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Bloggiesta! Fall 2012

Book blogging has been kicking my butt recently. I have not written reviews or new content in ages, and even my reading has slowed way down in this past year. I’m not happy with where I’m at and not sure how I want to go about changing that. That’s part of why I signed up for Bloggiesta again this fall. I want to get organized and start getting things done around here, I also really want to reconnect with the community and get back into the fun of blogging again.

So my plans this weekend are to take part in several mini-challenges, get a schedule set up, and write at least a week’s worth of reviews and content posts. I also would like to go back and update old reviews and posts, particularly update SEO on older posts, but I have a feeling that’s just going to be an ongoing project that I will not see the end of this weekend.

Oh, and I have to fix my RSS feed too this weekend apparently. Thanks for that, Feedburner.

Bloggiesta! 2012

Bloggiesta is a yearly challenge where the blogging community gets together and works on improving their blogs. Throughout the weekend designs see a face lift, posts get cleaned up, reviews get written, or new content ideas get kicked around and it’s a lot of fun! Last time I participated I did a full site redesign putting in nearly fourteen hours of work over three days. This time I want to focus more on content. So here are some things I want to spend time on this weekend:

  • Work on writing reviews!
  • Write up fairy tale discussion posts.
  • Work on lists to help fellow readers find awesome themed books.
  • Maybe finally write up that post on must have wordpress plugins for book bloggers.
  • Share some awesome reading music stations I created a while back.
  • Do Mini-Challenges!
  • Possibly work on improving SEO for review posts.
  • Possibly tweak the CSS for my bulleted lists because gosh this looks bland.

It’s been a while since I have written anything for this blog, my health resulted in many things taking a back seat these past two months but I’m ready to get back to the grindstone and work on sharing some great book love. As long as I don’t look too closely at the sheer number of books on my Goodreads’ “to-review” shelf. Yikes!

The Painted Boy

I have been a huge fan of Charles de Lint for years. I was introduced to his work through his various short stories that he wrote for the Bordertown series. You can find some of them published in his short story collection Waifs and Strays, a book dedicated to urban fantasy stories about teens lost and on their own. He really captured my heart later when I started to explore his other work and read his book Memory and Dream, a fantastical book about an artist who can bring her paintings to life.

His newest work, coming out November 11th, has really caught my eye though. I love reading stories about dragons and they seem to be experiencing a resurgence recently. So I was psyched to hear about The Painted Boy.

The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint

Jay Li should be in Chicago, finishing high school and working at his family’s restaurant. Instead, as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan–part human, part dragon, like his grandmother–he is on a quest even he does not understand. His journey takes him to Santo del Vado Viejo in the Arizona desert, a town overrun by gangs, haunted by members of other animal clans, perfumed by delicious food, and set to the beat of Malo Malo, a barrio rock band whose female lead guitarist captures Jay’s heart. He must face a series of dangerous, otherworldly–and very human–challenges to become the man, and dragon, he is meant to be. This is Charles de Lint at his best!

Not only is it a dragon novel but it’s a non-western dragon novel. I look forward to being educated.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Another Recreate a Book Cover Contest Entry

Princess Bookie is hosting another recreate a book cover contest!

Going for another try at this. Last time I tried this with my attempt at a cover for Mockingjay I didn’t even get one vote and was out in the first round.

I think I went over the top trying to make a nice entry this time to make up for it. Try, try again, right?

Made up of… I lost count on the number of images, all vector based and royalty free – with the exception of the mermaid, which was a plain 3d rendering I colorized and spruced up a bit. For the book Forgive my Fins.

The Great Flow Giveaway

I’m participating in The Great Flow Giveaway over at The Book Lady’s Blog, to win a copy of Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation. Basically, the point was brought up that talking about menstruation is considered a bit of a taboo topic and so in order to “work” for a copy you have to enter into the dialogue about, well, your flow! So, if you are at all squeamish about this sort of thing I suggest you cut away right now, because here are some of my experiences, and a lot of tips for survival.

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