Snapshot: June 16, 2015

Time: 6:26 pm

Feeling: Ready for a nap. Mainly because I’ve been up since 6:30 am—although sadly I didn’t end up gong for a walk because (a) it was raining, (b) I decided to get some social media work done first and (c) by the time I finished up the rain had stopped and things were looking too hot outside for a walk.

Eating: We’ve been eating out too much. Or so says the latest credit card bill. Sigh. I want to spend some time looking for crunchy summery salads with a dash of protein. Maybe I’ll have a cool new recipe to link to in next week’s Snapshot …

Drinking: I’ve started making kefir smoothies! I add spinach and whatever fruit I have on hand and feel rather nutritionally virtuous as a result. On the days when I remember to make them, that is.

Reading: The reading’s taken a bit of back seat because I just haven’t had much time for it lately. *sob*

BUT I’m really excited about this:


Ernest Cline’s Armada is being released on July 15 and what’s even more exciting? Wil Wheaton is narrating the audio version! I already have an Audible credit earmarked for it.

I’m also eyeing the Atlas Shrugged (#AtlasRAL) Readalong that Ti’s hosting over July and August. I’ve not been doing so well with my readalongs, though. I didn’t finish a single readalong book from last month, and this month I’m definitely behind with the #MiseryRAL readalong.



I’m having much better luck with my audiobooks. I’m listening to Christopher Fowler’s Bryant and May—The Burning Man right now. It’s always nice to slip back into the world of Bryant and May (I want to say they’re octogenarian detectives, but I’m actually not sure exactly how old they are. But May is four years younger than Bryant. I think.)

Writing: The deadline for submitting my dark fantasy for the workshop class I’m taking from Kelley Armstrong next month is June 29, so I still have some time left to make my revisions. Whew.

Working: I finished up an index on Sunday night, and this week I have five articles to write. Work on the book marketing for Booktrope is going well.

I also got started with my big readers’ site project—well, sort of. I’m still developing the site, but I finally got the Twitter account up and running: @bookstormcafe! While of course it would be lovely if you’d give it a follow, I should warn you that it is simply chockful of tweets about book news, book giveaways, new book releases, book reviews and author interviews. I’m not kidding—the tweet stream is loaded. It’s been fun diving into all this bookish stuff on the one hand, but on the other hand, let me just say there’s an awful lot of book news, book giveaways and new books out there!



We’ve had the Lord of the Rings board game for a while, and finally opened it up last night. It was a lot of fun (once we figured out the rules) but there was a certain cat who kept wanting to join us.

Looking forward to: The weekend! For once I’m actually getting out and about. We have tickets to see Titanic the Musical this Friday night, and then on Saturday a friend of mine is holding a girls-only birthday bash, which should be fun.

What about you? How has your week been so far? And what are your plans for the rest of the week?

12 thoughts on “Snapshot: June 16, 2015

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      We had to put the empty Amazon box next to the game so he wouldn’t sit on the pieces :) We keep several of these boxes around for occasions like this!

  1. Ti

    We are in day 2 of production week. Easy rehearsal in the theater tonight and she is off tomorrow. We head back Thursday for a full run through and then it’s showtime. I watch the show on Saturday at 2pm so that will be nice. I am working three shows total.

    You know, I would love for you to join me for the read along but I don’t want to pressure you. I will say this, my read alongs are always zero stress read alongs. No required posts. I provide a brief guideline that breaks the reading down into sections but it’s all flexible in my book. I just like to read books with others so I can chat about them. It’s going to be a challenge for me because my attention span has been all over the place but usually a good chunkster can hold my attention more so than a bunch of shorter reads.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Sounds like another busy week for you! But it will be nice to get to sit down and watch the show. We watched both of Dylan’s performances this past weekend and really enjoyed each show.

      As for the readalong, I think I’m just going to go for it. Let go of any preconceptions I have about the book and give it a try. So I’m in! Heading over to your post now to declare it official-like :)

  2. Sharlene

    Love your photo of your cat watching the game! So cute.

    I’ve never caught on to audiobooks. But I’m hoping to do more walking as my knee gets better (and also in part to strengthen it in case of future spills – does that work?) and I was thinking that audiobooks would be a good way to walk and be entertained at the same time.

    Your upcoming weekend plans sound great. Didn’t know that Titanic was made into a musical!

  3. Athira

    I CANNOT wait for Armada. Ever since Ready Player One, I have been waiting for Ernest Cline’s next so I’m glad that it is almost here.

  4. Care

    Now I’m wondering if Wil Wheaton has narrated other books? I loved his with Ready Player One. It’s crazy good how excited everyone is for this new Cline book. I swear, I went from having zero idea what audiobook to get next and now I’m buried with WANTs.

  5. Darlene

    I know I’m late with this post but I just had to pop in and say how cute the pic with your cat is. Our furbabies always want in on the action!


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