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Sunday Salon: “Yeah, Keep Ranting. We Know Who’s Really Doing the Planting”

Posted 24 January, 2016 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, memes

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Time //  11:46 A.M. EDT

Happenings // I’ve been dealing with a lot of family/childrearing drama. See my Open Letter to Nameless Atlanta-Metro Montessori, but I think that nightmare has run itself down. Thank goodness.

Thinking // About the community. I’m coming up on almost three years of book blogging. Of course I’ve been blogging since, ’99 or 2000 using sites like Xanga, Livejournal, and Deadjournal respectively. I suspect I’m not alone in having been a personal blogger long before becoming a book blogger. In fact I know I’m not alone (hi Monika!!).

There’s been a lot of Twitter chatter and subtweets that seem to be floating around that, whether their authors intend so or not, make the authors themselves seem like crotchety old hens (or cocks). I don’t understand the need for these people to tear down “new” bloggers through subtweets on how wrong they’re doing things. Whether it’s what we choose to read, how we choose to set up our blogs, or whatever I just wonder why people concern themselves with so much of it.

Can we also talk about // how it’s okay to write about things that have already been written about before? Everything under the sun has been done once or twice before, so why do we take the dismissive attitude of ‘been there done that’ when another blogger brings up a discussion point? My personal bugaboo is when people dismiss discussions on plagiarism, but that’s not the only thing that we tend to get dismissive of.

Subtweeting // Drives me battyI know, let he without sin… etc. But there are those out there who do it way more than others almost whimsically. If there are posts that bug us so much why are we taking the time to read them, let alone subtweet about them? Why not leave a constructive comment on the post and let the person know how we feel? What’s the use of subtweeting?

Yes. I see the irony that there are those who will view this post as a massive subtweet – but I’ll go ahead and tell you right now, I’m not talking about any one person, or any groups of people – I’m just putting this out there for everyone’s consideration.

Look // I’m not the blogging police, nor do I have the time, energy, or inclination to be. I just don’t understand why we can’t be decent to one another.

Well, that’s all she wrote, Reader. I’m done with the ranting. Admittedly I’ve been less than active in the community lately, but the cracks seem to be widening and I wish there were a way to reverse it.

April

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Sunday Salon: After Hours Edition

Posted 13 December, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, musings

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Time // 10:38 PM EST

Reading //  EVERYTHING! Honestly, I’ve been reading like a crazy person the last week or so and it’s absolutely magnificent. I finished two Tournament of Book long list titles, the entirety of Joe Hill’s amazing graphic novel Locke and Key, an ARC, maybe two… In short, I probably have about ten books I need to review but I don’t want to stop reading long enough to write a review post. It feels goooood. On the other hand, I need to crack down next week at…

Work // Last week of court for the year for me. Tons to do tomorrow and the rest of this week so I guess I’m really going to have to crack down on myself. Made myself write a review of a delightful book that ended up on the Tournament of Books 2016 long list. It should go live in about an hour. Speaking of…

Tournament of Books!!! // Obviously I’m thrilled the long list has been released, just as obviously there’s no way I can read the entire long list. Take a look, what interests you? Personally I think Mort(e) sounds just weird enough to be amazing. We’ll see.

I think I’m going back to the books, Reader. I’m about a quarter of the way through David Mitchell’s newest Slade House. (I know, late to the party.) What are you reading?

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon : December Edition

Posted 6 December, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging

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Time // 3:37 EST

Working // On Christmasing the house for The Girl. Personally, Christmas is one of my least favorite holidays, but you know… it’s for the kids, etc. Yesterday we put of the tree and today I put up the sixteen foot Darth Vader in the yard. It. Is. Fabulous. See: Instagram. Child for scale.

Reading //  Like a fiend! Fates and Furies really was a slump buster, and currently I’m four books behind in my Goodreads challenge, but I’m busting my hump to get to my goal of 105 before the year ends.

Attending // The local Bar Association’s Christmas party next Friday. Networking… it’s the best worst. But I have a pretty green dress to wear, so there’s that.

Thinking // …of lots of things, but my desire to get back to the books seems to have driven what I was going to say out of my mind.

Looking Forward // The hubs 50th birthday is at the end of the month so I’ve planned a trip to New York City to celebrate. We have some tickets to Hamilton, which I’m super psyched about and we’ll be there for New Year’s Eve, with a hotel that overlooks Time’s Square. So we can check that off the bucket list. Note: We have no intention of going IN TO Time’s Square on NYE, just to overlook it from the roof of our hotel which is offering an open bar from 9 pm – 2 am.

What plans do you have for the holidays, Reader? 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Hamilton Edition

Posted 22 November, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, memes

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Listening // to Hamilton. I’m practically totally obsessed with this musical. Shannon at River City Reader and I even started a quirky Tumblr about it. Elect Hamilton. It’s a crazy mashup between the Hamilton musical and the 2016 American Presidential elections. Apparently the Hamilton musical and Harry Potter mashed up is a thing too, Tumblr’s a weird place.

Finished up // with a game night with co-worker friends. We started tame with a game of ‘Encore’ which is a board game circa 1987 that involves music. Ended, naturally, with a completely magically horrific game of Cards Against Humanity. Goooood times.

Game Night!

Game Night Selfie!

Reading // Getting over my reading slump. Knocked out about four books in the past week, I also feel as if I might be getting some blogging mojo back, but I don’t want to say that too loud for fear of jinxing myself. I’m still six books behind on my Goodreads goal, but I’m hoping I can knock some out during all of my downtime. (I have no downtime.)

Cannot be trusted with // Star Wars merchandise. Seriously, this news that Disney plans on putting out one Star Wars movie a year until people stop buying tickets could be terrible news for my checkbook. I totally have a thing for Darth Vader. Nothing you can say will stop me.

So it’s been a pretty good week. How was yours, Reader?

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Saturday Night

Posted 17 October, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, musings

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Time // Saturday, 10:25 PM EDT

Watching // George Lucas films. Just finished up A New Hope, starting up on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Why? Well…

Receiving // THIS MAGNIFICENT CHRISTMAS DECORATION.

16 foot Darth Vader Christmas Lawn Decoration

Sixteen foot Darth Vader Christmas Lawn Decoration

I have researched my new HOA bylaws and there is nothing that should prevent me from putting this sixteen foot magnificence in my front yard. At least not this year. There have to be perks to owning a home, right? I am so freakin’ excited.

Reading // A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Still wending my way through Accidental Saints and Furiously Happyreally need to start of Fates and Furies for the upcoming Socratic Salon discussion.

Work // My last trial week before the new boss officially starts is coming up. I’ll be so happy when he starts because it should take my caseload down by a third

Writing // …or thinking about writing, a comprehensive review on my re-listening of Stephen King The Dark Tower series, a chat about hearing Jenny Lawson speak and meeting her a second time, and probably a review of the newest Atwood. Among other things.

I thought I had more to say, but apparently I was wrong. How was your week, Reader?

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Where I’ve Been Busy

Posted 11 October, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging

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Time // 9:30 AM EDT

Excuses // I’ve been away for a hot minute y’all. Which I know is what I say in every Sunday Salon post that I write after a prolonged absence. I’m clearly not blogging, I’m not doing much reading anything that requires my eyes, but what am I doing you might ask? Moving, working, general adulting. I refuse to join the cult of busy for the sake of busy… but I’ve been busy.

The House // Is moved into and in order. Painters are coming tomorrow on the U.S.’s ‘Subjugation of Indigenous Populations Day‘ I mean, Columbus Day. But since it’s a federal holiday and I work for the county, I will work on this most noble of holidays. (I mean seriously, how come we haven’t done away with Columbus Day yet? I don’t get it.) Anyway.

Work // Is what is keeping me away.

Exhibit A: My Active Caseload

Exhibit A: My Active Caseload

I know that John Oliver (who I adore) did a whole segment about the problems we have in the U.S. with the lack of public defenders — and I agree, but I really felt that the segment was one sided. It’s true that 90 – 95% of cases will plead out before going to trial and while I am in whole-hearted agreement that there are people who are unfairly targeted by the police and who are indeed innocent of the crimes they have been arrested/indicted/accused of – I’ve also seen enough evidence, even in the backwoods south that many that plea out are guilty of what they’ve been charged with. The unfortunate truth is that the U.S. justice system would collapse without plea bargaining, we don’t have the infrastructure or the manpower for every case to go to trial. Right, wrong, or otherwise – this is the case. I’m not claiming our system is perfect, but to paraphrase Winston Churchill, it’s the worst justice system in the world, except for all the rest.

Lately // I did finally start Furiously Happy and it’s furiously amazing. AnnaSaurus Rex and I went to see Jenny Lawson read and get book signed and I had her sign as Stephen King just like last time. I’m still wending my way through Rev. Weber-Bolz’s essays in Accidental Saints. Expect a write-up soon on how fabulous she was to meet again.

Next Up // I’m going to start Fates and Furies as soon as I finish off these two essay collections. That’s coming up for Socratic Salon pretty soon.

Playing // Deck building games! Largely on my iPhone. Anyone play Tanto Cuore, Penny Arcade: The Game, or Dominion? If so – hit me up, I’m often looking for a game!

Okay, it took me all day to write this post, Readers. How was your week?

April

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Sunday Salon: #boutofbooks Edition: On a Monday

Posted 17 August, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, memes

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Time // 7:14 PM EDT

Motivation // Hahahaha. So. I totally couldn’t rev myself up to write a post yesterday, so here we are now. I totally forgot about #boutofbooks starting. Though I’d like to think that I’m going to read this:

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A crate full of case files.

I’m not bitching. I’m enjoying the work and it’s good to be doing something useful, but I’m about to start feeling overwhelmed.

Because // We found a house. The inspection didn’t turn up anything too concerning, so we should be closing sometime next month. It’s closer to my work so maybe I’ll have more energy for all sorts of things… like reading, blogging,… family. Who knows.

It’s pretty much taking everything I have not to make a list of things I need to do here for my own edification. How was your week Reader? Plans for #boutofbooks?

April

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Mini-Bloggiesta Goals

Posted 11 June, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging

Really I’m feeling pretty satisfied with the look and feel of the blog, so sadly I won’t have a whole lot of fun technical goals this Bloggiesta, but things I really need to do:

  • Write reviews like a crazy person. I need to get ahead.
  • Update my Twitter profile to include my Socratic Salon participation.
  • Get out there on the interwebs and start commenting on other people’s blogs! I’m so woefully behind.
  • Twitter chat!
  • Add the Socratic Salon graphic to my sidebar.
  • Check out the mini-challenges. See if anything strikes my fancy.

Giddy-up, Reader! Are you participating in Bloggiesta this go around?

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Finishing May

Posted 1 June, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging, musings

Finishing May

 

I managed to eke out eight books in May. Three re-reads, two audio, four ARCs.

A few for The Socratic Salon, a few for my own personal edification, and a few because they’d been sitting around long enough that I felt they needed to be read, reviewed and ditched. It’s a tough call between Girl at War and The Shore for the best book of the month, but I think ultimately, for me – it has to go to The Shore. Both were brilliant debuts, don’t miss either.

Planning

I think I’m going to listen to the entire Dark Tower series on audio. I read it years ago and have been meaning to re-visit it for awhile. So why not now? Why not audio? The narration on The Gunslinger was decent and I’m probably halfway in to The Drawing of the Three.

Feeling

May has been a bit slumpy with blogging and with life. I hope to see that pick up in June but there’s much going on and parts of me are having a hard time finding joy in anything. (Cue the Abilify commercial.)

The U.S. Supreme Court… failed to really clarify anything in the realm of internet threats today with it’s ruling Elonis v. U.S.which is disappointing but seems to be on par for the Court this term. Basically, the opinion stated that it’s not enough for prosecutors to show negligence with regards to internet threats, but the state must show some sort of ‘mental state’ for the speech to be criminal. It’s quite a crazy case, with Elonis having made threats on Facebook to kill his wife, federal agents, and a classroom full of kindergarteners. Free speech, it’s a fine fine line sometimes.

I’ve got nothing else, Reader. How was your May?

April

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