After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hanging out with authors

So, I don't have any pictures from this weekend, which I'm a little sad about, but I volunteered to help my friend Sarah sell books at the Young Authors' Conference on Saturday this past weekend, and I got to hang out with Mary Robinette Kowal (author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, and Without a Summer), Jim Hines (author of the Jig the Goblin series, the Princess series, and the Ex Libris series), Courtney Moulton (author of the Angelfire series), and Aimée Carter (author of the Goddess Test series and the upcoming Blackcoat Rebellion series).

Needless to say, I was pretty excited about the whole thing. Mary is hands down one of the most interesting people to talk to. I mean, the woman does everything. In addition to writing novels, she is a professional puppeteer (she does everything from sock puppets to shadow puppets to 125lb life size puppets), she is an audiobook narrator, she makes her own Regency dresses based off of authentic patterns, she teaches classes on both writing and narrating. Honestly, the list goes on and on and she's always a delight to talk to. Jim is an all around fun guy to talk to, and this is the first time that I've ever had a chance to really sit down and talk to him. We discussed ALA and discovered our shared love of Doctor Who, as we were both there in our Doctor Who t-shirts. Aimée and Courtney are always a blast. The two of them are best friends, so it's always fun to see how they play off of each others strengths at these events.

I would say the event itself was a success for everyone. The kids seemed like they were really enjoying themselves, the authors thought the kids were really engaged in the seminars, and even the parents were enjoying themselves. I'm looking forward to volunteering again next year!

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