Hi friends! I think it’s pretty clear we’re uh … >.> pretty chill here at ALBTALBS (A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet). Also that blogging has become largely dictated by various aspects of my health. I’m a bit mixed because I feel like I should apologize, but also that I absolutely should not because you know. Medical issues. A) It’s absolutely not something I can control, and obviously if I could I wouldn’t be in the boat I am now. Which speaking of boats, perhaps someone should send one because holy cow all the rain of late.
ANYWAY. That’s the vague update on the “state of things” currently. Now let’s get to the fun stuff which is … books I’ve read from January-June 2018. I’ve already posted Aidee and Babs‘ lists, which you should definitely check out. They had some overlap.
I haven’t been reading as much this year – but it’s been picking up some, and I always hope to read more. So here we go! This list also isn’t set in stone – it’s what I have documented which may be hit or miss. Continue reading →
Hi friends. ALBTALBS has been basically inactive since early October … and hopefully that changes soon, but no promises.
It’s entirely my fault, so my apologies to the ALBTALBS review team that had reviews set, to people with expected posts, and to anyone who expects new content. [The last one is me poking fun at myself because I don’t think there is anyway, but you know, hope springs eternal?]
If you play along with me on social media you may have noticed I’ve been a lot less active there as well. [It might not seem that way, but I truly have been.]
I also haven’t been reading, or basically functioning.
What with work, and constant migraines, and just all the things, I’ve also played countless rounds of the fun game “where is this blood coming from?” [Spoilers: it was always me, and it was never fun.]
Just … wanted to have a placeholder and kind of let people know what was going on. And hopefully have things figured out soon with more regular content, and possible [back]dated posts.
Thanks, all, and much love for hanging in there with me. <3 <3 <3
This happened last month. I had this whole blogiversary bash planned out. But … do you guys remember last year? When I was trying to figure out a blogiversary prize? And then I joked that I was going to give everything to me?
Well… I kinda did that this year. :X
Let me explain.
I slacked off. Shamefully. I really stressed about it, and stayed up until 3AM or later on some nights, bu then I was like … you know what? This should be fun. And I do deserve a present. >.> This year has been … well, usual. From a death in the family the first week, to more deaths and drama and stress, and … just you know, it’s ok, and not ok. And that’s just how it is.
Then nearly every time I try to do something Firefox is just a bitch. I know it’s my fault, for having like a trillian windows open >.> But you have no idea how irritating it is to constantly deal with the spinning rainbow wheel of doom.
And damn. I didn’t want this to be an all whiny bitchy post. But to explain. I feel like I should say sorry, but I also can’t because I’m not sorry. I mean, I’m sorry for letting people down, for dropping the ball, but I’m not sorry I did it. (So wouldn’t that make this one of those hated “I’m sorry you got hurt” apologies?)
I WILL post everything, and back date, and do what I was supposed to, and starting now keep on schedule to the best of my abilities. I wanted to explain, and also to say THANK YOU for sticking with me, for being the strong, and for allowing me to give myself the gift of doing “nothing.”
I also want to blog about what I’ve been reading more – ME. And I welcome all of you to join me. <3 Then hopefully you like the new things I have planned in 2014.
Just wanted to let you know – things have been crazy. And mostly crazy in a not so great way. I wanted to apologize for the sporadic postings. A lot has been going on, and then internet, and being ill, and then burn out. You might be surprised at how much diva attitude there is behind the scenes. And how quickly that makes you not want to do a damn thing.
I am trying though. And hope to back date and post a lot of reviews when I get back. There are supposed to be Thursday and Saturday posts, but I am not sure how the formatting went. (Maybe I’ll get access and be able to confirm, but I’m going to be without any sort of personal computer for a week.)
Next – for previous prizes; I recently noticed there were a lot of emails that got buried – so please know that from the ~February on? I’m going to double check. My apologies – that’s on me.
It’s 3:20 AM and I need to be up in 2 hours. … What up with you?
[Obviously being up SO late with such little prospective of sleep makes me really bitchy.]
Hopefully the rest of this week will be more of a recharge. And winners will be posted when I have computer access again as well.
And for your entertainment, remember to check the tags. We haven’t done this in a while.
Friends, in the ALBTALBS world, I like to make things a little fluid. Here, it’s a lot fluid. (In fact, way more fluid than even I’m comfortable.) As in, let’s all agree this post is as dated. Please indulge me – and know that I am very sorry and contrite.
That being said, let us all welcome the wonderful (and patient) Nico Rosso! Today (ahem! September 30th) is his wife Zoë Archer’s birthday! His post was actually supposed to go live the Thursday before this one but… well you know. Real life hasn’t been my best friend lately. And I thought it’d be super cute that this post went up on Zoë’s birthday. (Somehow it was really underlined thus in my mind.)
Anyway, I think we have a great post here. And also? Please respond, and ask him all the questions you have. Because I can’t imagine Mr. Rosso will be coming back to visit any time soon – all my fault. (Although I do try my best to keep things running here!) So anyway, give him a warm welcome, and please make up for my shortcomings, okay?
Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Limecello.
When I’m writing, I try not to lose sight of the final goal: telling a good story to the reader. I’ll try to put myself in the reader’s shoes as the book unfolds. I’ll ask myself questions as I go along: Is everything making sense? Are the characters compelling? Am I using the senses so the reader can feel, smell or taste the environment I’m creating?
But writing is also the journey for the writer. Every day isn’t easy, but there’s always something to be created or learned. And sometimes it’s more than that. Life throws a lot of adversity at everyone. Nowadays, it seems like a heavy rain of trouble has been coming down on a lot of people I know.
Just like reading fiction can be an escape for a reader, the process of writing it has helped me deal with the burdens of the world. In my latest steampunk Western, Night of Fire, the hero, Tom Knox, and heroine, Rosa Campos, must defend their home town from an evil mining company’s rolling fifty foot rock eating machine. This device starts out a few miles from town and seems unstoppable through most of the book. As I was writing it, I was able to centralize my concerns in the world into that one villain. And I could use my hero and heroine to stand up to that threat.
It isn’t always that simple in life, and I think that’s why reading fiction is important to us. Hope is a strong salve, no matter if it’s given to us from the so-called “real world” or a book. Writing it was the same for me, giving me a sense of a clear struggle between good and evil where good always prevails. At least during the time while I was writing, there was relief from the nebulous troubles of the world.
Life will continue to bring ups and downs. Through it, we readers and writers can find escape and hope in the romance and adventure narratives that pit our heroes and heroines against great evils, giving them the stage to prove how extraordinary they are, while showing us that the ability to persevere is in all of us – written or real.
So here’s my question for you: Is there a particular book that has helped you through tough times?
One lucky guest will win a free paperback copy of Night of Fire. Good luck!