Sunday, November 23, 2014

Share A Link Sunday - 11/23

Hello again everyone! Nice to have you swing by for a visit!

Clearly I've not done a share a link for a little while, but I just paid for some nifty thumbnail linky privilidge and thought I might as well USE it. 

If you are a blogger or an online article writer then feel free to leave one or two links to your work below.  They can be brand new and freshly written this week, OR they can be something a little older you want to promote.

I just ask that you visit some of the other links shared after you share yours.  You might meet your new favorite blogger if you do!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Undead Ten Tales of Zombies (ebook) Review

I've been a fan of horror fiction for a long time, and a fan of zombie horror for several years.  When I had a chance to read and review Undead Ten Tales of Zombies I had to take it.

As you might have guessed by the title, this book has 10 zombie stories in it.  Each of the zombie tales  Once I started reading it I realized that I had read 2 of them before.  "Greywalker" by Rayne Hall was also in the book Thirty Scary Tales, which I've reviewed previously.

Another story, "Feeding Frenzy" I had read before in the collection Anything Can Be Dangerous.

Now, these are not all your classic zombie stories.  There is an undead being in each of them, but they are not all the blood and flesh hungry monsters that come to mind at the word.

Take the story "Last Chance to See" by Tracie McBride for example.  In that one the "zombie" is given 24 hours to see their family before death is permanent

Then there is "The Reason for Zombies" in which a zombified person tries to find out who or what made him the way he was. 

One of the best tales in Undead Ten Zombie Tales was "Feeding Frenzy."  In that one  a pair of friends are looking to buy a roadside resurtant.  When they go inside they find out that its not as abandoned as it seems.  In fact, its open for business, and the zombies are hungry.

I would recommend this collection of stories for children, but they would mostly be okay for an older teen, or adult who wants a zombie story a little different from the "walkers" that are so popular these days.
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

They Told Me I Was Smart

They tell me I'm smart.

Well, they used to.

I took this test and ended up in the "gifted" class (called Discovery) instead of English.  All told I think I'd rather have kept English.  I didn't take much away from Discovery other than the fact that I never did beat Where in the World is Carmen Sandeigo...and a good friendship with the girl who used to be friends with one of my biggest bullies.

But thats another story.

I was not as smart as my fellow Discovery classmates.  I'm pretty sure that when they gave me that IQ test that I just got really lucky.  It was multiple choice, and when given a multiple choice question I can usually  guess my way to the right answer.  If I can't figure it out there's always Eanie Meanie Miney Moe.

Now, I don't think I am stupid.  I've never been that.  I just don't think I'm as smart as I was led to believe as a child.

Right now I'm trying to read a book called Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business.  It is not a hard book to read.  Its written for normal people after all, not the Fortune 500 type.

Despite that, I'm having a heck of a time wrapping my brain around it.

I'm still in the very first chapter, talking about Business Mission and Vision Plans and I'm thiking, "What do my personal values have to do with my business?"  I'm thinking, "Mission statement?  I like to make crafts and I want to earn money from it."

Now, if I ever make it as far as the finances part of the book I'm probably doomed to failure.  I've never been any good with numbers.  Math is my weakest spot.

But right now I wish I was just half as smart as they told me I was.  I also wish I could think of something other than "I wanna make money" for my crafts to be ABOUT.

Paker Made Me Sad (Yes, Again)

I had been on a roll blogging every night, but ended up missing last night because the internet was acting wonky.  I don't like wonky internet.  It makes me cranky.

I did get out of bed this morning with the intention of writing a post here, but ended up playing farmville instead.  Then I watched Maleficent with my husband.

Parker spent a lot of time playing with his brother today, but broke my heart tonight.

He asked his dad if he would be there in the morning.  Putting him to bed I asked, "Do you like the mornings when daddy is home?"  he said yes.

"What do you like," I asked him.  "Do you like watching cartoons with him."

He replied, "I like it better than the days you are stuck with me."

Another confirmation that I'm certainly NOT the kids favorite parent.

It comes with being the one who is not all fun and games.  I'm the one who gives the medicine.  I'm the one who make him do the learning that he hates.  I'm the one that takes his games away, while his dad is the one who spends entire days sometimes not doing anything put playing video games with him.

I try to get him to do other fun things, but the kid doesn't seem to like any kind of arts and crafts.  If its not a game system he doesn't want anything to do with it.

Meanwhile, I got his teeth brushed, got him in bed, and read him part of a Scooby Doo comic book a a "bedtime story."


I've been trying to use more today.  So far I've earned one penny.  Tsu is like facebook but pays you to share things.  If you'd like to join its invite only.  HERE'S AN INVITE.

I also spent an hour or two creating this today (not just the image silly...the whole post)
Click me, I'm a link!
So, I put together a collection of items I liked, and added a linky to it.  Thus the first ever Handmade Shop Hop was born.  I would LOVE for any of you to add a link to the linky on Arts Crafts and Coffee this week!

On DTC I posted about a Father Stopping a Kidnapping.

On Bubblews I wrote a post called Hot Bath Therapy which turned out not to be much about the title at all.  I also wrote one called The New Learning Center, which actually was about the new learning center. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Homeschool Failure

With his constant companions, Miss Ball, Clifford, and two different sizes of blankie.
That young man up there is giving us a lot of trouble just lately.

He will be turning 5 years old in just a little over a week.  We chose not to send him to pre-k this year.

My husband refuses to send him to public school, and we sure as heck cant afford to send him to private school.  So my husband has decided we will home school him.  It is nothing something I agree with and is something we have talked about at length, but he seems to have won the battle.

So we are trying to teach him his letters.  He can sing the alphabet song, and count to 20 MOST of the time.  But he can't tell me the sounds that the letters make, and he gets confused sometimes if he has to tell me what they are out of order.

And drawing or writing his numbers and letters is also not going well.

We've only made it up to c, which he insists makes the sssss sound.  He can write the number 0 and the number 1, but can't do a 3.  He can write a halfway decent capital A, but after that he gets frustrated.  He refuses to cooperate.

Today he pitched a fit during school time which got him sent to his room.

Afterward I asked him why he doesn't want to try to write his letters.  He says he gets aggravated.

I explained to him that if he did not let Mommy and Daddy teach him how to read and write that he would have to go to "real" school next year.  He says he doesn't want to go to real school.

We'll have to see how that goes.

Meanwhile, if any homeschool moms have advice for us I will willing give you a listen!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Silence is (sometimes) Golden After All

I've never been a person to like silence.

One of the reasons I sleep with a fan on all year long (yes, even in the freezing depths of winter) is because without it the night is too silent.  I have to have noise of some sort around me at all times or I'll go insane.


There is always a moment or two at night, once both the children have been put to bed, and the husband has gone to sleep, and the dogs have lain down and I'm the only thing awake in the house other than the fish (and I'm pretty sure that fish never sleep) when I feel this PEACE.

And I realize it is because of the silence.

There was a moment tonight where Robert was watching Arrow (very loudly) and I was bathing Spencer, and Parker was in the bathroom with me and Spencer and the boys were having a squealing contest.  It took every ounce of control to not shout at the two (three) of them to SHUT THE HECK UP FOR JUST ONE SECOND.

I have decided it must have been a parent who came up with the phrase "Silence is Golden."

Oh, also today I made this:

Not only did I make that I also made the blog that its going to hover above.  Noner's Bookmarks is still very much a work in progress, but you are welcome to jump on the bandwagon early.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thinking About Books

So tonight I've been thinking about the stack of books I have on my bedside table and how I really, really REALLY need to review them.

I've also been thinking about starting a niche blog for book reviews and book related stuff.

I've also been thinking that I would love to monotize said theoretical blog but...

The easiest thing by far would be to use amazon afiliate links, but last time I did that on a blog blogger shut it down and said it was spam, which sort of sucked.

Currently I've been writing most of my book reviews on Daily Two Cents which has been getting me some views, and by getting me some views has been earning me some pennies. 

BUT....while I'm gaurenteed some dough by writing there Im also a wee bit constrained by their rules.  I'm okay with that really, they are not harsh rules...

But I still sort of very much want my own book blog.

So I'm thinking...I shoudl start the blog.  But what if they shut it down?  That woudl suck!
Then don't use affiliate links.
But I want to make money!
Then keep putting them on DTC.
But I can't really make it MINE there.
Then find another blog host than blogger.
But I really like how customizable blogger is!

And so on and so fort and dum-de-de-doo-dah.

Maybe if I have enough non-amazon posts in there between actual reviews then I won't get dumped as spam.  Like, sometimes I have affiliate links here, but sometimes I don't.

Meanwhile, if I do start a book blog and it gets deleted then I can always go back to writing the reviews at DTC.