Some Thursday Random

It’s been a while since I’ve written a “random stuff” post, but I woke up today to a whole pile of jumbled thoughts, so it seemed like a perfect time for random, you know?

Bookish Random

I’ve been having a blast filling my Kindle and Overdrive iPad apps with loads of interesting reads. In no particular order, here are some titles I added recently:

Avenging Angels, by Mary Stanton The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday, by Alexander McCall Smith Dark Dreamer, by Jennifer Fulton The Dead Kid Detective Agency, by Evan Munday Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand, by Fred Vargas Three Doors to Death, by Rex Stout A Cold Day for Murder, by Dana Stabenow A Study in Sherlock, ed. by Laurie R. King

And the Kindle version of A Cold Day for Murder, by Dana Stabenow, the first Kate Shugak mystery, is free right now at Amazon!

Have you read any of these titles?

Drama Is The Interwebs

All I can say is, wow. People who think the world of books and reading and writing is low-key and well, boring, have never clicked on Twitter links tweeted by the bookish community.

There is a whole lot of drama out there, folks. Drama on Goodreads, drama on individual blogs, drama in tweets (although I haven’t actually caught any of that this week).

And I am pleased to continue in voyeur mode (is that the word I mean?), playing the observer and not dipping my toes in any of it!

A Pinterest Question

I’ve been wondering something. Here’s the way Pinterest plays at my house. I pin recipe links to my Muse in the Kitchen board on Pinterest, then email them to Ward. I keep my fingers crossed and lo! and behold! every so often he serves up a dish I pinned on Pinterest.

So, can I make the claim, “I made something I pinned on Pinterest”? What do you think? After all, the dish wouldn’t have ended up on the dining room table without my initial input. Right? Right???

I had a whole lot more random in my mind when I first started writing this post, but such is my memory, I’ve forgotten most of it. Maybe I should tell you about the dream I had this morning, where I found myself back in university again? Nah, I thought not.

17 thoughts on “Some Thursday Random

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      The drama was quite startling for me, Alex. I obviously don’t get out of my little corner of the Internet universe that often :)

      I know what you mean about having way too many books on the iPad.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      That’s great about Pinterest, Kathy! I now have to be very disciplined and limit my time on the site – I find it so addictive.

      I’ve been so busy with work, this is the first month I’ve had time in quite a while to get out and about in the blogosphere – I never knew about all the drama before!

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  1. Ti

    I’ll be honest, in the real world, drama can be entertaining but in the Twitterverse, it just reminds me of high school. I never know about it when it happens, but I do tend to hear about it from others afterwards and the one thing that comes to mind? Boy, those people have a lot of free time on their hands.

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  2. Andi (Estella's Revenge)

    Drama is right. Sooo so so so tired of it. And I’ve been blogging 7 years, so it gets really old after a while.

    I’ve been itching to download WAY more than I need onto my nook lately. I’ve added scads of library e-books to my wishlist. Trying to be good!

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Isn’t it so hard to be good, Andi? The ebook library here is so huge – I just got my new library card a few weeks ago, and I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw how many titles it carried. And how many more books I’m allowed to have out at a time (ten, vs. the five I was allowed at the old library). And how many holds I can have (ten, vs. only three!).

      And I have absolutely no discipline. Zero. Zilch.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I just need to make sure I don’t use the casual observer stance as a reason to procrastinate doing the stuff I really want to do!

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  3. Joy Weese Moll

    A random comment for a random post — I loved your comment on Kim’s post for the BAND about books for creative inspiration. I just wanted to encourage you to write a post about that for this month’s BAND. I’m planning to write a wrap-up post on January 31, so you have a few days.

    PS I followed you on Pinterest — great boards! And I would certainly count the meals that show up from Pinterest as made by you.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Joy, that is a GREAT idea! I’ll have to scan my bookshelves to see what I can find. And maybe it will motivate me to actually read more of them. I have a few that have been sitting on my shelves for quite a while.

      Glad you like my Pinterest boards. I have so much fun with that site! And thanks for backing me up – I really want to write a post that starts with “I made something I pinned on Pinterest”!

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  4. rhapsodyinbooks

    I think the important part of a pinterest claim is did you EAT it. Who cares who actually did the cooking. Because what people are looking for is stuff that tastes as good as those pictures! :–)

    The weird thing about drama on goodreads is that I have no idea how to find it! I don’t really know how to use goodreads as well as LibraryThing. Does drama come with a group or where is it? (just so I know how to use the darn thing!)

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I can definitely claim I ate something I pinned on Pinterest! Ward’s made several recipes now from Pinterest, Jill. I’ll probably write them up on the weekends, for Weekend Cooking. Last night we had pizza with cauliflower pizza crust.

      Apparently the drama comes in comments on the actual reviews (I only discovered this myself earlier this week, via a link on someone else’s blog post). I came across this link at Nymeth’s blog post today: http://beautyisasleepingcat.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/on-negative-reviews-bookmark-ripping-and-nick-hornby/ It recounts some of the recent incidents.

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  5. heidenkind

    Hm, good idea. Maybe I should get my mom to start pinning present ideas for her birthday, then convince my dad to start following the board. Yeah, it’s the perfect plan (it’ll never work). 😛

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  6. Mari

    I’m enjoynig Pinterest too but it’s important to decide whether you want to establish ‘rules’… or one could spend hours and hours viewing photo’s. HA! I know I could.

    I never see drama in the book community, I’m sure it’s there since your not the first to mention it. I do read complaints about BEA behavior and if what I read it true… it’s horrible.

    Have a great day!

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  7. Trish

    Re Pinterest: YES!!! If it’s tried and true tested, why not pin it to a “I made this” board. Ha! :) Plus helpful for the rest of us to see what is actually worth trying ourselves!

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