Sunday Ramblings and a Mini Rant

by Sarah on August 29, 2010 · 13 comments

♦ The past week has been crazy. I was sick; my son was sick; we had several appointments and we were late to all of them (Note: I am NEVER late); I got us locked out and had to call C to come home from work and rescue us; I lost my keys – twice; my laptop, iPod and cell phone all died on the same day (thankfully, they now work again); my daughter dumped water all over my ticket for the parking garage and I had to plead with the security guy not to charge me for a full day’s parking as the ticket was unreadable. All in all, I’m looking forward to August ending. Hopefully, September will be a better month.

♦ This was another slow reading week for me. I read Brenda Novak’s Killer Heat and I’m halfway through Jeannie Lin’s Butterfly Swords.

♦ My second draft for my book is coming along. The first part of my revisions went quickly as the the first half of the book was already fairly polished. The second half is more challenging. I need to re-write quite a bit of it. My goal is to have my second draft finished by next weekend. Fingers crossed!

♦ I finally saw the finale for the second season of Sons of Anarchy. It ended on a cliffhanger and want the third season to be on now! We’re also addicted to The Shield. I got the complete series box set as an early birthday present. We’ve already seen the first season and we’ve started the second. For anyone who enjoys character-driven cop shows, this is really good.

♦ Now for something which has been irritating me for a while: Remember that whole Amazon Fail business last year, when we were all encouraged to boycott Amazon, Google bomb them, etc.? How many of the people baying for blood back then are now linking to Amazon again on their blogs and/or the proud owners of a reduced-price Kindle?  This is just one example of why I no longer engage with online “controversies”. The age of Twitter, blogs and 24-hour news makes information immediately available in a way that wasn’t possible in the past. However, instant information is not always accurate, and Twitter tweets and retweets are like a game of Chinese Whispers. Having been burned more than once by people jumping to conclusions and posting/tweeting stuff that later turned out to be inaccurate, or not representative of the whole story, I prefer to wait these days before getting irate about anything.

So how was your week?


Stacy ~ August 29, 2010 at 14:54

Whoa hon, I am so sorry about all the crazy stuff that has happened to you. I hope you & your son feel better and that now you can catch a break. Many of them.

Your whole Amazon topic? Just one of the reasons you rock, Sarah. You’re not a follower. I honestly can’t even remember what my stand was at the time, but probably that of sheep mentality. You are not like that.

I need to add Sons of Anarchy to my Netflix. Right now I’m in Battlrstar Galactica & Cougar Town mode.

Have a great week!

Stacy ~ August 29, 2010 at 14:56

Oh, and good luck with the writing! I can’t wait to hold your book in my hands one day :)

Sarah August 29, 2010 at 15:20

@Stacy ~: Thanks, Stacy! If I ever manage to get my book published, I suspect I’ll find self-promotion a real challenge. :D

Cougar Town is on my list of shows I’d like to see. I’ve heard good things about it. We get American TV series later here, and I often end up waiting and watching them when they come out on DVD. I’ve come to prefer it to watching weekly episodes. I’m into the whole instant gratification thing. and watching shows on DVD means I can watch several episodes in a row if I feel like it.

Edie August 29, 2010 at 15:35

Bless you on mentioning the Amazon thing!
That has bugged the bejeebers out of me lately. Including the several who were calling for Amazons head loud and proud, and yet now pimping them as the messiah… (For having dodgy trade practices.. heh)

Keishon August 29, 2010 at 16:34

I’ve had a lazy week. Was off for five days. But you look like you’ve endured some challenges this past month. My sympathies. Hopefully September will be a much better month for everybody. As for Amazon Fail thing – I know you are annoyed that the same people who campaigned against Amazon are now publicly/secretly embracing their products, etc, linking to them again, etc. People do this all the time. To be more blunt: the company that you derided about being unfair and unethical has won when you give them your money. Plain and simple.

Look here, some folks can stand behind their principles no matter what while others like me usually fall back on them from time to time depending on what it is. I was raised with a stubborn brother. Nothing wrong with you calling them out on it either. I applaud folks who can stand behind their principles 100%. I can’t always do it myself. One important take away message for me about the whole Amazon Fail episode (I exited Twitter when it got really intense) is never to make conclusions until you know all the facts and yes, disinformation is sent out over Twitter all the time and still is so you can’t always believe everything you hear or read as the saying goes.

We missed you on Twitter! At least I did. I didn’t see you very much. Bye!

katiebabs August 29, 2010 at 17:33

Congrats on all your writing. :) But boo to being sick :(

Yes controversies on the net is an interesting thing indeed. Always a new one right around the corner.

Sarah August 29, 2010 at 17:55

@Edie: *headdesk* indeed. I think The Agency 5 have replaced Amazon as Eeeeevil in Blogland. Or is it Apple? It’ll all change in a few months time anyway.

@Keishon: My month was a comedy of errors. Some of it is quite funny in retrospect.

I didn’t boycott Amazon because they were my main supplier of books in English at the time. I’ve since switched to The Book Depository for print books and other etailers for ebooks.

@katiebabs: The boy and I are feeling much better, but now C is sick. It was inevitable, I suppose.

I’ve taken to ignoring the controversies unless they particularly interest me. With the notable exception of the whitewashed book covers, online kerfuffles don’t tend to achieve much.

Keishon August 29, 2010 at 18:01

online kerfuffles don’t tend to achieve much.

Sometimes, no. It also depends on who’s doing the fussing :-)

Janet W August 30, 2010 at 00:22

I was very new to the interwebz in general and twitter in particular when I read your Amazon Fail blog way back in the dark ages (12+ months Lol) … and I remember thinking at the time that a) if I wasn’t careful Kerfluffles could become my mood-alter*er of choice … so fascinating and fun to zoom around looking for the latest bon-mot and b) that I’d be damned if I’d walk away from Amazon anytime soon. My greatest addiction is OOP books & there’s nowhere easier for me to find them than Amazon. That is still true — in fact I can now bundle used book to add up to $25 and get free shipping. Just goes to show, plus ca change …

So do I agree or disagree with you and Keishon: “that online kerfluffles don’t tend to achieve much” … I suppose it depends what their purpose is?

heidenkind August 30, 2010 at 04:55

I just started school after a few years’ hiatus, so I’ve been very busy and stressed out as well. I’ll join your hope that September is a better month. :)

Lynn Spencer August 30, 2010 at 17:15

I hope your September goes well! We’ve had a horrible heat wave this summer, so I feel like a lot of August has been a hundred degree, cranky blur. I’m starting to look longingly at fall booklists, recipe magazines and sweater displays, though. :-)

Sarah September 4, 2010 at 00:27

@Janet W: True. The whitewashed covers did get a result.

@heidenkind: Thank you! I hope you’re settling into your studies.

@Lynn Spencer: Thanks! I always find it amusing when the fashions for the cold season are already in the shops when it’s still warm.

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