The Curse of the Stomach Flu

Didn’t want to miss a day of posting, but couldn’t actually think of anything to post because I’m in so much pain oTL

There’s a stomach bug going around here at home, and let’s just say that late night upchucking is a horrible thing. I ended up not being able to go to work in favor of sleeping and trying to get rid of as much of this bug as I can so I can go back to work tomorrow.

In the meantime, Dresden and conversations with interesting writer people will help me get through this. I hope you guys (whoever you are) have a better day than this.


Ebook Organization: JOY <3

So I finally got off my butt and downloaded Calibre on my laptop so I can convert some of the PDFs I have on hand to a .mobi format (thus making them more readable on my Kindle). Funnily enough, the first thing I did was take some of the .mobi books from my library and turn them into PDF files for my brother so he can read them.

In any case, that kicked off some majorly obsessive organizing and re-organizing the ebooks I have on hand. I’m still trying to decide if I should arrange them according to genre/purpose or if I should do the author thing. Right now, I have examples of both.

Decisions, decisions.

I really need to think about this (Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker)

I don’t always fix my stuff; but when I do, I try to do it as well as I could. Which means I spend hours on it. HOURS. And I find those hours wonderful because they give me a sense of fulfillment. These things can stay in their place until I move them again. You can’t say the same of life, right? Somehow, I find being able to control this makes me feel better.

Internet, how do YOU organize your stuff? Do you base it on the creator? Genre? Heck. COLOR?

Hm. Maybe I should fix this according to series.

Writing Challenge 19 – 3 Things that Make Me Happy

Writing about 3 things that make me happy is quite nice after that last post. Even though I tried to keep that one light, it seemed that I got quite upset in the end after all. Putting some focus on the things that make me smile ought to make me feel better. It’s still going to be hard to pick one, because a lot of things make me happy–about as many as the things that make me sad. But I’ll try to stick to the simpler joys that I find in my life.

I’m keeping this one short, if only because I want to spend time with these things as soon as I finish typing.

So. Here are the things that make me happy.

My Kindle


Every time I look at it, I smile. Why? Because it has books in it. Books I like to read. Books that keep me company during long trips. I can switch from one book to another without having to move an inch. I can explore differently worlds while doing nothing more than sitting for hours on a comfy couch. Bliss.

The Bridgertons

Isn't it lovely, this new Bridgerton book? <3
Isn’t it lovely? ❤

Romance author Julia Quinn rocked my world when I discovered her Bridgerton series. Following the romantic (mis)adventures of eight siblings, it that indidn’t just chronicle some great love stories; it followed one of the greatest love stories of all–that of a family’s love for each other. It’s why I threw my money at Quinn the moment I found out the Bridgerton epilogues became available at the local  bookstore.

Crochet stuff

Colorful crochet thread

I’ve had these since December (I totally love my Secret Santa for getting me this!), but I haven’t gotten around to using them because…well LOOK AT THEM! They look so wonderful! It’s almost a shame to touch them. I sometimes feel the same way about exquisitely presented sushi. But I promise I’ll make something out of them soon.

What are the things that make YOU happy?

Unexpected Object Lust

Have you ever seen something that’s so useless (except peripherally), but so lovely that you literally stop going about your daily life just to share it with the rest of the world?

I have.  Many times, in fact.  But this is different, I swear.

It’s custom dust jackets for Young Adult books.  And the moment I saw them, I wanted them.

(And yeah, I wanted the Etsy pin that inspired them too.  But one thing at a time, please).

Given that I’ve had trouble with people who are judgmental over book choices and my own aversion to certain types of book covers (not to mention people who try to talk to me when I’m CLEARLY trying to read), I think these dust jackets are a perfect solution.

Fun Dust Jackets for Readers
I mean, who would dare disturb you now?*

My only beef with these is that they come in just one size.  But hey, I’m sure I can modify them to suit my needs.

Which ones are your favorite?  Do you have any other ideas for dust jackets?

I am Stalking Maria Popova on Twitter and I will Never Regret It

So remember when I mentioned somewhere that I’ve gotten into BrainPickings?  It ended up being my excuse to stalk the awesome brainpicker Maria Popova on Twitter.

Don’t look at me like that.  We all know that Twitter is for stalking people.  I stalk Neil Gaiman and Nathan Fillion there too.  It’s totally not weird.

Anyway, following Miz Popova (only I call her that, in my head, without her knowing) on Twitter lets me see what really catches her (often discerning) attention.  Today, one of those things happened to be book-friendly seats.  (CLICK IT!  Such things of beauty, I tell you!)

I want the one in the exact center.

As if that weren’t enough that same link led me to an old BrainPickings post on re-imagining bookshelves, which I find absolutely magical.

A magical bookshelf, shaped like a tree
Whose bodies do I have to offer to the gods to have this in the living room?  And which gods?

So yeah.  I will NEVER regret stalking Maria Popova.  She shares so many pretty things and pretty thoughts.  I recommend that you either stalk her on Twitter too, or at least wander around her site BrainPickings.  I found some of the absolute best reads of my life there.