1st Quarter Report

November 1st marked the end of my first quarter, and I thought it was as good a time as any to take pause.  GIve myself a moment to think back...maybe see if I've learned anything.  
I haven't learned shit, but here's what I know:

-If Tweetdeck is on (and constantly popping into view in the right-hand corner of my screen) my concentration is shot, and I get nothing done. Twitter is a black hole, and you're lucky if you make it out alive.

-Most bizarre/hilarious search keyword to date: "store movies fucking"  ...I didn't know I was selling porn, and dying to know what on my site had googlebot thinking this is where that searcher should find their answers.

-I'm a stingy bastard when it comes to 5 stars.  So far I've handed out 5.  Grimspace, Double Cross, As Lie the Dead, Angels' Blood, Greywalker  ...but I'm more generous with 4.5s (there are 8 of those)

-When I like, and I mean really like, a writer, a story, or a hero/heroine, I gush. I'm a gusher; I admit it.  But, I'm taking pills for it, and I should be cured in 4-6 weeks.

-I probably over analyze books.

-My biggest fear is having to write a review on a book I truly didn't like. And I shudder to think about an author requested review for a book that's not very great.... 

-I'm still a bit wide-eyed when it comes to authors.  I still get excited when they respond to a tweet, or mention my review, or shout-out the website.  *blushes*  I'm such the Justin Bieber fan screaming, "Oh my god, Honey! {Insert author here} just mentioned me on her blog!" 

-I don't get "Squeeeee".  I've used it once or twice and said "what the fuck did I just say?"  

-I have an eclectic pallet. (There's my grown-up sentence for the day) I'm kind of all over the board with my book selections...and I wouldn't change it for anything. 

-I get overly excited every time a comment is made, or a new follower joins, or there's a new RSS subscriber.  If I had any rhythm, I'd do a little dance.

Thanks to everyone who visits the site.  I know I'm new and still have a lot to learn, but I hope you'll bare with me as I work out the kinks, and find my stride.   I hope that I start to hear more from you all.  I'm always here to geek with! 


  1. Great, fun post. Happy 1st Quarter!!

    I so agree with you about Tweetdeck. LOL

  2. Twitter is a black hole with a thousand mouths that will devour any will or discipline left. Or it seems that way; maybe I should get rid of the black background on my twitter and I'll think of it better.

    I also know how it feels sometimes giving a bad review. You don't want to be a jerk, but sometimes the things you need to say aren't very complimentary. Hopefully staying professional will win out if someone gets their feelings hurt.

  3. Sally: Thanks, it's been a fun few months

  4. DL: Twitter should contact you the next time they're looking for a new marketing campaign, that a catchy line "Twitter is a black hole with a thousand mouths that will devour any will..." :P

  5. This was a cute post. I've been lurking for the last couple of weeks and just wanted to tell ya that I enjoy stalking, er, I mean visitng and to keep doin' what you're doin'.

    And yes, Twitter is a total time suck.

  6. Jen: LOL thanks jen. I'm glad you're visiting... in lurk form or not :)

  7. Oooooh, I need to get with it! I've got As Lie The Dead on my queue shelf and Double Cross looks good....and I bought more books today....oh my...

  8. Kiristin: As Lie the Dead is a great compliment to 3 Days to Dead (the first of the series) If you were a fan of that, you're going to love the next half of the story :D

  9. First of all, your photo almost made me pee my pants laughing! I like what you've learned. It's all very sensible stuff ;) I really like your blog. You're doing a great job with it Jess! (Oh, and Jen D. who left you a comment is a sweetie.) Finally, there is nothing wrong with gushing or *squeeing*. I think when you no longer get excited that you were mentioned on an author's blog or whatever space, that's the day you should hang up your blogging shoes! xo

  10. Yay! Merry 1st quarter! I love your blog; you've got a pleasant write-voice, and your reviews are a pleasure to read (oohh i hope that doesn't sound as awkward/nonsensical as I fear it does). I really look forward to all your future content! ^_^


  11. Julie: LOL, I must admit I love the pic, had a friend help me do it...seeing as I'm inept in the ways of photoshop :D
    Thanks for always stomaching through book-long emails :P

  12. Alisha: Thank you so much for your kind words! You're an absolute sweetheart

  13. Hey! Congrats! And you are not alone. ;) I have to say Im a gusher too. And when an author chats with me or comments or mentions my name I am estatic! ;D Oh, and I live for comments on my blog. I love it! I try to respond to all of them, some times faster than others, but I enjoy every comment. :)

    So glad you had a wonderful fkirst quarter. :) And hope you are around with us for a long, long time. :) I really enjoy chatting books with you.

  14. Melissa: I hope I'm around a long time too. Thanks