Monday, August 27, 2012

And IT's Monday.......

Good afternoon everyone!  Things have been busy around here.  Over the weekend, I finished two product reviews.  I am also done with my Baby-Sitters Club flashback.  There is no way I could read the entire series.  I had no idea that Stacey was fired in Stay vs. The BSC.  Maybe that's how Abby came in the picture?  Anyway, I started thinking what would these characters be doing as adults.

I think Claudia would a model, artist, or maybe a fashion designer.  She did make her own jewelry.  I think that Jesse would be a ballerina, Kristy a president or CEO of some company, Mallory would be a bestselling children's author, and I'm not sure what Mary-Anne, Dawn, Abby, and any other characters I may have missed would be.

I recall becoming bored with BSC books by the time 8th grade came around.  What drove me crazy was that from the time they hit 8th grade, they were frozen in time stuck in the same school and same town.  I kept wondering when were they ever going to high school.

As I try to move back into "adult proper" books, I decided to listen to Mona Simpson's My Hollywood.  When I started listening, I have dozed off a few times.  This is the problem with audiobooks.  If I get too relaxed, I will fall asleep. It is almost like sitting in the front of TV.  With audiobooks, I would have to go back and listen to previous chapters to connect the dots as far as what's going on.   I have three books which  still need to be read.

Back to School is in full swing here in my home town.  My mom is back at work at the pre-school she teaches at.  The school buses come through the neighborhood in the afternoon like clockwork every day.  School supply sales are all over the place.  I remember three years ago when I graduated college and when Back to School came around, I felt awkward.  I knew that I didn't need to go out in buy pens, pencils, and notebooks anymore; but somehow I would be browsing  the stationary aisles at Wal-Mart or Staples.  As a writer, I need to keep the basic essentials on hand like printer paper and ink.

And speaking of ink, I thought that I was running out of ink last week.  The printer lights were blinking and blank and faded pages were coming out.  What made this ordeal frustrating was that the ink is fairly new.  So   when I took out the cardriage, I found a sticker still stuck to it.  Just think....I almost spent $15.00 for more ink.

Pretty soon it is going to be fall.  Where did the summer go?  Where did half of the year go?  Before long we will be pulling out sweaters and coats.  Maybe South Carolina will see some snow this year.  Wishful thinking.

Here is what I have been working on.  And be sure to take advantage of the coupon codes.  When you click on the link to open the article, you will find an orange "Get Current Promotion Code."

  1. The Stationary Studio
  2. Bath and Body Works
  3. Build-A-Bear Workshop
  4. Baby Gift Station

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Writer At Work

Hi everyone, I wanted to pop in and say hello since I haven't posted in a while.  What have I have been up to?  As I have mentioned before, I have been focusing my time on product reviews for and writing assignments that are worth my time. Last week I reviewed Purse Boutique, Ann Taylor, and American Eagle.  It has been an interesting experience.

It usually takes me at least two days to complete a review.  I have to research the site's page rank on Google  Page Rank and Alexa.  I also have to find out how many Twitter followers or Facebook likes the company has.  I am finding that many companies are getting on the Pinterest wagon.  Does anyone use Tumblr?  It reminds me of Twitter to some degree.

I also write company snapshots.  Today, I took an assignment for Candy Crate.  I visited the site and they sell bulk amount of candy.  This is an awesome place for candy lover, but the downside is that too much candy is bad for your health and your teeth.

Last week, I visited a small Books -A-Million in North Carolina.  I most say that I am EXTREMELY proud of myself for not buying anything.  No pens, bookmarks, notebooks, journals, or books.  I walked out of the store empty handed.  Part of the reason is this particular location did not have a good selection of books. Most of the books I have seen were books I have already owned, checked out from the library, or books I was not interested in reading.

And now I am hitting that awkward brain pause.  I hate this when this happens when talking on the phone.  And that is partly why I welcome texting and emailing.

Another reason why I didn't buy any more books is the fact that I have three books waiting to be read.  I have been listening to some audiobooks from the Baby-Sitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin.  I don't blame  you if you are rolling your eyes at your computer screen (me).  Here I am a grown woman who will be 30 next year (listening) reading  BSC books.  It has been a nice trip down memory lane.  If you grew up reading     about Stacey, Kristy, Mary-Anne, Dawn, and Claudia then you will know what I am talking about.

These books were written back in the 1980's and 90's.  It reminded me of a time when parents didn't have to worry what their children were doing online, especially social networks.  There was a time when children played outside, people actually talked on the phone, etc.  There was a method of communication called "letter writing."   I have to wonder if the series was set in this day and age, what would it be like?  Would we see these beloved characters carrying on conversations via text messaging, email, and social media.  Would their parents allow them have Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc?

The way we communicate these days is very different from 20 years ago.  All of this hi-tech communication baffles my parents. To be more specific, they are baffled by the fact that some of my friends prefer texting and communicating on the computer (email, Facebook, etc.) They prefer face to face communicating.  Sometimes, I have to wonder and ask myself if technology is making me lazy.

What do I mean?  Well, most of the time I find it easier to type up a quick email or send a text. When I called people, I always felt like I always called people at a bad time or talked to their voicemails more than them.  So when I heard about Facebook, although apprehensive I joined. I found it convenient, and an easier way to keep up with everyone.  Sadly though, this was the one way I knew who was getting married, dating, and having babies.  However, convenience came to an end.  What do you think?  Do you think technology is making us lazy.

Here are the latest product and services reviews which have been published this year.

You can take advantage on each store's promotions by clicking on the orange "GET THIS COUPON" button.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Coupons: Textbookx

It's that time of year again and students are headed back to school.  Many students across America will be headed off to college.  One of the biggest expenses is buying textbooks.  Today, I would like to share a coupon with you.

 Textbookx is an ideal destination for students who want to purchase new, used, or rent textbooks.  You can get free shipping on retail order over $49.  Just use to coupon code by clicking here. 

Busy Bee....

Hello readers, I'm back!  When I signed in this morning, I noticed that I have 1029 pageviews and counting.  What?  How did that happen?

I started this blog back in March.  I promised myself that I would keep up with blogging and not abandon it.  Well, so far I have kept my promise for the most part.  Three years ago, I started a blog Book Club of One, but abandoned it after three months or so.

I plan to remain active with this blog.  I have noticed that some of my popular posts included the Flashback Fridays videos and a post about Susane Colasanti's novel Keep Holding On.  I hope that I can keep things fresh and not bore y'all to death.  So I am looking for new ideas to make that possible. So please leave a comment here.

I'm amazed that I hit the 1,000 mark so soon.  As far as I know, I have only one fan.  (If you're reading this you know who you are).   This tells me that people are stopping by to read periodicly or on a regular basis. 

Within the last few weeks, I have been trying to focus on writing again.  I would love to actually write and finish a novel one day, but that goal is a work in progress.  Meanwhile, I am still creating web content and product reviews.  So here is what I have been working on this week. 

Barnes and Noble Site Review FAQ (Shipping, Returns, and Pricing)
Biography of Jessica Bird
YA Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
YA Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

The story about Jessia Bird was going to be publshe somewee else, but I missed the deadline, oops.  So I decided to publish it  on Knoji.  I had no idea who she was.  She also writes paranormal romance fction under the name JR Ward.  The other nght, the had a camrcial for her latest novels.   I don't know anythng about her books and she is totally outside of my reading realm.