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Goodreads and book haul jealousy

The other day I joined Goodreads.

Now, you may wonder why on earth someone who has such an unnatural lust for books would take so long to join something like Goodreads.  Or you may not have any clue what that is.  Either is fine.

I suspect I may have joined up once when it first came around, but let it lapse after one or two logins simply because I’m not especially good at reporting what I do.  At work a few years ago we had to write out what we did all day, every day.  I think they were supposed to help us manage our time but, really, all they did was waste the time we had to spend making crap up at the end of every week just before we handed them in.

Probably why I blog so sporadically, too.  Sorry.

Anyway, I think I did it this time just because I had watched one of those book haul vlogs by Daniel Marks, an author I love when he writes under Mark Henry.  (I was a bit surprised when I Googled Mark Henry just now. heh.)  I don’t frequent youtube, though I do have a few subscriptions I watch when they email them to me, so while I’d heard of the book haul vlog, I’d never watched one.

I was supremely jealous.

I have an e-reader and I love it.  I especially love getting to pick and choose my advance copies through a website because I work at a bookstore.  I feel like I have a never-ending supply of books at my fingertips.  I love the instant gratification of not having to get out of bed and ordering a new book and having it there in seconds.  But I miss the feeling of shopping in a bookstore and coming home with a big bag of books.  I don’t miss not having enough space for them, but I miss having enough physical books to fill the library in the house I’m never going to own.

I also miss discovering things in the bookstore.  Working at one is great and you get to see all the new stuff as you put it out.  However, when it was a treat and every discovery was special, well, that was a different time.

So, anyway, that is why I joined Goodreads.  I wanted to have a way to say, hey, these are my books, these are the books in the library of my brain.

Also because I wanted to gloat that I’m reading the advance of This Book Is Full of Spiders: (Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It, and goddamn does it have a lot of spiders in it.  It’s the sequel to John Dies at the End by David Wong and has one of the best titles I’ve seen in about 47 months.  If I had known what these books were like, I would have read the first one ages ago.  (As it is, I’ll have to go back and read it since I haven’t yet. Which is also a problem with ARCs, since I’m finding I have to go back and buy the first one when the second or third is really good, and then I spend more money I don’t have.)

So now, Goodreads, I’ll have to find a way to keep up!

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Corrections and reviews, Frankenstein and rain

Today I did the grunt work I mentioned in my last post.  I reformatted the four files I have up on Smashwords to include an updated “Other works” list, cover art stock photo acknowledgments, and some general tidying of the layout.  The updates are live on Smashwords now, and should filter out to the other sales sites within the next couple weeks.

I also took the time to expand some of my descriptions, mostly because of a rather appalled review I saw on bn.com.  I think at times we, as authors, as people, forget that what is in our heads is not necessarily in other people’s heads, and I’m so jaded that, honestly, I don’t get offended easily.  Thus, it surprises me when other people do.  I see it all the time: people complain about book covers,  or Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, or the music we play in the store, or idiotic protests of heavenly Oreo cookies.  So, perhaps when I was writing a certain description, I wasn’t… blunt enough.  So probably someone was a little surprised, and “Cowpoke” is, probably, a dark story.

It’s funny today, but I was a bit sad at the vitriolic review at first.  Certainly, that person is entitled to their opinion, and, hey, that is what reviews are for.  But I have to take it as a review more of my lack of warning in my description than anything.  I learned my lesson about that.

Also, COUPON! Smashwords is running a summer reading sort of promotion, and I decided to join up at the 50% off level.  Until the end of July, just two short weeks, you can check out Those Who Howl for just 99 cents if you download it from Smashwords.com and enter in the coupon code SSW50 at checkout.  Any popular format is available through Smashwords.com.  This price is also available directly at Amazon.com until the end of July 2012 as well, no coupon necessary (or at least, will be when the changes update in the next day or so).

So, that was my day, all that plus 7 hours at work on about two hours of sleep.  Good thing I didn’t decide to nap, between the rogue thunderstorm and three phone calls I’ve gotten since I got home today.  Productive, relatively, though I’m still using my to-do list as a mouse pad.

The one thing I really should work on, and i’m not sure I have that much more energy today (though some caffeine infiltrated my herbal iced tea because I’m awfully awake for practically not sleeping last night).  I have a story I’ve been intending to include in my next two-story publication, one that I posted on my long-defunct website years ago.  When I went to polish it up, I hated so much about it that I instantly began to think of ways to improve it.  Now, it sits on the hard drive, ripped to shreds and heaving with tears and exhaustion and I have no idea how to craft it into something that works, without trashing the whole thing and just doing something else.  I suppose I could change the names through first, get that out of the way, since Isabella was ruined for me by Twilight and Brys, well, it’s funny that there’s a gigolo show on HBO and one of the dudes is named Bryce, but that means it just will NOT work for this story.  LOL

Anyway, between not being able to make sense of the story here (and the dream the story came from made even LESS sense, of course) and having a second story I’ve been cutting until it looks like someone with way too much plastic surgery and pasting until it’s patched and bloated and a bit Frankenstein-y, well, I’m a bit frustrated.  I haven’t had the energy to give these things the devotion they deserve.

Geez, I sound like someone who is trying to rationalize giving away their dog.

Maybe I ought to quite whining about it and get to work!

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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