BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Been Absent, Sorry

Life has been kicking my butt lately. The new school year has started and as always, I'm tired. I'm even more tired this fall as I'm with a younger group this year, and they are more demanding physically and emotionally. So, I come home, I sit on the couch, and I doze off for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes. Sigh. I've also still been recovering from my surgery, and 6.5 weeks later, I'm finally almost human again. Phew, just in time for surgery number two. That, if all goes well, will be in 9 days on the 25th. How long that recovery will take, who knows? I've also been busy, happily, with my editing job. I got some nice feedback on my work and I've had the opportunity to read submissions in the slush pile and offer my opinion on whether we should make an offer. Scary but exciting! One suggestion I'd like to make when you send in a submission - PROOF READ!!! Also, beta readers are invaluable. I'm just sayin'.

All of this has meant that the blog has been somewhat neglected and I'm behind both in my reading, and writing reviews. So, my apologies. I've been poking at Liz and Jax and you should see more reviews and posts from them soon, *gives them flinty stare* and I will try to get back in the swing.I have some blog tours scheduled and those posts WILL go up, including the two reviews (oh panic! Reviews with a deadline, eep.)

Now that fall is here, it's time for me to do my hermit act so maybe I'll actually get books read, and reviews written and posted.

Why a hermit act? Well, it's autumn in New England and New Englanders friggin' LOVE their pumpkin and apple foods and products (candles, etc.). Naturally, those same products have spices in them - cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, mace and allspice. For most people, those are yummy; for me, they're dangerous. I am so allergic that just being in the same room will bring on an allergic reaction. You read that correctly - I don't even need direct physical contact with the offending spices. Sigh. So, for the next few months, minimal time will be spent in stores e.g. drug stores, grocery stores, gift stores, etc and no time at all in coffee shops (spiced pumpkin coffee? Really? Gag, even if I weren't allergic). Is it February yet?

So, that's that. I am trying to visit blogs and leave comments. If you want to leave a comment on any of my posts, existing or forthcoming, I'd be delighted. In the meantime, happy autumn!


  1. Glad to hear that you'll be back blogging!

  2. I hope that your next surgery is a success! Take care and get some rest and I will be thinking good thoughts for you.

  3. You have had a lot going on. Glad that you are feeling better, and I hope everything goes really good with your next surgery. I will keep you in my thoughts.


  4. Hope you can get out and enjoy autumn sans all the spices! I used to live in NE and so miss Autumn there! And Topsfield Fair! Sending positive thoughts for your next surgery!

  5. You do have a lot on your plate! Hope you continue to feel better and that your next surgery will be a success!

  6. Oh my! o-O I hope all goes well for you! I cannot even imagine all you've been through, and still going through! Autumn, is creeping on us here in NE, and
    I am totally feeling your pain about the spices(it's everywhere), how you survive(avoid) all of it, is amazing!!!
    Stay strong and try to enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful leaves-hopefully we will have some amazing colors!

  7. A constant struggle for me is juggling commitments and setting priorities; I really need to get better at those. Also, I swear I read more before I started reviewing and blogging! Where does the time go?

    I do love the changing of the leaves, and the smell of the orchards, but the rest of autumn is pretty much wasted on me these days. On teh plus side it *should* mean more time for reading, reviewing and editing.

    Thanks for good wishes everyone, I appreciate it!

  8. Maaaaaan. I'm so sorry to hear that you've had so much on your plate. And even more sorry that you're allergic to the best parts of fall. Ouch. Thoe are all my fave scents--well, besides the ocean. Poor thing.
    *crossing my fingers* that the next surgery goes smoothly.

  9. Ugh, and I thought my allergies are bad. I really feel for you.

    Hope everything will get better and good luck with your surgery!


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