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Happy New Year 2014!

Jan
02
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It’s a new year! The last one positively flew by, didn’t it? It’s taking me a little longer than I thought to get things up and running again – I left kind of a big mess after moving hosts. I had no idea just how big, or how long it would take me to fix it. I am chipping away at it, and I still have another week until school starts. I will get it done!

A new year means a new beginning here on Creativity’s Corner. Personally, in 2014, my goals are balance and positivity. With that in mind, I’ve written some new guidelines for myself and the blog.

Balance:

  • Each week I will limit myself to one post. Conversely, I will allow myself one post a week unless my workload for the week is absolutely 100% prohibitive. This means I WILL SET ASIDE TIME TO BLOG EACH AND EVERY WEEK.
  • I will set lower goals. Previous years I challenged myself to read more than I ever had before. This year I choose a smaller goal, a mere 100 books. I hope this means I won’t feel guilty when I don’t have as much time to read (or rather, when I’m reading something like 600 pages/week of academic literature and don’t feel like reading anything else).
  • I will print out and participate in the 2014 Book Bingo Challenge (official post coming soon), but I will only challenge myself to complete one “special” win. No need to add pressure.

Positivity:

  • In an effort to be more positive, I will only be devoting full reviews to books that I enjoy. That was the original intention of the blog after all – to discuss the books I love. I will continue to mark all books read on GoodReads, and each month I will do a round-up post including all of the books I read.

This new set of guidelines probably mean that some of the non-review posts, like discussions, will be cut back quite a bit. BUT, they should also mean that I will be able to post semi-regularly at least.

What are your goals for 2014?





Hello, old friends

Dec
26
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Hello friends! It has been far, far too long and I apologize. Apparently doctoral work is about ten times harder than I imagined, and I imagined it would be pretty hard!

The good news is I have finished my first semester, and next semester looks much easier! I will be taking three masters’ level courses, mainly to fill in gaps that I missed by skipping a masters’ altogether. That means I will be able to return to blogging (I hope). My schedule will be fairly sporadic: I’m only planning one post per week until I see what this next set of classes turn out to be like. I hope I can get myself back into good habits and continue the blog – I really really missed it this past semester!

In the meantime, look for a few extra posts this week and next as I catch up, including next year’s book bingo challenge (which is already up over on Kristilyn’s blog – I’ll admit, I was feverishly writing a 20 page paper when that went up, so I’m totally behind!) and a few short reviews of the few books I managed to read over the semester. I have a lot of catching up to do!

Happy Holidays everyone!





I am still alive! (Mostly)

Oct
06
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I’m here! Only for about ten minutes, but I’m here!

I happened to have a lull in homework for the weekend (for once!) and I really miss you guys! I have to say, I’m glad I put the blog on hiatus, even if it means not talking to any of you for a long time. Schoolwork has been incredibly busy and stressful, and I haven’t even had time to read, much less blog about it! I bought Crown of Midnight the day it came out and it is still sitting on my nightstand, a bookmark barely a quarter of the way through it. Between a weekly paper on original research (that is ALWAYS ripped apart in front of the class :/ ) and at least 200 pages of scholarly reading for another class, I’m barely sleeping. And I thought I’d be able to blog – HA!

I have taken this opportunity to get myself going on comic books. I’ve always been interested, but never really taken the time to do anything about it. Reading a comic book takes a little less brain power when I’m dead tired, but still give me that comforting feeling like reading does. So far I’ve read All-Star Superman and the first volume of Saga.

Anyway, how are you all doing? I hope everything is going well, and I hope I can be back with you on my breaks!





It was the best of times…

Jul
11
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Hello everyone! It’s been a while hasn’t it?!

First off let me say that yesterday was my 3 year blogiversary! It has been a wonderful time and I am so glad that I chose to fill my spare time with this project.

My life has changed a lot over the past 3 years, and this is where the sad news comes in. Getting ready for grad school (at least when you’re a music major and they require several entrance exams) takes a lot of time. Getting ready to move out of state takes a lot of time. Doing both together means that my days are overfull. And unfortunately, that means blogging has to take a backseat. I honestly don’t want it to! But right now my blogging process goes something like this:

1) Realize as I’m going to sleep that I didn’t manage to do anything for the blog today… AGAIN.
2) promise myself that tomorrow, after I finish these TEN THINGS on my to-do list (and after work of course) I may work on my blog.
3) (tomorrow) come straight home from work and begin working on that to-do list.
4) finish the 8th or 9th thing on the list and realize that it is now 10:30 PM and I have to be up again at 6 am.
5) feel guilty that I have YET AGAIN failed to blog and swear up and down as I climb into bed that I will do it tomorrow (after I finish these 10 things on my to do list, plus that one I didn’t get to today.)

As much as I love you guys, and as much as I love blogging about books, I cannot have this guilt in my life any longer. And so, it’s with deep regret that I place the blog on semi-permanent hiatus. I’m not ready to completely give up yet. I have a few posts still scheduled that will run sporadically over the next few weeks, and I hope to be able to check in every once in a while with a short recommendations post or the like. In the meantime, I wish you all well, and I hope to see you around Twitter sometime. *passes around cookies and hugs while trying not to cry*





Creativity’s Corner is back in business!

Jun
30
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Hi there! How have you been? Long time no see, yes?

it’s been a rocky few weeks here on Creativity’s Corner. Between a hosting move, several trips to other parts of the state/country (picking up furniture for my new apartment and family wedding – YAY!) and studying I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like. The good news is we’re finally moved to the new host, after a few tense moments since I’m not particularly computer savvy, and I’m planning on staying home for a few weeks, so I might actually get caught up!

That said, there’s still lots to do to get ready, what with studying, painting furniture, making curtains etc. The likelihood is pretty good that there will be a few posts I miss, and comments I don’t get back to. So I apologize in advance if things get a little sporadic around here. At this point I don’t intend to shut the blog down, so even if it has been a while since you’ve seen me, I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can.

Have a great summer and I hope I’ll see you soon!





Vacation is over

Jun
10
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Isn’t a little vacation nice? These past few weeks have been awesome! For one thing, I got to spend a whole weekend visiting with Kristilyn from Reading in Winter! We had a lot of fun hanging out, working on puzzles and just getting to know each other IRL.

Okay, so my smile is terrible, but here: Proof!

I also did a lot of catching up on my studies – I’m out of the Middle Ages now! Only 1600 more years of composers to go! I didn’t spend enough time working on the blog, so coming back was… bumpy to say the least. But, I’m back now! I have some fun things planned for this summer, so we’ll see where this goes! Keep an eye out – I’ll be looking for some help sometime soon. For now, if you’re someone who loves contemporary and would be interested in doing a guest post of recommendations or a general discussion, please let me know!





Time for a little vacation!

May
20
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Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let you all know that I’m going on a short two week hiatus. Don’t worry! Nothing is wrong. But the next few weeks are going to be pretty busy between guests and a band concert and all sorts of different things. I’m also hoping I can take this time to do some serious blog planning, and really start to get myself ahead (and out of the reading slump!) I won’t be gone completely – probably you’ll still see me on Twitter – but a little R & R is definitely what the doctor ordered, so maybe not.

In the meantime, I hope all of you have a great couple of weeks!





Wanted: High Fantasy

May
17
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Wanted Button

Thanks to Kristilyn for designing the button!

Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

You know what I used to read ALL. THE. TIME. in high school and haven’t touched now in years? High fantasy! I used to love that stuff – the epic quests, the insanely huge world-building and all that jazz. Now, I know those books still exist, and new ones are written every day. In fact, I have a majority of them on my TBR list to pick up someday. But I’ve mostly stopped reading them, because almost all of them could be used as DOORSTOPS. So, more accurately, what I want is high fantasy that isn’t a million pages long! Anywhere up to, say 500 pages is fine – usually I can get through those in a few days and still manage to get through enough in a year to fill up all my review spots. More than that, and I’m looking at a week to a week and a half per book, making it difficult for me to keep up with my two-reviews-per-week schedule unless I’m quite a bit ahead. And worse, many of these high fantasies feature not one, not two, but TEN doorstops, each topping out between 700 and 1000 pages – it’s just too much! I can’t afford the time! A few less pages, and I guarantee you’d have another reader!





Times, they are a-changin’

Apr
12
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As you might have seen on my Clock Rewinders post on Sunday, I got into grad-school! The offer was a (very) good one, and so I signed the next three years of my life away. At first I felt all:

Who da man gif

Not me. I’m da WOman!

But then I sat down and really began to think. The past two years have been amazing – I’ve taken the time to really figure out my blogging style. I’ve had time to hang out with all of you in the comments and on Twitter. I’ve participated in events, read tons of books and really fallen in love with blogging “my way.” It was great, because I had the time. I could spend entire days working only on my blog if I wanted to.

All of that is about to change. I’m going to be trying to complete two Masters degrees, each of which, taken separately should take approximately 2 years, in just 3 years. On top of that, one of those degrees is a research based degree, requiring lots of papers, and “strongly recommending” presenting research at national conferences on a regular basis. I’m also hoping I can get a part-time job to help with bills and get experience for my resume. Instead of having lots of free time for blogging, I have a funny feeling a lot of my time is going to look like this:

Cheezburger: Work - I is on top of it

When it’s not on top of me, burying me alive

What does all this babble mean?

Basically what all this means is things are going to change around here. First of all, starting Monday I am cutting back to 3 posts per week. That way, I can spend the summer getting ahead so I can spend the first few weeks, or maybe even a month, settling in and not worrying about the blog. The revised schedule will be as follows (days with a / between two types of posts indicate a bi-weekly rotation):

Monday: Media Monday / Bookish Bucket List

Tuesday: Open

Wednesday: Review

Thursday: Open

Friday: Wanted / Discussion post

Saturday: Open

Sunday: Clock Rewinders

Creativity’s Corner wants your help!

That’s right, I am also asking for your help! To help fill up some of those open days, I am looking for 1-2 associate reviewers.

The details:

  • An associate reviewer would post 2-4 reviews a month in any genre besides straight-up erotica (I link to the Children’s Resource Center at work, and would prefer not to put any unsavory material where they can find it).
  • I’d also appreciate willingness to occasionally take over a feature or discussion post for a week (say exam week, or “RESEARCH PAPER DUE YESTERDAY” week), but that’s not necessary. Anything beyond that is welcome, of course, but further involvement would be up to you.
  • Everything else is negotiable – if you’re worried about anything, don’t hesitate to ask.

You might be interested in this position if: a) You’ve always wanted to blog but don’t want to start your own blog just yet, b) You’re in a similar time-crunch predicament, can’t keep up on your own blog, but would still like to post reviews somewhere, or c) You read so much that you can’t post all your reviews on your own blog.

If you’re interested, please email me through the Contact form with the following information:

  • A little bit about yourself
  • The kind of books you like to read and review
  • Why do you think blogging is important?

For those of you who don’t fit any of the categories above, and aren’t interested in the position yourself, please spread the word! You never know who of your friends and/or followers might be interested!





Happy Valentine’s Day

Feb
14
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Happy Valentine’s day everyone! I hope you all know how much you mean to me *passes around huggles and chocolate to everyone* You are the bestest of the best and I will love you forever, I PROMISE! Here’s to YOU!

 

Have a great day, and read a good book on me! :)





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