Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

Are you introspective?  Do you not consider yourself anti-social but find small talk to be not only boring but annoying?  If you do than you can relate to Jace, the main character found in this book.  She is an amazingly oblivious intellectual that lives life in her own way and at her own pace.  The hardships that she has suffered through would make a grown man cry but Jace just keeps on dealing with the hardships of her second life.  Didn’t I mention that she was murdered and brought back to life by a Norse Goddess?  Silly me, these details sometimes get away from me.

If you want to read about an introspective loner that lives in a huge house full of women, serves as a warrior for a Norse deity, finds kinship in a house full of intellectuals under service of another Norse deity and will literally jump out of a moving car to get away from small-talk, then this is the book for you.  The fast moving plot keeps your attention while the quirky characters keep you laughing out loud.

If you have trouble with women calling each other ‘bitch’ and ‘heifer’ then you might not like this book. (or anything that Shelly Laurenston writes, because, yeah, they are two of her favorite words.)

Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley

This is not my favorite series.  Not because of the writing, but simply some of the aspects of the ‘world’.  If you enjoy romances and don’t mind a bit of steamy stuff then this is certainly a book worth looking at.  The characters are pretty well developed, flatter than some I have read but with more dimension than most romances.  As the plot advances we get to know the characters a bit better, they see in each other some beautiful character traits.  I supposed if I had been reading this series from the beginning, and I have already read more of the series than I thought I would, then I would have already met the brothers and gotten to know everyone involved. Jumping around the series as I have been tending to do I got a little lost with all of the names and am missing quite a bit of the backstory.  Unfortunately unlike Laurenston, Geary, and Robb’s books I don’t feel the need to go back and familiarize myself with the series more.
Admittedly I am really hung up on the Collared Shifter’s aspect of her books, I cannot get past the isolation and collared nature of her shifters.  I guess what I really cannot get past is the lack of progress that they make.  If you can get past that then this is a steamy romance with a couple of very likable characters.

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin

This was absolutely fabulous. If you have ever listened to Welcome to Night Vale, then you need to listen to this audio book, don’t read it! I have no idea how you would even consider reading this book instead of listening to it. The utter weird that comprises this book can only be truly experienced by listening to someone crooning the gruesome descriptions of the librarians in your ears as you drive down the road. If you are a librarian that tends to be sensitive about your profession, of weak constitution, or just not able to deal with the insanely weird, then do not bother reading or listening to this book…or probably any book I review…This is not a book for the weak or faint of heart.

If however you listen to Welcome to Night Vale and enjoy it, think of this as a 12+ hour episode of Welcome to Night Vale. It arguably has more plot-line than a lot of the episodes, but enough weird to make up for it. If you like weird and audio books then I really recommend you subscribe to the podcast of Welcome to Night Vale, it really is good. (I am not sponsored by Night Vale or any of its subsidiaries and purchased this audiobook with my own funds.)

Goodnight Night Vale, Goodnight.

Speed Reading Does Not Work

http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/features-issue-sections/16352/speed-reading-does-not-work/

This article essentially proves the statement they make in their title.  While moving your eyes occurs during reading it is not the source of slow reading.  Speed reading is the bunk everyone likes to think it is, if you think you are speed reading what you are really doing is skimming and inferring a lot from your previous knowledge.  In addition the test that prove comprehension are rigged, and those apps just flashing one word at a time are not helping you read faster, they are just making it harder to comprehend what you are reading.  Yet another example of you can do it quick or you can do it right.

 

Top 10 Tools To Get You Writing

http://www.shesnovel.com/blog/top-10-tools-to-get-you-writing/

This has some great ideas, from adjusting your workspace to making sure that you have scheduled time to write.  The author mentions several tools and ways that they can be adjusted to fit a busy authors life.  From 2 different types of planners, scrivener (again) physical notebooks and how she uses them, etc, this author is a font of advice.

I love how she describes what she has used in the past as well as what has failed her.  Wikipedia, failure, enough said.  Using Pinterest as a source of inspiration for your main characters, I never would have thought that and now have a burning desire to start a board featuring one of my characters, or maybe a few of my characters, How many private boards can you have?

This is a really great article to help prepare you for writing fiction, or to inspire you to get back to writing fiction by supplying you with ideas and tools.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener

http://michaelhyatt.com/switched-to-scrivener.html

This is an article detailing the productivity/writing tool of Scrivener.  For $45 the author states that this is a great tool to get all of your writing done.  Allowing you to set up binders, corkboards, organize research, etc.

This sounds like a great tool if you do most of your writing in a single location, or on a single machine.  While you can set up a ‘Household’ licence ( they’re British) it only works for one type of machine.  If you have 3 windows computers and a Mac you need to buy a separate license for the Mac (or windows computers depending on where you first installed/purchased the program).

I would like to get into writing more, but since the vast majority of my waking time is spend at work and often at different jobs I cannot see using this program at this time.  Not to mention that the $45 price tag is pretty cost prohibitive for me.

In the future, when writing takes a higher priority in my life, then yes.  This would be a great tool for me.  I may even think about the iPad version in the near future, $25 is a bit pricey but not the same as ‘Half of a weaving loom’.

Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton

This was a really good book. Admittedly it was more about the photographs than the stories, but while a picture is worth 1,000 words a few words can put the picture in context. There are some amazing life lessons, it was really remarkable how much information the author managed to get out of these individuals. I am really happy that I managed to finish this book, it really helped to remind me that you never really know what someone else has gone through.