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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 21st 2017

It’s that time of year again! I’ve been participating in this readathon for a few years, and have to say, it’s my favorite. I generally only read around 6 of the 24 hours (as I tend to be doing other things), but the community keeps me coming back. It’s really encouraging and a lot of fun! Best of all, low stress. No one judges you for only being able to read 150 pages or so, because they’re pages you might not have read otherwise. It’s fun to see how many pages some people accomplish, even if it’s impossible for me personally.

Anyways, this year is the 10th Anniversary. 10 years of celebrating reading worldwide, which is awesome. If you want to sign up and participate, check out www.24hourreadathon.com. For me it begins on October 21st at 5 AM, so be sure to check the start date for yourself as the point of the readathon is to start at the SAME TIME, so it takes time zones into account. There’s a link on the right side of the menu bar when you go to the site that makes this super easy to check.

As for what I’ll be reading this Saturday, I haven’t quite decided! I might pick up The Lies About Truth because I’ve wanted to read it for ages, or maybe come Friday night I’ll grab a different book. My TBR is HUGE guys, so it’s a tough decision. The important thing is that I will be reading. Of course, if I’m unable to read physically (as my health sometimes does not allow for it and I can’t predict headaches), my reading will be through audio. Whatever I read, I’ll share on Sunday during my readathon recap.

I hope you’ll check it out and join in, even if you only have 2 hours to spare! I’ll mainly be updating throughout the day on Twitter, unless a challenge I want to participate in pops up that I’ll need to blog for.

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Writing: I scream. #MeToo (CW, TW)

I scream,
but silence continues.
I scream,
but no sound escapes.
I scream,
but it stays inside of me.
I scream,
you stop me.
I scream,
but I’m no longer in the room.
I scream,
but I am the ceiling, the walls, the floor.
I scream,
but I am no longer here.
I scream,
but you’ve stolen my voice.
A single tear drops.
I die inside.
Until I am reborn.

Turns out all this stuff going on in social media is triggering me. Nightmare last night. Is that so surprising? I wanted to write about Dewey’s 24 Hr Readathon, but I guess that’ll wait until tomorrow. I was too busy to write it yesterday. So there’s this instead.

Hello October! Sunday blogs are here!

So #TheReadingQuest was an epic fail lol. Unfortunately, I started with the book I was least excited about and that was just a bad idea. Then I started youtubing and that coupled with crafting killed any hope of reading. I don’t think challenges with defined categories works for me… it works better if I’m not trying to pick books to fit a category. So great idea, kudos to the creator, it just didn’t end up working out for me. I work better with 24hr readathons, because there I pick what I really want to read. I still want to read the rest of that stack, don’t get me wrong; I just wish I hadn’t started with Deaf Child Crossing. It wasn’t bad, just way too young so I was bored by it and couldn’t be bothered in the end.

Anyways, I’ve been fairly consistent with Youtube and have a system that’s working as I’m reducing to 3 times minimum a week (M, W, F). Sometimes my anxiety makes me not want to do it, but I’m trying to put myself out there in case I can make someone else’s day easier. Breaks from reality are good self-care anyway. So if you like Lets Plays, feel free to check it out! Along with this schedule, I’ll be committing to Sunday posts. I won’t be reviewing exactly, as I really don’t like writing them as it turns out, but I might do quick wrap ups of stuff I played, watched, read or what I’m looking forward to, or whatever else. I’m planning on doing Dewey’s 24 hr readathon as I do well with that, so will post on that and future readathons I do. Thanks for reading!

Oh wow, it’s dusty in here…

I’m not sure what to say that wasn’t already said previously, I meant to come back to blogging and just never did. Life changed a lot for the better mostly, but all my attention has mainly been on crafting. It has been addicting and great for me mentally. I’ve got about 3 years crocheting, picked up knitting this year and added cross stitching several months ago. While learning, practicing and creating, my reading dropped dramatically, my playing hasn’t changed too much but I just haven’t been finishing many games. I’m hoping to work on balance and shift myself from youtube videos/tv while crafting to audiobooks to up my reading.

But anyway, I decided I wanted to blog about E3 again since I’ve had so much fun doing it the last times I did. However, this time I’m only going to really talk about the stuff that interests me after a run down of games shown; I think that’s similar to what I did last time, but I’ll mainly only cover Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo this year unless something else pops out (or CD Projekt Red shows something on Cyberpunk 2077 because I really want that game!).

With that said, look for my post later tonight/early tomorrow for my thoughts on Microsoft! Thanks for visiting, I’ll try hard to stick around this time.

Where Did I Go and Where Is My Blog Going?

If you’ve been waiting for a blog, first off I have to say Thank You! I know I had posted what was going to be a schedule I planned to stick to and didn’t follow through. Pretty much right after the last post, I was in too much pain to do much of anything. The problem was solved, but it took about a month and a half. I should have come back to the blog at that point, but I was putting all my time into getting Christmas crochet gifts done, and the last gift took longer (I literally only finished it 2 days ago and now I don’t want to touch a big project for a long time).

Anyway, I hate feeling like I’m making excuses when blogging should just be FUN. And when I get into it, it is a lot of fun. I struggle with making the time for writing though, now that I’ve added more hobbies to my life >.<. Crochet kind of took over (I became addicted to the craft, I have a ton of passion for it as it turns out), and it does great things for my anxiety. However, now that the holidays are over with and I have no “deadlines” in regards to it, it’s time to make writing more present in my life. I just need to find that balance, which can be very difficult to do.

So this is not an excuse, or an apology for not being able to follow a set schedule when I got sick. I’m not going to put myself down for that, life happens and sometimes it takes time to figure things out. With that said, I won’t be making any promises.

I’m going to treat this blog as a hobby, something I do because I have something to say or just for fun. If that translates to regular posting, then that’s great. If not, so be it, that just means I’ve been occupied with other things that take precedence. I don’t see myself writing another checking in post like this unless I have something big I want to share outside of on topic posts. So this should be the last one I do for awhile.

Next post should be about my 2015 reading, maybe gaming as well. After that, who knows? I hope to find and solidify a routine this year, so hopefully that can happen. But again, no promises.

If you’d still like to check in with the blog, subscribe to be notified for when I do post, or just follow me on Twitter. Once again, a huge Thank You if you’ve read this far. It can be so lonely working on a post that takes a minimum of one hour to write and not knowing if anyone will read. So if you ARE reading, I really appreciate it!

I’m Back to Blogging!

*dusts off the cobwebs, spruces up the place*

My last post was sadly in June… let’s just say this summer was absolutely crazy and had been the main reason for the unexpected blog hiatus. I wanted to reboot it in September, but the month was still busy. So now that it’s October and things are finally settling into place, here I am.

I have come up with a sort of schedule that I hope to follow, but I can’t make promises. I can only try my best, just like every other blogger out there. Hopefully I can stay at least one week ahead in posts, barring events like read-a-thons and such.

I hope you’ll start reading and enjoying my posts again as I aim for a good balance in book and game coverage. That has probably been the hardest to manage, but I hope to make it more of an even focus.

I’ve been ridiculously slow in reading Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, but should be finishing it up this month (or possibly this week actually). I don’t think monthly TBR’s work for me honestly, but I definitely want to up my reading overall now that I’ve finished a major editing project. So I’m not saying what books I’ll be reading this month, but I hope to read a handful.

I’ve played several games since the last time I posted, but my current game is Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millennium Girl. I played through halfway, and then set it aside for Pokemon Shuffle as I didn’t really have time to spend on it. Now I’m back to the game and hope to finish it soon, as I have several games I want to get to. But I’ll often switch between games, so my currently playing switches very frequently.

Anyway, I’m writing this post mainly to say, “Hey, I still care about this blog!” And I do, very much, despite the lack of posts. If you’re still around, thanks for your patience! If you’re new to my blog, I hope you’ll stick around.

Why I’ve Been Absent From Youtube

If you follow or have interest in my Youtube channel, you may have noticed a lack of uploads recently. To be honest, I was going to post a video on my Youtube last week, a re-attempt from the previous week. It just did not work out; nothing was synced and I couldn’t figure out how to fix the issue. I was really frustrated by it. The problem appears to partially be my laptop; it’s just not that strong and tends to give me trouble when I want to record gameplay.

Now, I still plan on doing the project I have yet to reveal; that should be making its debut in March. I’m still working on getting it ready. I don’t know how my computer will handle that recording, but I will test it soon.

Due to the computer being what it is, life and a lack of booktube ideas, I’m finding it very hard to keep to any type of schedule for this hobby. I want to make videos and grow, but I will be scaling back and not making any promises I can’t keep by saying, “yeah, I’ll do 3 videos a week” when I just might not be able to do that. So, for now until things may change, youtube will be an occasional thing.

Now I’ve found that I really love blogging and writing blogs. I know I didn’t post last week; I never seem to have posts written ahead of time and I was quite under the weather. However, I want to say that at this point in time, I want to put far more focus into this blog. If I’m not stressing about youtube, then I can pour more of my time into consistent blogging. Also, I realize it’s quite silly to stress over youtube, but as a person with anxiety, I stress myself out a lot over things I don’t need to.

Also, if you want to share some blog memes I should consider doing, leave it in the comments. I read all of them. Want me to do Waiting on Wednesday with a twist, featuring both a game and a book? Any ones for Thursday I should consider? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

2015 Resolutions and Goals

It’s that time again, as we close this year and welcome a new one, full of hope, possibility and a bit of reflection.

I’m going to break this up into sections for reading, writing, and youtube. In case you don’t know, I like to dabble in writing; for many years it was a passion of mine. I lost the way a bit as the work I had been doing completely sapped me of creativity, so I quit this year. But I do hope that 2015 leads me back to fiction, and I have goals reflecting that as you will read. So without further adieu, here are my lists.

Reading Goals

– Read 30 Books. This is the same goal I had for 2014, but failed as I only managed half that. I know this number seems pitifully small compared to almost every other book blogger, but it is a realistic one for me. Unfortunately, I read at a snail’s pace. It sucks. I used to read faster, getting 30-40 pages an hour, but now I only manage half of that. So you can imagine. Reading is hard for me, but I still love it!

– Listen to more audiobooks. This will surely help me “read” more, and I discovered them this year. My problem is that at the moment, I have no super portable way to listen (only have a Kindle Fire HD 7 to listen on, no smartphone), so this is still quite the time commitment. I would like to set the reasonable goal of 5 though.

-Write and COMPLETE book reviews to share on the blog/goodreads. I started a couple in the past and then never finished them >.<. I have good notes for a Sabriel review though so I’m planning a vlog review for that as well as written! Hopefully it will be that way for all 2015 books.

Writing Goals

-Join Write All Year (haven’t yet, but decided I will as it is NOT a commitment to write every day, but to write more consistently each month and you set the monthly goal. That I can do).

-Write the story for my unannounced project, to start in February. So that means about 10-20K words in January.

-Do NaNoWriMo this year! I’m actually going to make time for it, or it least have that on my mind that I will do it.

-Write a novel this year. Or at least multiple drafts? I realize that’s the point of NaNo lol, but I’d like a completed manuscript with one of my ideas.

Youtube/Blog Goals

-Consistently upload 3 times a week.

-Get ahead in videos to actually schedule them.

-Take advantage of time I have for recording to do multiple recordings at once. (especially important, with my tendency towards sickness and a problematic throat)

-Write at least 3 posts a week.

Life Goals

-Walk every day I’m able to! I seriously need to walk more.

-Be more organized in planning and general organization.

-Take care of my health this year. That’s a big thing, and health is pretty much gonna be my word for 2015.

That’s pretty much it. I’ve reflected on what I want to achieve and what can be achieved realistically. Slightly challenging in my current situation, and once it changes for the better, these goals will probably be no problem at all. So I’m writing these goals based on the situation that could change as early as Feb or March; but better to do that then write goals based on something that hasn’t yet happened.

Also, in case you missed it, check out my two haul videos for some cool stuff I picked up this year. I hope to do more in the new year, though not sure if I like them yet…what’s your opinion on haul videos?

Introducing Sandie’s Corner

Made a new page which will be added to on a weekly basis (or every other week, depending). On this page, you’ll see my dog sleeping or lounging in various odd positions, as well as her funny faces or other silliness. She’s a rather expressive dog. So if you love dogs, don’t forget to check it out!

She’s a Plott Hound/Shepherd mix if you’re curious.

A Mid-November Update

So I’ve been sick since Thursday. I’m still recovering; I haven’t been able to actually do anything until Monday afternoon, so that sucked. As a result, my recording schedule and uploading schedule has been completely screwed up.

I can’t exactly say when my next video will go up because that simply depends on how quickly my body heals. However, I definitely want to get back into a regular posting schedule. I won’t post more than one video a day though. I’ll just continue on from where the last episode left off and not try to make up for lost time, even if it means the LP takes longer for me to finish.

It’s not a huge problem though; I know exactly when LLTQ will end and other videos will go in its place. Perhaps this will be a new series, perhaps they’ll be one shots, specials, discussions or what not. I can tell you all now that there is a special Thanksgiving video going up next Wednesday, the 26th. It’s not recorded yet, but I’m sure my voice will be back before then.

I have several ideas of new LPs I want to do, including a more ambitious project that is still being worked on. I hope to unveil that project next month, but being sick did set it back. So it may not happen until January. I’m trying to decide if that might actually be good though, because then it’ll be after the holidays.

My booktube video attempt was super embarrassing to me so I scrapped it. Instead, I’ll just do written book reviews here as I get them written, and then try again in the New Year, possibly. I’m still deciding if I really want to do that. I’m far more comfortable off camera and really want to just work on improving my commentary and doing more discussions. I’m enjoying myself regardless and I hope whoever watches my videos will continue enjoying what I put out and what will come in the future.

I also just want to say thanks for reading my blog, chatting with me on Twitter, and checking out my videos!

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