Monday, December 3, 2012

Book and Bookish

Had a rough weekend with the ol' chronic spine disease, so here's what you get today. First, an article I think any writer and/or avid reader will enjoy. It's by Jeff O'Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky.
Over It: Bookish Conversations We Never Want to Hear Again

Plus my Goodreads review, having finished The Sign of the Four, has been posted. I'll copy it here for convenience, though I highly recommend joining Goodreads (it's free and no, I don't get any kickbacks for recommending them. I simply and genuinely like them.) If you do, please say hi and link up with me so I can peer in on what you're reading. Anyway, my review:

Slower and less clever than I'd hoped. Of course, the hype surrounding A.C.D. may have something to do with my disappointment. The end was much better than the beginning and middle, since I felt Mr. Watson was underused in the earlier parts and I have a burning crush on the doctor. I gave this three stars because, ultimately, it's still a good story, and I probably would have rated it higher if I didn't know that it was written by who it was, about those whom it was. I'm not sure how you would disguise a book in that manner, but I'm sure Sherlock Holmes would.

Looking forward to the next in the series.

I'd love to hear your opinion if you've read this book and/or the series. Feel free to go to town on my comments section.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Forfeiting the Fight

It was over a year ago that I decided I needed a blog for my writing purposes, and it has been over a year that I've been fighting with Moveable Type in an effort to make a seamless, sleek, integrated blog within my current website. After eight months, all I could make the "blog" say was a pathetic little blurb about being back and updating things. Immediately after publishing those words, it wouldn't allow me to add any of those things I had promised to update. Instead, it simply froze and would allow not another character to be typed. Worse, it would allow not another character to be deleted, either. So all anyone visiting my site would see of the promised blog was this stupid title dangling there. After getting Scott to find a way to remove said title, he tried to make Wordpress' blog function bend to his will and came to the conclusion that it was incompatable with my computer somehow. (He knows how, I don't.) So, after dedicating another month or two to sulking, today I caved and returned to the plebian Blogger that has served me well in the past. So, here we are.