Sunday, December 17, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: Catching Up and Best Changes

Best Changes You Made To Tweak This Year #AMonthofFaves – best changes you made or routines you kept that to better organize your day / life; your = morning, evening or daily routines.

Free ranging...taste-testing books.
I've talked about it for a long time, and I've been a proponent, but I feel like I didn't ACTUALLY become a free range reader until this year. With so much trouble focusing, I really had to accept that some books will grab me, and I will finish those, and some books won't grab me, and they will slow down my reading mojo. I'm no stranger to DNF'ing. My latest victims: 
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
By nature, my Etsy shop takes a ton of time. Designing, printing, cutting, packing, and shipping stickers, bookmarks, and other goodies is quite a feat, especially with lots of grading to do from my other jobs. While I don't have a specific day-of-the-week-specific Etsy shop schedule, I have gotten much better at the process of working through the tasks associated with the shop. I have new releases a time or two per month, I run sales the same amount, and I've gotten a handle on processing orders: creating a pull list, printing in batches, cutting in batches, and packing/shipping in batches. Batches are the best. 

My desk might be a mess, but I have good overall organization going!

A big part of my organization this year has been working my planners. I still love my Erin Condren Life Planner in the vertical layout, and I keep most things in it...especially the monthly addition to the daily layouts. Occasionally, if I'm so overwhelmed with granualr detail that I can't include it in the EC, I will pop open an Evernote document and go right back to the Getthing Things Done productivity methods I brought into the mix back in 2016.

Sorry this post is late! Last week was a mess of grading! Be sure to visit Tamara, Kim, and Tanya Patrice, and don't be shy about linking up your own posts whenever you can get around to them. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: Blogger Love Edition and a Video!

#AMonthofFaves [The Blogger Love Edition] - Recommend some bloggers and for us to check out and tell us what you like about each blog, e.g. bookish, food, fashion, travel, lifestyle, money, mom blogs, productivity etc.

Hey hey hey! Busy weeks are busy, and I'm off to a breakneck start. If #AMonthofFaves was going to happen today, it had to be a quick, one-shot deal, so here we are with a Facebook Live video: some shout-outs, what I'm reading, and some quick life updates. Exciting stuff! 

My blogger and vlogger shout-outs! 

Koffee - SIMS4/gaming

Deligracy - SIMS4/gaming

Sarah's Bookshelves

Running N' Reading

Doing Dewey

Amanda's Fig and Thistle Youtube - I brain farted and didn't mention you in the video, but I LOVE YOUR CHANNEL!

My favorite "follow me around" vloggers post

Whew! Don't forget to visit my partners in crime: Kim, Tanya Patrice, and Tamara! Link your own post below! 

Friday, December 08, 2017

#AMonthofFaves: 3 Popular Books Worth the Hype

I HAVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS PROMPT! I had to go back into Goodreads and poke around, but I definitely have things to say.

I've mostly been out of the popular book loop but some of these are overall-popular while others are probably more popular within their own genre communities. Let's dig in!

I will read abso-freaking-lutely-anything that Caitlin Doughty writes. Then I'll probably listen to it, too. She's become an auto-buy author for me, and From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death did not dissapoint in the slightest. I love her candor and humor in regards to death practices all over the world. She reminds me a bit of Mary Roach in Stiff in the way that she's able to find a giggle in the morbid without being disrespectful at all. Open pyre funeral in Colorado, anyone?

Ohhh, Roxane slay my heart every time. I listened to Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body all in one go as I was driving to Tennessee to meet up with friends, and while it gutted me, it was also the perfect way to listen. As a fat woman, I could relate so much to Gay's point of view and to many of her life life online, taking stupid chances, moving across the country. It was a lot of similarity...experientially and emotionally. It was so good to hear someone give voice to issues I've grappled with my whole life but never knew how to express.

I am SO not into Archie comics, and I never have been. They're enough of a cultural staple that I know enough to follow along if I want to watch Riverdale, but a fangirl I am not. However, as is the case with a lot of things I don't love (see Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland), I adore a good take-off...something that spins a same-old, meh-for-me story on its head, and that's exactly what Afterlife with Archie vol. 1 does. The characters are just a bit screwier, darker, deader. I loved this first volume so much I gave it five stars, and I'm already on to the issues that comprise volume 2. It's available for download on Comixology Unlimited if that's a thing you do.

So there ya have it...three popular books (in very diferent circles) worth the hype!

What were some of your faves this year? Link up down below and don't forget to visit Tamara, Tanya Patrice, and Kim!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

This Is How We Blog (#AMonthofFaves)

This Is How We Blog #AMonthofFaves – Essential Computer Programs, Browser Plugins, Websites and / or your blogging routine, blogs on blogging that you follow, blog tips you learned and used this year
I feel like, for me, #AMonthofFaves will be a lot of me writing, "Hey! I didn't do this much in 2017!"

I haven't felt much like talking. Writing. I have things to say, and I say them to my Representatives' staffers on the phone, and via FAX, and on Women in Science postcards, and in rants and snark on Facebook and Twitter. I share short snippets and memories on Instagram. Blogging just hasn't been a thing I can do. Longer-form sharing just hasn't been my bag.

I hope it's my thing in 2018. It's starting to feel better.

Don't forget to LINK UP! Visit Tamara, Kim, and Tanya Patrice!

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