My Top 10 Curated Links for the Week

I post my own stuff, but I curate a lot of posts on my Facebook fan pages and on Twitter. Simply because of the nature of social media, I know that not everyone who follows me will see everything I post. Some of those links are pretty popular with my readers, though, which leads me to believe that some of the people who missed out the first time might like another chance.

Hootsuite conveniently already sends me  a weekly report of my most clicked links.  Obviously, clicking on a link doesn’t mean the reader enjoyed the article, but I try not to post click-bait headlines, so there is at least some interest there. So we’ll give this a shot. Let me know what you think. I’ll share my top ten links from the previous week, just in case you missed them the first time around.

(I’m not David Letterman. Because these come to me in order, that’s how you’ll get them.) Continue reading

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Favorite Supporting Characters

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The theme of this week is –

Who are your favorite supporting characters?

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My favorite supporting characters are the whole gang from J.D. Robb’s In Death series.  All of them: the cops, the friends, the whatever-you-want-to-call-Summerset. I not only love the way Robb writes the characters themselves, but the way the friendships and relationships have evolved over the years.

Holiday Buying Guide 2013: Middle School Readers

Holiday Buying Guide 2013: Middle School Readers

Do you get that “deer in the headlights” look when it’s time to buy a gift for your favorite middle-schooler? You know they’re probably too old for children’s books, but they may not be ready for (or care about) all the romance that seems to be in every Young Adult novel. Well, thanks to my own twelve-year-old (who wasn’t quite as helpful as I’d hoped he’d be) and a few other parents of middle-schoolers, I was able to put together a list for you. Continue reading

Moving: The Ultimate Decluttering Tool

Well, having your apartment flooded is a great way to declutter, too, but I hope to never to do that again. Moving, I dislike, but I can tolerate. I would like to wait until warmer weather to move next time, though.

Fortunately, I have a moving trailer and a pickup truck available this time, which will make things go a lot quicker. Especially since I finally have more furniture than just bookshelves. Also good is the fact that I’m about thirty boxes lighter now than when I moved in here! It will make moving so much quicker and easier. Now I just have to pack up seven bookcases worth of books. Tonight. Including this thing:

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So, yeah, this could take a while. And I’m sure hopeful that over the next few days I’ll find even more stuff I can get rid of.

Know Me Better – Round 8

“Know Me Better” is a weekly meme hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Each week five questions are asked as a way for your readers to get to know you better. Want to play along? It’s easy! Just click the link above to take you over to the host’s page. From there, copy and paste the meme image into your blog along with the meme code. Link back to the host and you’re done!

This week’s questions were tough! I had to think a while about some of these.

This week’s questions:

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

The Merry-go-Round. It’s fast and fun, but sometimes I get dizzy and need to take a break.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
A novel? Anything by Stephen King. But book, in general? Charlotte’s Web (Well, I guess that is a novel, right?) because it was my favorite book growing up.

Horror or Romance?
Romance, definitely. I used to love horror, but I don’t have the stomach for it anymore.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
As much as I would love to visit other time periods, I’m happy living right now. I’m a computer nerd and I can’t imagine being without all the friends I’ve made online over the past few years. And I love being able to easily look things up. No more out-of-date encyclopedias. Place is a tough one, too, as most of my family is in another state, and my best friend is in yet another state, but I think where I am works for now.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
I just like to know that someone is thinking of me, so price doesn’t matter. If it’s a bunch of small gifts, though, I’d prefer that they were something practical. I try to keep clutter to a minimum, although I’m discovering this week that I still have way too much stuff.

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