Another ARC!

I am so excited when authors send me ARC editions of their books! I had another one sent to me this week. This is the third one sent by this author, and I truly am honored that she considers me part of the “launch team.”

I am supposed to read the book, email any obvious editing errors back to her, and then review it when it becomes available to the general public. We have about a week to read it, but if the deadline is missed by a day or two, it’s not a deal breaker.

This book is short, but I couldn’t tell you how many pages it is, because I get them in PDF format and send them to my Kindle. I am pretty sure I can finish it this weekend.

Bay area book festival

On May 4 & 5, there is a book festival going on near me. I bought my tickets already. I am so excited. I went with my cousin a couple of years ago and loved it.  I will be looking over the schedule soon, to see which authors I would like to hear speak.  I was lucky enough to find some authors whose books I had read in the past.  I hope to be star struck again this year.

Jury Duty

I got called for jury duty one week before my cruise. I delayed it to the middle of this month. When I scheduled it, I didn’t realize that so much would be going on this week. I can only delay once, so I had to go today.

I was supposed to work the morning before reporting for jury duty, but I woke up this morning and realized that I would have to drive an hour to work only an hour, then drive back an hour to catch the train to get there.

I missed the first train to get there. So, by the time I got to the station where the courthouse is, I only had fifteen minutes to find the room. The problem was, the buildings there are not numbered logically. I went to the wrong building first.

By the time I got out of the wrong building and located the right one, I had seven minutes to get through security and find the right room and check in. My watch decided that it was going to beep at the metal detector.

I checked in on time, then had to wait 45 minutes to be escorted into the jury room. The judge did not allow any hardships other than pre paid vacations, in which case you would be rescheduled for some random day, and if you didn’t speak English. Financial hardships were not heard. She did not allow any other reason to be heard.

I am not talking about the case, as ordered. I am just talking about the process.

The questioning began and a couple of people were dismissed. We were to continue the next day.

I arrived the next day, early. I was confident that I wouldn’t be chosen. I answered every question that the lawyers and judges threw at me. There were a few that I would have liked to have answered, but they didn’t ask me. I was starting to very nervous when the judge threw out two people before asking the lawyers to choose. I was the first person that the first lawyer threw out of there.

I am not eligible to be called for another year!

One of my friends messaged me after day one to ask how much reading and writing I’d accomplished. Almost like she knows me.

Draft posts

While I was on my trip, I started many draft posts. Ideas for future posts, the beginnings of posts that I had in mind and outlined, and posts that I wrote, tagged and just needed to publish. When I got home, I could see that I had over 100 posts that were partially written.

Part of them were from the 20 books and the 40 books topics, so I’m not too worried about catching up there. There are 50ish of them right there. They won’t be ready to go until I actually read the book, so they’ll be sitting there a while.

I am working my way through the posts today, so you’ll be seeing quite a few in the next day or two.

Spelling peeves

Fewer things bother me more than spelling errors. In the day of autocorrect, I feel there’s no excuse for most of them.

I will judge you if you text me with “your welcome.” It’s short for you are… not its own word.

I do know that many of these things are learned early on. Mostly by reading.  I don’t know many readers who make these errors.

I am in several online groups, and the reading groups have the most grammatically correct posts with almost perfect spelling.  It’s very refreshing.

Reading makes you dumb?

This comment has been going around my online book club.  It raised discussion, but most of the discussion was about how wrong the original author was.  A lot of the comments were about how the author’s comment muddied up the thoughts in the brains of the book group members.

I don’t really read for knowledge.  I read for entertainment.  I don’t read to write more books.  I don’t write expecting to give knowledge to anyone.

The final decision was that the author is just attention seeking and trying to get others to talk about him.  It seems that it worked.