I cycle to work after I take Emma to school and I cycle home after dropping her off, which comes to about a 40 minute commute. A commute I spend listening to podcasts. Additionally, I have a hard time falling asleep at night and listening to fiction podcasts helps me unwind and actually drop off. So I get through a lot of podcast hours. In 2011 and 2012 I did In your Ear posts, recommending the podcasts I listened to on a regular basis. After skipping it last year, I thought I’d bring it back this year, since I’ve discovered a lot of new podcasts in the past two years! So for those of you unfamiliar with the wonderful world of genre podcasts or those looking or a new listen, I hope you find something of interest below. Continue reading
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And that’s September over and done with. As predicted it was manic and while there was plenty of reading there was frighteningly little reviewing on the blog, even less than expected as we got a phone call that Emma had finally been accepted to a different school closer to home and we needed to arrange everything for her to transfer in a week. Needless to say, my first reaction was PANIC! And then I worked the phones like a pro and got it all arranged, but the accompanying stress melted my brain, so I didn’t actually manage to write any reviews for about two weeks. Continue reading
Before I get to linking to me on SF Signal, a quick update on the blog silence. Emma started her new school on Monday and she’s doing great. She seems to be settling in well; when I went to pick her up from out-of-school care yesterday, she got mad because she didn’t want to go home yet as she still wanted to play outside in the playground. At the same time we’re all still tired as all get out, so I haven’t been up to much other than chores and reading. I’m hoping to start posting reviews again tomorrow if all goes well. So normal service should resume momentarily.
Now for the true meat of this post! Continue reading
Just a quick post to say that reviews might be spotty the next week or two (and have been for the past week) as I’m having trouble finding the mental bandwidth to actually write the reviews. With work being busier than usual, Cat deciding to not sleep through the night for the past month, and having had extremely busy weekends the last two weeks, I haven’t really written up much of my reading as I generally feel like my brain’s melted by the end of the work day. Add in the additional curve ball or getting a call this week that Emma can transfer to a school closer to home and having to do all the arranging for that as well and… you get the picture. But as we’ll be adjusting to a new situation and dependent on how Emma copes, I might be a bit scarce for a week or two longer.
The good news is I have interviews and guest posts lined-up and I have been reading loads. So once I get back up to speed, there will be ALL THE REVIEWS!
August was holiday month, as I had the first two weeks off from work. We were supposed to go away for about a week, but due to getting rained out and not coping very well with cramped quarters, we came home after two days. Which was sad, but also meant more reading. We did visit the Arnhem zoo and visited Paleis het Loo, one of the royal palaces, when they had a special Princess day. The girls got to wear princess dresses, make their own crown, and ride in a carriage and had a total blast. But after a rainy two weeks I went back to work and since the school and academic year starts today, everything is back to its usual routine, which is nice in its own way. Continue reading
For the past few months I’ve been talking about Corinne Duyvis’ fabulous debut Otherbound. I’ve reviewed it here on the blog, interviewed Corinne, and burbled on about it on Twitter and Facebook at length. When I learned that she would be doing a book launch in the Netherlands – specifically at The American Book Center’s Treehouse in Amsterdam – I was completely stoked, as it doesn’t happen that often that we get a book event for an English SFF (YA) book in the Netherlands. In fact this will be the first book event I’ll be attending in the Netherlands ever! Continue reading
It’s August, which means that Hugo voting is over. As I shared with you my nominating ballot and my thoughts on the final voting ballot, I thought I’d round out the series by giving you my ballot and my thoughts about the various categories. As I said in my July round up post, I failed miserably in my Hugo reading, yet I did vote in most categories. There are several categories I didn’t vote in, because I hadn’t watched anything in it (Dramatic Presentations) or because I was just completely unfamiliar with the format (graphic novel). Continue reading
To kick off with the blog’s big news for last month: I was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for my work on A Fantastical Librarian! It remains a bit unreal, but needless to say I’m over the moon about it. It was also a perfect early birthday present for the blog, which turned four. I also went off-schedule a bit after deciding early on in the month that I was just going to read what I felt like in the moment this summer instead of following my rigidly structured reading list. Which is both oddly liberating and fear-inducing and I’ve found myself sneakily making mental lists of what to read next. I don’t know whether this should be cause for alarm or not! Continue reading