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What I am Reading July 19 2017

Posted July 17, 2017 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 5 Comments

I read two books last week. White Hot Truth and Sci-fi JR High. I loved both of them and reviews will be coming soon.

SuperBetter and the Whole 30 were books were recommended by my therapist. I am wary about trying yet ANOTHER diet, but since I am paying the lady money to help me, i promised I would keep an open mind. My therapist told me that with people who have disordered eating such as me Paleo had worked well. You take away everything that is good and what you are left with no one wants to eat that over anyway. I mean really who overeats a steak and veggies? BUUUUTTTTTT I am at the end of my rope diet wise soooo I am reading up on it and thinking about it. Superbetter is this game that is supposed to help you heal or get over traumatic life situations. I do not have a sad story to tell except I have bipolar, but the therapist said that is a tragic illness also. I had actually read SuperBeter when it first came out, so this will be a re read for me. I have meant to read Tools of Titans for months now, and this is the week I get around to it, damnit. I herd rave reviews on Dark Matter, and I seem to be on a sci-fi kick for some reason.

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How I Over Came Writers Block

Posted November 16, 2015 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


writersHave you ever been at a loss as to what to write about on your blog? I know I have.  I know people have the idea that writers should never run out of things to say, but that is not true. I have had writers block really bad these past few weeks. I would sit down at my computer ready to write and…nada..nothing.

I have heard about Pinterest but I never really looked on there until I heard of other bloggers using it for inspiration. To be honest, I thought that Pinterest was just for people wanting to decorate Their homes and for food and fashion bloggers. I was soooooo wrong. I finally took a good look, and I found that there was a wealth of information for any type of blogger. I got so many ideas just by looking at pin interest for a couple of hours. I also saw stuff for almost everyone. I am getting interested in new age stuff, so I looked for that, and I saw a post about energy healing and all kinds of things. So no matter what you do for a living Pinterest has it. I think it is even better than Google now for finding the types of stuff that I feel inspires me.

In The Artist Way, it says that you should refill your “creative well” regularly. I have to be honest that I thought that was a new age thing that didn’t pertain to me. I can tell you now that I was mistaken. It is important, no matter what you do, to make sure that you are exposed to a wealth of inspiration. When I look back on my best ideas, I noticed that they all came when I was AWAY from my computer. I use Evernote on my phone to keep track of all my ideas, and I was looking through some of the ideas that I had and already wrote about and almost all of them came when I was out and about.

For me, as a writer I felt that it was time to make my writing space sacred. So I went to this new age store I found and stocked up on candles and stones and other stuff I liked the look of but am not very sure what they are supposed to do. I also bought some decorations. Some were just stuff I found at Wal-Mart (I am southern to the bone, I will ALWAYS gravitate to a Wal-Mart) some I ordered off of Esty. I wish I had looked harder at Esty. It has so much to offer! I finally had to hide my credit cards for fear I would go broke. If you are looking to decorate look at Esty, it is fabulous. I am waiting for my orders to come in then I will decorate. Then My writing space will feel inviting and sacred. It is important that you make your work place, a place that you look forward to going. As freelancers and solo Business owners, we spend hours and hours at our work places, so it does matter how we FEEL when we are in it.

With all of this together I should not have a block for a while. I know that many writers have trouble with writing blocks from time to time, but I am taking all the precautions that I can to stave it off.



The Sunday Salon

Posted December 14, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

The Sunday Salon

It is almost Christmas time! Honestly I am just glad that this year is mostly over. I wrote here about what I plan to do in the new year. I am excited to see what this year brings. I know now not to let the Dr talk me into the hot new pill for bipolar or rather shizo-effective disorder. Every year they come out with a new pill and claim that THIS is the one that is gonna make all our troubles go away. I finally have the courage and strength to call bullshit. In 2015 I am taking my health and happiness into my own hands. I made the mistake of thinking the DR could give me salvation but in reality they are bumbling around in the dark. I am tired of ending up in the ER. It is almost embarrassing. I have been in the ER almost every February like clockwork. Not this year.

I was looking at my email one day and I saw a message from someone on BookCrossing wanting to do a trade with me. I havent done that in years and I forgot how much I enjoyed it. I think I will keep it up. I remember when BookCrossing was the hub of the bookish community but it seems to have died down here on the American side. I was looking through the profiles and it seems that most of the people are international. My, how things change.

I have really gotten my reading mojo back. I read a book a day last week. I got Jo Nesbo’s THE SON and started reading that and I couldnt read 600 pages in a day. That is what broke my streak. haha I am really enjoying the book. It is funny. Many of my friends talk about how they would like to meet this football player or rock starts or whatever. I just wanna meet my favorite authors so they can tell me stories. I wonder what it would be like to be married to say, Stephen King. If his latest book REVIVAL is any indication, he can tell twisted stories. It wasn’t SCARY per se but it did leave you with a what the fuck did I just read feeling. I reading the ending 5 times and finally I went online and was like OHHHHH that’s what he was saying. Damn. A review is coming soon so I don’t wanna say too much now. I LOVE books that leave me with a what the fuck did I just read feeling. I feel that so many authors are afraid to GO THERE and they have the makings of a really good story but something holds them back. I encourage all authors to break the chains of polite society and explore the darker side of life. It is funny I feel this way because I was raised in a fundamentalist  Christian home and they are all about God this God that. And they live such narrow little lives. I want to know ALL both yin and yang, Good and evil, God and Satan. I seem to crave to know all the forbidden knowledge. Now I have actually read books on the topic and had the tar scared out of me. I read one book on demons and I woke up at 3 am every morning for WEEKS convinced that the top demons have come to drag me to the depths of hell. It was labeled a non-fiction title also.

So anyway Jo Nesabo writes about the gritty side of life in Norway so I eat that shit up. I am gonna try and finish it today as it has to go back to the library soon.

What are YOU reading today?

Book Review: The Awkward Human Survival Guide: How to Handle Life’s Most Uncomfortable Situations

Posted December 11, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ISBN: 9781454911647
Book Review: The Awkward Human Survival Guide: How to Handle Life’s Most Uncomfortable SituationsThe Awkward Human Survival Guide by Adam DachisErica Elson
Published by Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated on 2014
Genres: Etiquette, General, Humor, Reference
Pages: 159
Format: eARC
Source: edelweiss

Hope for the best  . . .  but prepare for the worst! From personality clashes and tongue-tied conversations to all those painfully embarrassing moments, The Awkward Human Survival Guide offers a roadmap through life's most uncomfortable situations. Humorously and smartly written by two popular bloggers who've lived through it all, it explains how to call out a friend's BS, handle that accidentally blurted “I love you,” confront a kitchen thief at work, and much, much more!

My Review 2

I first read this because it was written by some of my favorite bloggers. Then I thought I have lots of awkward moments maybe this book will have some useful tips for me.

This book actually provides a lot of tips on how to survive the most embarrassing stuff. I thought I had some really awkward and embarrassing moments but after reading this book I have decided that I have lived a really tame life. I was unaware of how many awkward moments you could have during sex but this book enlightened me.

You will find really good information in this book such as how to recover from putting your foot in your mouth (I do this a lot) to other situations. I read this book back in the summer and I have found use for some of the info that was covered in this book.


Whiskey Tango FoxTrot

Posted November 8, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780316252638
Whiskey Tango FoxTrotWhiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer
Published by Little, Brown on 2014-08-05
Genres: Espionage, Fiction, General, Humorous, Mashups, Political, Satire, Thrillers
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: netgalley

Three young adults grapple with the usual thirty-something problems--boredom, authenticity, an omnipotent online oligarchy--in David Shafer's darkly comic debut novel.The Committee, an international cabal of industrialists and media barons, is on the verge of privatizing all information. Dear Diary, an idealistic online Underground, stands in the way of that takeover, using radical politics, classic spycraft, and technology that makes Big Data look like dial-up. Into this secret battle stumbles an unlikely trio: Leila Majnoun, a disillusioned non-profit worker; Leo Crane, an unhinged trustafarian; and Mark Deveraux, a phony self-betterment guru who works for the Committee.Leo and Mark were best friends in college, but early adulthood has set them on diverging paths. Growing increasingly disdainful of Mark's platitudes, Leo publishes a withering takedown of his ideas online. But the Committee is reading--and erasing--Leo's words. On the other side of the world, Leila's discoveries about the Committee's far-reaching ambitions threaten to ruin those who are closest to her. In the spirit of William Gibson and Chuck Palahniuk,Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is both a suspenseful global thriller and an emotionally truthful novel about the struggle to change the world in- and outside your head.

My Review:

I LOVED this book. Well until I got to the end and it just ended with no real resolution. I thought maybe it is a series! I checked GoodReads and no it was an ending in the same way as David Foster Wallace. I am not smart enough to make heads or tails of authors such as David Foster Wallace. I had an English Professor attempt to explain postmodernism in college and I told the dude straight up. This stuff is bullshit, why would you write a story and not finish it? Can I write my final halfway and still get an A? Ok I UNDERSTAND it I guess, I just don’t like it. BUT I did like this book even though it ends right in a climatic scene. I mean seriously it ends so suddenly that I thought NetGalley had fucked up THEN I checked Goodreads. OK then.

That was the only thing that I did not like. It starts out as three different stories and you wonder how it will all tie in together. Now that I think of it there were a couple of stories that had no resolution but again the plot that does happen makes up for it.

It is a mash-up of several genres. I thought it was brilliantly done. It does require at some points to ignore some  laws of time and space but nothing like enlarging your brain, right? In another way it was spooky. I mean what if it REALLY happened? What if some dude was out there saving all your data then tried to sell it back to you? It looks like the author did know either as that’s where the story ends. Ok can you tell that this ending is bugging me?

I will still give it 5 stars for plot and dialogue and creativity. And guts. Extra points for guts. I mean it had to take guts not to finish the story and still publish it. Postmodernism be damned.

Am I the only one who hates books with no real ending?



Book Review: He Texted

Posted November 6, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

My Review

I have to be honest. I requested this book because I heard that It was in the same vein as He’s Just Not That Into You. At 21 I thought it was a great book. However I think at 34 I am a completely different person. I wanted to like this book but I have out grown stuff like this. It was entertaining to say the least but at 34 I am not the kind of person to wonder what he meant by this or this or blah blah blah. HOWEVER if I was still 21 I would have given this book 5 stars.

I really think that this book depends on where you are at in your life stage. If you are a teenager or in your 20’s go for it but for people who don’t wonder what a text means or why that hot guy wont friend you on Facebook then skip this book.



Posted October 31, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 1 Comment


Happy Halloween Everyone! Today I am giving myself the day off and going to a party where I plan on chowing down ALL THE FOOD. I am also going to spend the day reading and just relaxing. It will be a fun day with friends and lots of good food. We are also supposed to get snow this year on Halloween! I have to be honest I much prefer the Christmas season so I am not big on Halloween but I am going to have fun anyway!

It is Monday What Are You Reading

Posted October 20, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

it is monday what are you reading

I have a lot of books I want to read. I thought if I plan out my reading, I may be able to get to them all. Oh! Who am I kidding, I will never be able to get to the ALL but at least i can try and make a dent right? RIGHT?!

Anyway This is what I plan on reading this week. All links go to GoodReads.

the art of happiness in a troubled world

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World. This is the book I am reading now. I heard about it from a few other book bloggers. So far I like it.

the thing down below

The Rise of the Thing Down Below– I read Bad feminist and Roxane Gay talks about how she likes to read highbrow and lowbrow books. For some reason I never posted a book I thought a “serious” reader would read. Enough of that. I like all kinds of books and from now on I will not worry what people will think about me and what I read.


Sweetness #9 I saw this on NetGalley and liked the sound of it. I hope it lives up to its hype.

every bitter thing is sweet

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet– I love books on people who lives have fallen apart and who gets themselves back together. Maybe it because of all I been through.

Oct 19 2014 readathon

Posted October 18, 2014 by Hillary in Uncategorized / 7 Comments

The read-a-thon is here! This is one of my favorite book events of the year. I will be updating this post as the day goes on so as to not spam you with multiple posts. I am drinking a pot of Death Wish Coffee and getting ready to read THE WORLD SPLIT OPEN. I don’t really have a book list for today. I am just going where the mood strikes me. I hope to get to some mini challenges and check out some blogs and connect with new people on twitter. Happy Reading everyone!