Blogging Update

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Guys, I don’t know if you know, but I haven’t posted anything IN FOREVER.

Or, maybe you do.

Either way, I just wanted to post a quick update to let you all know that I’m still here. Things have been crazy in my personal life – the holidays were not pleasant, I’m probably going to be evicted by the end of April and have NO idea where I’m going to live, and am working so much all the time that I have little life of my own anymore! And worse still, MY LAPTOP IS TRYING TO DIE.

However, since I use it to make money, I am planning on getting a new one. (Anyone with suggestions, please feel free to comment, but I am definitely doing this on a budget, so cheaper is better right now. I found a pretty purple one for around $200 so I might just do that.)

Additionally, I lost a tooth (and you all can just assume it wasn’t a baby one). I currently feel like a dumb troll as a result, even though I would never think that of anyone else. People are funny that way.

And finally, I haven’t read anything this year. Not. One. Damn. Thing. Can you believe it? I’m heartbroken. I hope that some of this stress will go away for a minute and I can get back to doing the things I love, but for now, I will try to make more posts again and focus on saving up for a laptop before this one dies on me.

Feel free to comment on the craziness in your life – or if you have any suggestions on how the heck you’re supposed to manage stress – below!

Miss you guys! I’ll be back when I can.

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

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Nano – Update

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Quick post!

I’m a little behind in my Nanoing, but I’m hanging in there! I’m finishing up a work-related project today (maybe into tomorrow), then I’ll have revisions which will hopefully leave me some time to work on my Nano project, too.

Until then, here’s my progress:

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For those of you participating, how goes your story? And feel free to add me if you feel like it!

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

Update – Blog Format

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Sorry, I know I JUST did a blog update post, but I’m super busy right now (I know, story of my life, broken record status there) so I thought I’d do a post about what I’m thinking of doing with the blog.

I mean, other than what I am doing.

First, I’ll get some more reviews up soon. I’ve just finished up book 2 in the Lux series, so I’ll get that review written up and posted soon. I’m working on Ouija for the Halloween Read-a-Thon, so I’ll hopefully get that one taken care of, too. (I’m so behind with that it’s not even funny…) I’m actually looking through other people’s blogs (finally) so I’ll drop some comments and likes. I’ve been missing out on people’s posts so I’m trying to do rapid fire catch-up! Which is only about half effective, because I can’t spend any more time on it right now…

Later. Definitely later.

Anyway, the other thing I wanted to mention was the formatting, right? I don’t necessarily mean design (though if people have comments on that, feel free to share! I’m still practicing the whole design thing, so yeah, hints are great), but rather content? And scheduling.

Poo, Mondays.

First, I was thinking of doing a Book to Movie Monday post. You know, talk about all the YA books that have been bastardized, I mean, turned into movies? So many of my favorites are movies now and some of them have bombed so bad… Others I’ve enjoyed, though I like them for different reasons than the book. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it every Monday though… So maybe an every other week thing? What do you guys think?

That Weird Day Before Monday…

Second, I was thinking of an NA Sunday. This blog is all about YA, but I’ve read *some* good New Adult books (though not many). I was thinking I could have a sort of “free” day with Sunday and post NA books instead of restricting only to YA. Do you think that would be okay? Or would it just throw off the whole feel of the blog?

Because Everyone Loves Thursday.

Third, I wanted to do a Throwdown Thursday OR a ThrowbackĀ Thursday. I could compare two books (like Vampire Academy versus Strange Angels or The Hunger Games versus Divergent – or more aptly, against Battle Royale, but I haven’t read that one yet…) and maybe do voting for a winner in the comments? What do you guys think? Like the idea? The other one, the Throwback, would be going back and talking about books I’ve read in the past that I really enjoyed instead of maybe some of the newer ones? (Though, really, I’m so behind on the times sometimes…)

And The Rest Of the Whatever Week.

I have a couple of other ideas floating around – a Freebie Friday, talking about books I’ve gotten for free or as ARCs and maybe doing a Wednesday Recap or a Terrible Tuesday for books that I’ve really disliked and why – but those three are the big ones I was really thinking about.

I’d love to hear from you guys! How do you set up your blog? Do you like to do a system of what to post when or do you do it more fly by the seat of your pants? Should I just nix the themes and stick with how things have been?

Leave me your opinions below! And I’ll do a real post sometime soon!

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

Update

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I feel as though I should apologize! I haven’t been on my blog much lately and I feel sort of bad for that. October has turned into a super busy (and way stressful) month for me, which irks me to no end.

Where are the pumpkin spice lattes? (And, well, everything really.)

Where is the pumpkin carving?

Where are the bad horror movies?

WHERE IS MY DARN COFFEE??!?!

Oh, wait, that last one isn’t really an October thing… Anyway, I really just ended up swamped by work. Deadlines got moved up (which was not my idea) and as a result, I can’t get anything done on time. Worse, everyone wants me to do MORE. More revisions. More writing. More outlining.

Whatever.

All of this accumulates until we are left with just one thing: An annoyed E.C. (Who is prone to random crying fits that really have no bearing on anything and are making my significant other stare at me as though I’ve grown a second head… but we won’t talk about that.)

Anyway, I really just wanted to let everyone know that I haven’t forgotten you all! This has been an awesome experience to reenter the blogging sphere and I’m not giving it up. I just haven’t had the chance to be as active as I’d like. But I’ll get started on some more posts, some much overdue comment replies and some blog perusing. Additionally, I swear I WILL get back to my How To Write A Novel series.

Eventually, lol.

There you have it folks. I’m not done yet, just having that pesky Life Happens problem. I’m still doing the Halloween Read-a-Thon (which, if you haven’t checked it out, link is here; my TBR is here) and have started Ouija! I’m about 25% through.

Stay tuned for updates. And feel free to comment below with… well, whatever you’d like! Tell me what YOU do when life gets in the way! How do you deal with stress? What’s eating you lately?

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E.C. Orr

P.S. – I just found out how to delete stuff off my Kindle that I didn’t want. Lol. I feel accomplished.

Update & Writing Links

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As you know I am working on a How To series about novel writing. I’m definitely going to continue with this and will post the next update as soon as I can, but I just recently got over being sick (I’m mostly better now) and as a result am way behind on deadlines. I’m going to have to play a bit of catch-up and since I don’t have any posts waiting in the wings, it might be a little while before I get back to the series.

Instead, I thought I’d do a couple of quick resources that you might use while (or after) writing!

Hope some of these were helpful to you and if you guys have some of your own, feel free to post the links below! I’ll get back to my how to series as soon as I can. Thanks for all the support!

sincerely3

E.C. Orr

Site Update

Dear Reader

I’m currently trying to work out the layout of my blog here on WordPress, mostly because I am actually a Livejournal fan. (I’ve gone to the dark side and tried Tumblr, but I don’t care how many cookies and cat videos they have, they simply aren’t all that talented at making a “blogging” space. Comment feature, anyone?) I’m still working out the kinks here and as you can see, my header and background, etc. might need a little work.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to take a picture of *my* bookshelf soon and use that as my header, but for now, I’ll settle for the generic image I got off the internet from a bookstore (I think Barnes & Noble, but it’s difficult to say now).

That being said, if anyone has any recommendations as far as graphics are concerned, please, feel free to share. I haven’t been in the graphics department for years now and am more than a little rusty. (Does anyone else remember when Photobucket had the best online photo editing out there? Because now it’s terribly lame and I’m always searching for a better site to use. And I’d rather spend money on books than on a graphics program – don’t I have PSP something rather out there somewhere?)

Hopefully, I’ll get the site set up to my liking soon!

Thanks for your patience and bothering to check out my site at all! Very appreciative!

Sincerely

E.C. Orr