Saturday, June 6, 2009


Real life continues to interfere with my efforts to post things here with any kind of regularity. What are my excuses this time? Here you go:

1. My poor cat has been in and out of the hospital over the past two weeks, first because she ate an enormous piece of string for some reason (like, the biggest piece of string EVER) and had to have surgery to get it out of her intestines, and then because she became super-sensitive to her insulin during her recovery and went into insulin shock and nearly died. Oh and also her incision is infected. BUT the good news is that she gets to come home this evening, and I will hang out here with her as I deal with my second-most stressful blog-interfering item, which is:

2. My final packet deadline of the semester. The cat drama really set me back, and so now I am racing to get everything finished. My revisions are done, but I'm still working on my new pages and my essay. I'm a little sad that the semester is almost over; it has been so awesome working with Cynthia and I will miss having her thoughtful eye on my work and receiving her encouraging comments. I feel really good about the progress I've made this semester, though, and I'm actually almost sort of looking forward to working on my critical thesis starting in July. (I'm sure I'll feel differently once I'm actually in the thick of it, though. CT definitely = kind of scary.)

3. I also got called for jury duty, but luckily only spent the one day (Thursday) and was then dismissed. If the timing had been better I think I would have liked to serve on a jury. The selection process was really interesting, and I'm sure the trial would have been even more so. Oh, well. I'll get another chance in 8+ years.

4. Oh and BEA was here in the mix, too.

5. Plus there's all the rest of the regular life stuff, like cleaning my apartment and finding things to eat for dinner and trying to get outside for walks once in a while and occasionally getting to see my friends. But that stuff is always there, of course.

OK. I suppose I should try to get back to work, assuming I can manage to block out the ridiculously loud music pumping in through my closed windows. I like my neighborhood, but nice days on the weekend = very loud outdoor BBQs and I suppose I really am going to have to get myself a pair of noise-canceling headphones if I'm going to get anything done this summer.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blog Tour, Day 2

The Dragon of Trelian Blog Tour continues!

(edited since this morning to include interviews/reviews posted during the day)

New interviews:
Becky's Book Reviews
Reading Is my Superpower
Through the Looking Glass

New reviews:
Abby (the) Librarian
All About Children's Books
Cafe of Dreams
A Christian Worldview of Fiction
Dolce Bellezza (SPOILER ALERT - this review includes some plot surprises you may not want to see if you haven't read the book yet.)
Small World Reads
Through a Child's Eye

Monday, June 1, 2009

Blog Tour!

Today through June 3, I'm participating in a blog tour through You can read interviews with me and reviews about The Dragon of Trelian!

KidzBookBuzz has a full list of participating bloggers, and I will also post links here as they go up.

Cafe of Dreams

All About Children's Books
Becky's Book Reviews
Novel Teen Book Reviews
Reading Is my Superpower
Small World Reads
Through the Looking Glass

Quick mentions: (Full review to post tomorrow)
Through a Child's Eye (Includes Library Lion review)

Thanks so much to all the bloggers who took the time to review the book and send interview questions! I had a lot of fun talking about the story and hope this event will help introduce the book to new readers.