Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dewey's Mini Challenge: Six Word Story (CLOSED)

In the spirit of six-word memoirs or six-word stories, I thought Dewey's Read-a-Thon a perfect opportunity to offer a six-word celebration to show our appreciation to Dewey for starting this thing so many years ago and to our ongoing book community for making it such a monumental event and such a great time.

Your challenge is to create a six-word celebration of Dewey's Read-a-Thon. Go on, you know you want to!

And, I should mention that there is incentive. The winner of this mini-challenge: the most innovative, colorful, and celebratory in six words will win a book of his or her choice of up to $15 from the Book DepositoryI'll announce the winner here after Hour 8. Please leave me a way to contact you: Twitter handle, Instagram, whatever! 


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April 2017 Real Truth Readathon Post

The Beginning:

5:50 am - Up before the alarm. Whoa, is that a headache? Ugh. 

6:00 - Freak out with Heather that the website still isn't working right. 30 minute delay on anything we do, change, post, tweak, etc. Wordpress help is staffed with amoebas who can't help.

7:10 - Second run at a cup of coffee. No idea how all those grounds got in that first one. 

7:15 - Heather and I decide to drink our way through this thing. #boozeathon

Oh yeah, survey: 

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Northeast Texas. 
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? The Undertaker's Daughter, a morbid memoir, by Kate Mayfield3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Spicy Nacho Doritos and coffee in its many forms. 4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 12 year blogging veteran, Dewey's co-organizer, Book Riot writer when I can get my head out of my ass5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? I'm doing less of the late night hosting and more of the Andi time/reading/enjoying/chatting on Twitter and Facebook.

1:00 - Lunch was sooooo gooood. Baked chicken, baked sweet potato, deviled eggs, and stuffing. 

2:00 - Attempted nap. Unfortunately, failed!

5:00 - Weather warnings begin: tornado watches and such. Arrgh! 

Books: Been listening to THE ART OF ASKING by Amanda Palmer all day. I like it a lot. It was a good audio choice for cleaning earlier. Now, I'm moving on to the couch, a blanket, and THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER: A MEMOIR by Kate Mayfield. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Readathon Week!

Readathon is back again! This is our 9 and a halfth year! That means TEN YEARS in October! I can't help but think a lot about Dewey. I always do, but especially as we're coming up on 10 years. That's a big, big one.

So this season's planning has been pretty intense. Heatheroo has TONS of amazing life stuff going on (although she would say otherwise if it pertains to homework). We've made some tweaks to keep the event doable this year:

  • FAR fewer prizes
  • Mini challenge hosts are, for the most part, awarding their own prizes
  • We have some specific featured prize donors (Book Riot, 24in48, Crown, etc.) 
  • Still no official cheerleaders, just our heartfelt request that you cheer your fellow readers
  • I am not doing a cohost shift this event
That's right: I'm all completely the scenes'ing it. 

This is new and weird, but it's also good. I'm putting my efforts on keeping an eyeball on things to see that they're running fine, answering questions, and probably chatting on Twitter and Facebook a lot. 

I also realized a couple of events ago, that I'm far happier NOT trying to read on Readathon day. I do usually do a little something. I'll listen to an audiobook or maybe have one book to focus on. This season, my audiobook is The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, and I'll try to get my hands on a copy of Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo's second book in the Grisha Trilogy. The last time I picked up one of these, I read it in a day. Voila! 

So yeah, Readathon day is super exciting even if reading is way down my list of to-dos. I'm thinking about Snapchatting it again, actually. If you want to follow me there, I'm @estellasnaps. There will be silliness.

See y'all Saturday! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day in the Life: A Year After Quitting My Full-Time Job

Best friends.
6:30 am - Alarm goes off. Hubs, followed closely by Daisy the dog, goes and pulls the boy out of bed and brings him, hanging by his feet (at his constant request), into the living room to wake up. The dressing saga begins.

7:00 - Breakfast is beginning for the Greyson. Usually it's cereal, pancakes, cinnamon toast, fruit, or a breakfast burrito. We've added 2mL of ADHD medication to our morning routine.

7:40 - The boy is out the door to school. I'm ready to shower and go to class or sit down at my work-at-home desk in our master bedroom.

9:00 - MWF: I've commuted 30 minutes, and I'm in my first class with a giant cup of coffee.

TTh: I've had time to drink a cup, grab some breakfast, make a quick pass through my work email accounts to see that nothing is on fire, post announcements for my online classes, decide what I'm going to call my Representatives about, and cruise through Evernote and my planner to make sure I'm not missing anything major; time to work on a prioritized list of daily tasks.

Typical MWF morning.
11:30 - MWF: I'm home from my on-ground classes, ready to jump into the next thing.

TTh: I've done most of the highest priority teaching tasks. This is usually grading, prepping for the next week, or filming a video or screencast for my online classes.

Noon to 1'ish: Lunch and a break to play SIMS 4 or watch The Office with David while he's also on his work-at-home lunch break.

Afternoons are "as-needed." I always work on something. Since Readathon is coming up, I've been sending out emails, working on scheduling, or doing the tedious Wordpress stuff like making post templates or laying out mini-challenges.

When Readathon is not in session, this is usually sticker time: design, print, cut, pack, ship.

3:00: Wednesdays: Off to work. I commute 45 minutes to teach a night class from 6-10pm.

3:30: MTThF: Time to pick up the boy!

Sticker cutting aftermath.
4:30: Homework is done: one or two worksheets, spelling word practice, a "baggie book" sent home to practice toward his reading level. Since we started the ADHD meds, his reading level has jumped four levels. After homework, he's usually out the door to play with friends, or here lately, he gets some time on his new Nintendo 2DS. I usually finish up stickers or other online tasks while he's out playing and David is wrapping up his work day.

6:30: Dinner! David and I shoot for having this ready at 6, but you know how that goes. We've been doing fairly well at meal planning lately, so that helps.

8:00: Time for the boy to hit the sack. Tooth brushing is no more pleasant or less dramatic at night than it is in the morning. Bedtime book, prayers, and snooze.

10:00: I'm usually ready for bed by now, or a little earlier. We are definitely not night owls. Lately, I'll watch a SIMS 4 or planner video as I'm drifting off to sleep since it doesn't seem to affect my sleep cycle. The water I drink before bed usually does that (re: interrupting).

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