Back and ready to blog!

Greetings everyone! I am back after my week off. Sometimes you really need to detox from all the craziness that is the Internet and social media. I wasn’t completely offline, but I kept away from the negativity as much as I could. Unfortunately, there is a LOT of negativity out there right now.

I will try to keep the negativity off the blog though. Because I need somewhere that is tension free.

So here’s the plan. There are several things I’ve been wanting to do here for a while. I want to keep up with book reviews, naturally, but I also want to incorporate some short stories as well. There will also be the usual community memes, because they’re fun. Another thing that I’ve wanted to do, have tried to do in the past, but not been able to get it together, is do chapter-by-chapter analysis reviews. I’ve been trying to decide what books I want to do this with. At first, I wanted to go back and re-read Harry Potter, since there is a lot of material there to go through, but I also wanted to do something a bit more recent. So I came up with a compromise. The first book I will do will be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This is the script from the play that was produced in London, which is a sequel to the original series. After that, I’ll do the original series. I also have the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie I actually didn’t see (I’m such a bad HP nerd!!). I have heard that the script adds even more to the experience, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

In any case, check out the blog going forward for every kind of bookish nerdiness I can think of throwing at you. Enjoy!


Taking a break . . .

Staying off social media for a while, at least the next few days, to try and avoid some of the nastiness that is sure to be going around in regards to the presidential inauguration. I’m not going to get political here, mostly because both sides of the argument are spewing a bunch of garbage and hatred and I really can’t deal with it right now. My social anxiety has been going through the roof lately, and that is caused by social media as well, not just with dealing with people face to face.

In any case, I know I had said that I would blog every day in January, and I’ve done pretty well so far – I only missed one day. I’m going to change that goal in light of all this and come back to the blog on January 30th with some new things I have planned.

See you then!

Let your geek flag fly . . .

Today has been a pretty low key day, but hey, it’s the weekend, right? I’ve spent most of my time sitting and working on another crochet project while watching Critical Role on Geek & Sundry. It’s a web based show about a group of people who play Dungeons & Dragons. What’s fun is that all of them are voice actors who has lent their voices to various animated projects and video games, so they can really be creative in making their characters sound really cool.

I’ve always loved role playing games, although I haven’t had much chances to really play them. I love that they are a combination of game play and story telling which is guaranteed to be completely different every time. Plus, I really, really love collecting dice.

Just a few of my dice.

One of these days, if time and social anxiety allows, I will find a D&D group somewhere local and join in. It would be really fun.

Giggles and snow . . . 

It has been a very loud weekend here at the homestead. The girl child, who is twelve, has decided she wants to be social, and since it was going to be a snowy time, she asked to have not one, but two friends spend the night. So three middle school girls, plus the boy child.

It was very loud. Lots of giggling, some arguing. 

That was Friday night. Then Saturday came around. Another friend turned up to play in the snow. One of the girls went home, the other asked to stay another night. Then the girl who came over Saturday was invited to spend the night. So we still had a houseful of kids, just a slightly different composition.

We are finally back down to one kid – all the guests went home and the boy went back to his mom’s. It is finally quiet.

The cat is most appreciative.


We have lots and lots of snow, or at least a lot for around here.

Yes, that is my Christmas tree out on our back porch. We had an outdoor tree this year because of a certain curious cat.

And speaking of curious cats.

She is very confused by all this falling white stuff! This is probably only the second time she’s seen it, so she has no idea what’s going on.

My girl child had some neighborhood friends spend the night, and today another friend turned up, so it’s pretty loud here today. I predict lots of snow ball fights later.

Random Post is Random

It’s been kind of a weird atmosphere today. We are expecting a large snow storm to come through our neck of the woods, which for North Carolina usually means maybe a couple of inches of snow. The problem is that no one knows for sure how much there will be – I’ve heard everything from a dusting to almost a foot. My town pretty much shuts down when there’s much winter weather, so it sounds like we’re going to be hermit-ing it up here. Not that I mind.

What else is going on. Oh, I am working on a new crochet project. Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this or not, but I crochet like crazy. It’s my go-to stress relief activity and I love it. Of course, this means that I have ended up with more scarves than I will ever need or want. This is not a scarf, but I’m not going to tell you what it is yet. The colors are pretty though!

Some day I will actually figure out a good way to sell some of my stuff. I tried Etsy for a while, but it’s really hard to get any good traction, and I’m not very good at trying to advertise to drive people to my store. I might try it again at some point, and be a bit more obnoxious this time.

What else, what else. See, when I don’t feel like putting together a book review and don’t have a community post to do, I have a hard time thinking of things to say. That’s part of why I wanted to challenge myself to do this blogging every day thing, but it means you get stuck with random ramblings like this. Oh, Random Ramblings. Maybe I should rename my blog that. I kind of like it!

I do need to tell you the story of my job, but that can be another tale for another time. Because boy did a lot of things happen!

Felicia Day and Human Behavior

Happy Thursday, folks! I have enjoyed the holidays, but I will be glad to be back on a normal schedule again. I barely know what day it is any more.

So as I mentioned in my WWW post yesterday, I read Felicia Day’s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost). I will probably do a proper review tomorrow, because what I want to talk about today doesn’t have anything to do with the book.

I am a big fan of Felicia’s. I loved The Guild more than most things, I enjoy the videos on her YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry (I’m watching some as I’m writing this post). She always seemed like a very nice person, with a goofy and slightly neurotic personality that I felt was very similar to my own. You know when you follow a famous person and feel like you know them, even though you’ve never met or spoken or anything? I feel that way about her.

Does that sound creepy? I hope not. I didn’t mean it creepily.

Anyway, I was flipping through my Twitter feed a couple of days ago and saw the following post from Felicia:

She’s coming in about three weeks so I guess I should announce this and stuff.

Along with a picture of her pointing to her very obvious pregnant belly.

I was so surprised! It was like hearing exciting news from a distant friend. I was stunned that she was able to keep it secret for this long, because Hollywood just has a way of exploiting things like crazy. But most of all, I was really happy for her

The next day, I was on Facebook and saw that she was listed as trending. No surprise, since she had just dropped a bombshell of an announcement the day before. I don’t usually click on the trending stuff, but I was curious to see if there was any more info (since all she really said was that the baby was a girl). I was very surprised to see some of the posts.

I know this is the Internet and that as such, no one should ever read the comments about anything ever, but it really made me sad to see what people were posting about Felicia. Several people posted along the lines of, “who the hell is this person and why does anyone care if she’s pregnant,” or “ugh, I hate her and her baby.” There was one person who made speculation about why she “hid” the information about her pregnancy, that maybe she was ashamed of it for some reason. And those were the mild posts.

What the hell, people?

I don’t understand this. At all. I know it happens all the time against all different kinds of people from all walks of life, but I absolutely hate that this has become the norm for our Internet interactions. If I saw a celebrity that I wasn’t familiar with had posted something like this, I would just ignore it. It has nothing to do with me. Or, if there was a lot of buzz about someone, I might post something on Facebook asking my friends who the person was. I’d be curious maybe, depending on the news, but not in a negative way. Or even if the news was about a celebrity who I don’t particularly like, say Justin Bieber or someone like that, I still wouldn’t post a big ol’ negative post. What is the point?

Trolling has become what the Internet is for and that makes me so unbelievably sad. It’s beyond wondering why we can’t all get along, or at least treat others as you would like to be treated. I will never understand the mentality of someone making personal attacks and insults to someone who just wanted to post a baby announcement. I know Felicia has experienced this sort of thing many times before, but I’m sure that it is never easy to deal with. I went from feeling happy for her to just feeling sad. No one should have to deal with such negativity while getting ready to experience one of the most important things in her life.

She probably won’t see this, because I am pretty much a nobody on the Interwebz, but Felicia, I wish you all the best with your baby girl. You are going to be an awesome mom!