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15 Day Book Blogging Challenge|Day Twelve

15-Day-ChallengeHow Do You Fight Blogger Fatigue?

I time this one pretty well, actually.

Blogger Fatigue affects us all. Sometimes we feel there’s only so much to say, or that we’re just repeating the same thing in different ways.

I like challenges like this one. For 15 days, at least, I know I’ll have something new to say. It’s a nice break from the usual writer’s rambling, and sometimes they spark new ideas.

I signed up for VEDA (Vlog Everyday in August). I’ll be posting the videos here as well as to YouTube. VEDA offers prompts every day, so I won’t have to scrounge around for topics. The best part is you’ll be coming with me to DragonCon at the end of the month, so who knows where I’ll be when I record the final blogs.

In addition to VEDA, there may even be a guest post from one of my fabulous new author friends.

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15 Day Book Blogging Challenge|Days Ten & Nine

No one said they had to be consecutive days, right?

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How Do You Choose Which Book to Read Next and Why Do You Blog About Books?

Choosing a book is a long and time-honored ritual. First, it involves me absolutely obsessing over a book. Usually, this is because the book had not yet been released and I’m cursed (blessed) with too many talented friends and acquaintances.

If the book HAS been released, I consult my bank account and determine if I can spend a another week’s gas allowance on books and get away with it.

Once I’m in the bookstore, I WANDER. I’ll head straight for the target book, cradle it, and proceed to examine its fellows for similarly worthy content.

Then I’ll spend another two hours looking at things before checking out.

Honestly, all of my recommendations lately have come from Twitter. I’ve gotten to talk to dozens of writers I’d never have met otherwise, and some (most) of their books sound amazing. I’ve recently started using GoodReads to keep up with all my wants. My list of books is so long, I often forget what I want. Especially with Barnes and Noble being less awesome about stocking things.

The other day I went in for The Madman’s Daughter and Born of Illusion.

I got Born of Illusion and Something Strange and Deadly because I kept looking at it on the shelf. So far, it’s wonderful.

And hey, I’m not really a book blogger. I blog about my book, my writing process, my life in the Query Trenches, but I don’t spend a lot of time reviewing other people’s books. I’m thinking I should start. I have a lot of super talented and amazing friends who write amazing books. Maybe I’ll make it a monthly thing, a Things I’m Into sort of post.

Is that something you guys would be interested in reading? What’s your book selection process?

Only five days to go!

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15 Day Book Blogging Challege|DAY SEVEN

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Talk about your blogging quirks!

I tend to ramble. A lot. I usually don’t have a structured blog set-up, I’ve no idea what I’ll post from day-to-day (or week-to-week), and sometimes I get sidetracked and don’t get all my blog ideas out. Other than that, I don’t know if I have any quirks or not.

I blog at my desk at whatever time is most convenient.

What about you? What are your blogging quirks?

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Summoning Beetlejuice and Author Murder

So this happened this morning:

Be careful what you say online, guys. You never know who's reading.

Be careful what you say online, guys. You never know who’s reading.

And I also realized I haven’t blogged in almost a month. Here’s a recap of the three weeks:

The Annual Alchemy Drumming and Dance performance went AMAZINGLY. The local paper came out to cover the event, the mayor called to tell us how cool and talented we were, and I got super sunburned despite wearing sunblock and reapplying. Twice.

0609BELLY_4Here’s the link to the article, which has a surprising number of photos of me, and a short video of the performances. BECAUSE BELLY DANCERS.

In case you doubted me.

In case you doubted me.

The day after recital, I danced in a “freak show” for a benefit circus for the city of Dahlonega. My hair looks fantastic in this picture. We got to wear bindi jewels. We were hot.

The Alchemy Dancers and the Stongman. Please note the sunglare off my arm and Fox's stomach.

The Alchemy Dancers and the Stongman. Please note the sunglare off my arm and Fox’s stomach.

The week after that, I chopped all my hair off. Francine called it a “Bettie Page”-boy. I love it.

Why are my eyes so big?!

Why are my eyes so big?!

It’s also really, really red.

Glad to have my color back!

Glad to have my color back!

And finally, I went to Neil Gaiman’s last ever US book tour signing with my friend Rachel. It was amazing. I’d preordered the book before I knew there would be a tour, and it arrived the day it was released. I devoured it.

His talk was brilliant, no one committed Author Murder, Cat somehow ended up doing his laundry, and I spoke with him for a few seconds before we let. The talk started at 7.30pm and Rachel and I didn’t leave until after midnight. It was all worth it.

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“You can be here for any reason, except for author murder.” -Neil Gaiman

We met this cool chick named Elizabeth, hung out in the balcony, and we all, at one point or another, dove into the Ocean we held in our hands. For the second time in a week, I emerged soaked in salt water and irrevocably altered. I think this is Gaiman’s best story yet.

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I didn’t get the chance to thank him for writing the stories he wanted to read. Turns out, I wanted to read them too. His nightmare brain inspired mine. I really just wanted to give him a cup of hot chocolate and a hug, he looked so exhausted.

I got home after 2am, had to be up the next morning for work and didn’t care how tired I was.

I also got to see The Great Gatsby, old sport. It was brilliant, old sport, excepting the number of times Jay Gatsby kept repeating ‘Old sport,’ old sport.

So now it’s Friday again. Tomorrow, I’m performing at a 10-year-old’s birthday party. I’m frantically making a playlist of age-appropriate songs (thank Poe I have a ton of techno/instrumentals). And then June is over and we move into July and I once again tell myself I need to work on DragonCon things before August.

I’ve entered another query party. Results pending. Still writing.

There’s one thing I want to focus on as we cross into July. I have a terrible habit of losing time. I let so much pile up and get in the way, I ignore it, and suddenly another month is gone and I didn’t cover anything I’d wanted. I need to stop letting things slip by me, half-acknowledged.

I’m making a schedule. A commitment to you, lone reader, that every Wednesday (my standard day off), I will have a blog post for you. Or a vlog. Or something. But every Wednesday there will be something here for you.

There are other things happening, things I’m not ready to talk about, but that whole “change” thing I mentioned? It’s happening.

“Though I know I should be wary, still I venture someplace scary…”

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