E-Reader Scare

I had a bit of a scare with my e-reader last week. The latest books I bought were not syncing to my reader, and I’ve come to depend on my regular syncing. After doing some research on one of my favorite forums, I ended up uninstalling Kobo Desktop and reinstalling it. Everything transferred over fine, so all is well. It was a rough 24 hours or so, though, until I figured everything out. LOL.

In other news, yes, I’ve got yet another blog design. I was really missing the purple of the original design. I thought about having a new one made with my old image, but I decided that it is a little dated. So, a bit regretfully, I decided to set aside the old image and go with a new design altogether. I’m really liking it so far. Designer Blogs has some great templates for both Blogger and WordPress, so I definitely encourage anyone to check them out.

Locked Out . . . but I’m Back

I’ve been locked out of this blog for months after my PHP was upgraded last autumn. Turns out I had a number of features that didn’t work so well with the new PHP, and that led to a bunch of error messages where a dashboard should be. Lots of searching turned up a solution, finally. And I celebrated by updating the look of the blog. I kind of miss my reading girl heading, but I needed a refresh. Designer Blogs is my go-to place for a new look these days because they offer a nice range of premade designs for WordPress.

I want to start using this blog again, even if it’s just to log what I read without providing much commentary. And I plan to write about a variety of things. For instance, Free Comic Book Day is coming this Saturday, so check to see if your local comic store is participating.

I am about halfway through Dancing with Death, a true-crime book about the murder of Jay Orbin.

Dancing with Death

It’s a fascinating read so far. It helps that the author was able to interview the suspect as well as many of the peripheral characters. It creates a fuller picture of the people involved. More on that when I finish the book.

Thanks to Dear Author, I just picked up Sandy James’ All the Right Reasons. Yet another e-book on the TBR . . . my Kobo is packed with books, but this one sounded good (and is free!) so it’s on my reader now.

Not sure if anyone out there is reading this, but if so, tell me what you are reading these days.

Confessions

The impossible has happened. I’ve gotten a bit tired of romance novels. I didn’t want to accept it, but the evidence was mounting—feeling restless while reading, starting a handful of books without finishing them. So my reading has slowed down a bit as has the blogging (as you’ve probably noticed). I haven’t completely stopped reading, but I seem to be sticking with autobuy authors for now.

To fill the void, I’ve been reading graphic novels. I’ll probably review a few here in the next while.

Life in general has taken a bit of a downturn. The company I work for has been hit hard this year (following a slow decline of several years). I made it through one round of layoffs, and I’m told there won’t be more this year. That’s the good news. The bad news is my own situation has worsened. I’ve started selling items on eBay—you can see them here—and I’m considering ways to supplement my income. I need to build a nest egg.

So that’s where things stand with me. Not sure who’s still following this blog, but I’m still alive, still reading, and still planning to blog, even if just sporadically.

Anyone have a good book recommendation for me?

Anniversary

This month marks four years since I started blogging here.

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I’ve enjoyed it immensely. To celebrate, I’m holding one contest a week all month long. I’ve got some autographed books to give away, and each week’s winner will get to choose one.

Watch for each week’s contest post. The first one posts tomorrow.

Crunch Time

It happens every year, but this time it snuck up on me—crunch time at the day job. Once it hits, it lasts a month or two. I’m sure I’ll still post, but if it’s less frequent in the next few months, you’ll know why.

I’ve been looking into the Firefox commenting issue. A couple of my coworkers visited and tell me that they can comment here when they are in Firefox, but the box is “Waaaaaay at the bottom.” (Yes, that’s a direct quote.) Yikes. Anyway, I’ll have my designer look in to it, but as a temporary fix, see if scrolling will work. Also, feel free to comment if there are other viewing issues on the site. Just let me know what browser you’re using so I can investigate.

A Letter

Dear Spammers,

Thank you so much for your attempted contributions to the conversation. As much as I appreciate comments on my blog entries, your long lists of links add nothing meaningful. Until you can come up with something that actually relates to the topic at hand, your comments will continue to be deleted as spam.

Sincerely,
Alyssa

P.S. I love comments from real people. Really! If you want to say something, jump right in. :)

Settling In

I’m in my new home, and I’m so excited about it! Celia at LS Designs updated the site for me, and I have to give her a shout-out. She’s fantastic. Visit her site to check out more of her work.

The main content changes are the headings at the top. You can find out more about my scrapbooking and eventually I will have links to all of my reviews for The Romance Reader.

Even better, I can set up frequent blog entries without having to get in blogger every day. I’m going to start with a couple of posts a week, then increase.

That’s it for now. Thanks for following me over here, and welcome!

Coming Soon

This blog will soon be moving. I recently moved my author site to WordPress, and now I love it. I’m especially fond of the ability to schedule posts in the future. So I’m moving this blog over in a week or so. The look will be similar to this one, with a few added flourishes. I’ll post a link once it’s ready to go.

That means I’ve been going in and adding labels to the posts I hadn’t gotten to. I don’t know if that means these posts will show up again on blog readers. If they do, you’ll know why.

I’ve also decided I need a challenge to get me scrapbooking again. So my goal will be simple–a two-page layout every two weeks. That should be doable, and maybe it will help me get my craft room straightened up a bit as well. I’ll post the scrapbook pages here, so this will be my scrapbooking and reading blog.

I’ve been plodding my way through true-crime book Murdered Innocents, by Corey Mitchell. I think it could have been shortened considerably. Sometimes condensing is a good thing. I’ll decide whether to finish it. Maybe I’ll just skim to the end.

Eeek!

I had to switch over to the new version of Blogger today. My blog didn’t give me any choice. I’m hoping nothing broke in the switchover . . .

Audiobooks

I’ve got a column about audiobooks at Romancing the Blog today. I came up with the topic because I’ve been shifting my audiobooks from the flimsy paper boxes they come in to vinyl containers from AudioEditions.com. Kind of expensive when you add the cost of the audiobook and the binder, but based on how often I listen to my audiobooks, I think it will be worth it. At the very least, I’m hoping it will help me keep better track of my cassettes.

Yes, it’s true, I have more than a dozen books on cassette. The reason–my car has a tape deck, not a CD player. I’ve still switched to CDs, but I don’t want to buy CDs for the ones I already have. Most of my audios are of the In Death series, although I have several others as well. I use them a lot from the library as well.

Anyway, I hope you’ll stop by and read the column.

My contest is still running. Visit this blog entry to read the details.

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