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Random Thoughts (Be Afraid)

Okay, Readers. You know I love you. Right?

Y’all are going to have to remind yourselves of that fact in just a minute (assuming you don’t abandon this blog post after the first five sentences) because I am about to TORTURE you with the complete and utter scattered-ness of my brain today.

Which, apparently, is also going to involve run-on sentences.

You’ve been warned.

1. I got a Nook yesterday and I. Am. In. Love. My husband is slightly horrified at the potential for extreme impulse-book-buying this presents, but I’m COMPLETELY PUMPED. How did I live without an e-reader? How???

2. The best part about the Nook (which I’m totally naming Snookie) (nope, now that I’ve seen it in print, that might have been the dumbest thing I’ve ever said, EVER, so forget you ever read it) is that I can actually read all those ARCs I’ve got waiting for me on NetGalley. WINNING! I’m currently reading GIRL WONDER by Alexa Martin, which comes out May 3. It’s fab. You’ll love it. And don’t worry, I’ll review it here.

3. Speaking of book reviews, I’ve joined up with a bunch of other writers/readers who are exponentially cooler than me at Afterglow Book Reviews. Guess what? We review books. But here’s the cool part: We review them within an hour after finishing them so that we can tell you how they left us feeling. It’s a unique way to do it, and if you ask me, it’s pretty cool. You should check it out!

4. I’m really struggling to find time for writing. This is about seven different kinds of annoying because, you may remember, I was supposed to go on sub by June 1. Things aren’t looking good.

5. Also, I’m in one of those phases where I hate the manuscript I’m about to go on sub with. Ever happen to you? I (misery) would love some company.

6. Little Bit, who I thought was totally cool with anyone, anywhere, anytime, has recently discovered that A) not everyone is her mother, B) she thinks her mother is pretty much awesome, and C) many times, only – ONLY – her mother will do. This is a combination of troubling and flattering. But mostly it’s very sweet and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it, even if it does mean she’s a little harder to pass off sometimes.


7. Speaking of Little Bit, a friend recently said that she resembles Cindy Lou Who. What do you think? She does have big eyes and a tiny chin…

8. I want to host a blogfest.

9. Or a giveaway.

10. Or both.

11. Actually, keep your eyes peeled for both coming up soon. I’m planning another THE CLEARING giveaway for the month of May, and I’m thinking another Murder Scene Blogfest might be a fun May activity, too.

12. Lastly, I’m looking for some more people to do Character Invasion scenes. We’ve had two fantastic ones (just look at the post below this one, it’s great) and we’ve got another great one coming this weekend, but I would LOVE to continue posting them. Click here to see all the details and let me know if you’d be interested!

Thoughts? On the blogfest/giveaway, whether or not Little Bit looks like Cindy Lou Who, and/or what my Nook’s name should be? Interested in doing a Character Invasion? Leave me comments. I like them. Especially on days like today, when I need you all to keep me sane.



15 thoughts on “Random Thoughts (Be Afraid)

  1. You amuse me, though nothing of this sounds crazy to me. Then again, I post as if I’m talking to my novel characters so I might not be the best judge of crazy. I tend to post reviews not long after finishing but mostly because I’m not the fastest reader and on my blog I have to post a review once a week. Though this week I have the book done already since my sister wanted her Nook back. I really need an e-reader of my own.

    Little bit is very cute. One of my cousins used to look like Cindy Lou Who. She had bright blue eyes and blonde hair. I wish she would have dressed like a Who for Halloween because she would have looked exactly like the character then.

    A blogfest sounds like fun. I’ll have to participate if you host one, for sure.

    1. Yeah – I totally recommend e-readers! Now that I’ve got one, I feel crazy for not investing in one before. The cool part is, I used money I made from book sales to buy it! It’s all very full circle.

      Awesome – I love your blogfest entries! I’ll let you know when I decide to do one.

  2. Oh, Anne, I hate that feeling of not getting “there”. Little bit is a doll! much cuter than cindy loo who

    My funk is in the critique partner aspect. Mine isn’t available to write or crit anymore… sad! without someone to push you it makes the goals that much harder to fight!

    I have four kids too, and they are so fun and refuse to let me out of their sight. lol. ugh!

    I think Snookie is cute for a Nook – not for a girl hahaha. Knick Knook? I got the Kindle and named it IKandy. hahaha. get it? lol.

    OKay, well good luck!


    1. Hi Bonnie! Thanks for stopping by. That really stinks that your CP isn’t available anymore. I’ve got 4 girls I critique with, and I couldn’t live without them. They make my writing so, SO much better.

      Good to hear from you!

    1. Ahhh. It’s a place you can request upcoming books for review, provided you are approved to review them. But the catch is, they don’t really send many (like, almost none at all) hardcopies. It’s all e-versions.

        1. Hahaha, no sweat. Whenever you get to it is fine. And, you never know about NetGalley – I think they just look for bloggers with a large following, which you would qualify as. You should give it a try if you’re interested. And if you have an e-reader, because reading PDFs on your computer? SUCKS.

  3. Now that you mention it she does look a bit like Cindy Lou Who! I’m so sorry you’re in a state where you hate your manuscript you’re about to go out with. Hopefully all you need is a break from it and the feeling will pass.

    1. Yeah, this is definitely not the first time I feel like that. I’m a little bit bipolar when it comes to this MS, but like you said, some time away should do me good.

    1. Haha well I am glad you like my ramblings! And yes, Afterglow is very cool. Come check it out!

      1. I enjoyed your review of Girl Wonder on Afterglow today!

        I second what you said here about reading PDFs on the computer. Bleh. My nook is WAY better. I named mine Nookie, so I’ll let you decide what that means about me as a person. 🙂 And I LOVED the randomness of this post. I notice you and I both follow Kiersten White’s blog? Yeah. Randomness is just fun!

        So happy to hear also that The Clearing is doing so well! (I’m judging this by the fact that you have nook money.) All good things, my friend! *happy vibes heading your way*

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