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TAG – Behind the Blogger

Thanks to Megan @ Wonderland of Books for the tag! It’s the first one I’ve ever done, so this should be fun!

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about to do this tag

1. WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING & WHY HAVE YOU KEPT BLOGGING?

I looked it up because I didn’t remember for sure, but I began blogging back in 2011. I started the blog after joining a writing group, wanting a space to connect with people that might eventually turn into an official website if I ever actually got published (which I haven’t). My original posts were more personal in nature, talking about my family, some book stuff, the holidays (I started it in late November). Slowly, the blog started to be a way for me to post book reviews, which I used to do back when in the good ol’ days of Livejournal. It’s dipped into other things, died off a few times, and come back when I had the motivation to do so. I decided this past January that I really wanted to rededicate myself to blogging and, so far, it’s gone pretty well.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

I enjoy any post that is interactive, like my Tuesday posts or WWW Wednesday. It’s fun to connect with the larger book blogging community. I’ve also really enjoyed doing my Chapter-A-Long posts with the Harry Potter books so far this year. Once I finish those, I’ll need something else to do.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVORITE BLOG POSTS?

That’s a tough one. I honestly don’t know! I will say that I very much enjoyed my first blog tour post, just because it was really exciting. I’ll also pick my first Chapter-A-Long post, which was actually a while ago, back in February 2017. I actually started doing this with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I got for Christmas the previous year and wanted to dissect. It didn’t get a lot of attention back then, but it was still fun. For the last one, I’ll pick one of the interactive posts I mentioned before, that for some reason had the most views so far this year – Teaser Tuesday and Top Ten Tuesday for January 1st.

4. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TO RELAX?

I enjoy video games, my favorite being Lord of the Rings Online. I can lose hours just exploring Middle Earth to my heart’s content. I also really love to crochet and do cross stitch. Something about those simple, repetitive stitches coming together to make something beautiful really calms my nerves.

5. WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS?

Well here are two of them:

My furbabies!

But in all honesty, my family is pretty much my favorite thing always. They drive me insane, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. My husband is amazing, supportive, and puts up with my crap. My daughter is beautiful, creative, a pain at times, but all-around amazing to me. My mom is my absolute best friend.

6. WHAT ARE YOUR PROUDEST BLOGGING MOMENTS?

I think I mentioned it before, but starting back up this past January, and really starting strong, is probably my proudest moment. This blog has grown exponentially since then, so I’m really proud of that and really excited to keep it going.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BLOGGING?

Other than reading and writing, writing about reading, or reading about writing, my other love is theater. I adore it. I’ve been to Broadway many, many times, and even got involved with my local community theaters a few years ago. There is nothing like the bond that forms between members of a cast and crew putting on a show. There’s something electric about it. I’ve never felt more alive as I have on stage. I also love to sing, so anytime I can be in a musical is a good time.

8. DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN 3 WORDS?

Quirky, neurotic, creative.

9. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 PET PEEVES?

I hate when people are late. Part of that is because I am almost always annoyingly on time. It’s just rude. At least call or text. I really don’t like when people drive like idiots or are just really inconsiderate drivers. If I’m stuck in a lane and need to merge, just let me over. Don’t be all macho about it. Especially if the roads are icy. Just because you have a big 4-wheel drive truck doesn’t mean it’s any safer. My other pet peeve (which might be more than just a pet peeve, but I’ll go with it) is Internet trolls. I don’t understand why people just go out of their way to be mean and obnoxious for no reason to people they’ve never even met. It doesn’t make sense to me at all.

10. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOUR FOLLOWERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Some of you may know this if you’ve read any of my other blog’s posts, but even though I tend to be bright and cheery here at Life With No Plot, I actually suffer from pretty major depression. Blogging has helped with that a bit because I can force myself to sound upbeat and happy, which can pull me out of the depths from time to time.

That’s it! Now I need to tag five people. Hmmm . . . I’ll tag:

Jules @ One More Word

Chrissi @ Chrissi Reads

Beth @ BiblioBeth

Cassie @ Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile

Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura

(Of course, if you are tagged and don’t want to participate, that’s totally fine. I just picked five blogs that I enjoy engaging with. Also, if anyone who I didn’t tag wants to play along, please go ahead and do so! The more the merrier!)

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Weekly Wrap-Up – 3/8/19

Weekly Wrap-Up

Ugh, this has been a crazy week for me! Work has been a bit more busy than usual and that always leaves me feeling exhausted. Which unfortunately means less reading time.

Also, my other stress relief activity, playing Lord of the Rings Online, has been unavailable because they are moving data centers. They were hoping to have it done in a day, but ran into some technical issues and it is now day three with no LOTRO in my life. Hopefully they will be back up and running soon. I need my Middle Earth fix!

On the plus side, I am so excited for one of the other fandoms I follow: Critical Role. For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a streaming web series where a group of voice actors (who also happen to be best buddies) play Dungeons & Dragons. The stories they tell are just as compelling as any professionally produced television show I’ve ever seen. They have a Kickstarter campaign to take their characters and produce an animated special, which has been a dream of theirs for many years, and they have blasted past their original goal. Which means now it’s not just one animated special – it’s a series! Plus bonus content!

I love being happy for people who make me happy. 🙂

Let’s look at reading progress this week:

  • I started Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter and have so far read the first 15 chapters. I think. The chapters aren’t numbered, at least not on the ARC copy I got, so I’m sort of keeping a tally as I go so I have some idea. Enjoying it so far. It’s weird, which you know I like. I am really hoping to finish this one in time to review it next Thursday.
  • I have not done much with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Only 2 chapters so far, but I should get some more reading done this afternoon, and hopefully another Chapter-A-Long post.
  • I have read through chapter 57 of Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. Still making good progress on that one. Roughly two thirds of the way through.
  • I have read chapters 59 through 89 of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, which finishes this one for me! Book #4 is done! Very excited about this one. I’ll have a review up either next week (if I don’t finish Never-Contented Things in time) or the week after.

I’m especially happy with my progress. The Throne of Glass series and Phèdre’s Trilogy are both on my Complete the Series challenge list for this year! My goal was to complete three series on that list, so if I can keep going with these, that will knock two out early in 2019. I might be able to exceed my goal at this point!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

 

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And I’m back!

Did you all miss me?

It’s been a crazy, hectic month – but a good one. I sing with our local symphony and we just finished our season by performing Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Amazing music, but exhausting to rehearse and perform. I guarantee you’ve heard it before, since it’s one of those pieces of classical music that has infiltrated popular culture so much, they’ve even used it on Glee. Typically, if there is a character who is really angry or about to go on the war path, there’s a good chance the opening of “Carmina Burana” will be playing in the background. Here’s a little sample of the music, just so you’ll see what I mean.

We had a crazy rehearsal schedule, especially as the concert got closer, but it’s all over now. I’m done with the symphony until everything starts back up in the fall, which means I can get back writing again. I typically go into a bit of a funk when the symphony season ends and really miss it over the summer, but I’m really excited to start working on my novel again, not to mention actually having time to read books instead of music. In order to challenge myself and get back into the swing of things, I have signed up for June’s Camp NaNoWriMo. For anyone who as participated in NaNoWriMo in November, Camp Nano is pretty much the same thing, just in June or August.

50,000 words in 30 days. I have never, ever been able to complete this and I have tried (oh, how I’ve tried). Still, it should be fun and even if I don’t get up to the goal, at least I will have achieved some progress in my story. It’s time to buckle down and actually write this thing. My evenings are freer, now that symphony is over and my daughter is almost out of school and has no more homework to help with. In addition, I will be posting my NaNo stats here on the blog just to help keep track (and to have you guys keep me honest).

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Morning Person?

I’ve always admired morning people, so much so that I have decided to try and become one. No, really. I’m going to try to be a morning person.

See, it’s been very hard for me to find the time to write lately, much less keep up with this blog or keep up with the various reading groups I’m part of. The only time I could think of, when no one would be clamoring for my attention, was first thing in the morning, while everyone else is still asleep. So I set my alarm clock for 5 AM. I woke up, for some reason, at 4:30. So I got up and, so far, have been very productive. Since the first chapter of my book was very well received at my writing group meeting this past weekend, I have now plotted out the second chapter of my book and can start digging into it. The house is very quiet – the only sounds are the small heater blowing at my feet and the clicking of keys on the keyboard. Rather peaceful. Now if only the caffeine would start kicking in.

I wanted to mention two books that I am reading in conjunction with two websites that I adore. The first book is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by the one and only J.R.R. Tolkien. I do love me some Tolkien! What’s making this re-reading of the series so enjoyable this time around is reading it one chapter a day along with Mark over at MarkReads.net. I love his website! He is incredibly funny and reviews books one chapter at a time. I first found him because of his Harry Potter reviews and, even though there are seven of those books and they are really, really long, I still sat there and read all of Mark’s posts about every single chapter. It took a while to get through them all! After several mentions in those reviews about how much he hated reading Twilight, I knew I had to read those reviews as well. Wow, he really hated those books! He’s also reviewed the Hunger Games trilogy, the His Dark Materials series, and several others. His reviews are funny and insightful and a really great time.

The second book I’m reading is Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I’m reading it with a small book club that I run over at the Mallorean Tavern, a website that started out as a David Eddings fan site, but is now more a general fantasy, book, and pop culture forum. I’ve been a member for years, but we’ve always had a hard time keeping up a book club because of people’s schedules. When I became a moderator, I knew that the book club was one of the things that I really wanted to bring back. We started our first book club discussion back in May and are now on our fifth book. The whole site is a lot of fun, with discussions of books, movies, television, and the occasional RPG going on in the back room.

So now that I’m a morning person (or at least I am for today), I can hopefully be a more faithful blogger. But for now, I should probably get back to work.