Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday #116! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays—every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre, and on sale for less than $5.
I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: RANDOM!
Now on to the non pre-written intro: You guys, it has been a crazy last few weeks – so I apologize for not keeping up with the blog. Right now my entire family is sick with some sort of head cold that is kicking our butt. My husband came down with it a week ago, and then I caught it, and a day later my daughter had it. There’s been puking, coughing, no sleep, sniffling, sore throats, high fevers…. it’s been a trial. We’re all exhausted and malnourished at this point, and just trying to make it through the day. Hopefully we’ll be better shortly. That’s just the most recently complication though. Overall, we’ve just been crazy busy lately.
I’ve probably mentioned it before, but my husband works out of town, across the state every other week, Monday through Thursday. That means we don’t really get to see him for about half the year. Friday->Sunday have become our busiest days of each week because that is when we have to do laundry and grocery shop, and generally plan for the week. When he’s out of town, we don’t have a vehicle here in town – so it becomes this rush to try and get everything done and spend time together each weekend. This is also the only time of the week we have friends and family over, and neither of us are working. You’re probably starting to get the picture a little bit.
To top it off, after our move, my daughter and I started working on a hands-on project for her home school science. We decided to breed Betta fish (Betta Splendens) in order to learn more about biology, ecology, reproduction – etc. It’s a really neat project that I’d love to share with you guys – because we have learned so much from it. It IS super involved though. We are raising not only Bettas, but Guppies, three types of aquatic freshwater snails (Bladder Snails, Mystery Snails, and Ramshorn Snails), as well as live foods for all of these creatures (Daphnia, Brine Shrimp, Springtails, Mealworms/Darkling Beetles, Rice Flour Beetles, Microworms, Vinegar Eels, Flightless Fruit Flies (Drosophila Melanogaster), and Grindal Worms. As you can imagine, this has taken up a lot of our time. These are live creatures, so we have to do daily maintenance for them. We’ve also been documenting our entire progress with the project on YouTube.
It’s been an experience. We’ve raised hundreds of fish and snails and insects, and we’ve been learning a lot from it. We’ve had some disasters and some surprises, and we’re genuinely enjoying the whole process—but it does mean that our time has been at a premium, which is why Free Fiction Friday has fallen to the wayside. I apologize. I’ll try to do better – but bear with me if there’s a missing day here and there. I’m still trying to find a schedule that will work for everything I want to do in a week. I’m not abandoning the blog, I’m not abandoning reviews, I’m not abandoning editing. I just need to work out my schedule still. Stay tuned.
Let’s get on with the free books!