The other day, I was nominated for The Sunshine Award by Chelsea Brown! Thank you very much Chelsea, I really appreciate it!!!
The rules appear to be pretty simple:
1. Include logo in post or on site.
2. Answer ten questions about yourself.
3. Nominate ten other blogs.
4. Post links to the nominees’ sites and comment on their pages to let them know they won!
5. Link back to the person who nominated you.
I am going to use Chelsea’s questions as a guideline.
1. Favorite color: Either blue or red.
2. Dog versus cat: I love all animals, but I must say I am a dog girl!
3. Favorite number: 7 (something Chelsea and I have in common!)
4. Favorite month: MARCH!!! May have something to do with it being a fabulous month of birthdays.
5. Favorite state: Montana (Even though I have never been there, that is where my heart lies, thanks to numerous books.)
6. Favorite subject in school: Psychology, Science and Math (Yes math, I loved it and thrived in those classes, until Senior year when I fell in love with Psychology.)
7. Favorite genre: Everything (Everyone asks me this and I am sorry to disappoint, but I don’t have a favorite. It depends on my mood.)
8. Favorite music: Pretty much everything. Depends on my mood, but top favorite bands are: Buckcherry and Papa Roach.
9. Favorite flower: Pansies! (I love those faces.)
10. Favorite gemstone: Aquamarine, of course!!! :~)
Now for the important part, my nominees:
Congrats to each of these bloggers!!! Thank you again, Chelsea!
Hope you all have a wonderful night!!!
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As I get settled in for the night, yes I know it is early but I will be reading for the next several hours, a question that has plagued me for a while pops into my mind again: What time is the best time for ___? Back in my old life I had a schedule, I worked night shift and then would go to school during the day. My reading took place anytime I was awake, which was quite often, and yes I tended to put off homework when I came across a good book. Now my new life is one that has no schedule and it is close to impossible to try to plan anything. Whether it is my family, the weather or life in general things seem to change in an instant and can become chaotic quickly. So as I try to work on my blog and my reviews, it tends to take place in stages: five minutes here, twenty minutes there. This explains why I don’t have a normal time frame for my posts. It also explains why my reading tends to be in sections too. In my old life, I would devour a book, even going to far as to forget to eat or drink because the phrase “just one more page” really means “the real world doesn’t exist until this book ends.” In my current life, ha, devouring a good book only occurs in my dreams, but somehow I have adapted. I still manage to get myself lost in the setting, find new friends in each of the characters, and carry on their journeys/adventures by sharing them with all of you. So I guess my question is really two: What time is the best time for ___? and How much time does it take to really enjoy something?
Ask the old me, and the best time for reading and writing would be the night-time. I loved (and still do) the night. Everyone was asleep, while I was always awake and what better way to occupy that time than to curl up and read a good book. And I would need one day to devour the book and one day to recover from the ending of the book. Ask the current me, the best time for reading and writing is the early morning, just after Mom leaves for work. My grandfather and the boys are still asleep and the hectic day ahead has yet to arrive. I can ease myself into the day by reading, writing or finding a good quote. But reality is this, the best time for reading/writing is anytime that the home front is quiet, the dishwasher has stopped running, the loads of laundry have been folded and put away and all that faces me now, is the stack of books to read and lose myself in them. As for how long it takes me to enjoy said books, I find that there is no rule. Anytime that I have with a book in my hands is a happy time for me. I have learned that it is possible to enjoy a book in short intervals as well as the long marathons that I was used to doing. So my advice to all of: Find something that you love. Something that feeds your soul and fills your heart. Once you have that, it won’t matter if you can only spend five minutes or 500 minutes a day doing it. All that will matter is that you have found something that speaks to you and you will find the time to enjoy it.
So when is the best time for you to write/read/blog or __(fill in the blank)____? How long do you have to spend writing/reading/other before you feel the happiness increase in your heart and your mind?
Either way, I hope you all find something that makes you happy and if it happens to be a good book, please share so that we may all enjoy it.
Have a wonderful night everyone!
The contest from the interview with author Lindsey Beth Goddard has ended. The answers to the bonus questions were Freddy and Clive Barker. If you answered either of these question correctly, your name will be placed in a hat. The two random names drawn will win a copy of her book, Quick Fix. Thank you to all who participated. I want to send special thanks to Lindsey Beth Goddard for conducting the interview and offering the giveaway. Have a wonderful night everyone! Winners will be announced tomorrow.
Sorry for the late post today. The two winners from the Byron Suggs interview last Thursday are… Tara Justice and Lindsey Beth Goddard!!! The correct answers to the two bonus questions were: Not Fade Away and James Lee Burke. Congrats to the winners!!! Please contact either me or Byron Suggs via email with the address that you want your copy of Rockapocalypse to be sent. Thanks again to Byron Suggs and to all of those who participated.
Check back later this week for the next author interview and giveaway. Have a wonderful night!
You might have noticed I have been completely absent from here for roughly a week. I do apologize. This past week was very tough on my family, plus Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebrating a birthday, but it was delayed for a few days. However I must thank you all because upon my return here, I found some amazing news. Together you have helped this site reach over 3,300 views all-time and over 1,000 this month, plus several new followers. (Welcome!) Also, this site has been nominated for more awards by some pretty cool bloggers. (Thanks!) I am absolutely shocked and humbled by these facts. I want to give them proper respect and show my gratitude, so (fingers crossed) I will write more on this tomorrow.
I hate to say that I didn’t have much time to read this past week, but sadly it is the truth. This means I do not have a new review prepared for you all just yet. (Hoping for Tuesday/Wednesday.) Also hoping on Tuesday to be able to update my other sites with reviews. I do apologize for the delay. It takes a bit more time for me to access and be able to work on my desktop and transfer my review, hence the delay. I have learned that because I am not an author, I cannot connect my site here to the Goodreads site. However, since I am a reviewer, if I type my reviews on Goodreads first they can then automatically publish them onto my blog here. So since I do not have a review ready for you tonight, I thought I would take a poll from authors that use Goodreads and WordPress. As an author do you want my reviews typed here and then in roughly a week (except for this past week) an excerpt placed on Goodreads, or would you rather a full review be placed on Goodreads then published here? Leave a comment or email me with your thoughts.
Now I would be remiss if I did not discuss Hurricane Sandy. As some of you may have noticed, I am located in the Pawleys Island, SC area, but I am from Va. This weekend we experienced some fierce winds that knocked down a few trees, but otherwise nothing major occurred. We all were prepared for much worse, especially the torrential rain that did not come, thankfully. Now most of my friends and family live in SC and my heart goes out to them. I am sending prayers, positive thoughts and crossing all my fingers that everyone, not just my family and friends, will remain safe and unharmed by Hurricane Sandy. She is definitely making history, and my hope is that it will just be a factual account that is remembered and not a devastating memory. Everyone please be safe! Stay inside, listen to the radio, play games, just stay safe!
Thanks again for your continued support. You all are amazing! Have a wonderful night!
I hope everyone is having a good day. My October is starting out well and has been twice as productive than the whole month of September, but I don’t want to jinx myself. Today, I have updated my reviews on Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. Also, I have been a member of Smashwords for the past few months but I hadn’t posted any of my reviews there. I worked on it today and have partially updated my library with my reviews. I hope to have the rest of the books from The List added and reviewed on Smashwords by the end of the week. I will also update the page My Other Sites with all of the links for Ariesgrl Book Reviews!
Tonight I will be reading a children’s book and the review will be posted tomorrow! After that review is posted I will start reading the last book on The List. I have two books that I am currently waiting on, but after that The List will be finished. This means that now is a wonderful time to contact me if you, or someone you know, need a book to be reviewed. I wish everyone a wonderful night.
This week has been filled with technical problems and an illness on top of the regular craziness. There has been a delay in reading, writing and reviewing this week. First my computer keeps locking up and freezing every time I try to open the latest book on The List, however the author is being amazingly kind and sending me a physical copy of his book. After talking with him, I will be reading the next book until his book arrives. If that wasn’t enough of a headache, I have a been under the weather with horrible allergies and a sore throat. Tis time with the changing of the seasons. I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the beginning signs of fall. Have a wonderful night!