The first thing I ever got paid to write

Okay, so this has very little to do with books, or Banned Book Week, but I thought you might enjoy it.

About six weeks ago, I got a call from a friend of mine who lives in Boise. He owns a small business that does videography for  weddings, commercials, etc, and  he wanted to know if I would take a look at a script for him.

I pointed out that I hadn't written a script since high school.

He said that was fine, he just wanted to me to make it flow well and get the point across.

I made a non-committal noise and suppressed the urge to point out AGAIN that I hadn't written a script for YEARS and it might not be very good.

He said he'd pay me.

Confidence is not my strong suit, but I'm not stupid.  Of course, I said yes.

The really funny part of all this?

It's a informational video for a hospital gown.

I'll allow you your moment of laughter (although the gown is pretty cool.)  Also, the part at the end with the half-naked guy in the hallway was totally my idea.

I take my brags where I can get them.

The script rewrite worked out, and now I'm writing another one for the company from scratch.  It's fun, and fabulous practice in thinking visually.

And that's how I got my first writer-ly paycheck.


Now go read a banned book. :)

Monday Snippits: Banned Book Week.

It's Banned Book Week!!!

Here are some links to get you started.


The Banned Book Week website

 A list of authors who have been censored, banned or challenged, including Anne Frank, J.D. Salinger, Maya Angelou and William Shakespeare. 


Another list of censored books put together by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)

This one includes A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, and The Giver by Lois Lowry, both personal favorites of mine AND Newbery Medal winners.


Recent stories of attempts to remove books:

Ellen Hopkins,  part 1 and part 2

Laurie Halse Anderson  (if you read none of these other links, please read this one!)


As you can tell, I don't believe in the banning of books in public libraries and public schools.  As a writer, and as a person who is facinated by different kinds of people, this is perhaps not surprising. 

What do YOU think?

The Obligitory "Twilight" Post: Part 2

As promised, here is the rest of my opinion of the wildly popular (and somewhat notorious) Twilight series.  You can read Part 1 here.

I'm doing this review a little different than the first two.  I'll still point out good and bad, but I'm leaving out the ugly.  Partly because there's less of it as you go along, and partly because I read them during the move and wasn't paying attention to that stuff.

(Whatever else you may say about this series, it is decent escapist fiction.)

Lets get started!


Eclipse (Twilight, #3) by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
Meyer, Stephenie

THE GOOD:  Finally, Finally, FINALLY, Bella starts standing up to Edward and not letting him dictate her every little move.  This was my main beef with this series: Bella's lack of self-esteem/spine. 

Also, conflict.  Lots of it.  Life or death situations, conflict between Edward and Bella, Edward and Jacob, Bella and Jacob, evil vampires, etc. The story moves very well, and all the characters develop and change over the course of the book.

THE BAD:  Bella may get a spine (sort of) but she goes about it all weird.  Edward forbids her to do something, even to the extent of telling his family to keep her from going anywhere and Bella's reaction is to SNEAK OFF, without telling anyone, to do what she wants to do in the first place.  She does this repeatedly until Edward gives up.

I'm not a relationship expert, but passive-aggressive behavior doesn't usually work out that well.  And to be honest with you, I still find Edward a bit creepy.

All in all though, Eclipse was my favorite of the series. 3 stars


Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) by Stephenie Meyer


Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
Meyer, Stephenie




THE GOOD:  Worldbuilding!  Vampire backgrounds, more info on the werewolves, some history thrown in.  It was actually quite awesome.  I kept coming across this really neat stuff and thinking: "Why didn't she put some of this in the earlier books?"

This was the first one of the series that actually FELT like a fantasy to me, with depth and mythos.  Not just two people sighing at each other because their love is deathless and forbidden.

THE BAD:  The plot was clunky.  I felt like I was reading three separate books.

Book 1: Bella and Edward get married and figure out that stuff.  Everybody's happy.

Book 2: Bella gets pregnant, which makes her sick and touches off a potential war with the werewolves.  Conflict resolves itself very conveniently with the baby's birth and Bella's (messy) transformation into a vampire.  Everybody's happy.

Book 3: The vampire high muckety-mucks learn about the baby and decide to use it as an excuse to wipe out the Cullen family.  Lots of gathering of allies, lots of battle plans, a tense confrontation, surprise resolution, and everybody's happy.

It was frustrating because I wanted so badly to get into the book, but the tension kept fading away on me.  Oh well...  3 stars



CONCLUSION:  After reading all four books and evaluating the good and bad, I've decided I'm not excited about the series as a whole.  And believe it or not, it wasn't the writing or the Bella-Edward relationship that tipped the scales.  Meyer tells a good story and tells it (for the most part) very well.

I walked away from the last book, and here's the thing that really bugged me:

 Bella pays absolutely no serious price for her decisions.

This was the totally unbelievable thing to me.  Ordinary girl falls in love with dark brooding hero, gets transformed into a beautiful being with godlike powers, and doesn't have to give up anything to do it.

Everybody in Edward's family loves her.  Jacob isn't mad at her anymore, her father gets to come over and her bloodlust turns out to be controllable so she gets to stay in Forks.

I call "No way".

Ask anyone who's made a cross-cultural or interracial marriage, and they will tell you:  It's not easy.  Ask anyone who's converted to a different religion, and they will tell you the same thing.

It is almost impossible to make those kinds of major decisions without offending (or at least causing conflict with) someone.  And it doesn't all go away after the decision is made either.  There are adjustments, compromises, work.

 But Bella can marry the living dead, become a vampire with a lust for human blood,and not only fit in seamlessly, but end up making everyone she loves happy?  Really?

I  couldn't swallow it.

That's just my opinion though.  What's yours?

Anyone looking for some awesome YA fantasy?

Despite my love of all things mysterious, many of my favorite books are young adult fantasy and I'm always on the lookout for good ones.

Here are some I've found:


Fairest (Hardcover) by Gail Carson Levine
Fairest
Levine, Gail Carson

This may be blasphemy, but I wasn't super taken with Ella Enchanted.  It wasn't a bad book, it just didn't make me go "Wow".  Fairest was much more my speed.  I love retold fairy tales and Gail Carson Levine manages to be both true to the original and totally unique in this spin on "Snow White". The pacing is good throughout, and it takes place in a kingdom where everyone sings all the time.  What's not to love?  4 stars


Dead Is the New Black (Paperback) by Marlene Perez
Dead Is the New Black
Perez, Marlene

This book restored my faith well-done, shorter YA. I read it in one sitting, but the characters and the world were fleshed out enough to make me want to read more.  This isn't your typical vampire-high school book. 
The pyschic Giordano sisters, especially Daisy (whose powers have yet to show) have sass and humor to spare.  4 stars


Darkwood (Hardcover) by M.E. Breen
Darkwood
Breen, M.E.

This would probably come more under the heading of middle grade fiction, but I'm throwing it in anyway.  I can't tell you much about it without ruining the very well-done world building, but here is the first sentence:  "Darkness falls so quickly in Howland that the people there have no word for evening."

This is not just any darkness:  this is can't-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face darkness.  The only creatures out at night are the mysterious and deadly kinderstalk.  Oh, and a clever run-away named Annie.   3 stars


Eternal (Tantalize, #2) by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Eternal (Tantalize, #2)
Smith, Cynthia Leitich

PJ Hoover was nice enough to throw this into a package of books I won on one of her blog contests, and I was delighted.  Cynthia's blog, Cynsations, has been a fixture on my Google Reader for a long time and I've been wanting to read her books.  Especially Eternal.

Did it live up to my expectations?  Heck YES!

Forget forbidden romance between a plain-but-not-really human and a good-but-tormented vampire who wants to eat her.  Try a romance between a vampire princess (who regularly drinks the blood of kidnapped humans) and her disgraced guardian angel.

THAT'S a relationship with issues.  And both characters are completely believable: sympathetic enough so that we root for them, but flawed enough that you wonder how they're ever going to figure it out.

5 stars


And speaking of vampires, tune in on Saturday for...

 The Obligatory "Twilight" Post:  Part 2!!!!!!!

(If you want to read Part 1, click here.  But be warned, I liked some stuff about the books, but not everything.  So there is some ranting.)

Monday Snippits

Thanks again to everyone who took the time last week to let us know what they were reading!  I'm going to put the list together and use it in a post soon, just for fun.

Now I have another question:  What is your favorite KIND of book?

Romance? Suspense? Action? Fantasy? Literary? Chick Lit?

What do you love to read?

(Normally when asked, I say I love fantasy.  But according to Goodreads, I've read 51 mysteries this year alone, more than any other catagory.  So I guess you could say I'm a fantasy/mystery buff.)

Awards and Agatha Christie....

Hey, I got a blogger award!





This is the Literary Blogger Award For Energizing And Inspiring Reading-- (very appropriate for this month, I thought.)  It was given to me by Helen, who does all kinds of writing and book news on her blog Straight from Hel.

Here are the rules to the Literary Blogger Award:
1. Accept the award and post a link to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Pass the award on to three people and link to their blog.
3. Notify those you nominated for the award.

And here are my choices:

-John over at Running After My Hat:  John has an abundance of awesome quotes, poetry and literary references.  There's always something over there that I've never seen before.(and I mean that in a good way)

-Editorial Ass:  Moonrat over at Ed. Ass not only has all kinds of book industry coolness, but she's part of the Fill in the Gaps Project, where people are challenged to read the classics they've been putting off.  If that wasn't enough, she's one of the organizers of the Gravity's Rainbow Readalong

-Actually, The Fill in the Gaps Project rates their own nomination.  This is an open blog where anyone who is signed up for the project can post reviews.  I don't know if you can blog-award a blog with so many "authors" but they are certainly  "Energizing And Inspiring Reading"!


We now return you to your regularly scheduled reviews...


The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Mystery Masters Series) by Agatha Christie
The Clocks: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Mystery Masters Series)
Christie, Agatha

Meh.  Not enough Poirot, too many disparate plot points and I didn't care much for the narrator. The mystery was decent though. 2 stars



Ordeal by Innocence (Mass Market Paperback) by Agatha Christie
Ordeal by Innocence
Christie, Agatha

A doctor returns from an expedition to discover that he was the only alibi of a man convicted of murder.  The man has died in prison, but the doctor wants to make amends by discovering the real killer.  An interesting and unusual Christie book, but not a particularly memorable one. 3 stars



Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Paperback)) by Agatha Christie
Three Act Tragedy
Christie, Agatha

Another Poirot, and a pretty good one.  The crime is creative and red herrings abound.  Plus the solution plays out over a much longer period of time than most Christie books do, which makes the ultimate twist all the more interesting.  Told from the point of view of Mr. Satterthwaite of Mysterious Mr. Quinn fame.  3 stars



A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple Mysteries) by Agatha Christie
A Murder is Announced
Christie, Agatha

Just when I thought I'd read all the really good Christie books, I found this one.  It was one of those mysteries where you start yelling half-way through.  "They did it!  They totally did it!" But you keep reading because you're not really sure.  And then you turn out to be right.   I love that.  And I love the idea of announcing a murder in the paper before you do it.  Delightfully devious.  5 stars



Hallowe'en Party (Poirot) by Agatha Christie
Hallowe'en Party
Christie, Agatha

I figured out who did it in this one too, and it was a fun read.  But the narrative wasn't as smooth.  Still, it had plenty of Adriane Oliver, the scattered writer who is far and above my favorite Christie character.  So, 4 stars



A Daughter's Daughter (Hardcover) by Mary Westmacott
A Daughter's Daughter
Westmacott, Mary

Believe it or not, this is an Agatha Christie book.  Turns out Ms. Christie also wrote under the name of Mary Westmacott.  This book--the story of a mother and her grown daughter--is kind of a relational suspense novel.  No dead bodies or whodunits.  But it was surprisingly moving, and managed to be sad without overly depressing me.  4 stars.


See you Monday!

I heart Amelia Peabody!

Wow, thanks to all the people who de-lurked to share their books with us!  I hope you guys enjoyed seeing what everyone was reading.

And speaking of reading...  I recently re-discovered the Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters.  I'd read the first one a long time ago, but didn't remember any of the others. (if I read them at all...)   I started at the beginning again and I  DEVOURED THEM.  

Mmm...  delicious books....

Also--for you writers out there--Elizabeth Peters is a fabulous example of what research can do for a book, especially for historical fiction.  EP's real name is Barbara Mertz and she has a Ph.D. in Egyptology, so everything about the world of her books rings true. You don't need a PhD to do this, but you do have to be willing to put in the work.


For all you fellow fans of mystery, Egypt, archeology and the movie The Mummy,  here's a run down of the series as far as I've gotten.



Crocodile on the Sandbank Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, #1)


(This is obviously not a new-read for me.  But since it starts the series, I thought I'd throw it in.)

19th century English spinster Amelia Peabody is left a fortune by her father, and decides to explore the world.  Determined never to marry, and possessed of a fierce efficiency and a determined mind, she travels to Egypt.  There she picks up a disgraced heiress named Evelyn , hiring her as an assistant. 

Amelia and Evelyn travel down the Nile, where Amelia falls in love with the pyramids, meets a bellowing, stubborn archeologist named Radcliffe Emerson. and tracks down a mummy with a bad habit of taking midnight strolls.   4 stars


The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2) by Elizabeth Peters The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2)

Amelia and her husband Emerson (also known as the Father of Curses) return to Egypt to discover if there's any truth to the rumors of a cursed tomb.  Murder, mayhem and plenty of hitting people with parasols.  4 stars


The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3) by Elizabeth Peters The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody, #3)

This time, the Emersons are stuck with a really awful set of run-down pyramids to explore.  But they won't be bored.  Not with their scarily intelligent son Ramses, some crazy missionaries, and of course, a few dead bodies just to spice things up.  4 stars

Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody, #4) by Elizabeth Peters Lion in the Valley (Amelia Peabody, #4)

Amelia Peabody Emerson is convinced that there is a Master Criminal behind much of Egypt's underground antiquities trade, and she is determined to sniff him out.  The good news is: she's right, and his name is Sethos.  The bad new? Sethos is equally eager to get his hands on Amelia.  And not for the reasons you'd think...  4 stars


The Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody, #5) by Elizabeth Peters The Deeds of the Disturber (Amelia Peabody, #5)

This one takes place in England, where Amelia must deal with spoiled children, a pair of scoop-happy, competing reporters, and a weird series of deaths connected to the museum.  Fortunately, Amelia has her parasol.  (And corsets can be surprisingly useful too!)  4 stars

The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6) by Elizabeth Peters The Last Camel Died at Noon (Amelia Peabody, #6)

As if the Emersons' life wasn't chaotic enough, now things are about to get REALLY complicated.  A mysterious map, a missing archeologist and a lost civilization lead to some surprising results.  Including a new addition to the family: the orphaned girl Nerfret.  3 stars


The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7) by Elizabeth Peters The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody, #7)

Amelia is excited to return to Egypt, especially because she hopes to re-kindle the romance with her husband Emerson.  But then Emerson is kidnapped, and loses all memory of Amelia and their family.  Things look bleak, but Amelia Peabody Emerson has never given up without a fight, and she's not about to start now. 4 stars
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And if one interesting Elizabeth Peters heroine isn't enough, how about two?

Meet Jacqueline Kirby, a librarian with a no-nonsense attitude, a very large purse, and a knack for getting into trouble.  I first met her in The Murders of Richard III, (which is an awesome book, btw) but I didn't realize until this year that there were more books. 

Yah!


The Seventh Sinner (Mass Market Paperback) by Elizabeth Peters The Seventh Sinner

This is the first Jacqueline Kirby novel, and is actually told from the perspective of Jean Suttman, a student studying in Rome.  When one of Jean's fellow students is murdered and strange accidents start to happen, it's up to the practical  Jacqueline to put a stop to it before someone close to Jean can silence her for good. 3 stars

Naked Once More (Mass Market Paperback) by Elizabeth Peters Naked Once More

Now a best-selling romance author, Jacqueline Kirby is getting tired of the publishing business. But then she's offered the chance to write the sequel to Naked in the Ice, a brilliant  book whose author- Kathleen Darcy-met a mysterious end.

Jackie jumps at the chance, but it's not going to be easy.  Because someone wanted Kathleen out of the way.  Because books are hard to write, even if they're your own.  And because Kathleen may not be dead after all.... 3 stars


Well that's all the Elizabeth Peters I have for now.  (Though there are two or three waiting in my library pile downstairs.)  Join me on Saturday for blog awards and some Agatha Christie!

Inquiring minds and all that....

ATTENTION ALL LURKERS!

As a frequent lurker on other people's blogs, I understand your reluctance to comment.  But I really want to know....

What are YOU reading?


(Me?  I just finished Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith.  It was awesome.)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and other 5 star reads.

Yes, I did it.  I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and I LOVED IT!  If you wish to question or revoke my Jane Austen credentials, they are as follows:


1. I've read all of her novels, some of them numerous times.

2. I have seen three movie versions of Pride and Prejudice, two movie versions of Emma, two movie versions of Sense and Sensibility, as well as movie versions of both Mansfield Park and  Persuasion.

3. I also saw Becoming Jane, Clueless (which was totally an Emma remake), Bridget Jone's Diary, (Ah, Colin Firth--you will forever be Mr. Darcy in my heart)  and Bride and Prejudice, which is an awesome Bollywood film.


(EDIT:  Sadly, I totally misspelled Austen when I first wrote this post.  I wrote Austin, as in Texas.  My only defense is that I was waiting for some books from Austin, Texas, and so the place was much on my mind.  Sorry.)


Despite my hard won Austen expertise, I still loved Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, except for the occasional grossness. (That's why I watch Jane Austen movies and not zombie movies.  Usually.) 


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Paperback) by Seth Grahame-Smith Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Grahame-Smith, Seth

I can't decide what I love most about this book; having such a bizarre thing as zombies described in the style and wit of Jane Austen, or the fact that Elizabeth Bennett is such a kick-arse heroine.  Probably both.  5 stars.


And in the spirit of controversial-ity, here are some more not-recommended-for-everyone books.  (These are great books by skilled authors, but "a good clean read" is NOT how I'd describe them.)

White Witch, Black Curse (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #7) by Kim Harrison White Witch, Black Curse (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows, #7) Harrison, Kim

Kim Harrison is kind of what Laurell  K. Hamilton would have been had she not gone over the deep end and filled her books with violence and sex. (Much of it at the same time.)  Not that there aren't, um... patches of grown up material in the Rachel Morgan books, but they don't take over the story and by and large are much more tasteful.

This is my favorite Rachel Morgan book so far, (and the first one to get five stars) primarily because of a new character she introduces; a ghost who's "a little dirty with a heart of gold".    I'm a sucker for confident, competent, slightly sarcastic men in books, and Pierce bids fair to become my favorite character.

(Dear Kim Harrison, if you're reading this, please do not kill, banish, or otherwise send Pierce away in the next book.  I will cry.)

5 stars


Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) Butcher, Jim


My dad (from whom I received my 'read-everything-and-sort-it-out-later' gene) found this series, finished the first book, and promptly handed it off to me, saying "You need to read this."  I did.

In a day. 

A-mazing.  The main character is a wizard with a bit of a past who pays the rent by hiring out his wizarding skills.  But when someone starts killing people with magic, he has to figure out who, all the while dodging the Mafia, a possible death sentence from the White Council, and a wizard who kills every time it rains.

The voice is pitch perfect on this, and SO much fun to read.  I think this was the line that hooked me:

"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

5 stars.



Also, a Poll:  I have a couple of posts that will be all about books by one author.  Which would you like first, Agatha Christe, or Elizabeth Peters?

Reviews, part 1

The problem with having so many books to review is that it's hard to know where to start.  But since this week IS Random Acts of Publicity Week  I thought I'd start with some more current authors.



Blackthorn Winter (Hardcover) by Kathryn Reiss Blackthorn Winter Reiss, Kathryn

When Juliana's parents separate, Juliana's mother drags them to a tiny English town known for its artists. Juliana is expecting to miss her father and be bored.  What she's not expecting is a murder, a cute boy, and clues about her own mysterious past.

I liked this book a lot.  The writing was good and the descriptions were vivid and well done.  The only problem I had with it was that the three main storylines--murder, separated parents, mysterious past--all seemed to fight for supremacy.  It was a little distracting.  Still, if you want an entertaining mystery and you love the English countryside, you'll probably like this book. 3 stars.



Wildwood Dancing (Hardcover) by Juliet Marillier Wildwood Dancing Marillier, Juliet

I'm not sure what I liked about this book more, the smooth, descriptive writing or the inventive mix of fairy tales.  This book is Twelve Dancing Princess + The Frog Prince+ vampires + fairies with a generous seasoning of Romanian history and myth.  Around every corner is a different fable, like an old friend, but somehow it all seems new and fresh.

The main character, Jena, is a determined, wonderfully human girl who is trying to hold her family and land together when their father must leave.  She's stubborn and she makes mistakes but I loved her anyway, and the bonds between her and her sisters are some of the best parts of the book.  5 stars

PS-Also, the cover for this book was done by Kinuko Y. Craft. She's one of my favorite artists, as you can tell by the art scattered over this blog. :)


Devilish (Hardcover) by Maureen Johnson Devilish Johnson, Maureen*

 I started following Maureen on Twitter and she was hilarious, so I figured I should read her books. Devilish is my first one, but it won't be my last.

When your best friend sells her soul for popularity, how far will you go to save her?  High school outcasts, demons and a cute dead guy, all written in a funny, engaging way.  A definite recommend.  4 stars


Has anyone else read these books?  What did you think?

In honor of books...

 Some quotes:


"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world."
- Voltaire


A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. 
~Edward P. Morgan

"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." 
- Mark Twain
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog it's too dark to read." 
- Groucho Marx 

Book reviews will commence Wednesday.  Until then, what are YOU reading?

Blogging (and what's going on the rest of September)

 So, the people have spoken.   And how. ( I've gotten more first-timer comments on this post than any other I've done.)  The results of the survey were as follows:

The reasons that people blog seem to come under three main headings.

1. To establish an online presence 

 2. To connect with family or friends

 3. As a creative outlet.


Many of you also cited the unexpected side benefits of blogging.

1. It's fun

2. You meet new people and create community

3. The discipline of keeping a blog actually  helps your focus and can make you a better writer.


Honestly, there's not much I can add to that.  But I did want to share with you the blogging advice that's helped me the most.

1. Be consistent.  Pick a schedule.  Every day, every other day, once a week.  Find something you can live with and stick to it.  (via a post that I CANNOT FIND at Penny Arcade.  *grumps* )

2. Love what you do. Don't try to turn your blog into something it isn't.  Nothing kills a blog's spirit faster than an unhappy poster. (via this post by Justine Larbalestier)

3. It's not all about you.  Don't just constantly hype your book/business/digestive problems.  Be informative, entertaining and genuine.  Comment on other's blogs.  Be polite.  (via pretty much every article on blogging I've ever read.)


Have I missed anything?


In other news, September is overflowing with wonderful reasons to read and talk about books.


~Agent Nathan Bransford declared this week Writer Appreciation Week.

~Tomorrow (Sept 6th) is Read a Book Day!


~Random Acts of Publicity Week  is September 7-11th.

~And Banned Book Week is September 26 - October 3rd.


Now add all this together with the fact that I have no less than twenty new books waiting to be reviewed and...

Presto!  Book Review Month!



I'll be posting reviews for the rest of the month.  Feel free to drop in anytime, make suggestions or join in the conversation.

See you Monday!

Okay, what about blogs?

In my attempt to discuss various social networking sites, (see the other post here) I was going to discuss blogs next.  But the other day I read this interesting post from Cindy R. Wilson that talks about the real reason she started blogging.  Which also happens to be the reason I started blogging.

Marketing!!

Now, as often happens, there have been wonderful things that I've learned from blogging. I've made friends and gotten more confident in a lot of areas.  I'm not doing this just to "build a platform". (If I was, I think I would have quit a while ago.)

It got me thinking, though.  A lot of people I know don't blog with any marketing motive at all.  Some blog just for fun. (like Nic, for example)  Others don't even release their real names (Hi, Moonrat! *waves*)  But they blog, and not only do they blog, but they blog consistently, not giving up.

So now I figured before I talk about blogging as a social network, I should take a poll.

Why did YOU start blogging?  And what made you keep going?
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