Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Here's a hodgepodge of things I threw out about three years ago and they're all relevant today.

Reviewing bad books: What's a bad book or a good book is really subjective. I guess instead I should have said reviewing a book that doesn't work for you. I was following a twittersation between two book bloggers recently and one of them said if she reads a book that she doesn't care for, she won't tell her readership about it. Instead she discusses it among her circle of friends. That made me pause and wonder, aren't you doing a disservice to people if you don't at least tell them about it and let them form their own opinion? I know that there are books that I've reviewed here and hated that others loved. By the same token, there have been books that I loved and people questioned my sanity.

Would you rather reviews of the not-so-good books or would you prefer the rainbows and unicorns reviews?

I'm not doing NaNoWriMo and here's why: For those that don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It starts November 1st and ends November 30th. There's a website dedicated to all of the wannabe writers out there who cheer each other on and encourage them to complete their 175-page (50,000 word) novel. I tried it last year. I was hyped about it. And by November 11, I quit. As I said last year, I'm a reader, not a writer. Some people can do both, and do both well. I'm not one of those people.

For all of you that feel the inner author in you struggling to get out, I encourage you to participate. If you're an author trying to complete that book you've been working on for the last ten years, this is for you. In the meantime, I'll be raising the roof in my Snuggie, cheering you on, while reading.

Anyone participating?

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: I stan for all things Peanuts, especially Snoopy. One of the reasons I love this time of the year is the seasonal Charlie Brown shows are starting. Never mind the fact that I own them all on DVD and can watch them at any time (and do). It's all about Snoopy rising up out of the pumpkin patch and scaring the fool out of Linus. Last year someone on Twitter swore up and down that one year the Great Pumpkin actually rose up out of the patch? I've been watching Snoopy do his thing for almost 40 years. Ain't no Great Pumpkin rose up outta no patch! (And yes, it was very necessary to say it just like that, grammatically incorrect and all).

I don't know where you'll be tomorrow at 7 p.m. central, but I'll be parked in front of the TV watching Linus make a fool of himself once again.

 So what is your favorite Peanuts holiday cartoon?

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