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From the Haphazard Twitter Files of MsBookish.com (No. 4)

Recently I was doing some digital cleanup, and I discovered I’d set up an IFTTT recipe last year that sent every tweet I made, excluding @replies, to a spreadsheet in Google Drive.

And then I remembered why I’d done this.

You see, way back in 2009 (yes, 2009!!), I’d started a new feature here on the blog: From the Haphazard Twitter Files of MsBookish.com. The point of the feature was to post all the links I’d tweeted in the past week. I published the first edition of the feature on May 29, 2009, the second edition on February 16, 2010 and the third edition on March 1, 2010. And then … I kind of stopped.

But in May of 2014, I must have thought about reviving this feature, because that’s when I set up the IFTTT recipe. I know this because the first entry in the spreadsheet is dated May 17, 2014. And then I kind of forgot about The Haphazard Twitter Files again. Until I realized I had the IFTTT recipe running all this time.

So I thought, since I’ve been recording this data anyway, I might as well do what I’d been thinking about doing last year, and start posting this feature again. Yes, it’s definitely taken me a while, but here it is. Welcome to the Haphazard Twitter Files of MsBookish.com!

Here are the links I tweeted this week, from January 9 to January 15, not including links to my own stuff here on the blog or on Tumblr. (In tweets where I neglected to introduce the link with some words of my own – bad tweeting habit! – I’ve included commentary in brackets after the link.)


Much better than letting everything accumulate in my inbox: The Five Cardinal Rules of Email Productivity


I’m going to try this! The New Habit Challenge: Optimize Your Sleep For More Creative Thinking

A wonderful read: 6 Ways Your Brain Tries To Kill Your Ideas And How To Fight Them #creativity

Starting the Creative Life Afresh (a great read on coming back to a creative life)

Writing and Journaling

Seven Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems #amwriting

I really like this idea of a Snippets Journal! The Snippets Journal Begins #artjournal #journaling

Noteworthy Authors Writing Longhand #amwriting

Great read on collecting papers for your journal What About All of That Paper? #journaling

Bookish Things

Yes. Long live the ebook – it’s a champion of the printed word

Cressida Cowell is fired up by the joy of words (an interview with author Cressida Cowell)

Big list of 2015 releases: Mind-Blowing Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Watch Out For In 2015

RT @florinda_3rs: All hail your new time-waster, via @TheMarySue “The Princess Bride Is Now a Mobile Game, as You Wish(ed)”

This looks like an interesting app: E-reading app Addr: when annotation’s what you need…

:) 27 Hilarious Literary Corrections That Will Ruin Your Trust In The Media (very funny, some of these!)

Harry Potter: new edition, new look for Ron, Hagrid, Hermione and Malfoy (can we say, booklust?)

Words From the Past Illuminate a Station on the Way to Freedom  (about the notebook of abolistionist editor Sydney Howard Gay labeled Record of Fugitives and other documents author Eric Foner used as research for his book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad)

Spirit and Mindfulness

Love this: Thriving Is All About Enjoying the Process Purposefully

Frédéric Gros: why going for a walk is the best way to free your mind (I put his book on my TBR)

Small things do make a difference! 8 Scientifically-Backed Ways That You Can Choose To Be Happy


A perfect way to start the year! The War of Art #Giveaway

Great giveaway at TIF TALKS BOOKS! GIVEAWAY: Candlewick Top Picks (chance to win a 6-pack of YA books from Candlewick)

(Update: Jill at Rhapsody in Books is also offering the same great giveaway so if you want a second chance to win a six-pack of YA  books from Candlewick, click here – I just tweeted it today, but her giveaway will end before my next Haphazard Twitter Files post, so I wanted to add it to this one.)

Hmmm. It looks like I’ve been quite busy on Twitter lately! And if I’m going to start posting this feature regularly, I’d better start remembering to consistently add commentary when I tweet a link …

By the way, click here to follow me on Twitter if you’re not and would like to. And if you’re interested in setting up an IFTTT recipe to send your tweets to a spreadsheet on Google Drive, this is the one I’ve been using – but I see that it sends ALL my tweets to my spreadsheet, excluding @replies, so I’m going to give this one a try, as it sends just the tweets that contain links.

Some Wednesday Random

It’s Wednesday, and I can’t think of a thing to blog about – so I’m falling back on the old tried and true. Random!

I’m a Happy Information Junkie This Week.

I finally figured out a way to keep an eye on all the links and fun things I find interesting online, without feeling information overload! And it’s all due to my iPad. Last week I spent a bit of time testing out various apps and I’ve now settled on some essential ones that have made my info-surfing life so much easier.

On the agenda: I’ll be writing up a post about the apps I’m now using. (Always nice to know what I’ll be writing about!).

And I’m Sharing My Finds on Twitter.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (and … ahem … if you’re not, here’s the link to my Twitter profile) might have noticed I’m doing something a little differently these days. I’ve been tweeting links to all the stuff I find terribly amusing or interesting or just plain mind-boggling.

I can’t help it. Seriously, some of this stuff is just too good not to share!

Sniff … Reamde Has to Go Back to the Library.

So I’ve had that big brick of a book, Reamde, by Neal Stephenson, for almost three weeks now. And I haven’t touched it. It’s just such a BIG book, so every time I look at it, I think to myself, I really need to make sure I have a nice chunk of time to curl up with it.


And of course, that never happened. And since this is a relatively new book, I can’t renew it, because there are lots of other eager readers just waiting to get their hot little hands on it.

Sigh. I hate when this kind of thing happens. I actually have it in audio, too, but I already know it will take me even longer to listen to it than it would for me to read it so I might as well just add myself back to the “hold” queue at the library.

The Art of Letter Writing

Okay, so no-one’s going to be too surprised that I wasn’t able to stick to writing a letter a day last month. No, not even though it was a short month (although with that leap day, it really wasn’t that much shorter …).

But I had some good excuses. Like the flu going through the family, which just about wiped out two weeks of the month.

Despite not writing a letter a day last month, I’ve been well and truly bitten by the handwritten letter bug. I’ve enjoyed getting letters from people, and I’ve enjoyed writing the letters I did write. So I’ve decided to just keep on doing this indefinitely.

Not, of course, a letter a day. But several a month. It’s going to be fun!

The Everyday Writer

Last bit of random for now. I’ve been having a hard time getting back into a writing routine. And then yesterday, I came across this blog post by Seth Godin.

Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure.

Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.

(The emphasis is mine.)

I decided to take this advice to heart, and last night, I created The Everyday Writer. And this morning, I wrote my first post. My plan is to choose a different writing prompt generator every day (if you click through, you’ll see I have several of them in the sidebar), and then write a little something. Something short, that’s fictional, but Not of the Utmost Importance (the very opposite of the way I think of my writing-in-progress as Being of the Utmost Importance – which, by the way, is one sure-fire way to drum up a bad case of writer’s block).

And I’m adding this into my Wednesday Random because I’ve got to fulfill the “in public” part of the whole shebang.

So those are my latest bits of random! What random bits and pieces do you have going on these days?

The Big Catch-Up Post

It’s been six days since we moved into our new place in the city, and while I’ve been active on Twitter, I haven’t been here on the blog at all. So I thought it was time for The Big Catch-up Post!

The Move

The actual move itself went quite well. We hired a fabulous moving company that worked quickly and efficiently to move us from the ‘burbs into the city. They do a lot of condo moves, so they were familiar with the ins and outs of moving into a condo.

That night, of course, we were surrounded by boxes. I’m happy to report that our new place isn’t as small as we’d been thinking, and we have TWO walls of bookcases! So plenty of room for all the books we ended up keeping, plus room for more (although I suspect, after all this decluttering we’ve been doing, I will be sticking with ebooks from now on).


So how are we all doing?

Well, I pretty much fell in love with the place from the moment we moved in. I love being so close to so many things. I love the cityscape outside our living room window. I love the lake view outside the office and bedroom windows.

Cityscape viewOur Cityscape View

I was especially thrilled that our furniture didn’t make the rooms feel smaller – the rooms, when empty, already felt smaller than we were used to. But, illogical as it sounds, the place was actually transformed once we got our furniture in. It looks and feels bigger. And of course, very home-like, because it’s filled with our things.

Dylan, our eight-year-old, was very sad the night before the big move. He was born in the house we’re leaving behind, and has lived there all his life. We told him it was okay to feel sad, but to make sure feeling sad didn’t hold him back from also loving the new place if that’s what he felt like.

Children are so resilient. The next evening, even though he was surrounded by boxes and couldn’t get at a lot of his toys, he was proclaiming, “I love our new home!” And he hasn’t stopped saying it ever since.

Night of the Big Move The Night of Our Big Move

And then there’s my husband.

He’s a wonderful man, my husband. As many of you know, he loves to cook, and handles all the cooking at home. He is also a lot neater than I am, so he tends to do most of the cleaning, too. He’s a real gem and I love him to bits.


You could say my husband’s not good with change.

And to make things just that much more challenging, the new kitchen is roughly a third of the size of the old kitchen. Not only that, in our old place, we had “the old kitchen” – the room that used to be our kitchen before we renovated and added a new kitchen – and we’d never gotten around to renovating that room to be anything but a kitchen. So in our old place, he had TWO kitchens. TWO fridges. A stand-up freezer. And two rooms full of cupboard space. All of which he utilized.

I wish we had a larger kitchen here! I suspect his adjustment process is going to take a while …

Other Bits and Pieces

Jamie! We’re going to see Jamie Oliver this coming Wednesday! And I’m super thrilled, because Roy Thomson Hall, the venue, is within walking distance from our new place.

This coming week is a deadline-filled week for me, but being so close to the event means I’ll only have to take four hours off. I can squeeze it in! And Ward is happy, because Jamie is one of his favourite celebrity chefs.

NaNoWriMo Fail. At least, I think so. I’m a whole week behind – I realized right after the move there was no way I could do it all. Something had to give, and unfortunately, it has to be the writing. Deadlines, unpacking and getting settled into our new place must take priority.

I’m hoping next year will be different in terms of deadlines!

Tweetstock! Last month I decided to try out my first Twitter conference/event. I hadn’t realized it would fall in the week of our move (since we were supposed to move in on November 1, not 7). On the night before Tweetstock 6, I was actually debating whether I could take the time off to go.

I did decide to go, and I’m very glad that I did! I had a lot of fun, learned a few things and met some really nice people.

It was so much fun, I’m thinking seriously about going to the next BEA and the next Book Blogger Convention! I’ve met so many wonderful book lovers these past three years, and after getting a taste of meeting some Twitter peeps in real life, I would really love to meet some of my book blogger friends in real life too.

So that’s my update for now. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I’ll be able to get back to regular blogging and blog reading in a few weeks!

From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish (No. 2)

twitterimageWelcome to my not-so-regular feature, From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish (and yes, the title is a tribute to a one of my favorite books, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg).

I recently discovered that the Tweetdeck iPhone app now lets me email tweets to myself without leaving the app – a real time-saver, and ever since I started using it, I’ve accumulated a lot of great links – kind of a method of bookmarking when I’m not on my computer, plus great for writing up this feature (so it might be a more regular one from now on!).

Because, as it turns out, my favorite time for going on Twitter is in the morning, when I’m relaxing with a cup of coffee and not quite ready to get up and start doing things.

I don’t know about you, but I find such great links through Twitter – things that I might never have caught sight of otherwise. I know some people think Twitter is all about tweeting personal, irrelevant stuff (“Just had a bowl of soup for lunch. Yum.”) but it’s not just about personal updates (although yes, I do enjoy a smattering of those, too – it humanizes the whole experience for me). It’s such a great place to find interesting links (of course, much depends on the people you’re following – but on the positive side, you’re fully in charge of that!).

Bookish Links

Writing Links

Other Fun and Interesting Stuff

Are you on Twitter? What do you like best about it? And here’s the link to my Twitter page!

Twitter and Facebook: What’s Your Strategy?

The other day I was emailing a friend of mine about Twitter – he’s new to Twitter and hasn’t been liking it as much as Facebook. I was sending him some ideas I had about how to get more comfortable with Twitter, and I said something about “going broad” with Twitter, as compared to Facebook.

This got me thinking about how people approach these social networking sites.

I’m active both on Facebook and on Twitter, but I’m active in very different ways on each site.

image I keep my Facebook profile fairly private, and my friends list on the small side. Most of the friends in my Facebook account are either real-life friends, or online friends who’ve become good friends. I do have a few people on my friends list I don’t know very well, but very few.

I update my Facebook status with personal things – my thoughts of the day, pictures taken on my iPhone as I go about everyday life, links to funny or inspiring videos I come across … my latest Bejewelled score …

I have a great time on Facebook; it’s where I keep in touch with friends. I laugh a lot when I’m on the site, make comments, click on the “like” button quite often.

My daughter occasionally sends me funny, sweet little Facebook chat messages from her computer, which is a desk away from mine. My son sometimes makes quirky remarks on my wall that make me smile.

I seeimage Twitter, on the other hand, as being more wide open – more like a fabulous cocktail party to which everyone has been invited. I only have one rule of thumb when it comes to following people: I follow anyone I find interesting.

I go to Twitter to discover new links, catch up on the latest news, and chat with an assortment of fun people about lots of different things. I love that I don’t have to be there every day, every hour, every minute. I love that no matter what time of day it is, whenever I pop into Twitter, there’s usually some interesting conversations going on. I love never knowing what new thing I’ll discover through a link in someone’s tweet.

None of this would happen if I didn’t follow a wide assortment of people. So I keep my Twitter outlook broad.

As with Facebook, I have a great time with my Twitter account, but it’s a different kind of fun.

I’ve been wondering whether other people approach these two social media sites the same way I do. I know there are some people with a ton of friends on both Facebook and Twitter; I wonder what their approaches are to each site. Do they share the same things on each site? Are their friends and followers lists made up of the same people?

What do you do? Are you on both Facebook and Twitter? Do you participate frequently or infrequently? What’s your strategy for the best use of these two social networking sites?

Saturday Randomness: Halloween, NaNoWriMo, Twitter, Food and Comments

Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates Halloween! It looks very windy outside my office window right now – hopefully the wind will die down before all the trick-or-treaters hit the sidewalks tonight.

I’m feeling a little random today (have you noticed I get this way at least once a week?) So I thought I’d throw all my scattered bookish and non-bookish thoughts together into a post for today.

First, Some Halloween Pumpkin Awesomeness

New Moon and Yoda pumpkins

Twilight fans, wouldn’t you just LOVE to have this New Moon pumpkin standing outside your front door? I’m rather partial to the Yoda pumpkin myself.

There are many more incredible pumpkin carvings here!

NaNoWriMo Starts TOMORROW!

Yes, that’s worth some caps. And I am so behind – I’d planned to get some work deadlines tucked away before November 1st, and now I have one day to get at least one finished (the best laid plans, and all that …).

And when it comes to my NaNoWriMo novel, well, let’s just say “unprepared” is the word that comes to mind. I don’t even know what the names of two of my three main characters are.

Luckily, Twitter came to my aid. This morning, I met @CarmenRenee, who sent me a link to this great article on succeeding with NaNoWriMo. I felt much calmer after reading the article. I might end up at the starting line calling my two characters Thing 1 and Thing 2, and you know what? I’m okay with that. Truly. If it gets me writing the approximately 1700 words I’m aiming for tomorrow, well, that works for me!

And Speaking of Twitter

I’ve decided that Twitter + #NaNoWriMo = Writers’ Watercooler/Cocktail Party/Awesome or What (take your pick). Writing my NaNoWriMo novel this year will not be an isolated experience, and I’m looking forward to taking part in the community feeling as I write (or after I write).

I have also been on Twitter much more now that I’m using Evernote. I hadn’t really been going on Twitter all that much when I was on my iPhone, mainly because one of the things I like most about Twitter are the links I come across, and it was just too frustrating for me to see a great link that would be useful for the future (I’m a link packrat), and have to get out of my Tweetdeck app and email the link to myself.

But now with Evernote, I just send a quick DM (direct message) to the special account Evernote has set up specifically for this kind of thing, and the tweet gets saved. So quick, so easy!

My Husband Has Become a Blogging Machine (Or, What I’ve Been Dining On This Week)

I mentioned recently that my husband has taken over blogging at our food blog, Muse in the Kitchen (after a year of persuading on my part, I might add). And he’s loving it! My job is to edit and format his posts (he insists he’s not a good writer, but he is. He just has his own style, that’s all) and add my two thoughts in at the end of each post.

Unlike me, Ward is not a procrastinator. And since he cooks at least one or two recipes five nights of the week (the other two nights he’s teaching classes at his dojo) he’s got a lot of blog posts in the works. Every time I log on, there are three or four new draft blog posts waiting for me to edit (at least, it seems that way!)

Here’s the latest good stuff we’ve been eating this week:

Spicy Spiral Bread: perfect for the lunchbox, and it’s got a great vegetarian bean filling!

Green Tea Cheesecake: this was an unusual and not-too-sweet dessert that we served at our dinner party last Saturday (the night of the Readathon)

Grilled Sesame Baby Bok Choy: one of the first recipes Ward created, this is our “go-to” dish when we want a quick and easy vegetable entrée

Asian Marinated Flank Steak: another go-to recipe of ours, Ward tinkered with a Martha Stewart recipe and came up with this delicious and very easy flank steak

Grilled Shark and Bakes: I wasn’t here for this one, which is actually the reason Ward made it (I don’t really like shark). I can vouch for the fact that the “bakes” (grilled) are delicious, though!

Comments and Commenting

I’ve been so busy doing things (well, thinking about doing things, I guess) to get ready for my very busy November that I haven’t had a chance to respond to comments here, or to go visiting all the wonderful blogs in my Google Reader.

So I just wanted to end with a huge thank you to every one of you who’ve stopped by this week to read my ramblings! You’re what makes all this blogging stuff fun!

What are you up to this Halloween? And how’s your November shaping up? If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, are you raring to go, or feeling unprepared?

What’s Up Saturday – May 30

What a wonderful and interesting week it’s been. Here’s what’s been going on:

My First Twitter Party


I went to my very first Twitter party last night – BEAtwittyparty, hosted by The Book Lady’s Blog. And I have to say, it was absolutely wild. I mean, really, truly wild – if you followed the party using the search page at Twitter, every few minutes it would tell you to hit refresh, because about a gazillion more tweets related to the party had just been tweeted. There were so many great threads of conversation, all whizzing by at hyper-warp speed.

If I closed my eyes, it almost felt like being at a real party (except, of course, if I closed my eyes, I couldn’t very well type or read all the tweets …).

There were some great conversations going around, and just like at a real party, people jumped in and out of various discussions. I met new people, and it was just a whole lot of fun. My main regret is that I arrived late, and then had to leave early (now that I think about it, this happens to me a lot in real lie, too. I guess I can’t claim the title of “Life of the Party”).

(Photo credit: JadeGordon)

No BEA? Books Anyway”

There’s another great BEA event for those of us unable to make it to Book Expo America this weekend: Devourer of Books is hosting the “No BEA? Books Anyway” event. To show our support for the book industry, those participating will do some book buying this weekend.

I already went bookstore shopping yesterday, and will be heading out for another book buying shopping trip today – all specifically for this event (isn’t it a wonderful excuse to indulge?).

Writing Goal

I finally did something that’s been a long time coming for me: I owned up to my lack of writerly disciplined and decided to make myself accountable. I am committed to working on my fiction by writing for half an hour a day, and so far (knock wood) so good.

You’ll be seeing a series of new posts around here called On Writing – I’ll be posting about my progress, so that I can keep myself accountable. Two Three other book bloggers are setting writing goals too: Dorte H. from DJS Krimiblog, Margot from Joyfully Retired and Melanie from Novel Ideas by Mel.

I’m hoping that I can stick to this commitment for 30 days, after which I fully expect to have a new habit – a writing habit!

New Features

I also added some new features this week: Title Finds and From the Haphazard Twitter Files of Ms. Bookish. I’m pretty sure these new features will help me with my other commitment, which is to blog here regularly.

New Template

Yes. Soon. I’m hoping later today. If I don’t get my new template up before tomorrow’s Big List of Giveaways posts, I’ll have to break the posts into two or maybe even three. I really dislike doing that, so I’m hoping I’ll get the template up before then!


Finally, I want to wrap up this post with a huge thank you to everyone who’s come by and commented on my posts here this past week. I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate the time you all take to make a comment. When I’m sitting here staring at the screen, wondering if, really, I should even bother writing up the next post, your comments make all the difference to me.

Feeling Twitter-ific, Thanks to My Netbook & Seesmic Desktop


Update: spelled Seesmic wrong! Typo has been changed. In title too. Sigh

I think I’m finally getting the hang of Twitter! It’s really due to two things: I picked up my ASUS EEE PC 1000HE on Saturday (do I love it? do I LOVE it!), and I downloaded Seesmic Desktop, a desktop Twitter application, and have been making full use of its list-making feature to keep track of things.

Note: I liked using the word “Twitter-ific” in the title of this post, but for anyone wandering in from Google, this post isn’t about Twitterific, which is a Twitter app for Mac and iPhone users.


I work from home, and spend most of my work time in front of the computer. So, while blogging is fun, I’ve been feeling kind of chained to my desk lately.

Enter the netbook.

At first I was thinking of the Dell mini laptop, but then I surfed around, looking for reviews, and the ASUS EEE PC 1000HE looked perfect for me. CNET”s Crave blog rated it the no. 1 netbook in its top ten list of mini laptops.

I already have a laptop but rarely use it because I’m always paranoid it’s going to run out of juice just when I’m getting to a good part of whatever I’m working on, and having to plug it in everywhere kind of takes away from the whole portability thing, you know?

The EEE PC weighs a little over 3 pounds, has a nice, almost full-size keyboard and best of all, has a battery that lasts 9.5 hours! Of course, that’s if you use it in the optimal battery-saving mode, but all the reviews I read clocked the battery at lasting around 7 hours and 20 minutes, give or take ten minutes or so, running in normal performance mode.

I can attest that this is true – at least, on Saturday I had it running for about six and a half hours before I finally switched it off, and the battery wasn’t fully drained yet. Which is a relief, as the battery’s capability is the main reason why I decided to get this particular netbook. (Well, okay, the price is pretty good, too.)

The only thing I don’t like about the EEE PC is the multi-touch touchpad, but that’s just me. I’ve never liked touchpads or trackpads – I prefer plugging in a small USB mouse and going with that.

I have felt so free the entire weekend! I can sit and “watch” a Diego DVD with my little one, check up on my favorite bloggers, tweet to my heart’s content, and not feel any “bad mother” guilt at all.

And with the good weather here, I can get outside more without feeling like I’m shirking either my blogging or my writing duties. (The indexing, unfortunately, needs me to be at my main computer with its lovely ergonometric keyboard and paper holder; but mark-up of the page proofs can be done anywhere, thank goodness.)

Seesmic Desktop

I’m also loving Seesmic Desktop. It helps me keep track of different groups of people I follow, I can use it with more than one Twitter account (I have another Twitter account for the food blog my husband and I do together, Muse in the Kitchen) and so far (knock wood), unlike Tweetdeck, I haven’t experienced any problems with Firefox slowing down.

I like the number of sections I can have open, too; I now keep my replies window open so that I can keep track of replies, too.

Of course, this is now – who knows how I’ll feel about Twitter in a week or two. But for now, I do feel like I’ve got the hang on it. And now is really what’s important, right?

So all in all, it’s been a very good, Twitter-filled weekend. Do you Twitter? Look me up – my Twitter name is @msbookish!

Some Twitter/post glitches …

To all my feed subscribers, huge apologies! I had accidentally set my twitter plugin to actually blog each tweet as a blog post – not at all what I wanted (I meant it to be the other way around). All is fixed now, no worries, and the “tweet” posts have now been deleted.

And if you’re on Twitter, and you want to follow me on Twitter, here’s my Twitter profile!