Category: Rambling


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.

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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.

House Keeping 9/26/17

So, I’m a bit late posting this.

There’s a couple of things coming up soon that I think you all will enjoy. I’m going to be taking park in pre-release build up for a novel by an author I keep meaning to read. That means giving you all the heads up on a giveaway and getting to host an excerpt from the book itself.

I’ve also got something of an idea for what I want to do for Halloween, though I’m not sure if it’ll work as well as last year. This one’s going to be based more on what my table top group is doing now rather than nostalgia. It should still be fun though, and that’s the whole point of it.

Plus, some friends of mine and I went to see IT today. If it wasn’t a split movie adaptation, with the second movie covering when the characters are adults, I’d be jumping at the chance to do a Book vs Movie of it. Maybe after the next one.

I also figured out how to make the Too Much Monday link a widgit, so that’s pretty cool. Clicking on it will take you to my affiliate link for the program, letting you set up a subscription or just order this month’s box. I also really like that they’ve set it up so you can just order the box for the month, it seems like it would offer more flexibility for the customer. As always, if you’re interested you can save 15% off your first box with the coupon code Tympest.

House Keeping 9/12/17

So, I’ve got my computer cord back. That’s good but only moderately relevant to tomorrow’s review.

I’ve got a guest post coming up on Friday for you guys and another one next week. So that’s awesome.

Not a ton else just at the moment. The Too Much Monday‘s boxes for September ship out on the 15th, so now is as good a time to subscribe as any if you want to lock in September’s box. My affiliate code Tympest will get you 15% off your first box.

I think I want to try doing an unboxing video to go either with or a little before my review for the next box. That could be fun.

Still planning for Halloween. I have a couple of ideas that I’m working out, so there may be more on that next week.

House Keeping 9/7/2017

So, I missed this last week and am late on it this week. Good thing I’m covering it now, right?

So, I’m looking at doing a monthly comic review. Though I haven’t decided between if I want to pick up something new from a pull list or if I want to see what’s in the clearance section of the local book store. Clearance comics is definitely a thing I’ve been juggling as a thought for awhile now, but I’m not sure how sustainable it is. The flip side to that is that I most definitely plan on reviewing the new Ghostbusters ongoing as it’s released. So, this may wind up being a some of both thing.

Still working my way through the backlog, I’m about half way there. So that’s good. I’m hoping to be finished with it soon and be ready to get some newer stuff on here.

I’m also still trying to figure out what to do for Halloween. My original plan had been to try and find some of the old Final Destination books and review them, but they’re out of print and hilariously out of my price range. If it wasn’t for a similar issue I would try and find some of the old World of Darkness novels, since I’m legitimately curious about how well the system would work in novel format.

Also, the September Too Much Monday box is still 50% off of your first box with the coupon code: Tympest. That lasts until the 10th. That makes the first box fifteen dollars instead of thirty, so a little better for trying it out and seeing if you’re interested. The September box includes, in addition to the monthly book pick: A sage apple soy candle, McCrea’s Chocolate Hazelnut Praline Tea, McCrea’s Dark Chocolate Mocha Caramels, a Creamsicle bath bomb, Zoya Hotlips Lip Gloss, and Nail Polish. It seems like it’s going to be a really autumn themed box, so I’m excited.

So, it’s Ghostbusters week! I’m excited because that means that I get to talk about a thing I like a lot several times, plus I have an excuse to rewatch the movie with a couple friends. That’s tomorrow so the Book Vs. Movie post will go up later in the week, probably Friday morning.

I’m still waiting on the Too Much Mondays box to arrive. Hopefully tomorrow. Once it’s here I will likely post my review of it on Monday for thematic fun times. I am going ahead and adding my affiliate link in case anyone wants to check it out.

That’s really all I’ve got this week. I’m on my way to catching up on my backlog of books, not quite half way there, but on my way.

Postponement

Hey all. I’m going to be late with my review this week, it is still coming but it’s not going to drop until Friday or Saturday. It’s just kind of been a week and if I finished it now I’d be necessarily rough on the book and I don’t want to do that.

So that’s the bad news, the good news is that I’ve got some really cool books lined up for review in the next couple months. That’s more than kind of exciting, I think. I’m also going to be trying to post more, I’ve gone slack on that again.

You may get innundated with stuff about my garden in a couple weeks. I’ve restarted the beans and have some tomato and basil seeds going. Really looking forward to that.

But, yeah, I’ll have things to say in a couple days. See you all then.

Words and Such

I’m going to run out of titles like that at some point and have to get creative.

So, I missed last week’s review. That wasn’t on purpose, I just sort of had a rough week and fell off existence. Can’t say it won’t happen again, so I’m not even gonna try. I am working on a short run fix for it though, so there’s that.

Got some really cool reviews coming up. Some stuff that I’m behind on, some stuff that’s current, and some comics like I’ve been mentioning for years.

Beyond that, I don’t really have much to say. I’m tempted to run my mouth off about the stuff that’s coming up, but that would spoil the fun a bit. At some point I know I want to finish up the Kitty Norville series, but that’s a little ways off and I’d need to reread the penultimate book. I also want to do some structured stuff on tropes and writing habits that bug me, why they do, and what might work instead. Not sure how I’d have that labeled or how it would work in the long run.

Just general me throwing stuff at the walls.

Admitting a Thing

Sometimes I hate my writing. It feels repetitive and clunky and always always always like I’m using the wrong words to get my point across. I’ll get lost in trying to make a point without spoiling things or being aggressively negative, and then reread it and feel like I’m saying nothing. Sometimes I feel like I’m stalling out and the words scatter, or I get it in my head that I’m not a very interesting writer and I want to give up.

Sometimes I hate my writing, and that extends to the fictional stuff too. I’ll look at my dialogue and feel like it’s too stilted and faux formal. My action scenes fall flat. Sometimes it just feels like I’ve spent so much time with it on the back burner that it’s congealed and will never work quite right.

Sometimes I don’t hate my writing though. Those times are getting fewer and farther between lately, which sucks massively. But they still exist. Sometimes it feels like I might can make this whole thing work out and actually get somewhere with it. Sometimes I can even hold onto that when I hate my writing. I can hold it up to myself.

Sometimes I get tired of doubting myself and have to vomit words into the void. It’s a little weird like that, telling no one and everyone this one tiny huge secret so I can go back to calling myself the best thing ever.

I’m starting to sound like a pop song here. Someone set this to the four chords, let’s see what happens.