It’s that time of the year…

Ah, August. August for me is met every year with a tiny bit of trepidation. My birthday falls near the end of the month (August 25th), and a few days later, the school year starts for our household. This is a time of enjoying the last clinging moments of summer, and a time of preparation for school and the upcoming holidays. Around this time of year my household gets extremely chaotic—and to add to that this year, we’re in the process of trying to move. (FINALLY).

This means that we’re spring cleaning the house, throwing out 11 years worth of clutter, scrubbing things down, boxing stuff up to be given to charity, and packing the rest for the upcoming move. We’re preparing for school during the week (since we home school) and cleaning, and then on the weekends we’re running household errands and meeting with realtors. As you might imagine, it’s hectic.

What does this mean for my reading? It means things slow down a bit. There will be reviews, but they will be more sporadic than normal until everything gets settled and back on routine. There will be weeks when there are no reviews, one review, two reviews… it’s hard to say. That being said, I will be endeavoring to continue to read when I can and to continue with regularly scheduled Free Fiction Fridays every week. I’ll be posting small updates to twitter as things change, so keep an eye on the feed for updates!

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Short Break – Computer Issues

Hello, ladies and gentlemen of blogland! Unfortunately, I’m here to tell you that I’m taking a short break from blogging for (possibly) a few weeks. Obviously, I’ve talked about my previous, numerous, computer problems (you can read more here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,  and here) yup, there’re that many problems. Anyways, my computer has decided to randomly shut down these days at extremely inopportune times, and after a little testing, we’ve discovered that the power supply on my computer is dying.

At this point, there are programs I can’t run, and things I can’t do unless I want my computer to shut off (and possibly not turn back on), which puts a little bit of a hold on my work. I’m in the process of contacting the company my computer came from in an attempt to replace the dying power supply, but basically, what this means is, I’m probably going to be without a computer for a few weeks (maybe less if I’m lucky, maybe more if I’m extremely unlucky) while I wait for my computer to ship, be fixed, and then be sent back to me.  Le sigh. <-can you hear my enthusiasm?

So for now, I am on hiatus. I may or may not have access to a laptop during this time in which to do posts—but I’m not counting on it. I will continue to read and write up reviews (which will be posted as soon as I am able), and yes, feel free to send me new review requests, but I may not get to them in a very timely manner until this situation is resolved. Please have patience, and I will endeavor to do the same.

The state of things—a quick update!

Hello people of blogland! I wanted to take a quick moment and update you guys on how things are going. Obviously, I haven’t been posting. If you read my last update, you’d know that awhile ago my Hard Drive died on my computer. I’ve spent a good amount of time arguing with the company who built my computer over their warranty and the logistics of sending my computer back to them for them to replace the hard drive this past week. Luckily, we worked things out, and I’ll be shipping my broken Hard Drive back to them on Monday, so hopefully in a week or two, I’ll be back to my regular posting when my new hard drive arrives. It’s been a trying hiatus.

The good news is, I have a laptop that allows me to do some pretty basic stuff, like watching YouTube or posting messages (like this one), but of course the situation isn’t perfect. My entire e-book library is on a secondary Hard Drive that I currently don’t have access to (in fact, all of my saved files are there, including the ones I use for this blog), so right now, this is about all I can do. I should be back to posting book reviews and Free Fiction Fridays as soon as my new Hard Drive arrives, but it is going to be a week or two before that happens. For now, I’m using the opportunity to get some work done on my writing (I have about 6k words of a new book outline done—which thankfully I had saved on a USB flash drive), and I’m just taking some time to do something other than sit at my computer all the time…. give it another week and my house will be spotless out of boredom. Ha ha!

I hope everyone’s having a great week, and I hope to be back to posting as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, you can still send me requests for reviews, but please understand that I won’t be posting reviews until my computer situation has been resolved.

A Monday Update

This is just a quick note. For those of you in blogland who were wondering over the weekend “What the heck happened to Free Fiction Friday?”, my apologies. Mid-week my internet and cable went out, and it is only just now (I’m saying this very hesitantly) up again. Luckily for me, my book reviews are written, scheduled, and programmed to upload themselves—so the disruption to 90% of my posting was minimal. Unfortunately, Free Fiction Friday’s are not written and scheduled ahead of time due to the fluxuating prices on Amazon on any given day. Hopefully my internet will stay up this week and I’ll resume posting FFF’s on Friday as normal. If nothing is posted Friday, assume the internet apocalypse has struck again.  That is all.