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May 11, 2020

Seven Things: Back to regular & totally aimless blogging

the quiet heart

01 | I like to say I'll be posting more but that would be lying. When I first started blogging, I posted every day or if not every day, every other day but now it's whenever I have something which means not often at all. I have a few posts that I'm certain will happen but I don't think there will be a lot of them.

02 | If you're using Blogger, have you seen the changes to the dashboard? Do you like them? The new post template is okay but the color choices for text is changed to brighter hues which forces me to change colors using the HTML view; there is no space, well, not a lot of space on the left side, I don't like things so close to the edge; and I also hate that you have to use the stupid arrow at the above left to close a post. Why can't we have a close button? But I do like that they have changed the labels to a list view which is easier to select. I guess I'm too used to the old version that I hate the changes but I'll probably get used to them or at least, accept them after a time. 

03 | Sounds of summer? Someone singing love songs badly outside (or perhaps just regular songs since it was in another language); someone mowing their lawn; fireworks at night now and then for reasons I don't know; constructions sounds; and ice cream music, I don't know the name of the song but it's definitely coming from a moving truck which I'm guessing someone is driving around the neighborhood but I didn't check to see if anyone actually went out and brought an ice cream cone. I guess summer is coming judging by the warmer weather and the sometimes sunny days in between the rainy ones. But the sirens passing by now and then, more frequent these days, somehow makes the coming of summer seems a little less joyful. But then again, I never do enjoy hot weather. I'm actually less productive during the warm seasons.

04 | I've completed the April 2020 A-Z challenge. It ran quicker than usual. I have done this challenge since 2016 (or 2017 I forget which), and I liked it most times. This year, it wasn't as enjoyable but at least, I can say I had finished something last month. I can't say much for the rest of the year and it will probably be days full of numbing desires to do things but I probably won't. My motivation to do anything is very low right now. I'm pretty sure I'll never be as productive as I used to be. Hence, I didn't get much done. But I did edited a few of my stories and started on some artworks but I still have a lot of them that I'm not eager to finish. I'm thinking I'll be working on them for a long time.

05 | I have removed the quote below my blog header. Maybe you have noticed or maybe you didn't. I usually change the quote to suit my mood but right now, there's no quote that can say how panicky or anxiety-filled I am these days so no more quotes. I may bring it back later.

06 | Admit it, some of you don't read everything I posted and I admit my posts are rather long and that's why I bold and color text so people can skip reading the whole thing. I admit that I also sometimes skimmed through blog posts because they are too long. I think bolding and coloring text to highlight your points so readers can enjoy your posts without having to slug through long text is a good idea. I know I sometimes have the attention span of a five-year-old but that's not to say I don't read long posts, it's just that, it depends on the time and my mood.

07 | Books I Read in March & April
I'm more into hoarding books and book samples (mostly ebooks now) then reading them but I had managed to read a few books. If I actually counted, I took 50+ days to read 4 books which is very slow even for me and they were short books.



Phoenix and Ashes (The Elemental Masters Book 3) by Mercedes Lackey
Phoenix and Ashes (The Elemental Masters Book 3) by Mercedes Lackey > link
I don't get why there are so many em dashes instead of periods but perhaps it's because I read the ebook version so perhaps the em dashes makes more sense in print? This is a Cinderella retelling in which the prince is about the same - useless and pretty dull, okay, maybe he's not completely useless and dull though I think he was a bit dumb for someone who is supposed to be smart, especially toward the end.

The ending is happy but it was quick and short and kind of maybe should be a tiny bit more something? I guess that's how it is - when a book is short, I wanted it to be long but when a book is long, I wanted it to be short. This book was short but I wanted a little bit more, especially the ending. Why the author had bothered to make the relationship romantic, I don't know. There just aren't any romance in that relationship. I guess I had some expectation because it's a retelling but at the same, the beginning was so good that the ending doesn't quite suit it. But it's a good read.



Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie > link
My first Agatha Christie book and probably the last. I hated the narrator. Every time the narrator (I don't remember his name) refers to Poirot as a little man, I just feel like he should get hit in the head hard because he sounds so condescending and yet, Poirot just accepts his behavior. He's supposed to be Poirot's friend and yet, he doesn't understand him when he does odd things nor does he have patience for Poirot when Poirot doesn't give him answers. It wasn't a terrible book but it wasn't anything special but at least, I wasn't able to guess who murdered the lady. I honestly just forgot everyone's names as soon as I finished the book. My forgetful brain might be telling me I don't like this book but I thought it was okay, I just didn't like the narrator.



The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis
The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis > link
This was a wonderful read and I read it quicker than usual which usually means the book had been so good that I kept on reading which doesn't happen a lot these days. But I really like this time travel story, well, it's not time travel because no one goes anywhere, but it does takes place in two time period and the children from the past talks to the children in the future. It was great but still, the ending is a bit short. You kind of expect the ending but I still want a little more to the ending. I almost love this except for the constant switching of Cassie's name to Cass and back again, drives me a little nuts but other than that, it was a compelling story and I wished it was longer.


The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods with illustrations by Anuska Allepuz
The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods with illustrations by Anuska Allepuz > link
This was good but the ending is a bit abrupt. I suppose there really is no solution other than the one chosen. There's a bit of fairytale-like to this book which I dearly like. I love the writing style here. The plot may sound a bit sad but I think that's how it should be. It starts out sad but ends with hope.

What have you been doing in March and April? Or maybe I should ask what are you doing now, in May (which is already quickly passing by)?


14 comments:

  1. I have resisted trying the new blogger. I suppose eventually it will be forced on all of us, but for the moment I am ignoring it.
    I like Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries much more than the ones featuring Poirot. That said I live other mystery authors better - though I loved her memoirs.
    I am gardening, reading, rereading and back on the crisis line.
    I am sorry that your anxiety levels are high and hope you can find a way to cope.
    LOVED your quiet heart illustration.

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    1. @ Elephant's Child: That was one first Christie novel but perhaps I'll try a Miss Marple novel later one.

      I'm less anxious now but it's hard not to be these days.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  2. I especially enjoy seeing your lovely art when you put it on your blog. The Quiet Heart is beautiful and has an Indian feel to it.

    These are strange times for us all, but it will not be forever.
    Wishing you a good week.

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    1. @ Sandra: I kind of redone this piece which I started during another one of the crisis.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  3. I did not know there was a new blogger, so far mine is still the same.

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    1. @ River: Sorry to tell you this but soon, all Blogger user will have to switch to the new dashboard or they will be switched without them knowing. Change is hard but sometimes you can't stop it. I don't like it either but at least, the change is slower.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  4. Yeah, I don't mind the changes in Blogger as long as they're good ones. Blogger could get much better IMO but I still love it and prefer it to WP, for example. 👍🏻 You're not the only one, btw. We would all love to be able to post more, but... That's life. :) Also, love the cover of the last book in this post! 💖

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    1. @ Hot guys: It's not a bad change but certainly needs some getting use to.

      I certainly would like to post more but sadly, I have no motivation for that.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  5. Like EC I have not yet tried the new Blogger. I live by the adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it ;) I'm not doing much in May, only trying to live and write some blogposts. Take care. <3

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    1. @ Charlotte: I'm not doing much in May either, just doing some work and trying to get some other things done.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  6. The other day, I sat down to write a post and apparently I accidentally pushed the button to try the new Blogger Dashboard. I HATED it! I was so relieved when I realized I could easily change back to the old version. Phew. I'm not big on change.

    THE BOY, THE BIRD, AND THE COFFINMAKER sounds intriguing. I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for the heads-up!

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    1. @ Susan: Yeah, I'm not big on change either but sooner or later, you will have to accept it, I guess.

      The Boy, the Bird and the Coffin Maker is great but it's too short for me though. I hope you get to read it.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  7. I remember that you used to post more often, and I did too.(lol) Now, I think most of us are doing other stuff and may not have as much time or motivation. I hate that you're feeling anxious these days, and and sending lots of healing air hugs your way. I had a blogger friend tell me on the phone once that my blog goes off in different tangents, and I responded that this is how my brain actually works.(lol) I wouldn't say I have a short attention span, but I'm thinking all the time, and I try to get it all in.(lol) I like knowing that you're around and even though I don't visit as often as I should, your posts always have something relevant to say, and I love it. I've been working on footBALLism, selling on eBay, organizing and other stuff. Then of course I've been reading and watching tv probably more than I should be.(lol) Stay safe and know that you're cared about and thought of often. RO

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    1. @ Ro: I think it's a more of a matter of motivation and not having more things to do, at least for me.

      I am also watching too much television, though a lot of shows that I have already seen before.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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