Category: Rambling


A Couple of Thoughts

I find myself wanting to talk about a thing that feels like a trope but might have just been specific to one author. I know I’ve seen it from more than just the one guy, but I can’t for the life of me remember how common or not it is. Either way, it’s a great way to annoy me greatly in a single scene.

If it’s not a trope, I really want it to be.

Another thing, I kind of want to revisit a couple of books that I’ve previously reviewed and talk about things that I either hadn’t thought of at the time or that I don’t feel like I gave as much time to as I would have wanted.

That and I also find myself wanting to talk about series and how they work overall once I’ve reviewed all of them. It seems like fun.

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2018 Books I Dig

I’ve put off posting this for two days, but there weren’t any entries for the giveaway.

Unfortunate, but I might could have planned a better time for it. And it isn’t like that’s going to stop me from trying again at the end of this year, so I’m going to try and make 2019 better than 2018.

That starts with planning things out and figuring what I can do, what needs to be postponed, and how to make a schedule of some stripe work for me.

In any case, everyone have a great rest of the week! Posts will resume next week.

House Keeping 9/5/18

Not a ton to talk about this week. I’m hitting the point of stress where all I want to do is sleep and binge creepy YouTube videos. Unfortunately, there isn’t a ton I can do about it just now and some of it I have no control over one way or the other. So, I’m doing my best to roll with it, there may be more weeks where I’m late getting a review out or where I just don’t have one ready. But it’ll get better at some point, a lot of this comes from things changing at a rapid pace. Most of it’s good changes any way, so the stress is just from trying to keep pace rather than bracing. You know?

All that said, I’ve got a couple guest posts coming up for you all soon. One is a returning author talking a little about his other passion. The other is part of a blog tour for a new release. I’m pretty excited for both of them.

There’s a handful of things I’m going to work on catching up on. No promises on when they’ll get posted, but I do want to get back to doing more than just this and the weekly review again. Plus, Halloween is coming up so I need to start planning for that.

I also need to get started on those posts I was going to do for the lead up to the up coming World of Darkness campaign. The Pathfinder campaign ended sooner than expected, so I’m sort of having to accelerate my planning. This isn’t a bad thing, I’ve got most of the beginning stuff planned and a plot skeleton, it’s just a matter of getting NPCs stated out and some early game threads for the group to follow written out and solidified. So, I guess, look forward to the back ground posts for this coming up soon-ish.

Standard stuff, if you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a comment or a like. This especially with the World of Darkness stuff coming up. And, of course, if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi. Anything from that is currently going towards a replacement video camera so that I can work on video book talks. Have a great rest of the week!

So, last week just sort of never got off it’s feet. Not sure why, but I’ve been exhausted lately. Blame it on the weather getting too warm for my preferences.

As for plans for the week, I’m hoping that I can get the things I’d planned for last week covered this week. If I can manage that, I’m hoping to add a second review for this week, so that I’m not just skipping a week. No guarantees on that, but it’s worth giving a shot.

At some point, I might post some of my notes from my game group’s next campaign. It’s going to be my first time DMing and I’m a bit nervous about it. More than a bit nervous. So, I figure I might use a weekly post here to keep track of things that happen and where the story is going. It would likely be notes taken from my DMPC’s perspective. If I do this, I’ll announce it as part of the House Keeping the first week it goes up. I figure if nothing else it’ll be a good way to stretch my fiction writing a little.

That aside, I don’t really have anything more to add this week.

Standard stuff aside, of course. If you like what I’m doing here, feel free to leave a comment or a like. And if you really like what I’m doing you can feed my caffeine addiction and buy me a ko-fi.

House Keeping 4/24/18

So, the week of being sick did not afford me as much time to get things done as I’d hoped for. Not terribly surprising all things considered. But still, all will be well. I’ve sort of got my voice back, so I’m headed back to retail world. Here’s hoping I don’t worry anyone.

I’ve got a review planned for tomorrow, it needs writing but I’ve finished reading the book itself. It might be a twisty thing of a review, since the book itself is something of a twisty thing. I’m looking forward to digging into my thoughts on it.

Also, my Unicorn Crate arrived yesterday, so I’ll have something on that going up later in the week. It’s pretty nice, I’d definitely buy another one sometime.

General things, comic reviews are still incoming. They kind of got pushed to the side again. I’m going to have to just sit down and get them done sometime soon, since the last What Dreams May Come issue is coming in soon. Kind of sad for that, though I am hoping that the team working on the Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic is kept on for a full on going comic of the Answer the Call team. That would be pretty awesome.

Then, of course, standard stuff. If you like what I’m doing here feel free to leave a like or comment. And if you really like what I’m doing here you can feed my caffeine addiction by buying me a ko-fi. Someday I’ll even manage to spell caffeine right the first time.

The Best/Worst Update

I’ve been racking my brain to think of what to do for April Fools, but the only things I could think of were mildly mean or utterly dumb. So, nothing on that. No worries there.

The review for Spring Reads week has not materialized due to a complete absence of work/life balance. I’d gotten my review copy on Thursday and managed to read enough of the book on my off day to assume that I could finish it in my spare time on Friday and get it reviewed in time to post. I was wrong, but I’m working on the review now. It’ll be up sooner than later.

Also, the Second Star Books giveaway has ended. They should have their site up and running later in the week with the first box being sent out in the first week of May. The boxes are going to run usd $39.95 per with a flat eight dollar shipping fee in the US. I’ll have a bit about the theme for the first box with the house keeping post for this coming week.

And that’ll be it folks.

Post Holiday Return

So, things fell apart a little at the end of the year there. These things happen more often than I’d like to admit.

I’ve got a couple of reviews on the way. One’s going to be going up later today, because I am ridiculously excited for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call issue two. The others are gonna drop in the next couple of weeks.

Those article- ish things I was going to do after Nanoshock are still on the way. I’ve got some ironing out to do on most of those as well as the actual getting them written part. It’ll be great fun.

More later, there’s going to be a continuation of the weekly housekeeping posts starting next week. Have fun all and, as always, enjoy!

House Keeping 11/14/17

As has become usual, I’m running a bit late this week. I do want to have my review up sometime tomorrow, probably tomorrow night but still. Realistically, it might wind up going up on Thursday.

This week’s book is one I’ve been looking forward to for close to a year, so that’s awesome. It’s the second in K. C. Alexander’s SINless series, Nanoshock.

I’ve also got a guest post going live on Friday courtesy of Lesley L. Smith, author of Conservation of Luck.

Immediate stuff aside, I also want to do something other than that one unboxing video with my you tube channel. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t have much cross posting with that over here because the standard free WordPress account doesn’t support video. It’s a think to think on and probably won’t come up until past the new year. But I do want to do something with that just because jumping into a new medium kind of excites me.

I’m also still trying to work out the logistics of doing the Bargain Bin Comics reviews. It isn’t so much a problem of finding bargain or clearance priced comics as that most of them are either later volumes or just all from the same place. Again, this is a thing I’ll probably try some time after the new year, since that’ll give me a little more time to figure out where I’m going with this.

That’s about all I have for now. Maybe something about my glorious six hundred words of NaNoWriMo writing. But that’s a thing for later.

If you enjoy what I’m doing here, buy me a coffee or leave a comment.

House Keeping 10/17/2017

I don’t have a ton of words for this week’s house keeping. So, let’s just jump on into it.

The books I’m reviewing for Halloween are on their way. Last year was nostalgia, so this year I’m going with something that’s both a little out-dated and a little more related to my current interests. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

I’ve got another comic book review for you all coming up tomorrow. It’s a bit different from the one last week, this one’s based on a novel and a bit longer, so there’s more for me to unpack about it. Novels should return next week. I’m juggling a bit, trying to get that ever planned never managed wiggle room going. Always fun that.

Part of me wants to mess around a bit and try doing a few videos, sort of expand on things I mention in reviews but didn’t have a good non-spoiler way to talk about them. I haven’t really decided. Either way, it’s a down the road thing I think. Next year at the earliest.

I never did get the button up, but I do have a Ko-fi account. So, if you like what I’m doing here and want to buy me a coffee, the link is here. Hopefully I’ll manage to get the button posted this week.

That’s it for now.

House Keeping 10/10/17

So, I’ve sort of disappeared the last couple weeks. Really sorry about that. I can’t say it won’t happen again but I am, as ever, working towards avoiding it in the future.

Right now, I’m working on getting things lined up to do the bargain bin comics posts that I’ve mentioned in the past. I have the first comic for that and just need to get it read and reviewed. Past that, I also have a number of comic reviews coming up courtesy of First Second and I’m super excited for the Ghostbusters: Answer the Call comic that’s coming out in a couple of weeks. That’s definitely going to show up here.

I’m still catching up on my previous book list, but I’m also slowly adding some newer stuff in again. So, that’s happening. There will be a review tomorrow, I’m not skipping three weeks in a row.

So, last thing for the week. I’ve been kicking around adding a tip jar or something to the blog. I know I don’t really have the reach or content to justify something like a Patreon, but something. So I’ve set up a Ko-fi for the blog. The link is here and I’ll have the button up later tonight or sometime tomorrow. I figure that it’s similar to a tip jar app it seems to be solidly run.

That’s it for this week. Review is tomorrow. Most Ghostbusters in two weeks. Halloween as we get closer to it.