Dec 28

I know You Have Been Hearing The Crickets

It has been eerily, creepily quiet here lately.  I know you guys have felt it.  But there has been a lot going on behind the scenes that took a lot of time and energy to process and I had to get all of my ducks in a row.

Aug 27

Rabid Reader Ramblings (11) Finding Balance: Blogging, Life, Writing, Self Employment

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Rabid Reader Ramblings is my “discussion post” feature here at Just Another Rabid Reader.  It is a post in which I discuss bookish or blogging related things!  Please feel free to comment, no matter if you agree or disagree because discussion and healthy debate are what these posts are for~!

 

It’s been a crazy week.  With the craziness of the last week, and all the changes in my life in the last two, I realized that my routine needed a revamp.  Therefore, I am actually sitting at my desk at 6 in the morning.  And yep, this is one of the rare occasions when my post is not drafted ahead of time.

Jul 31

My Piece of the Puzzle (5) Summer Break, Vacations and Random Reflections

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Each day and each experience when living with a child with autism is different.  Each child with autism is different.

For those who don’t know what autism is:

Autism is a developmental disability, which is defined as a syndrome. A syndrome is simply a mix of signs or characteristics that can be used to show a particular condition. Autism is a lifelong condition that combine both developmental and behavioural features.

Translation: Autism is a series of developmental issues in socialization and communication that affect each person differently.

Jun 21

Talkin’ Bout Books Tuesday (1) : Racy Book Covers – Yay or Nay?

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“Talkin’ ’bout Books” is a newish meme for weekly book discussions.

Each Tuesday, we will post a discussion about a book-related topic. Sometimes, we will gear this toward writing books rather than reading them.


 

My topic for this week is:  Racy Book Covers – Yay or Nay?  What do you think about “risque” book covers on non-erotica novels?

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Too often, too many authors have fallen into the mantra that “sex sells.”  Even YA novels lately have gotten to be more and more over the top in terms of the adult nature of the cover images and to me too many authors are toeing the line between what is and is not appropriate on this one.

May 06

Book Blogger Hop (4): Why I Started Blogging

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About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s question:  Why did you start your blog?
I had had blogs before, mostly just rambling, ranting, ranging personal ones.  They were never purposeful and never had much focus.  But this one.  Oh, this one had a purpose and a goal in mind!  I started blogging about books for a very simple reason:  I loved books.  And my friends didn’t.
I know, I know.  How could I possibly be friends with people who weren’t as obsessed about books as I was?  It just seemed wrong.  But alas, everyone around me was completely sick of hearing about what I was reading.  So Just Another Rabid Reader was born.
But I had no idea when I dove in head first into this book blogging thing that there were whole communities surrounding it!  And that there were all of these people that were just as neurotically obsessed with books as I was, that would obsessively leaf through pages day in and day out with reckless abandon the same way I do.  I had finally found my clan, my people.
Is your story similar?  Did you feel like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole, a traveller without a home, until you found book blogging?  Let me know in the comments below!
Apr 28

Beyond the Books: (2) Birth Order

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Beyond the Books is a weekly meme where I throw out a topic (mostly non-bookish), and you guys blog about it. Come back here and share the link to your blog post, and we all have fun learning about each other.

 This week’s question:  Where do you fall in the birth order of your family? First, middle, baby, only? Do you think that affected who you are today?

Apr 21

Feature and Follow Friday: (6) #FF : What Defines a Misbehaving Author or Reviewer

Feature and Follow Friday is a Blog Meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee’s View.  The basic concept is that each week, there is a post prompt, and we each post on that topic. And each week, a blogger is featured  on the host’s blogs.  The point of this whole thing is to help grow followers and to generally create a sense of community and we all get to know each other and follow each other, et cetera.  There is a more elaborate list of rules on the hosts’ sites if you want to read more specifics!

Apr 17

My Piece of the Puzzle (4) An Autism Theme Song

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Each day and each experience when living with a child with autism is different.  Each child with autism is different.

For those who don’t know what autism is:

Autism is a developmental disability, which is defined as a syndrome. A syndrome is simply a mix of signs or characteristics that can be used to show a particular condition. Autism is a lifelong condition that combine both developmental and behavioural features.

Translation: Autism is a series of developmental issues in socialization and communication that affect each person differently.

Apr 10

My Piece of the Puzzle (3) Handling Conflict

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Each day and each experience when living with a child with autism is different.  Each child with autism is different.

For those who don’t know what autism is:

Autism is a developmental disability, which is defined as a syndrome. A syndrome is simply a mix of signs or characteristics that can be used to show a particular condition. Autism is a lifelong condition that combine both developmental and behavioural features.

Translation: Autism is a series of developmental issues in socialization and communication that affect each person differently.

Apr 08

Book Blogger Hop (3 ): Other Interests

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About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012.

 

I didn’t want the hop to come to end, and with Jennifer’s permission, I’ll relaunch the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, February 15th, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt just like before. The hop’s purpose will remain the same as it will give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
 This week’s topic:  What other interests do you have besides reading and blogging?
Besides reading and blogging?  Do work and sleep count? Haha! I barely have time for those.
But in all seriousness, I do actually have interests outside of reading and blogging and working.  I don’t always have enough hours in the day to pursue those interests, but they do actually exist.  I am actually a writer as well.  I have not been able to dedicate as much time to this lately as I would like, and have many, many, many unfinished works in progress that will one day become finished projects that will hopefully grace your e-readers.
I also crochet, though I still think of myself as a novice at that, even though I have been at it two years.  I have had to slow down with this as my wrists tire out quite a bit faster than they used to due to arthritis that I didn’t expect I would have to deal with as badly as I do at 34.
I play guitar, although, again, this is something that the aforementioned arthritis has forced me to give up completely.  My fingers just will not move in the way they need to to be able to play the way I used to.  Though I have toyed with the idea of picking it up again.  Or learning a different instrument.  I have one kid playing the violin and one playing the viola.  So who knows.
I love adult coloring books.  This is a fairly recent hobby and I am still not very good at shading and all of that, but I still enjoy it.  It is relaxing and fun and it helps calm me and help me recenter and refocus.
And I love hearing about all of the things my kids are learning and doing.  Mostly because I miss going to school and learning.  I didn’t get the chance to go to college, largely for financial reasons, and I envy the opportunities available to them.  They are not yet of college age, but they have so much ahead of them.
So, those are some of my non-bookish, non-blogging interests!  What about you?  What else do you like to do when you aren’t reading or blogging?  Link me in the comments and I would love to come check out your post.