Archive | June, 2014

Favorite Adaptations – and Why

16 Jun

Huge thank you to Straight From the Library for the first review of this tour – I’ll keep my answer brief, a picture below, please don’t look if you’re squeamish; I sometimes talk about my job with the civvies and I start grossing people out. Basically I plead stupid as to why I’m being so brief.

As of right now, I’d say my favorite movie adaptation is the Lord of the Rings movies. I don’t think they’re perfect by any means, but I watch them yearly with my dad and I’m constantly noticing new things in the background.

Another favorite adaptation is the graphic novel of The Last Unicorn, which I got signed just a month ago by Peter S. Beagle – the art in it is beautiful, and it follows the book a little bit closer then the animated film. I also adore that film – mostly because of That Tree. You know of what I speak.

Okay – picture below. It’s not that bad but don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Why don’t I want to elaborate?

















Baby’s first stitches. This also hallmarks my first non-sport or non-driving injury; I was doing a unit check and wasn’t paying attention and slammed my finger in the side door of the ambulance (which I found out later is spring-loaded and is a way more common injury then I anticipated). I didn’t want stitches, but the doc said due to my job, it was better to be safe then sorry. It was interesting getting my finger frozen though. Closest I had to that before was getting my wisdom teeth pulled. Anyhew – my fingers are still bruised but it doesn’t hurt to type anymore, but what remains wounded deepest is my pride.


Yet Another Book Tour

8 Jun

Sorry I haven’t been updating, but so much for lifehacks for a sore throat – this flue has literally been going on for about two weeks now. I’m mostly better but when the pager wakes me up and I go on the radio, I still sound like I swallowed a frog. Ah well; I’m stuck working this weekend but the weather is lovely (it got a little windy – the closer I go to the old homefront it keeps calling me back) and I just found out I got made permanent right near where I moved – so I don’t know my summer schedule yet, but hopefully I’ll be able to commit to When Words Collide this August – I’ve never been but more than a handful of other locals say it’s a great convention. The pluses definitely outweigh the minuses in my profession in terms of shift work, but it would be nice to make summer plans soon. I do know I’m going camping and the dog want to go swimming, so I guess it’s just a matter of when exactly.

Anyway – doing a book tour – it’s a reviews only tour, not because I need my ego stroked (it’s self-stroking) but because review are so far what’s been helping me tell people why they should give me a chance. So far I’ve been trying most of the methods that work for other authors by my publishers – so far I’ve sold the most books to people in person, and I’ve seen them pull away and check Amazon/Goodreads before taking a chance. I’m more then cool with that so hopefully we’ll get some good variety. I was advised by this organizer to leave a comment at the bottom of the reviews – I’ve been trying the ‘leave it alone’ approach, so I’m going to stress that I’m not going to comment or be (any more) snotty regarding the reviews – just thanks for taking the time to read them, and possibly ask some sort of question. Today, the organizer is having a party all day, so you can check out a bunch of different books that’ll be blogged throughout the day – I’m going to post mine later, as it looks like we’re about to get geoposted (ambulance thing, not a book thing). The party is featuring everyone who’s doing a tour this month – they go review services for tons of authors across different genres, so I say pop in throughout the day to find something completely different, enter a contest, and see what’s new.

As for me, here’s the list of where my reviews will be this month:

06/09/2014 Our Wolves Den
6/16/2014 Straight from the Library
6/23/2014 The Reading Addict
6/23/2014 MAD Hoydenish
7/7/2014 Deal Sharing Aunt

And as an added bonus – I’m doing a giveaway – one of those five reviewers will win a $25 Amazon/online Gift Card, and you can too, just by leaving a comment with these reviewers. I’m really very flexible; if you’re a Kobo or Barnes and Nobel reader, I’ll honor those too – you need to tell me where you live so I don’t send you a Canadian Amazon GC or something silly.