A Wild Erin Appears!

Alternate Title: I am really sorry I disappeared for so long, but I was really sick. Also, I promise to catch up on promised reviews. And lastly, Happy Holidays to anyone who was kind enough to stick around, even though I didn’t post anything new for a long time.

Phew.

So the last few months have been really bad, health wise. It sounds like an excuse, and I suppose in some ways it is. But in terms of spoons, I was running on 1-2 a day, which doesn’t leave much for anything besides breathing and existing. I am still unwell, of course, but things are looking up (hopefully… fingers crossed).

In the last few months I have spent a lot of time on medicine that makes me not want to do things, medicine that wrecks my body one component at a time, and medicine that just doesn’t work. I have been to more doctors appointments than I am capable of remembering, and I have had the unwavering support of my husband to see me through. I got a medic alert bracelet. I napped… a lot. I have done things that it would take a great amount of money for me to detail here. But most importantly, I read.

There were days when I was too sick to read, when all I could manage was the bare necessities. But for the most part, I have devoured book after book, because it helped me escape the otherwise inescapable… my health situation.

I am currently at 125 books read for the year, and there is still over a week left. I am pretty proud of that. I am toying with the idea of making my blog a self-hosted in the new year. I am wanting to invest in a tablet to further help combat blogger fatigue.

All in all, even though I disappeared for a while, things are starting to look up. I can’t promise I am back, but I can promise that I am trying to be.

I miss my followers. I miss talking to you. I miss posting reviews instead of just stars on Goodreads. So, I am trying.

Currently Reading: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (finally)

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Something Relevant Happend Yesterday

So, I find this really interesting. I read The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks a while ago, and I wrote the review for it yesterday, to be posted today on a schedule.

Little did I know, big things were happening in the world. In short, the US Supreme Court has decided that human genes are indeed products of nature, and can no longer be patented.Here, have a source.

This is so cool! The ruling has left doors wide open for companies to still be greedy of course, but it is a huge step in the right direction.

Guess What I Did?

So I thought I should post a little snippet just to let my lovely followers know what is going on.

This week I was able to get almost completely caught up on reviews. Hooray! This makes me SO incredibly happy, you have no idea.

But, the even bigger news is that at the end of March, I bought Scrivener. This week I used it for the first time, and I started writing again. I am reworking an old NaNo idea to see if I still like it. Maybe I will post some excerpts soon.

What have you been up to with regards to reading and writing?

What is the Plural of Hiatus?

I was going to title this something along the lines of “And the Hiatuses Continue”. But then I realized that I didn’t actually know what the plural of “hiatus” is. Is it hiatuses? Fun fact: Google says yes!

So now that I have gotten the fun stuff out of the way, I need to move on to the not-so-fun stuff. My laptop is slowly dying. It is giving off what I call “the sound of death”. Something inside has come loose, and is rattling around. It won’t be long for this world, I don’t think. Thankfully, I got the extended warranty, so they will either fix it or give me a new one. The bad news is that while I wait for one of those things to happen, I will be with limited access to a computer, so the blog will be quiet. Well, quieter than it has been.

The other bad news is that my grandma is sick. We are cautiously optimistic about her recovery, but right now she is still in the hospital with pneumonia (and a host of other things). Any positive energy you can spare my way for her recovery would be greatly appreciated.

I will try to get some reviews queued, but I can make no promises as to how long my laptop might last, or how other things might pan out. So please be patient with me. This also applies if you have petitioned me for a review. I am doing my best, and I will be back full force as soon as I can be. I promise.

Keep on keeping on. Read and write with passion.

The Book Sale Happened Again!

This is seriously one of my favorite times of the year. I can’t say it is my hands-down favorite, because my husband might get pouty that my absolute favorite isn’t our anniversary. So I will say I have multiple favorite times of the year, and this is one of them.

The used book sale!

I love this. It is a haven for people like me who have limited income and a love of reading. I was trying to keep an eye on money this year, so I did something I haven’t before. I set a budget. And I stuck to it. Yay me. Even with my budget, I managed to walk away with a whopping 32 books for me, and one for my mom. The love of reading runs in the family, you see.

My newest babies!

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Even with space at a premium in our apartment, I can’t resist the call of new books!
A full list of what I got under the jump!

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I don’t understand…

So this will probably open me up to a host of all sorts of spam comments. But I am armed with my almighty “Delete” button. Poised and ready, you might say.

I really want this blog to go places. I want to be able to post reviews and have them found when people Google the books the reviews are about. I want to have followers so I can run contests and host read-alongs and all these other things that I see other book blogs doing.

But for some reason, my site is not ranked well with Google. Yahoo and Bing return it really well, but not Google. And I am not internet savvy enough to figure out why. I contacted Google, and the nice people there assured me that they hadn’t taken a manual spam action against my site (which I had read stories of, due to non-ASCII characters in links, etc.) All my webmaster tools are green-lighted. On paper, my blog is fine.

I never expected to be an “internet sensation”. But it would be nice if Googling the name of my blog brought you to… my blog. Crazy notion, right? Instead, Googling the term “why am i still here” seems to return a better result than “Written Permission Blog”.

Sorry for ranting, it is just frustrating. I am coming up on a year active, and I can’t grow my follower base if I can’t be found on Google.

Sigh.

Library Haul – January 12

So, I have this habit.

Some people, when they are down, they shop. Being a lower-income person, I recognize that shopping is not a healthy habit to engage in when I don’t, you know, actually have money to spend. So when I am having a down or an off day, I will cruise the library website and request library books.

This is an awesome compromise, because I add things to what is effectively a “shopping cart”, and I know I will get them (rather than adding them to a shopping cart and then removing them)… and they are free. And they are books. It really is a win/win.

Until all of those requests come available at the same time. Then we have a little problem.

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See… then I come home with fifteen books, and three weeks to read them.

Oops.

The books are (in no particular order):

Mr. Monster by Dan Wells
I Don’t Want To Kill You by Dan Wells
The Hollow City by Dan Wells
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Infected by Scott Sigler
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Wide Open by Deborah Coates
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Castle In The Air by Diana Wynne Jones
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Volume 1 by Joss Whedon
Phoenix Rising by Philippa Ballantine

I am really excited to read these… but good lord… who let me request so many?!