I must apologize for being such a poor blogger lately. I thought I’d have time this week, but then I didn’t. And last weekend I was writing fiction instead of preparing blog posts. So I was productive, but not here.

I also have one of those half written rants. You know the kind. You get halfway through it and you start wondering if it is wise for you to post it. And then you sit on it for three days before you delete it.

And, I’ve been reading. Here’s what I’ve been reading, and what you can expect reviewed shortly:

SPQR 1: The King’s Gambit by John Maddox Roberts. This is an ancient Roman mystery series. I’m a big fan of ancient Rome (inasmuch as a time period can have a fan) so I was really looking forward to reading this. Except it took me months to finish it, and I can’t entirely blame this blog. What is to blame? You’ll find out when I post my review.

I’m Reading and Tweeting on The Mall of Cthulhu by Seamus Cooper. A tweet by the author reminded me that this book was in my stack and since I needed something light, I pulled it out. I promptly got sucked in to its horrific tentacles, leaving me laughing so hard that I was longing for the sweet mercy of death. Which, if you’ve read the book, you will understand what I just said, but if not, you won’t. Look for #mallofcthulhu.

Just received Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin. It comes out in a few weeks, so it’s got a high priority in the stack.

Sampled The Golden Spiral by Lisa Mangum, which also arrived in the mail last week. It also has a recent (or upcoming) release date, so I officially need four eyes and two brains.

Trying to keep my paws of Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal (at least for a few more months; they’re expecting a review, not an advance blurb), so I’m reading her blog instead. And I found a new blog to add to my list. She’s hilarious.

And I’m trying to keep in mind that not every blog post need be an epistle, and I really need to get more casual about this bloging thing.

13 Thoughts to “BlogFail”

  1. Tia Nevitt

    Oh! And I designed some blog business cards, because I recently missed out on the chance to distribute business cards on two occasions. I’ve done everything but have them printed because once I was done, I realized that blog bookmarks would make more sense. Back to square one.

    1. I’d be tempted to print up some bookmarks for when you know you’ll need them, and some business cards to carry in case you meet up with an unexpected opportunity to use them. I think the business cards aere easier to carry in a purse or pocket without them getting damaged. {Smile}

      Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

      1. Tia Nevitt

        Hmm, that’s a great idea, but I was going to use a professional printer, and that sounds expensive. But I am still seriously thinking about it, so thanks!

        1. You’re most welcome. {SMILE}

          Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. I have a potential post or two I’ve been sitting on for longer than a few days. I haven’t decided to actually post them, but I haven’t decided to delete them, either. {rueful smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  3. Found a typo! You mean Bewitched and Betrayed, not Armed and Magical.

    1. Tia Nevitt

      Ack! I did! And I had the book RIGHT THERE in front of me! BlogFail X 2. Post has since been corrected.

  4. Deborah Blake

    I love, love, love Lisa Shearin’s books! (Any plans for the one you’ve got when you’re done with it? Hint, hint, hint.)

    And I would also suggest having both cards and bookmarks. Haven’t found a cheap place to get bookmarks printed yet, but try for the cards.

    1. Tia Nevitt

      I looked into the bookmarks and they are EXPENSIVE to do a glossy bookmark with color print on both sides. It starts at 75 dollars! So I’m thinking of a business card design that is vertical, so it looks something like a bookmark. But I keep thinking that’s going to be transparently cheap. Or, I can do postcards, glossy on both sides, with three bookmarks on it so I can have 1 postcard = 3 bookmarks.

      1. Either of those ideas with the bookmarks sound possible to me. {Smile}

        Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  5. The fantasy Jane Austen would’ve written? A title as delicious as Shades of Milk and Honey? That book sounds right up my alley. If only I could find out what the book was *about* (no blurbs on Amazon or the author’s website).

    Have you designed your bookmark yet? Will you post up an image of the design you’ll go with?

    1. Tia Nevitt

      Actually, I wasn’t nuts about the title. I was thinking that if it was the fantasy Jane Austen would have written, I would expect that it would have a title that Jane Austen would have come up with. And Jane Austen tended to have very straightforward titles. Emma. Persuasion. Northanger Abbey. Mansfield Park. And of course, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Even Lady Susan.

      “Milk and Honey” would probably have been too straightforward, with a vague and probably unwanted Biblical connotation.

      Wow; everyone likes the bookmark idea. I was thinking of using the brown from my logo with the sort of pink tan lighter shade to the left for the background of the bookmark. When I get them — and I suppose I probably will — I’ll have to see if I can get you guys to distribute them to your friends for me! And yes, that would involve mailing bookmarks, which probably would be such a huge project that I would have to take a week off from work.

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