Monday, April 26, 2010

Internet Problems cause Blogger Frustrations

I'm having a lot of trouble with my Internet for the past few weeks. Although we had someone come by to fix it, the problem has not been resolved and as you may already have guessed, my husband and I are more than a bit furious. We're both bloggers (he has a political site) and the entire mess puts a huge strain on both of us. I've been doing less and less serious blogging.

While this means more time for books, it also means that I'm spending less time cultivating my writing (and lately, "cultivating" is almost all I do with my writing).

The good side of all this is that Revolutionary Road is getting all of my attention. I find that often I read in a distracted way, trying to figure out what is going to come next. What will I be reading next? What kind of review am I going to give this book? Will people judge me based on my opinion of this book? These are all regular concerns of mine when I'm reading for an audience (and isn't that what we do as book reviewers?).

A few things have happened: the first is that I have realized that I won't always be able to publish a review immediately upon having finished reading a book. If it is raining outside or Google is having a funk, I don't get a chance to publish diddlysquat. The other thing that has occurred to me is what a great bunch book bloggers are. It isn't always the same on Amazon, or any of the social networks, but YOU (my audience and fellow book bloggers) are amazing. A couple of you have really made me smile by commenting on my blog when I thought nobody was paying attention. I won't name names right now, but I can assure you that credit will come in due time. I appreciate you VERY much!

My review of Revolutionary Road should be up by Thursday. I am hoping to receive The Heart Mender in the mail on Wednesday, which will allow me to hopefully go right from one book into the next. If the book is late in the mail, I'm planning on picking up To Kill a Mockingbird. I haven't been able to get a hold of Anna Karenina yet.

One last thing: Earlier today Stay a Little Longer caught my eye. I wasn't in a position to purchase the book today, so was rather pleased and surprised that Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews is hosting a giveaway of this very book! Join me in entering the giveaway, if you like!

Thank you again to all you great followers. I thought I would leave you with this photo I captured the other day. Not the best in the world because I'm no photographer, but I thought it was cute!


  1. The Heart Mender should be in my mailbox, too. I've been waiting on it for over a week, impatiently, I should add. My fingers are crossed that it will be here over the next few days. I'll be on the lookout for your review of The Heart Mender!

  2. I got Wild at Heart very quickly. I think it took about six business days. I can't remember where they are shipping from, but I think I remember that it's Tennessee. Since I'm in Indiana it doesn't have to come very far (though I loathe our local post office!).

    I'm also looking forward to your review. It's going to be interesting since we will probably wind up reviewing the books within the same time frame.

    I'm still waiting on on from Tyndale though. I ordered it the same day as I requested Wild at Heart and I'm beginning to wonder if it's been shipped. Up until a few days ago I could cancel my request, so I'm wondering if it's just now been shipped.

    I'm trying to be careful about the way that I arrange to read and review however many books within a particular time period. Longer books (like Atlas Shrugged or Anna Karenina) need to be planned more carefully, but anything over 400 pages can get in the way. When a book is later than expected, it can really throw a wrench into the works!

  3. Ugh--internet problems can be so irritating! Hopefully, it will be taken care of soon and you will be able to get back to blogging!

  4. It's going good tonight. The rain has finally stopped.

    The box that houses the cables for our connections is exposed, which is, we think, why the rain kills it so badly.

  5. I know exactly how you feel! I am having terrible internet connection problems at the moment. Day before yesterday there was a breakdown, wasn't working at all, today it's working but the speed is soooo sloooow. :( Anyway, happy reading, Becki! All those books sound great! :)