Category: Let’s Discuss

Tales of a Social-Media (and Tech) Failure: What’s the Deal with the WordPress Block Editor?

Tales of a Social-Media (and Tech) Failure: What’s the Deal with the WordPress Block Editor?

Okay, this is just going to be a post where I reveal my complete and utter confusion over something technological in regards to the blog. Can you all please enlighten me—what the heck is the deal with the WordPress Gutenberg Block Editor? Will my editor eventually change? A couple of years ago, people started talking about the block editor (lots of people saying that they hated it, but some people do seem to love it), […]

Posted July 7, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 33 Comments
What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

What Draws Me to a Book Cover? Let’s Discuss.

I’ve been in a bit of a blogging and reading slump lately, and I started to think about a post I could write that would just feel plain fun. I landed on covers because I am one of those people who unabashedly judges a book by its cover, and I find it so fascinating how people are drawn to different aspects of a book cover and how my tastes vary drastically with some other bloggers’. […]

Posted June 10, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 39 Comments
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

I’ve been struggling with what to post lately, so I’ve just been sort of frozen with indecision. Posting randomness as if nothing horrible is happening in our world feels wrong. And disappearing seems strange too. (Especially in light of the fact that silence=being complicit in racism. I went to a local protest, but being silent here still isn’t right. I want to do more!) I feel like I should be supporting the Black Lives Matter […]

Posted June 4, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 29 Comments
Our First Junk Art Creations!

Our First Junk Art Creations!

Instead of talking books, today I’m talking about a newfound hobby—junk art! A couple of years ago, I went to an art fair while on vacation in Michigan and came across this amazing artist who made art out of found metal items: old tools, car parts, silverware, etc. I was in love with so many of them, and I ended up buying two—one that’s hanging out right by my front door and another that I gave to […]

Posted May 26, 2020 in Junk Art, Let's Discuss / 36 Comments
I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!! Let’s Discuss

I’ve Been Impersonated on Instagram!! Let’s Discuss

So, this morning, a friend of mine contacted me on Instagram and asked if my account got spoofed. He sent me an image of my Instagram account… except it wasn’t! At first glance, it looked like me … my profile picture, my name, even the last five images I’d posted. The only slight difference (which is basically unnoticeable unless you looked hard) is that they added an underscore after my Instagram handle (so they used […]

Posted April 23, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 61 Comments
My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!

My Teenagers Are Reading Again and My Heart Has Never Been So Happy!!

My two daughters went through a long spell where they just weren’t really reading, and I cannot even tell you how sad that made me. I mean, these are MY kids; they can’t go around not reading books! I blamed it on teenagerism. But lately … they’ve been reading again!! My oldest is funny. She has all these qualifications, like she has to let me know she’s not really a reader. She’s a huge fan […]

Posted April 6, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 32 Comments
Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)

Google Searches Are Weird (AKA: You Found Me HOW?)

So, the other day, I noticed that Celesta Rimington, author of the upcoming The Elephant’s Girl followed me on Instagram. Since I had recently announced my receipt of a review copy of her book, that didn’t seem excessively odd, but I hadn’t posted anything to Instagram about it (since it wasn’t a physical copy), and it made me wonder how she found me. For some reason, I randomly Googled her book to see if my […]

Posted March 25, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 20 Comments
All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss.

All Those Deleted Drafts. Let’s Discuss.

Bloggers, do you ever write down a post idea as a draft? Do you ever actually go back and write a post to go with that fabulous idea you had or does it sit in your drafts folder … forever. Not long ago, I was looking for a little inspiration for a post, and it suddenly occurred to me that I might have some ideas squirreled away as drafts. From time to time I’ll have a […]

Posted March 10, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 36 Comments
Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It). Let’s Discuss.

Book-Related Anxiety. It’s a Thing (and I Have It). Let’s Discuss.

I realize this sounds like a joke. Book-related anxiety? What even is that? Being stressed about your bookshelves not being organized enough? Anxiety over not liking a book? Being worried that you might be crushed under your TBR? Well, no. (And sort of yes—except for that last one. I don’t really think I’ll be crushed by my TBR—though I could be injured.) Except I’ve realized that I have actual anxieties that are related to books. This probably isn’t […]

Posted February 25, 2020 in Let's Discuss / 65 Comments
The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner

The Wonders of a Writing Accountability Partner

I told you all in my 2020 Goals post that I’m trying to focus on writing goals over reading goals this year. That seems like it should be a no-brainer, but somehow while I typically don’t have any problem finding time to read, I always find a million excuses not to write. I have learned from “author Twitter” that this is not a problem that’s unique to me—take a quick scan across posts on social media and […]

Posted February 4, 2020 in Let's Discuss, Writing Tips / 22 Comments