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I got told off yesterday by my ex for not updating my T&SRC (Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge) page. A while ago I asked him to add more linky things (I can’t get my head around it, and with a friend like him, I luckily don’t need to!), and he did. And I’ve done nothing with them. So today, like a good little girl, I made a list of all the novels I’ve read for it, and which ones I need to review for the challenge. Uh.. well… I need to do three. Ugh.

I’m not the world’s biggest fan of book reviewing. I don’t know why, I’m just never sure what to write that doesn’t consist of ‘I love this’ or ‘I really liked that’, I think I always sound uneducated and ridiculous (not really selling my blog here for when I do a review am I?). I think it’s one of those the more you do the better you get things. With three books to do (plus another when I’ve finished my current book) hopefully I’ll get better at it – and more confident.

I’m really proud of my achievements today. I decided last night I NEEDED to be more productive at work – in the sense of doing things for myself, not work-work, I’m very productive there – so first thing I did when I got here was to write a list. Here’s how my list looks as of now:

  • Apply for a job
  • Apply for a job
  • Edit section 1 of writing course assignment
  • Edit section 2 of writing course assignment
  • Finish story for Fiction Friday this week
  • Make list of books to review for T&SRC
  • Text 2nd job boss for hours this w/e

It’s not brilliant, but it’s pretty good. 4 out of 7 items done. I’m happy with that. It’s it so predictable the writing course items are the ones not done. I’ll try to get some done after the gym tonight!

The whole finish the story for FF is a little unfair not to cross off. True, I’ve not finished it, but I have written 1200 odd words towards it – it’s turning into something much bigger than I thought it would be. I’ll have to finish it tomorrow, but inside I FEEL like I’ve ticked it off.

Also today, I’ve spent quite a lot of time on Twitter and Google Reader, reading and commenting. I’ve not done much commenting for a while and I miss it. I’ve done lots today.

I don’t think I’ve written about how much I love this Google Reader thing. Laura Best told me (and the world on a post which I’m not going to be able to find in the time I have available) about the wonders of GR – how you can have all your blogs you like to read in one place. I’ve always had the WordPress ones here on my blog surfer, but never really followed anyone else’s – cause you know, how would I get to them, know when they’ve posted etc. In fact that’s actually one of my reasons for loving Twitter – some people tweet when they have a new blog (me!). Now with GR I can import (I don’t know if that’s the right word) all the blogs I want to read to one place. It’s AMAZING. Except I’ve not been keeping up with it when I add people so I have like 3 million unread posts. Ok, maybe not 3 million, maybe just 165. That’s enough.

Tomorrow I HAVE to enter Rowan Coleman’s Status Short Story Competition on Facebook. I think it’s maybe a month or so since I entered it. That’s bad. I just can’t think of such small stories. I’ll have a long think tonight. Or tomorrow morning.

I also need to crack on with Rowan Coleman’s Short Story Competition. The real one to win mentoring with her and stuff. I don’t know why I can make myself sit and write 1200 words for a ‘nothing’ story, but when I have one I NEED to write for a competition, I can’t make myself sit and do it. I think the fact that it is such a SOMETHING story is a bit scary, so I keep putting it off for other things I say I ‘need’ to do. I notice my excuses for not doing it get more varied every day. I’ll be so mad at myself if I don’t do it.

Tomorrow. I will do it tomorrow. Or over the weekend. I need to check the closing date actually. I think it’s about a week away. Eek. Oh well, at school I always left things to the last minute and I got through – I’m sure I can pull this off!

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An Evening Post – What a Novelty

I don’t know if I remember ever writing a blog in the evening. I’m sure I must have done at some point in the last 16 months. 16 months, yeah that’s how long I’ve been blogging. Craziness.

Today’s been quite a good day. I applied for a job, wrote about 350 words from a prompt from the Novelkicks website (which I managed to make the beginnings of a love story!) and carried on adding blogs to Google Reader.

Google Reader. I am going to LOVE it. All the blogs I read on WordPress I obviously can read on here, but there are loads of blogs that are on other servers (is it a server? website? I dunno) that I’ve never had easy access to. I know I could’ve subscribed to them, but my inbox gets full enough without emails every time someone updates their blog coming in too. But Google Reader? I can have them all in one place. Its going to be a revelation. Once I’ve added everyone’s blogs. And that’s going to take a while.

I’m nearly at the end of 1984, still loving it. It’s just got a bit nasty. Teeth, rats. Ugh. I also accidently read the final words today. I was seeing where it ends, cause it ends before the end of the book, when I found it and somehow read the last words. Which has kind of wrecked it. Really annoyed with myself. I’m still going to enjoy getting to the end though.

I think once I’ve finished it, I’ll be needing something pink and fluffy. I’ve heard a rumour my housemate’s just got Girl Friday by Jane Green. That would suit. But she takes forever to read books, so I probably won’t get a look in until August. I’ve got After The Party by Lisa Jewell, but I think I’m still not in the right place emotionally to be able to read it. It’s about a couple that were once so right for each other falling apart. After my recent break up, I don’t think it’s something I should be reading. Whatever happens in the end (whether they get back together or not) it’s likely to upset me.  I’m going to have to leave it a big longer before I read it. Which is a shame, because I really want to read it.

There’s a book that a couple of people have recommended I read called Eat, Love, Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert which has been made into a film. I’m thinking of trying a theory. I generally hate movies that have been books I like… so what if I watch the film, then read the book? I don’t think I’ve ever done that before. But I might try it with this.

I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about an experiment that’s happening on Twitter called One Book, One Twitter. The idea is that as many people as possible on Twitter read the same book at the same time – American Gods by Neil Gaiman. That ‘same time’ is May and June. I really wanted to be part of it, but only have a few weeks left to read it. So that really should be my next book. The library doesn’t have it, and I’m a little broke at the moment, so I don’t know if that will happen. I think it’s worth not eating for a few days to be part of that, it’s cool. Plus, I won’t really not eat, I’m not that broke!

Right, I think that’s all for now. I think I’ll go and write a few job application cover letters. Oh goodie!