Reading isn’t writing

but it still beats staring at the wall, right?

^_^

I spent most of yesterday re-reading a story Bree wrote a while back, the one about Leah and Jane and Beau.

I love that story just as much as I love the story about Jenna & Lucas.

I did write a little bit on Thursday while we were at the library but nothing very important.

I got a LOT of traffic after I posted about my baby loss and now it’s gone back to normal numbers (around 10 views a day lol). The graph looks depressing but that’s only because I got 107 views the day I posted about Chloé and it kinda blew up my stats.

In RL news, pretty sure the gearbox of my car gave up on life. We had to ring AA (or AAA for you Muricans) to come get us. *sigh* I wonder how much I’d get if I sold a kidney.

I read fanfic and I’m not ashamed of it

I fell into fanfic back in 2007.

I can’t remember exactly how I ended up looking for Spuffy fanfiction (not that I knew that was what it was called at the time), but I found some and I was hooked.

Looking back, my marriage was breaking down at the time so diving head first into fanfic was probably my way of coping with that and escaping…

I read a lot of stories, for a while back then I was the 3rd most prolific reviewer at Elysian Fields . Spuffy fanfic did what Joss Whedon hadn’t done and gave Buffy and Spike the happily ever after I wanted them to have.

I also got into beta’ing for some of the authors I met on the archive and one of them pushed me to write. In 2008 I wrote 1200 words, which I posted on my LiveJournal account. A couple of years after that, I was beta’ing a story for my friend Kitty and I kinda wrote the last 2 chapters of her 3 chapter story…

That was the first time I wrote smut. It scared me a bit. These days, not so much.

I branched out a little bit and read Supernatural fanfic (Dean centric) and some Sanctuary stuff too but nothing grabbed like Spuffy had.

I kinda stopped reading fanfic in 2009 but kept in contact with the people I had met because, well, they are my friends now.

I still beta from time to time. I have a chapter to do today and send back so its author can post it on the archive. I read one of her fics the other day so I’d be up to date with the chapter she sent me.

One of the friends I made in the Spuffy fanfic world is now writing The Walking Dead fic and I love what she writes so I’m branching out and reading her stuff.

Her author name is Serenity and she has 2 fics (Daryl-centric) up on a TWD fanfic website.  Never Too Late   which is finished and Need You Now which has 6 chapters up at the moment but I know she has about 100 chapters ready to post for that story if you want to have a look.

/pimping

#fanficcanbeawesome #fanficcanalsobereallybad

Sisterhood blog hop

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I was tagged for this Sisterhood blog hop by Susan Kicklighter whom I met on Twitter. I have been nominated for a couple of blog hops and kinda forgot to participate. Not sure why I decided to do this one, especially since I am a bit unwell at the moment and my brain isn’t cooperating…

Anyhoo!

The rules for this blog hop are:

  • Link your blog back to the blogger who tagged you
  • Post the Sisterhood logo in your blog post
  • Answer the 10 questions you were asked
  • Nominate up to 10 bloggers to answer 10 questions of your choosing

Below are my answers that Susan asked in her Sisterhood of the World blog post :

1. What’s your least favourite book?

I loved Pride and Prejudice and I loved the movie Emma so I thought I would give the book a go. It did not work. I could not get into that book, at all!! The endless wonderings inside Emma’s brain were too much.

Also, I had to read L’étranger (The Outsider or The Stranger in English) by Albert Camus in high school and to this day loathe that book.

2. What’s your favourite book from childhood?

I can’t remember! Maybe The B.F.G.

3. What author(s) inspired you to become a writer?

Hmm not sure how to answer that one… I write because I need to get the words out of my head, but I don’t have any real ambition to publish a real book. I mostly read crime, paranormal or romance and I write erotica.

The first thing I wrote was Spuffy fanfic. 🙂

4. How do you feel about eBooks?

I like them but I like ‘real’ books waaaaaaaaaaay more. I have a Kobo that I use when I remember. I’ve put some of Bree Guildford‘s stories on there, and some real books too (like The Benevolence Archives Vol.1 by Luther M. Siler which I read last month and loved). A real book doesn’t hurt as much when it falls on your face… 😉

5. Are you a compulsive reader or do you take your time getting through the story?

If I really like a book, I will not want to put it down. At all.

6. Which book(s) have you reread the most?

booksEvery Woman For Herself by Trisha Ashley is my favourite book. I’ve read it a bunch of times and each time I love it a little bit more. I used to get it from the library but kept looking for it in every book store. I’d emailed Trisha after reading her book Singled Out, which I’d found completely by chance while on holidays. One day she emailed me saying she’d found a copy of Every Woman For Herself (she knew it was my favourite book EVER) in her attic and was wondering if I’d want it. The answer was of course yet. ^_^

I’ve read Et si c’était vrai… a few times (I do own a copy in English, it’s called If Only It Were True). I love that book, and its sequel. I watched Just Like Heaven, the movie loosely based on the book, it was OK as a movie but too different from the book I know and love.

7. If you could live in any world depicted in a book, what would it be?

My 11yo daughter said Hogwarts. I like the Parsonage at Upvale (yes, back to Every Woman For Herself…)

8. If you could kiss any book character, who would it be?

Ooh… Umm… Mace from The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston (but then I’d want to do more than kissing…)

9. Do you communicate with your favourite authors on Twitter?

Yes! Well, some of them…

10. If you could have dinner with four literary characters, who would you choose?

Lizzie Bennett, Lestat, Matt Scudder and Charlie Rhymer

I now nominate these lovely ladies to join me in this Sisterhood blog hop by answering the questions above on their blogs.

Bree Guildford – https://breeguildforderotica.wordpress.com/

Sotia Lazu – http://www.sotialazu.com/

Rachel Woe – http://rachelwoe.com/

Drema Drudge – http://dremadrudge.com/

Monique – http://writenotereviews.com/

Rosalie Stanton – http://rosaliestanton.com/

Angela Caldwell – http://angelamcaldwell.com/

Teaser Tuesdays: Red Wolf by Liza Marklund

I just found out about this and I think it’s a great idea.

My problem is I haven’t read a book in ages and feel bad about that. Yesterday I started reading The Benevolence Archives by Luther M. Siler on my Kobo but I wanted to use an actual real book made of paper for this (partly because I don’t want spoilers and it’s easier to flick through than on the e-reader).

So instead I picked a Scandinavian crime thriller that I bought a week ago (from the discount table at the Warehouse because I liked the cover) and started reading while we were at Toyota waiting for the Warrant of Fitness on my wife’s car, and that I haven’t picked up since. Ooops. Though I would like to point out that slow writer me did write 2400 words in that week.

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Here’s the teaser:

“I’m in one hell of a hurry,” she said. “Is there any other way of getting there?” The driver looked at her over his shoulder with a scornful expression.

Here’s the blurb (apparently it’s Book 5 in the Annika Bengtzon series but I won’t let that stop me) from Goodreads:

A journalist is murdered in the frozen white landscape of a northern Swedish town. Annika Bengtzon, a reporter at a Stockholm-based tabloid, was planning to interview him about a long-ago attack against an isolated air base nearby, and now she suspects that his death is linked to that attack. Against the explicit orders of her boss, she begins to investigate the event, which is soon followed by a series of shocking murders. Annika knows the murders are connected. At the same time, she begins to suspect that her husband is hiding something, and nothing can counteract the loneliness that has crept into her life. Behind everything lurks the figure of the Red Wolf, a cold-blooded killer with the soul of a lover. In the end, she must discover the truth not only about the murders but also about the lies that are destroying her own family.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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!

Oh ScreenTime app, l love you!

We got our kids tablets for Christmas (my stepmum sent Christmas/birthday money for the coming year), the same ones that were on the news for the alleged easily accessible porn downloads (I had a look before we gave them to the kids and no, it wasn’t that easy, I mean, what kid, when going on an app download app, will scroll down 5 pages to find the ‘Adult’ section when the ‘Games’ one is right at the top?).

First thing we did was to download the Screen Time app that gives us control of what apps the kids have access to and how long they spend on their tablets, by that I mean, they get a daily limit and when it’s gone, it’s gone.

It’s the summer holidays at the moment so they have 5 hours every day (it will go down during school time). For the past week, Aidan has spent about 4 hours watching Minecraft videos (curse you Stampy!) and run out of tablet time around lunchtime.

About three days ago I told them that when the bedtime block kicks in at 8pm the only app still available to them is the e-reader. Gabrielle has made use of it and last night, this happened… aidanMy little man (he’s 7) decided to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I’d just read him 3 chapters of the hard copy of the book). He read them again but I don’t care, he’s reading!