So… life. Let’s talk about life and how sometimes things go a totally different direction than you expected.
In July of 2012 I applied for an apprenticeship. In September I took a test. In January 2013 I had an interview, and in March of 2013 I started down a career path I’d never have expected for myself.
I’m an Apprentice Electrician with the I.B.E.W. (Local 6) learning a skilled trade. I work in San Francisco, and commute to the city every morning. I love my job. I love working with my hands and using my brain. I love facing challenges, and learning new things every day. I love being able to stand back and look at what I’ve accomplished. I absolutely love getting to turn on things I’ve wired. Knowing that I’m the reason a light turns on when you flip a switch is still new and exciting.
I am learning about how to work safely, and do some really cool things. I’m learning about unions and why they are still important. I’m making a wage I can afford to live on for the first time in my life. I am in a really good spot. Finally.
During all of this, I read. A lot. I read on the train to and from work (~40 minutes each way) and if a book was especially good, I’d keep reading into the evening. I have a huge backlog of books I can review, and I hope to get back to doing this soon.
(Seriously, check out how stuffed my bookshelf has gotten. Yeah, some of those have been reviewed already, but there are so many that haven’t.)
So, if you’re still around, or if you’re new to me and this blog… let me know.
What’s been going on with you? How are you? How are things? What wonderful or terrible or terribly wonderful things have happened recently?
My resolution? Not a big one. Just to update at least once a week.
Lets see how long that lasts. I haven’t been reading much lately. I attribute it to a combination of video games (Skyrim, anyone?) and work. Still, I’ve read a bit, and will be trying hard to translate that into reviews. Wish me luck.
While we’re here though, lets chat a bit, shall we?
Which books to be released in 2012 are you most excited for? I’d love to hear your answers!
I doubt I’m the only one who has trouble waiting to say nice things about a book.
Yet, here I am, waiting. Because the publishers request that you wait until within 2 weeks of publication to post reviews. Considering Mastiff isn’t out until October, and Centauriad isn’t out until January, I find that difficult to honor. Still, it gives me time to give the reviews a bit more polish and, in the case of Mastiff, perhaps trim a little of my fangirling, and review the first two books in the series.
So, how do you guys wait to publish reviews, when you’re super excited about the book you just read?
You might remember me as that girl who said she’d be updating something like three weeks ago, and then never did. Or that girl who posts sporadically, and always has excuses. Or maybe, you know me as “Erin” and you think I’m silly for writing this.
Regardless, I’m about to tell you about things as they stand at the moment.
When I first started this blog, I was in grad school, and my student loans were deferred. That is no longer true, and starting next month, I’ll be paying them. (Ouch) Which is a big part of my absence; in lieu of deferred loans, I am now working. A lot. And job-hunting, because while I am employed, I am not currently using the degree which I am paying for. And I am not satisfied as a cashier.
So, I haven’t had a lot of down time. I have read… a bit. But not a lot. And what I’ve read has been good, but not review-ish for me. I’ll be trying though, especially as I’ve gotten a few galleys I’m interested in.
But, lets talk about you.
What have you been reading? Was there something amazing which I absolutely should not miss? I’d love to hear about it. I think a book that someone can get enthusiastic about is a great way to get out of a funk. So, let me know!
Why hello there.
I’m just letting you know that I’ll be away for Memorial Day weekend. I’ll be busy having fun at FanimeCon (next year marks 10 years at this convention) which is my yearly escape from everyday responsibilities.
I should be back, with some posts on Tuesday of next week.
I hope you have a lovely time.
While I’m away, I’d love to hear what you do to escape, once in a while.
Hello! I just wanted to share a brief update.
My computer chose to crap out this month, after four years of being a perfectly serviceable laptop for that time. (Barring a replacement about halfway through because it started smoking…) Anyway, a few weeks ago, my laptop decided that the factory AC adapter wasn’t the right voltage anymore, and nothing I tried fixed it, so I haven’t really been around.
The good news is that I have a shiny new computer which now lets me get to wordpress and post things. The bad news is that said shiny new computer plays video games beautifully, so we are not quite back to regularly scheduled programming. I’ll let you know when we are, or, I suppose the results will be visible.
I have read a few things, mostly from netgalley, so while I work on those reviews, please tell me how you guys approach reviews. I’m genuinely curious, because it seems like a lot of people put a lot of work into them.
How do you start your review-process? Is it before, during, or after you read the book?
Do you ever decide not to review a book? Why?
What is the hardest part of writing a book review for you?