Back to the blog and future plans

Hello, my pretties!

How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’m finally back to the blog after spending a while away. Nothing bad happened, I was just having some minor emergency renovations done at the house, which forced me to spend a week at mother’s. It was also a very long work week, but everything is fine now. I’m back home and a few hundreds lighter. Oh, well. The joys of adult life and home ownership, right?

Well, with all that out of the day, let us move on to the post, shall we?

I was planning on writing at length about whether or not I write book reviews, but honestly, a long write-up on it is probably not necessary. A short answer will do: no, I don’t, because I’m absolutely horrible at writing book reviews.

But wait, there’s more! If you have been reading this blog for anything over… this post… you know the fact that I’m terribly inept at something does not mean I won’t do it anyway.

So, don’t be alarmed if/when you see the occasional commentary on a book here, because it will happen. I’m not sure exactly when, but it will happen. Be afraid, be very afraid.

This commentary will not take the form of a full review, though. It will take the form of “I am currently reading this book, and here are my comments so far”, which means every book I read will have at least a few posts written about it. I am currently preparing a list of books off of Project Guttenberg, as I want to review books that can be easily and legally found online. If you have any suggestions, I’ll be happy to include them! And, even if they’re not there, I’ll probably purchase the book somewhere and add it to the list if it attracts me enough.

Well, I guess that’s it for today! I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

See you all on the next post! Love your faces! <3

Update: November 2018

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Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Hello, my pretties! How are you all? Well, I hope!

Today’s post will be a very quick one. I’m just here for the basic and inevitable monthly update on my writing and other stuff.

First of all, I’m finally stitch-free and on the way to full healing. And I could not be more grateful to everyone who sent me good wishes and stuck around with me. I love you all from the bottom of my heart.

Second, despite being in recovery, I actually managed to stay within my writing goal of a thousand words a day, ending the month with 31,679 words. I could not have done that without my lovely writing partners. I won’t name them all here because I’m selfish and I want them all for myself, but they know who they are. ;) 

December is coming, and holiday season might mean I’ll be writing less and doing more of other things, and probably so will my partners, but I’ll do my best to keep up with my writing and get as close to my goal as I can.

What about you fellow writers? What goals have you set and reached last month? For those who did NaNoWriMo, how did it go?

I’m looking forward to hearing all about it in the comments!

See you all on the next post!

Why do I moderate comments?

Hello, readers! How are you all? Doing well, I hope!

I’ve been doing well enough, living life, working and all that jazz. Surgery is rapidly approaching, and I’ve been tying as many loose ends at work as I can. Got surprised with a new report to train as well, but he’s a smart lad, so things aren’t too bad.

Well, that’s the update nobody was looking forward to about my life, so now we’re moving on to the actual theme of this post.

Every now and then, a fellow blogger asks me whether or not I moderate comments, and, once I tell them that yes, I do, why. I can understand the question, of course. Moderating takes time, and it’s not fun. And WordPress has a pretty decent spam filter.

But… and there’s always a but, there’s something I can’t rely on WordPress for, and that is maintaining the sense of a positive and comfortable community I want for my blog. I have been pretty lucky this far, in that I haven’t gotten all that many negative and toxic comments, but the internet is a vast place. There’s all kinds of people out there, and some of them abuse the anonymity provided by being behind a screen to harass and abuse others.

And I have a pretty darn thick skin. Years of verbal abuse will do that to you. But do you know what I don’t have? Any tolerance for people who abuse those I care about. And I care about each and every one of you. You don’t deserve to be exposed to toxic people saying rude and cruel things when you’re in a place where you are supposed to be free and comfortable.

So, there we have it. That’s why I moderate comments. Because I want to protect this little community here.

Okay, I’ve talked too much already for a short post, haven’t I? I’d like to hear from my fellow bloggers. Do you guys moderate comments? If so, why? (If not, feel free to share why as well) Have you ever gotten some comment that’s made you go ‘yeah, that shit ain’t being approved’? Share it all with me in the comments!

Thanks for dropping by, and see you all on the next post!

P.S.: I’ve finally stopped being lazy and made a Facebook page for the blog, so you can contact me there too! You can see it on the sidebar, or by clicking here!

July 2018 Update

Hello, readers! How are you all? Well, I hope!

As it has become a somewhat loose tradition, here I am again posting a bit of an update with what happened last month and what I plan to do going forward.

Writing: Got to a total of 45,478 words written last month, counting solo projects, posts for both blogs and roleplay posts (which currently make up the bulk of my writing).

Personal: I’m still running around trying to sort everything out to have surgery, but it’s gonna take a while more. I have managed to talk to the surgeon, and he already had my chart, since he and my regular care provider staff the same clinic, so she had to simply forward it to him prior to our consultation, which spared me the time of answering the same questions over and over. Our consultation was quick because he had to ask me to run several tests – blood, X-ray, etc – and go back there to see if I’m okay to have the surgery. I’m hopeful, but I’ve been in quite some pain lately, so I may be slowing down a little until I feel better.

Future plans for the blog and other future stuff: I plan on keeping this blog open, and have a list of planned posts to write here. Now that I’m launching another blog (in Portuguese) and working on a novel I have tried to write since 2016 (also in Portuguese), I’ll have to pace myself so I don’t stretch myself too thin. Still, I plan on posting here at the very least a couple times a week, so don’t think you’re getting rid of me.

Well. I guess that’s it. I just wanted to post a very quick update since we’re starting a new month.

I’d love for you all to share your own plans for August.

See you all on the next post! ;)

Sunshine blogger award

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The logo. I’m supposed to display this.

Hello, readers!

Yes, it’s me again. I know I just posted yesterday, but I’m being forced to post today again. Yes, that’s my story and I’ll stick to it.

Why am I posting today, you ask? Well… I was nominated for another blogging award by the Jerky Robot, aka Non Euclidean Sofa, who loves to watch my misery while cackling, probably.

From what I have learned (copied from NES’s blog is more accurate), this award is given to bloggers who “are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community”. It really honors me to receive this, especially since this blog is the most random thing to ever grace the internet. I don’t really think of myself as this positive and inspiring person, but I’ll totally roll with it. Why not?

Now, as with every blog award, there are rules, so let’s post them here and move on, shall we?

The rules of this award are,

Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Let’s get started. First, thank you, Jerky Robot (Non Euclidean Sofa), for nominating me. 

The rules and logo have already been dealt with, so I’ll move on to the questions and nominating people – though I doubt I’ll manage to nominate 11 people for this.

1- What something nice you did that you think about when you’re trying to feel like a good person?

Probably all the times I patiently stalk people at the mall to let them know their shoelaces are undone or they dropped money.

2- What’s a random thing about you that you would tell someone you’d just met at a party?

I’m the queen of oversharing random stuff, so it could be anything. Since this is a party, I would probably bore them with tales of my refusal to drink alcohol and the reasons for it. I’m fun at parties.

3- What is something weird you’ve slept through? I’ve missed at least 2 earthquakes.

The intruder alarm in my building. Something apparently got caught up on our electric fence, and the alarm has woken up everyone in the building, except for yours truly. Good to know I would be toast if there was an actual reason for that alarm.

4- How would you convince a small cat with no history of granting favors to bring you a bottle of berry-flavored sparkling water because you don’t want to leave bed? Asking for a friend.

I would probably stay in bed, looking at the cat and trying to use my mind powers. And fail miserably, because I barely have a mind, let alone powers.

5- What is something that helps you write?

The compulsion to give my unsolicited opinion about everything. Seriously.

6- What is something you want to write about but haven’t yet?

Well. Honestly, I want to write something sci-fi-ish in the future, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. It’s one of the 107 (and counting – this number is random) projects I have listed.

7- How would you describe your the theme song to a show that was made about your life?

The theme song would probably be something instrumental. Which would mean random instruments playing all at once without in any way trying to sound organized. Just like my life.

8- What do you think people remember about you when you’re not around? For me, I think it would be my puns and the fact that I obviously never make eye contact and instead use my eyes to bore a hole straight into their forehead.

Definitely the fact that I’m often silently watching and listening to them, and then, for some weird reason, have a burst of ‘talking your ear off’ before falling silent again. Sorry, I’m weird, okay?

9- Do you have a favorite curse word?

Definitely. ‘Puta’ (in portuguese, basically whore – goes only for females). Whenever I’m pissed off, everyone is a ‘puta’ – men too. I don’t care, I just want to say ‘puta’. I call my best friend ‘puta’ sometimes too, but that’s in a loving way and she knows it.

10- Would you show your blog to people you barely know?

Oh, yeah, for someone as introverted as I am, I’m surprisingly shameless about sharing my blog with others.

11- I don’t know, this award is supposed to be all happy and that is really not my forte. What is a wholesome fact about you?

A wholesome fact about me… Hmm… Maybe the fact that, despite me being incredibly impatient in general, I’m extremely patient with people who need it the most – small children, the elderly, people with special needs? Something within me switches on when around those more vulnerable and I want to help them.

Well, that’s it. It was pretty painless to actually answer those questions. Now, I have to nominate people and ask questions about them. That will be fun.

So, here are the blogs I’m nominating:

1- Musings by Shayne;

2- The Lockwood Echo

3- The misadventures of an intelligent mom who does silly stupid stuff

I recommend all of these blogs for those who haven’t read them yet, as they’re all very entertaining to read. And I apologize if some of these have already been nominated – I’m gonna nominate you again anyway.

Now, for the questions:

1- What is your favorite day of the week?
2- What is your favorite beverage (it doesn’t have to be alcoholic)?
3- What is your dream trip? It can be going back somewhere you loved.
4- What fact would you share if someone asked you the funniest thing about you?
5- What is one thing you’d love to learn?
6- Is there something you’ll always stop to look at when walking around?
7- If you could have an endless fund to buy something, what would it be?
8- What is your favorite activity in life?
9- Share a little quirk about you.
10- What is a store you can get lost in?
11- Share something inspiring someone has told you.

Well, I guess that’s it. Now I have to go subject the people I nominated to this award, and hope they won’t cuss me out. I’m a sensitive little flower (not).

Thanks for reading, see you on the next post, and visit the blogs I linked! You won’t regret it!

Monthly update: May 2018

Hello, readers!

How are you all? Well, I hope!

As usual, I come here today with another update, to keep track of how useless I am month after month. You know, nothing new under the sun.

A brief explanation for those who have just landed here: As my 2018 resolution, I have decided to write at least 1,000 words per day every month. Not necessarily writing them all in one day, but, if possible, doing it every day. Anything written that is not for work counts: blog posts, roleplay posts, solo writing, etc. As long as it counts as creative writing, it’s fair game. 

With that explanation out of the way, let’s go to the track record for May.

May goal: 31,000 words

Words written in May: 48,541 words

May was a pretty good month, writing-wise. I have kept up with my e-mail partners, found a new lovely one, and started writing on a new site. I have sadly dropped my old one – still pending a decision on whether or not I’ll shut it down, as nobody has been posting at all -, but that one had been dragged solely by me and a friend who tried to help me, just for me to end up deciding it wasn’t fair to do this to him and start something off without the commitment of him helping me keep the site alive.

Moving forward, I plan on keeping the blog open, and start writing again in Portuguese. I have a lot of plans for both blogs, I plan on posting pretty much anything on both – pictures, recipes, stories from my past, creative writing, character profiles, etc. 

Well, that’s it for now. I will be back soon with another post, but before I get out of here, I’d like you all to share your writing or blogging plans for the future, if you will!

See you on the next post!

Becoming a weekend blogger

Hello, visitors!

How are you all? Well, I hope!

I’m just dropping by here to announce a quick change before I ride off into the sunset for a few days away from my laptop!

I know I haven’t been really consistent in my posting schedule, and it sucks. Life has been very busy lately, and I only have time to breathe over the weekend. Therefore, this will be my new posting schedule. I will try for one post per weekend now, but maybe I can even do two, if I have the time.

Once I have a better schedule, or a little more free time, I will definitely revise that.

Many blessings, and see you when I get back home!