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Posted by on April 24, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: When someone in your life passes do you pick up a book hey liked or one that reminds you of them to read?

With last week ending with the memory of Prince being gone for a year and this week starting with my Great Grandpa Mort passing away, I find myself pondering these topics lately. I am sorry if it seems melancholy to any readers, I suppose it can be. Honestly for me choosing to do some action like read a book that person enjoyed is a way to celebrate their lives. Now if I can just find the one that my Great Grandpa liked (I know it is here somewhere..in my spring cleaning mess lol) I can read it.

So what do you do?



Posted by on April 23, 2017

Another Sunday is here, and for me it is a lazy Sunday. Means my to do list is only one page instead of like 5. Anyways, afraid I do not have much in the way of bookish news to say this week. It has been a tough week for a lot of reasons and I did not get much reading done.

The biggest reason it was a tough week for me is that this week on April 21st 2017 marked the one year anniversary of Prince’s death. It is still a large open wound for me. I find myself want to cry when I think about the loss, the world as a whole has lost so very much in that soul. The world is a little darker thanks to it, and the other loses we all suffered in 2017. At least we know one day we will all sing together again. No matter what your belief is I think we all get a happy place. My happiest place will certainly involve the likes of Prince.

Another reason it has been a tough week is that my sweet fuzzball Kirk has not been feeling well. I think he just has a touch of a spring cold but given what a tough year it has been already I can’t help but feel all of my mom alarms going off at once. I have lit a candle, watched him eat and drink and rubbed his tummy. All things he was happy with.. he drew the line when I started trying to make him stay where I wanted him. Fair enough I know I was being a bit of a suffocating Mom. The vet took my call as well and said it sounds like he’s just a little stuffed up and he should be okay but to bring him in if I feel the need or anything gets worse. I steamed him a bit in the bathroom which did seem to help a bit, even if it did make his hair frizz. So I am trying to quite my frayed nerves.

I have also been having some major stomach trouble especially the last two days, but I am just going to leave it at that. You guy’s don’t want TMI info there. But it has made me a little grumpy to say the least.

On the bright side I have been able to channel my worry and frustrations into something good. I have been playing with and making several kinds of slime this week. I only recently was shown that apparently slime is a HUGE thing right now, like seriously HUGE one account I follow on Instagram has 361K in followers. I honestly had no idea. I have been making slime since I was a kid, though we called it GAK haha. It was one of the first major science things I did and have off and on made some to play with ever since. Now I see there is a whole new vocab and things to do with it and its been fun and interesting really to read up on it. So I channeled some of the bad vibes into making and playing with some Slime and have come up with a few really nice ones that have been nice stress relief for me.

I have also managed to get some expected packages in that I needed for a cosplay costume. Also sent out my first large wholesale order and it arrived safe and sound as well. So all in all while the week has been tough and I have not been able to read much, I have managed to find a bright spot or two within it.

Here is hoping for a better week ahead in the new one. How did your Sunday and week in general go?



Posted by on April 18, 2017

 

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

“All at once he crashed, turning white as the blood drained from his face. Angus broke through the group, grasped the handle, and in a smooth, confident maneuver removed the knife. I saw the deep wound between the knuckles begin to seep just a bare amount of dark-red, almost black, blood.” ~ Select (Untitled #1) by Marit Wiesenberg 2%



Posted by on April 17, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have a favorite time of day to read?

Taking a little bit of an easy way out this week, sorry about that I had to fill a large wholesale order for my shop and am a bit tired.

I tend to like to read in the evenings after everyone has settled down for the night. I am a night owl anyways and am often asleep during the day I admit, lol but I do like the peace of reading without a lot of interruptions. I will of course read at any time of day when I have the chance, but oh I don’t like interruptions. It never fails if I read before other people in the house go to bed or even the dogs and cats settle for a while, I am going to end up setting down my book at least 10 times in the space of a few hours. If I wait though I can generally have peace and not have to set down my book at all.

How about you?



Posted by on April 16, 2017

 

Not going to be a very long post this Sunday, I would just like to wish everyone a happy Holiday no matter which of the Spring Holiday’s you celebrate. Whether it is Passover, Easter, Ostara or any of those I may not know about make it an enjoyable one. Remember to spend time with those you love because we never know when any of us are getting off this ride we call life.

 

Every moment and every time we can say I love you to someone we love should be taken and cherished. Life is all to short to not enjoy those loving moments no matter how small they may seem at the time. In the end they will add up to be the big moments and the ones we wish we could have back when someone we love is no longer with us.

 

Love is what carries us and love is what will heal the world someday.



Posted by on April 11, 2017

 

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

 

“Whats wrong with the wind lately,” Fay muttered to herself, tucking a curl back in her hand-knitted hat (orange, like the glass of her teardrop pendant.) Her hair was always like this, frizzy and all over the place, which was exactly what she liked about it, except on blustery days when every strand seemed to have a mind of its own. ― Looking Glass Friends: A Novel Inspired by Real Love Letters Kindle Edition
by E. L. Neve



Posted by on April 10, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION:What’s the coolest name you have ever seen in a book? Would you name your offspring after said fictional character?

 

I read a lot of books with different names from ancient times to the fun fantasy names. I actually had to sit and think about it and I ended up going with the names from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I know most of them are just curious takes on words and names but they are still pretty cool. I would say Rhage or Tohrment would be my favorite. I wouldn’t name a child after them but there are other more normal names I would lol like Hal. Hope Monday goes well for everyone.



Posted by on April 9, 2017

 

I hope that everyone had a good weekend and a relaxing Sunday. I need to take my own advice when it comes to relaxing on Sunday’s though, I am terrible at it. I tend to use Sunday as a day to catch up on everything that I am behind on from the week before. Terrible right? At least this week I managed to get a little bit of sleep before I dove in and tackled the behind on stuff.

I am still in a full fledged spring cleaning kind of mode and that is great except that it puts me behind on other things I should be doing. Anyone else have that problem? On the good news side of things I am still on track for my reading challenge this year, I am almost done with a huge wholesale order for Creations of Bastet (excited about that) and overall I am starting to feel a bit of my stress and Machiavellian mood lifting. It might be baby steps but I will take them.

Now it is time to run into a new week..here comes Monday.



Posted by on April 5, 2017

THE PRINCE was written by Niccolo’ Machiavelli in the 1500s. It has continued to be a best seller in many languages. Presently, it is translated into modern English, with illustrations by Benjamin Martinez and an Introduction by Adolph Cso.

The Prince is a classic book that explores the attainment, maintenance, and utilization of political power in the western world. Machiavelli wrote The Prince to demonstrate his skill in the art of the state, presenting advice on how a prince might acquire and hold power. Machiavelli defended the notion of rule by force rather than by law. Accordingly, The Prince seems to rationalize a number of actions done solely to perpetuate power. It is an examination of power-its attainment, development, and successful use.

Ah yes, another Machiavellian text, what can I say I was in a mood to read the old classic. So many who pick up Machiavelli see his work as a general list of how to be a jackass while running whatever part of the world you are in. I see it as more than that, the bottom line and Machiavelli is so right in this that when you are governing there is no place for you to put your own stamp of moral thoughts onto events happening around you. Morality is a moving target and seen differently by everyone for one, then there is the simple fact that while we might wish to be idealistic, real life is rarely forgiving enough to allow that to happen.

Communism as an example, at it’s stripped down basic core is the desire to have everyone be equal and on the same level. Of course we know that is not how it worked when implemented at all. Those in power were still in power and would always set themselves above the others and punish anyone who thought differently in brutal fashion.

Or how about those Princes and Princesses who thought it was their good and moral duty to press upon the people they ruled over their own religious ideals and outlooks. Those who failed to conform were burned at the stake so that their soul could be cleansed from their sins as they left this earth and get into heaven. I am fairly sure those people would have rather not been burned at the stake.

This has been a bit of a rambling review, sorry about that the bottom line is that I find the Prince interesting reading and I don’t see Machiavelli or some of his views as evil. He makes many valid points that still ring as true today as they did in his time. As always, reading the Prince has got my mind thinking again and looking at past events as well as modern ones in a slightly more Machiavellian fashion.

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Posted by on April 4, 2017

 

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Running a little behind today sorry about that! I thought I had this post scheduled and have been neck deep in spring cleaning. At any rate without further waiting here is Teaser Tuesday.

ETA: It would seem my blog is also having fun changing publishing dates on me. Gonna have to check that glitch. So sorry everyone.

 

“Simha had rented 300 seat theater downtown for auditions on Monday and Tuesday evening in the second week of May. The wooden stage was wide but a bit shallow. Black curtains hung down on the sides, hiding the wings. A plain white screen hung down, hiding the far back stage and back brick wall of the theater.” ― Mary Poser: Butterflies and White Lies as Bollywood Comes to Nashville by Angel A.

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