Wow, that was a long time away…

So, I’m back! At least I plan to be.  After an unintended and very long hiatus away from any posts (my own new ones or even reading blogs I follow), I’ll be back at it. My job got super busy and I wasn’t able to squeeze in posts/reads when I normally do. Then I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to post anything and was super unmotivated.

Things really haven’t slowed down work wise but I’m going to start posting again. I’m feeling a bit empty in terms of a creative outlet so, thankfully, the motivation is back again!  I plan on doing my normal book reviews since I haven’t slowed down on reading (always time to read – amirite?).  I’ll also continue my Shows Worth Watching posts (I can’t even remember the last one of those I did).  I plan on trying some new things – like highlighting new book purchases, doing a book club review post, and some other new stuff that pops up whenever I think of it.

So watch this space for regular posts. Thanks to those who have followed or read anything I post in the past and sorry for the long time away.

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2014 in review and what’s in store for 2015

WordPress created the below report as a review of my posts over the past year.  I’m a sucker for these types of things and enjoy reading the content and how it’s presented.  One thing I noticed that is incorrect is the most popular post that is cited in the report.  I don’t have a post titled that, so, the program that generated the report must have had a glitch.

A big thanks to all those who have taken the time to read and comment on any of my posts this past year.  Every time I see someone has read one or commented I get insanely happy 🙂  Hope to do more posting next year.  The plan for 2015 is to add a monthly feature about t.v. series that I love, both old ones and current ones.  Watching T.V. shows and reading are two of the things I do the most so I might as well expand on that on my blog.  Thinking of making it a Thursday or Friday feature, once a month.  We’ll see how it goes over the next year.

Wishing all a happy new year and happy blogging to all!!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 440 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

51st post!

On Wednesday when I did my last post I got a notice from WordPress that it was my 50th post.  First I thought it was pretty cool that WP gives you this notice.  Second, I thought it was rather sad that I’ve only had 50 posts so far.  My first post was on September 9, 2012 and my intentions when starting this blog were to do posts on a regular basis.  Given it’s been a year and a half and I’m now up to 51 posts I clearly haven’t lived up to those intentions.

So what can I do to try to be more consistent?  Well, one thing that I’ve done is partake in the Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge and have so far reviewed three books (I’ve read more than that, just haven’t gotten around to reviewing them yet).  After that I’m kind of stuck.  I had been going to school on the weekends and during that time I felt oddly motivated to do posts.  I think it was the procrastinator in me not wanting to work on my homework until the last possible minute, as well as the creative feeling/thoughts I had while being in school.  Now that I’m just working rather than working and going to school, I feel as though I’ve lost the motivation and the creativeness that compelled my posts.  What’s a person to do when they feel as though they’ve lost the drive that helps with creativity.

And then today I read a post by Jack Falcco about motivation and I thought to myself “what’s wrong with you?”  It’s time to stop being so lazy (because, my God, can I be lazy) and get with it!  I have to make a schedule where I post at least once a week.  If I don’t have a topic, make one up, or just start a draft of random things and edit the next day.  I tend to feel the most motivated when under time constraints, hence my tendency to blog rather than do homework while I was in school.  Why do something ahead of time when I can do it hours beforehand and have a stellar product!  I do feel more creative when I have less time.  It’s as if the urgency of the situation brings out the creativity in me.

So, my motivation is time constraints.  And in order to be more consistent with my blog posts I’ll have to schedule a day when I must send out a post.  It’ll work, right?  Well, if I want to be more successful in blogging, it has to work.  I’ll have no one by myself to blame.

I’ll also say THANK YOU to all of those who have read, liked, commented on a post or followed my blog.  Each and every time I one of those things happen I am grateful that you took the time to read what I had to say.  I believe one of the first comments I ever got (from someone I didn’t personally know) was from Sidekick Reviews.  I remember being almost giddy that some stranger read my post and thought enough about it to comment on it.  I still feel that way at every new like, comment, or follow.  Hopefully I’ll have more consistent content to read – as long as I keep myself to those time constraints!

Zombies, Government Conspiracies, and Blogging

Three big topics – zombies, government conspiracies, and blogging – are all combined in The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant.  All three make for great topics and putting all three into a series ends up in a fun read and a new way to tell a story.

Georgia Mason and her brother Shaun Mason are bloggers in the post rising world, are dedicated to telling the true story, and making sure they don’t disappoint their readers.  In 2014 the common cold and cancer were cured.  Those cures created a worse alternative – zombies.  20 years after the cure and the subsequent rising, Georgia (a/k/a George) and Shaun run a blog where they report on zombies and life around them.  George is a “newsie” – someone who tells the stories, making sure all the facts are correct before getting the word out and Shaun is an “Irwin” – those who are field reporters (for lack of a better term) and post videos of their encounters with the zombies.  There are also fictionals – those who write about the world around them but put a fictional spin to it.  George and Shaun, along with their blog team site, get their dream job: covering the next presidential election.  Along the way, they encounter terrible tragedy and realize they can’t trust the people they thought they could.

This series is put in the zombie category but the zombies really serve as the background and back-story to the books – Feed, Deadline, and Blackout.  The main story is the government conspiracy.  What I liked best about this series was the characters were bloggers.  Each chapter had about two posts from one of the characters which gave the reader more of a sense of what the post rising world was like and what the readers of the blogs would see.  The books were told at a fast pace and I thought the blogging aspect was a new and different twist.

Mira Grant isn’t afraid to shock the reader with some of the things that play out.  I don’t want to say too much since it would give away major plots lines, but it was enjoyable to read and be surprised at some of the situations that occur.  The third book gets a bit convoluted towards the end with the conspiracy and does feel a bit rushed, but ends by tying up the story in a decent way.

The background of how the rising started gets a bit technical with the writer explaining throughout the three books how it all happened.  If your looking for a book series that is a good thriller, has zombies as a decent supporting cast, and want a dose of government untrustworthy-ness tossed in, I recommend this series.

Back to school / back to posting

Wow – over a month since I’ve posted anything?  Well, I’m back.  I’ve started my last semester of school and it’s time to get off my butt and stop being lazy.  I have an associates degree but went back to school for my bachelors since I felt like I needed something more.  Blogging also gives me that “something more” that I feel is missing – a creative outlet where I can talk about things I enjoy (or not) and find others who do the same.  I don’t have an exact theme to my blog.  Mostly it’s T.V. and books, since those permeate my life, but other things will creep in.  Maybe with it being summer and the lack of good T.V. shows explains my absence, or maybe I’m just lazy.  Hope to be more consistent in the future, especially since I’ll be done with school in December and will need something constructive to do with the “free” time that will undoubtedly pop up.   Here’s to future posts and hopefully good content!