20 January 2014

Musical Interlude

Sometimes song lyrics are meaningless ...and sometimes they have so much meaning they can rip you in half. Both of these songs fall into the second category IMHO:

What song(s) has(have) touched you lately?

16 January 2014

The Year That Was

I have been trying to write a post for...weeks...months if I'm honest. I do this thing where I continually second guess what I've written. I always want to change it, make it...better. Which means nothing is every...acceptable...for public consumption. Or private for that matter. So many things just never made it past the drawing board in my head as I'm so petrified of getting it...wrong. Of getting everything wrong. Perfectionism thy name is orannia. So, I'm trying a new tack this year - I'm going to take the advice of Flynn from what is probably my favourite keeper series - Falls Chance Ranch:
Just say it. It doesn't need to come out right first time, we'll straighten it out.
So, here goes. Last year was...hard. I felt...overwhelmed. By family. By everything. And even though I love being online, it was stressful. I like to visit blogs, I like people to know that I've read their posts so I feel like I should comment. On every post. And sometimes there just isn't enough hours in the day. And so I feel guilty. And then when things got very overwhelming being online felt like something I could...let go of for a bit until I'd got everything done that felt a pressing weight. Except days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months and I hadn't posted or commented. Or anything.

I want 2014 to be a different year. A better year. If I do nothing else this year I am going to work on controlling my anxiety. With the assistance of the unnamed expert :) But more on that later. I don't want blogging and commenting to get shoved to the side like it did last year. But I don't want to get obsessive about blogging and commenting until it becomes overwhelming. So, all I will say is this - I promise to try and visit. And read your posts. And I promise to try and comment. Not on every post mind, but some :)

So, what do you want from 2014? (It can be something big or something small...something general or something specific.)

12 January 2014

The 2014 Big Book Challenge

Tis the season for Book Challenges! And since it's the season I thought I would...play *grin* So, I hereby bring you: The Big Book Challenge (yes, again). And when I say big I mean really big, because in this challenge, size really does matter. You see, even after reading a number of 'big' books last year, I still panic when I see them... They are so big I'm afraid they will eat my alive! *hides under bed* So, this challenge it to help me tackle those big books that scare me.

The challenge rules are simple:

1) Read a big book, and by a big book I mean a book with more than 400 pages, before the end of 2014.

2) The book can be in any format as long as its length is equivalent to more than 400 pages in print (hardback, trade paperback or mass market paperback) format.

3) The big book can be from any fiction genre (e.g. fantasy, romance, science fiction). It can even be non-fiction.

4) A review is not required (although I'm going to attempt a post detailing my thoughts on the book, or the reasons why I didn't finish it *grin*).

5) No penalties if the book isn't read by the end of 2014 (because this is meant to be fun and I'm sure we'll put enough pressure on ourselves without this challenge being the last straw).

6) The book can be changed at any time! (Flexibility is important IMHO :)

7) You can join at any time throughout the year!

Please sign-up below (FYI - Link Title means your username) and let me know in the comments what big book you have been avoiding! For me, it's a re-read: Sarah Monette's Corambis! (And for those observant among you, yes, this was my 2012 and my 2013 Big Book Challenge book...which I never got too! But I am going to read it!)

This challenge was inspired by the lovely Heidenkind from Truth, Beauty, Freedom & Books and a discussion I had at some point....somewhere ...back in 2009.

09 January 2014

The 2014 M/M Romance Challenge

Yes, it's baaaaaack! The M/M Romance Challenge for 2014 is here!

The rules are as follows:

1. This challenge is for those of you who enjoy reading M/M romances (i.e. novels and novellas where the main focus is a romantic relationship between male protagonists) or who might like to try the genre.

2. You can join at any time throughout the year and do not need a Blog, LiveJournal (or equivalent) to participate, just the ability to keep a list of books read. Or a running total of books read :)

3. The books don’t have to be selected ahead of time and can be utilized in multiple challenges.

4. The books can be in any format (e.g. audio books, eBooks, and print) [and include comics and manga], and re-reads are welcome.

5. There are 9 reading levels to choose from:
- Read 1 M/M Romance (For those of you who would like to try the genre)
- Read 5 M/M Romances
- Read 10 M/M Romances
- Read 20 M/M Romances
- Read 30 M/M Romances
- Read 40 M/M Romances
- Read 50 M/M Romances
- Read 100 M/M Romances
- Surprise me! (This is for those of you who probably read hundreds of M/M romances :)

6. Optional. If you’re not new to reading m/m romances, re-read your first ever m/m title. Do you feel differently about the book now than you did when you first read it? You could also aim to read a series, along a theme, or a book that you wouldn't otherwise read...

Please sign-up below:

To date I have read the following:
1. Falls Chance Ranch (Rolf & Ranger)
2. Irregulars (anthology)

05 January 2014


Yes, I know, I should be writing a post about where I have been for the past several months...I had intended to write that post this weekend, but I got side-tracked - more on that later I PROMISE! However, I thought since it was already the beginning of January I should check and see whether anyone (and if you're no longer reading this blog because it has become like a ghost town I totally understand) was interested in signing up for a M/M Romance Challenge and/or a Big Book Challenge for 2014....

Oh, and Happy New Year and all that jazz *grin*