder if she even bothered to take a look at my blog. For one thing, I actively try to avoid any books about religion- Christian or otherwise. For the next, I love scary, gory, bloody books. In fact, the more decapitations the better. Third and final thing: I READ EROTICA OF ALL TYPES. I've probably read more dirty books this year than some people read in their entire lifetime. I will often scour Amazon for the dirtiest books I can find.

I've said all these things on my blog. More than once. In fact, on the post that comment was left on I talk about both Zombies and naughty steampunk books.

It's really not a big deal, I'm just confused. Why follow someone who clearly doesn't read the same things you read? I guess I could accept that they might be looking to try something new but why, then, do you leave a comment specifically mentioning all the things you do and don't read when those things are clearly opposite of the things the person you're leaving the comment for read on a regular basis? I don't get it.

Anyway. I have a bunch of books. Dark horror, naughty books and bloody books. Outstanding.
Book #265 - Thin Air (Weather Warden #6) by Rachel Caine - The more I read this series the more I like it. Fun, fast and featuring one of my favorite episodes of amnesia since Eric was found shirtless on the side of the road in the Sookie books.
Book #266 - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful #1) by Leanna Renee Hieber - Kinda an awesome name for a book, huh? Well, I liked this one. It made me cry. Allegedly.
Book #267 - Magnetism (Savoy Valley #1) by Aliyah Burke, McKenna Jeffries, Taige Cranshaw - This one was a hot mess from beginning to end. Just... what? Huh? Yeah, I couldn't figure out half of what was happening.
In My Mailbox (07/03/11) - I got my TBR pile under 210. Yay!

Sorry this post was all about books. I refused to step outside today in the nasty 95F heat so I really don't have anything else to talk about.

soulswallo: (Calvin-This is how I do my thing)
Thursday, June 30th, 2011 09:52 pm
Cole and Hailey were fighting earlier. I yelled. It didn't phase them. The one bright spot in all this is that this time they were fighting over a full box of crackers instead of an empty one. Sometimes I envision their inner selves as two junkyard dogs battling over roadkill scraps on top of a pile of rusty kitchen appliances.

It's a surprisingly accurate picture.

In news that doesn't involve me clawing the walls... no, wait. I don't have any news like that.

I've been doing some serious mental gymnastics over my epic werewolf masterpiece #1. The more I think about ti and look it over, the more little tweaks I can see I need to make. On one hand, I don't want to over think it and end up with a story that no one but me understands. On the other hand, I want to do the best I can for these characters and tell the story they deserve.

And in bookish news:
Book #259 - Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick - This book was weird because I hated the way the main female character acted but I ended up really liking the book anyway.
Book #260 - Raziel (The Fallen #1) by Kristina Douglas - Another one where I didn't love the entire book and then all of a sudden I did. It's bizarre, man. Bizarre.
Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday & Tagalong Friday - Things that make me keep reading and an epic ode to Resident Evil. Not really. I just make a teeny, tiny mention about how I might sorta, kinda like zombies and I think Alice is cool. Also, pictures of half naked men. Because I like those.

I am done!
soulswallo: (Heroes-Red umbrella in the rain)
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 08:16 pm
I seem to be losing days here. I mean... what? Where did today go? And yesterday? Well, yesterday was weird what with the torrential rain and all so that explains that. But today? No clue.

Btw, the rain yesterday... wtf? Isn't it the end of June? Where is this weather coming from? Seriously, it was raining so hard on my way home from work that I couldn't see the lines on the road. Which is not as fun as you might imagine. You know, what with the terrifying other cars all around you. Yeah.

Anyway. Books.
Book #257 - The Admiral (Fantasies of New Europa #2) by Morgan Karpiel - And even more sexy steampunk! I am loving this series. It's ridiculously fun.
Book #258 - Killing Perfection by Heather L. Anderson - I had a tough time with the beginning of this one but it really picked up at the end. Enough so that I want to know if book 2 ties up all the threads that were left lying around.
Teaser Tuesday (06/28/11) - Angels and mermaids. I've read both of these books at this point but I can't get into my Blogger dashboard to write up the reviews. Sadness.

Well, there you have it. I've done nothing over the last two days except watch the rain.
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: (Books-SK-Bad Moon Rising)
Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 08:59 pm
On my way to work this morning, I saw the most idiotic thing I have seen in many, many moons. Some fucktard missed his (or her, although for the sake of this story I'm just going to refer to them as male) exit off the freeway, pulled onto the shoulder and proceeded to DRIVE IN REVERSE until they could make the exit. I have no idea how he didn't have some sort of catastrophic accident from the sheer stupidity. I mean, really? REALLY? Who does that?

People are stupid.

In news that does not involve me clawing someone's eyes out, it was hot today. I think we hit 99F. Yuck. Fortunately for me the office is air conditioned and my mom had the air running when I got home. So, yay. Which brings to mind the fact that I slept like crap last night because of the heat and I was so tired when I got home that I fell into a 3+ hour coma-like nap. I don't think I would have woken up at all except that my mom came upstairs and asked me if I wanted something for dinner.

The moral of that story is that I slept a lot this afternoon.

Okay. Onto the books.
Book #244 - Born of Night (The League #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon - OH.MI.GAWD! This book was fantastic! *dies* I can't believe it's taken me so long to start this series.
Book #245 - Demon's Fall by Karalynn Lee - The perfect blend of sweet angels, sexy demons and an apocalypse in the making.
Teaser Tuesday - Assassins, Angels, Angels and Bad Ass Investigators of Supernatural Crimes!

Randomly, I won a book through one of my favorite authors on Twitter (@moirarogersbree) this afternoon. It's not one of her books but a new release by one of her writing compatriots. It sounds so fun that I went out and picked up the first book in the series so I could soak it all in and get lost in a new author.

Which means that I'm now off to do some reading.