Thursday, June 27, 2013

Life as of late....

I have been doing a ton of reading lately but not so much writing.  Baseball season for the Boy is official done, mini-vacation is over and I fully intend on catching up on all the reviews I haven't got around to writing yet.

I am still going full speed on the cat rescue front which eats up a lot of my free time. I still have my five foster girls who have not found homes yet (Allee, Fancy, Nikki, Gracie and Marnie).  I am picking up a kitty in a little bit that is being brought back to our rescue because the people are moving and can't keep him AND a fellow foster is having surgery soon so I am taking her momma kitty and four kittens on Friday.  Yep, that will be 15 cats/kittens in my household as of this weekend unless I am lucky and some of them find homes during our upcoming adoption weekend. Also my best friend is coming in to town tomorrow and I only see her about once every two years so I'm sure a lot of my week will be spent searching for things to do while she is here. I live in one of those towns where you can be gone for 15 years and nothing ever changes.  While sometimes that can be a good thing, other times it isn't because no matter when people come to visit all I have to offer up is a trip to the lake, Barnes & Noble, bowling, a movie or going out to eat.  That is all there has ever been to do here and probably all there ever will be.

I'm thinking if I put my review backlog list of shame out there in public, I'll be more inclined to actually get them done.  So here it is-the books I have read and will be reviewing in the next week or two:

  • Bristol House by Beverly Swerling
  • The Inquisitor's Wife by Jeanne Kalogridis
  • The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen
  • The Liars' Gospel by Naomi Alderman
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
  • The Asylum by John Harwood
A few random thoughts before I start dinner going:

NETGALLEY CHANGES: Has anyone noticed that now that NetGalley has changed how you can sort your books you've requested that some of the archived titles are missing?  I'm wondering if I am just not seeing it but it would be really nice if there were a way to see all the books I've ever requested because I know for sure that some of them are not showing up now that they have changed things.  

PLAGIARISM: After seeing on FB that Marie from The Burton Review has recently encountered problems with plagiarism of her reviews, I decided to check all mine to see if anyone has used my content without permission.  I am about half way there and so far I have found that my review for Sense & Sensibility was on someone else's site along with a bunch of other reviews for the book and not one of those reviews (mine included) was credited to the original owner.  I left a comment asking him to remove it.  I also found that on another review someone copied my synopsis I wrote for a book but then wrote their own paragraph long review of the book.  I left a comment there to make them aware that what they had posted was not the actual synopsis from the book but my synopsis I wrote specifically for my review.  Now I'm left wondering if either of these was intentional and I'll be interested to go through the other 100 reviews I haven't checked yet to see if any more of my work is out there. 

So that is my life lately.  Eat, sleep, work, cats, cats, more cats, read, repeat.  I will fit those reviews in there somewhere though....


  1. Sounds very busy! I love cats and hope those rescues get some love soon!

    I'm struggling with the NetGalley changes -- haven't been able to find a single link with every book I've requested -- as with the last change, I'm missing books. :/

    So disappointing abt the plagiarism! How did you find out about it?

  2. I ran them through one of those free online plagiarism checkers and they popped up.