Bookshelf Tour #3

Its time to look at my 3rd bookcase! This entire case {as well as the ones you’ll see next month} is entirely unread TBR… yep, I have not yet read any of these books, and I still check out a million from the library.

Again, starting at the top we have some stuffed friends… my cows and bunnies {both collections have been severely trimmed down over the last couple of years}.

Now starts the books. These shelves are arranged by author, but the authors are not in any particular order. This shelf has mostly JD Robb.

Elizabeth Lowell makes up the majority of this shelf.

Followed by Suzanne Brockmann and an assortment of series.

There isn’t a predominant author on this shelf, just several series.

And here is the first of my Nora Roberts shelves

Followed by more Nora Roberts.

My final “bookshelf” tour will be next month for this go around. If you missed my earlier shelves, visit 1 & 2.

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… My Life Next Door

I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door.

My Life Next Door

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Garretts were forbidden from the start.

Ooooh… and why??

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

Leaving me with Patsy, who’s trying to pull up my shirt, George, who wants me to know that you should never touch a blue-ringed octopus, and Harry, who looks like he wants to kill me.

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

Mom likes routines. This means we have certain meals on certain nights– soup and salad on Monday, pasta on Tuesday, steak on Wednesday– you get the idea. She keeps charts of our school activities on the wall, even if she doesn’t actually have time to attend them, and makes sure we don’t have too much unaccounted-for time during the summer. Some of her routines have fallen by the wayside since she got elected. Some have been amped up. Friday dinners at the Stony Bay Bath and Tennis Club remain sacrosanct.


** Cover links to Goodreads; title links to Amazon {affiliate}

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ Freebies!!

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, created by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie, so I decided to roll with the freebie theme and feature my favorite books that I got free for Kindle through Amazon. *Please note while these books were all freebies when I purchased them, most of them are no longer free, so check the price before you one-click!*

Seducing Summer (The Four Seasons #1)

Seducing Summer

Sweet Reunion (Hope Falls, #1)

Sweet Reunion

The Crown & the Arrow (The Wrath and the Dawn, #0.5)

The Crown & the Arrow

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

The Scargill Cove Case Files (Arcane Society, #9.5; Looking Glass Trilogy, #0.5)

The Scargill Cove Case Files

How To Say Goodbye

How to Say Goodbye

Lost to You (Take This Regret, #0.5)

Lost to You

Imperfect Chemistry (Imperfect, #1)

Imperfect Chemistry

Nora & Kettle (Paper Stars, #1)

Nora & Kettle

Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1)

Come Away with Me

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}


Down the TBR Hole #43

In mid-2017 I was inspired by a post on Bursting with Books to start tackling my TBR shelf on Goodreads and see if these were books I still wanted to read. The title and premise come from Lost in a Love Story. I eliminated quite a few books, but still have a massive TBR of over 2500 books. This year I’ll be tackling 10 books per week to determine if I am still interested and want to keep them, or if I’m ready to remove them from the list.

How does it work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This week’s selections:

The Bounty (Malloy Family, #1)

The Bounty by Beth Williamson
Fiction; Historical; Romance
Added September 18, 2012

What happens when a bounty hunter finds his prey only to discover she’s his mate?

Nicky Malloy is on the run–from guilt, fear, and a murder charge. After three years, the notorious bounty hunter Tyler Calhoun catches up with the elusive lady outlaw. The intensity of their dislike for each other is only matched by the growing passion they cannot seem to control. A loner by nature, a cold hard hunter by choice, Tyler fights his feelings for his prisoner the only way he knows how–by denying them. He’s not prepared for how deeply his feelings will run, or how hard it will be to hold her life in his hands.

Pursued by two hapless cowboys bent on taking Nicky in themselves, Nicky and Tyler are forced to turn to each other for aid, trust, and comfort as their journey progresses on its rocky road. Caught in a web of lies and murder, they hold on to each other as they travel to Wyoming to confront the man that brought them together. Tyler has to decide if his love for her is worth more than the bounty he was sent to find.

Verdict: Remove

Heart of Submission

Heart of Submission by Claire Thompson
Fiction; Romance; Erotica
Added September 18, 2012

When Kate Alexander, a successful erotic romance author, attends a BDSM weekend in the city, she tells herself it’s just for research. Yet she finds herself captivated by the devastatingly handsome Master John, who promises to make her deepest, darkest fantasies come true. Drawn in by his charisma and dominant will, Kate falls too far, too fast, into an erotic submission that threatens to blow her safe little world apart. Chase Saunders, the bondage master, sees much and says little. When he perceives Kate’s in danger, action becomes the only alternative. While things come to a head between the two Doms, Kate slips away, running scared. When the possibility of a loving exchange of power presents itself, will Kate find her way to the heart of submission?

Verdict: Remove

A Lot like Love (FBI/US Attorney, #2)

A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Fiction; Romance; Contemporary
Added September 22, 2012

The FBI wants her cooperation…

As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city’s top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there’s only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother’s release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau.

Agent McCall just wants her…

As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This “date” with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment—one they’re both determined to pull off even if they can’t be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick’s investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they’re a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

Verdict: Remove

Slightly Married (Bedwyn Saga, #1)

Slightly Married by Mary Balogh
Fiction; Historical; Romance
Added September 22. 2012

Meet the Bedwyn: six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality…Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction, where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal and where Aidan Bedwyn, the marriage-shy second son, discovers that matrimony may be the most seductive act of all.

Like all the Bedwyn men, Aidan has a reputation for cool arrogance. But this proud nobleman also possesses a loyal, passionate heart—and it is this fierce loyalty that has brought Colonel Lord Aidan to Ringwood Manor to honor a dying soldier’s request. Having promised to comfort and protect the man’s sister, Aidan never expected to find a headstrong, fiercely independent woman who wants no part of his protection… nor did he expect the feelings this beguiling creature would ignite in his guarded heart. And when a relative threatens to turn Eve out of her home, Aidan gallantly makes her an offer she can’t refuse: marry him… if only to save her home. And now, as all of London breathlessly awaits the transformation of the new Lady Aidan Bedwyn, the strangest thing happens: With one touch, one searing embrace, Aidan and Eve’s “business arrangement” is about to be transformed into something slightly surprising.

Verdict: Remove

Wicked in Your Arms (Forgotten Princesses, #1)

Wicked in Your Arms by Sophie Jordan
Fiction; Historical; Romance
Added Seprember 22, 2012

One of the most notoriously eligible bachelors in Europe is finally ready to marry . . .

For fiercely independent Grier Hadley, being the illegitimate daughter of one of London’s most unsavory characters has only one advantage: an enormous, ill-gotten dowry.

Prince Sevastian Maksimi knows where his duty lies: he must find a well-bred young lady—one with a considerable fortune to her name—wed her promptly, and get to the business of producing an heir.

The last thing Grier needs is some unattainable prince curling her toes with his smoldering glances and wicked suggestions. As far as Sev is concerned, she lacks the breeding to become a princess. And yet one kiss from this arresting female is all it takes for him to realize that anyone else in his arms would be unthinkable.

Verdict: Remove

Too Wicked to Wed (Lords of Midnight, #1)

Too Wicked to Wed by Cara Elliott
Fiction; Romance; Historical
Added October 14, 2012

Outspoken and independent, Lady Alexa Bingham enjoys the heady freedom of making all her own decisions, even though the challenges of overseeing her family’s country estate are daunting. But when a chance encounter with London’s most notorious rake awakens a secret longing for adventure, she accepts her aunt’s invitation for a Season in Town . . . only to find that breaking the rules of the ton has serious consequences.

The Earl of Killingworth uses his rakehell reputation to hide the fact that poverty has forced him to work for a living. As the owner of a gambling den and brothel, Connor has no time for glittering ballrooms or innocent young ladies. But after a reckless wager leaves him with a new business partner, he is forced to take a risky gamble . . .

Will the cards fall in their favor? Alexa and Connor begin to play a dangerous game of intrigue and deception as they seek to outwit a cunning adversary who wants to put them permanently out of business. But if they are not careful, it is the flames of their own fiery attraction that may destroy them.

Verdict: Remove

Sinful (St. John-Duras, #1)

Sinful by Susan Johnson
Fiction; Historical; Erotic
Added October 14, 2012

He was the most profligate rogue in London, but Sinjin St. John, Duke of Seth, had never met a lady who could bring him to his knees…until Chelsea Fergusson slipped into his carriage, begged him to grant one small favor—and forever changed his life!

He tried to act the gentleman with the delectable minx, but Chelsea needed the rake in him to save her from marriage to a man she didn’t love. When she moved impulsively into his arms, desperate to persuade him to help her, Sinjin felt his pursuit of pleasure and his passion for his racing stables pale beside his sudden, fierce longing to possess her.

Swept by sensation and an outrageous wager into unexpected ecstasy, Chelsea lost her heart to a man who vowed he’d never be trapped into marriage—not even for love. But undaunted by the challenge of seducing Sinjin into admitting he wanted her, Chelsea dared him to satisfy his hunger—all the while insisting she wanted no promise of always. Could a spirited vixen who trained and secretly raced thoroughbreds rein in the most eligible bachelor in England?

Verdict: Remove

Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Now Write! by Sherry Ellis
Nonfiction; Writing; Essays
Added October 16,2012

A collection of personal writing exercises and commentary from some of today’s best novelists, short story writers, and writing teachers, including Jill McCorkle, Amy Bloom, Robert Olen Butler, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Virgil Suárez, Margot Livesay, and more.

What’s the secret behind the successful and prolific careers of critically acclaimed novelists and short story writers Amy Bloom, Steve Almond, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alison Lurie, and others? Divine assistance? Otherworldly talent? An unsettlingly close relationship with the Muse? While the rest of us are staring at blank sheets of paper, struggling to come up with a first sentence, these writers are busy polishing off story after story and novel after novel. Despite producing work that may seem effortless, all of them have a simple technique for fending off writer’s block: the writing exercise. In Now Write!, Sherry Ellis collects the personal writing exercises of today’s best writers and lays bare the secret to their success.

Verdict: Remove

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1)

The Perfect Play by Jaci Burton
Fiction; Romance; Contemporary
Added October 16, 2012

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game…

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara’s not interested in getting to know football’s most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara’s life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick’s latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn’t intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

Verdict: Keep

Surviving Demon Island (Demon Hunters, #1)

Surviving Demon Island by Jaci Burton
Fiction; Romance; Paranormal
Added October 16, 2012

What’s America’s top female action star doing on a tropical island shrouded in secrecy? To Gina Bliss, competing in a survival-type reality show is a nice change from fending off on-screen villains. Until she meets real-life action hero Derek Marks. A survival specialist in a tight black T and sexy stubble, he’s arousing every bad-boy fantasy she’s ever had . . . and testing her survival skills to the max.

Martial arts, jungle warfare—Derek’s done it all. But his latest mission is more dangerous than a stick of dynamite. Try telling that to the sexy, adrenaline-pumped actress who’s got his libido racing off the charts. As the heat rises between them and real-life violence erupts, suddenly Derek and Gina are on the run . . . and when they uncover a secret so explosive it could blow the lid off their so-called reality show, these two unlikely heroes are about to discover what surviving’s really about. . . .

Verdict: Remove

This week’s stats: Keep 1; Remove 9

2018 stats: Keep 45; Remove 115

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Monday Update, Stacking the Shelves, Sunday Post

My Week in Review 2018 #15

This is my week in review, where I update you on my life~ reading, blogging and general. I will also be linking up with some amazing blogs.

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

I might have a slight library book problem… I went to pick up some holds Tuesday and came home with more books. I just received an email that 2 more of my holds were available, so of course I have to go back again. One of my libraries is a total enabler though… you get up to 100 items at a time and automatically renew up to 5 times! At least my other library keeps me a little more in check with 30 items and 3 renewals!

I posted an incredibly personal post this week that took a lot of courage. A part of me is still not sure I should have put it out there, but I did. An update on that situation though is that I have an interview on Monday for a dream job. It won’t necessarily help out with my immediate problem, but will going forward… if I get it of course!

I also stepped a toe back into the Twitter-verse this week.I don’t think I’m ready for a full comeback, but I’m starting to dabble a bit. Bookstagram, on the other hand, I am back on board with completely! I’m up to 3 posts per day on Instagram and having fun with my different props.

Last Week on the Blog:

My Week in Review 2018 #14
March/April 2018 Blog Ahead Recap
Down the TBR Hole #42
I Need Help
Top Ten Tuesday~ I Loved You, but Won’t Re-read You
This Week We’re Quoting~ Luck, Love and Lemon Pie
More Bookish Confessions
Talking About Memes #15

This Week on the Blog:

Down the TBR Hole #43
Top Ten Tuesday~ Freebies!
This Week We’re Quoting~ My Life Next Door
Bookshelf Tour #3
Talking About Memes #16



It’s Monday! What Are you Reading from The Book Date takes a look at the books we have been reading over the past week and what we’re planning to read next.

Currently Reading:

  Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5) The Accident Season Up for Heir (Westerly Billionaire #2) Frederica in Fashion (The Six Sisters, #6) An Abundance of Katherines Roomies

Ace of Shades//The Lost Colony//The Accident Season//Up for Heir//Frederica in Fashion//An Abundance of Katherines//Roomies

Recently Completed:

When All the Girls Have Gone (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #1)

When All the Girls Have Gone

I will also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality, a link up to share the new books we’ve added to our shelves over the past week.

Library Haul:

Promise Not to Tell (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2) The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1) Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) A List of Cages How to Start a Fire Other People's Houses Learning to Swear in America The Leaving The Serpent King

Promise Not to Tell//The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue//Godsgrave//A List of Cages//How to Start a Fire//Other People’s Houses//Learning to Swear in America//The Leaving//The Serpent King

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

Book Blogger Hop, My Favorite, TMST

Talking About Memes #15

I decided there were a couple of different discussion memes that I wanted to participate in this year, so like my quote memes, I am combining them into one weekly post.

The first meme is the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week there is a question to answer.

This week’s question:

Is there a fictitious town in a book that you would love to live in? What makes it appealing? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

Well, I would love to attend Hogwarts and hang out in Hogsmeade! But the place I think I would really like to visit is Nora Roberts’s Boonsboro from the Inn Boonsboro trilogy, or maybe Hope Springs.


Also joining my discussion memes is Tell Me Something Tuesday hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This one shares a discussion topic for each week.
This week’s topic:
 Do you feel pressured to get your reviews posted in a timely manner?
 I used to, but I’m so far behind now and the world didn’t open up and swallow me that I don’t stress about it any more. I don’t request as many as I used to in an attempt to get caught up, but right now I basically rotate my oldest ARCs with my newer ARCs. And I always write and schedule my review as soon as I finish reading the book.

And I’ve added a new-to-me discussion called My Favorite… hosted by Maureen’s Books. Bloggers receive a weekly prompt to discuss their favorite thing about.

This week’s prompt:

Movie I Liked Better Than The Book

I generally prefer the book to the movie, though sometimes they are equally good or there are enough differences that I enjoy them both separately. I think if I had to choose I would have to say A Walk to Remember. I’ve tried reading Nicholas Sparks’s books and I just can’t do it, I’m not sure if it’s his writing style or what, but I really enjoyed the movie for A Walk to Remember. I’ve seen some of the movies for his other books as well, and they are ok.

**All links to Goodreads or IMDB


More Bookish Confessions

A while back I posted some of my bookish confessions… today I’m going to share some more!

I have never done a “tag” or “award”

I see all of the book tags and blogger awards that show up on everyone’s blogs all the time and I really want to do them, but I have never been “tagged” to do one and I feel weird just grabbing one when I haven’t been tagged… even the ones that say they’re tagging everyone. I should just get over it and “tag” myself.

I’m still not sure what is involved in a book tour

I think that they are mainly reviews and author interviews?

I have a short attention span

This is the primary reason that I read multiple books at once. I read in short spurts and move from book to book throughout the day. I am more productive when I am able to switch constantly through tasks and projects.

Sometimes I don’t read my library books

Because my eyes are always bigger than the time I have available, and because I want all the books right now, I am not always able to get through the books I check out before they are due. Most of the time I will go back and check them out later to attempt to get through them the next time. It helps that unless something is on hold one of my libraries auto-renews 3 times and the other library auto-renews 5 times.

I own close to 1000 unread books

I haven’t actually counted them, but I know that there are 649 books currently on my “owned-tbr” shelf on Goodreads and that I don’t have all of my owned books listed because most of them had been in storage and I couldn’t remember everything. So I figure between my Kindle and the physical books that there’s pretty close to 1000 books there… possibly more?

I don’t keep most of the books I read

Once I finish a book, I generally give it away {if I own it}. I rarely keep finished books unless they are ones that I really love and I want to re-read them, or if they are part of a series I am still reading because I like to go back and double check things.

I have never been to a book signing or a book festival

Partially because I didn’t know where to look for them, partially for financial reasons {travel expenses, etc.}, and also partially because of my anxiety. I am hoping that I will find some local signings in Seattle since 2 of my favorite authors live here. Or maybe one of the big events will come to the Pacific Northwest at some point.

So those are some more of my confessions… what do you have to confess??

Book Beginnings, The Friday 56, Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts

This Week We’re Quoting… Luck, Love and Lemon Pie

I participate in so many memes that the number of meme posts could be overwhelming each week. This year I decided to break my memes up group like memes together. Some of my favorite memes share quotes, so I’ve put together one post each week for all of my quote memes. Click on the logo for each meme to be taken to the host’s blog.

This week I am featuring quotes from Amy E. Reichert’s Luck, Love and Lemon Pie.

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie

Join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

It took MJ one hour forty-seven minutes and three old-fashioneds to eat the entire anniversary pie herself. All that remained in the empty tin were a few smudges of lemon cream sprinkled with flakes of crust, but her stomach didn’t seem to mind the alarming influx of calories. She waved to the nearby waiter to order another cocktail and have the pie tin removed. In minutes, the gluttonous evidence had vanished and she sipped her next drink, letting the brandy burn as it went down– and appreciating that it was more booze than soda. Somehow, bartenders always knew when to give a generous pour.

Uh-oh, a solo anniversary dinner is never a good sign.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky on Freda’s Voice.
*It’s that simple.

Her heart pounded as she grabbed Chris’s arms  and turned him toward her abruptly, disrupting the flow of traffic behind them.

Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read. Each week there is a link-up at (un)Conventional Bookviews for the current post so that it’s easy to find other participants as well.

The Thanksgiving dinner, made with love by a local caterer, reheated in the oven in shiny aluminum pans.  MJ would transfer everything to her special Thanksgiving serving platters before they sat down. This twenty-year standing charade was perpetuated by adding a few last-minute touches to further the illusion– a sprinkle of parsley here, a dash of salt there. Alone in the kitchen while everyone else watched the parade on TV, she poured herself another glass of Riesling. If she made it through today without screwing up one of the dishes– her family made bets each year on which course she’d ruin, even though she only needed to reheat them– she would reward herself with a day of poker tomorrow, or maybe even tonight.


** Cover links to Goodreads; title links to Amazon {affiliate}

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday~ I Enjoyed You, but I Don’t Want to Re-read You

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, created by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I loved but don’t want to re-read. Since I generally want to re-read most of my 5 star reads, these are all pretty much 4 star reads for me…

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Sizzle and Burn (Arcane Society, #3)

Sizzle and Burn

The Secret Lives of Dresses

The Secret Lives of Dresses

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Marley and Me

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?



It Was Me All Along: A Memoir

It Was Me All Along

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The Maze Runner

** All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

All The Other Stuff

I Need Help

So here’s the deal guys… I’m scared. And really stressed out. Things are not going the way they were supposed to when I left my job and I’m really worried that I’m not going to be able to come up with rent for May. I have three weeks to do it, but the amount of money I am currently bringing in per week is not going to get me even close, so I am really starting to second guess and doubt myself. I can’t lose my apartment, it’s the first place that I’ve been happy and really felt like I’ve been at home in 5 years, and I’ve worked really hard to make it that way.

I honestly have no idea if I will even publish this post, or if I’m just using it as a brain dump right now to try to sort things out in my head. Because getting things down on paper {or in this case the computer screen} is how I process things. I’ve been brainstorming ways to earn additional money over the next three weeks and trying to come up with any possible solution {short of something illegal of course} to my problem.

Here’s what I’ve done:

Put in numerous applications for various positions
Listed several items for sale on Craigslist and eBay {let me know if there’s somewhere else I’m not aware of}
Work at my current gig {unfortunately I can only work in 3 hour shifts because my phone is very persnickety about charging and has to be put into weird positions to force it to actually charge and I need my phone for work}
Open up my available hours for my other gig, which currently is not resulting in any clients

Here’s what I’m currently doing:

Booking as many 3 hour shifts as I can for my current gig {with breaks for phone charging in between}
Putting in even more applications for various positions
Looking for day work as available
Adding Kofi to my website
Setting up a Go Fund Me page
Asking for help
Listing more items for sale and updating any expired listings

What else can I do??

So obviously this means that my other bills are an issue as well, but the two primary bills are my car and phone, both of which I need for my current gig. Without them, I am making no money at all. And we won’t mention that I still need the money to bring Cheshire to Washington. {Thank heavens I have someone willing to foster him and provide so much love and support to him right now}.

As for other stuff, I have some food still in my pantry, though after the last 3 weeks it’s starting to thin out a bit, so I am looking for a food bank in my area and will look into food assistance as well, but I think I need to wait another month before I’m eligible {I think I have to live in the state for 6 months} and by then I will hopefully be through the rough patch.

I found a new phone that I can get for $40 a month that shouldn’t have the charging issues my current phone has, so I would be able to work longer shifts and charge on the go, but again, I need to put $40 down and am saving all the money I have coming in for rent.

But it’s not all bad!

Yes, my new adventure has not started out strong, but not everything about it is bad. The money issues are a giant source of stress right now, but there are some positive things that the transition has brought as well.

I’m sleeping so much better and not waking repeatedly throughout the night like I was. Yes, I am keeping strange hours right now and sleeping from 3am-11am, but I am getting a full 8 hours of sleep and waking refreshed for the most part. Before I would either lie awake half the night unable to sleep or wake up every hour, and then I would feel awful and drag throughout the day.

My headaches are pretty much gone. While I’ve always suffered from hormone triggered migraines {and the fact that I’m going through “the change” has made this worse}, I had been getting tension headaches on a regular basis and taking Advil at least once a week for months. And over the last three weeks my headaches have been pretty scarce. I think I may have had one the first week, and that’s it. I can’t remember the last time I took Advil.

And I finished, or at least made headway, on a lot of the small remaining projects around the apartment. And I’ve been baking. Not to mention all the reading and time to work on the blog. And I haven’t turned the TV on in days!

So leaving a job that was making me miserable was a good thing… but having all of my income streams fail but one isn’t.

I am taking things one day at a time right now and doing what I can today to get me where I need to be. That’s really all I can do. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on what else I can try, please let me know…