For What It's Worth

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Question: What have been some of the biggest challenges you've faced to continue blogging and how did you solve them?

Answer: I guess burnout. I've been doing this for over a decade and went from posting 7 days a week to barely turning on my computer.

I've resolved it by not worrying about it anymore lol

I admire the hell out of people who can organize and spreadsheet their way into motivation but that's not me. I've learned to embrace my own path and just blog when I feel like it. 

The hard part, for me, was - after years of building up a following and contacts, I had to let it go. The honest truth about slacking off is that you do lose followers and page views and all that. That was a little tough to let go of at first but I don't want to quit.

So as I've said many, many times before here - I'm just blogging for me at this point. I have my little crew and I love you all and it's all good!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

 



A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours. ~ Goodreads

Source: Audiobook from the library (Duration: 12:12:18 - narrated by Daniel Henning)


💖 Such a beautiful story of acceptance (of yourself and others), found family, forgiveness, being brave and finding your place in the world. 

👌 I'm going to be honest, this is one of my favorite books so far this year but...there's not a lot going on action wise. Linus is sent to investigate the Marsysas Orphanage, it's very special children and enigmatic caretaker. 

The children are different because of their abilities or for what they are (sprites, gnomes, a green blob, the antichrist just to name a few) and they encounter the usual judgement and fear from locals while being sequestered on the island.

Linus spends his days talking to and getting to know the inhabitants of the island - and that's kind of it - although there is a bigger picture story about Extreme Upper Management and the ultimate fate of the orphanage. 

🙌 What makes this book special is just how wonderful each and every character is. How they all grow and learn to open their hearts and minds to each other - learn to both give and accept love. 

I was so sad when this book ended. I listened to it on audio and I wanted to spend another day in Talia's (the gnome) garden, let Chauncy (the blob lol) take my bags (he dreams of being a bell hop) or give Theodore (a wyvern) a new button collection to hoard. They felt like delightful friends by the end. 

Overall: After the year we've just had, I needed this book. In a world of selfish shitheads - The House in the Cerulean Sea showed me a world where people can do and be better. It was gentle and sweet and felt like I was like being wrapped up in a warm hug.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Tell Me Something Tuesday

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Question: What is your blog hopping strategy?

Answer: Like most other things with my blogging - I'm very low key about blog hopping. I have a list of bookmarks and usually have time early in the morning for visiting. 

I start from the top - go about 1/2 way down, then hit up the other half later or the next day. Some days I get wild and start from the bottom and work my way up lol

I follow people using subscription services but mostly to help with their numbers. I don't really like using them though. I have my set list of regulars and then find posts to check out via Twitter or comments on other mine or other people's blogs. 


What is your blog hopping strategy?