It’s December! Not sure why I felt the need to announce that, but I did.
I haven’t really had the best two weeks since my last update post though. I went to an appointment with an acupuncturist/herbalist who said she could help me with just herbs/diet, no acu. You may have seen my tweet about how that went. $75 for her to tell me to exercise, get out of the house more often, and get more fresh air.
Gosh, why didn’t I think of that?
This is one of the many reasons it’s so hard to get help for chronic illnesses, at least in the US. 1) Things like fresh air, etc. don’t cure them. 2) I could tell this person didn’t believe I have an actual medical problem. She thinks I’m unwell because I sit around all day. Except, no, it’s the opposite—I sit around all day because I’m unwell. When I do things like exercise and go out and push myself, it inevitably makes me feel worse.
I’ve been treated poorly by most Western medicine doctors (if you want to know more about that, I’ve talked about it in this tweet), and so far I’ve had nearly as much bad luck with acupuncturists/herbalists. It’s disheartening knowing there might be something that could help me feel better but not being able to find someone who can help me figure it out.
More bad news—I found out my backup bank changed their minimum months ago and I didn’t realize, so they’ve been deducting a fee every month. Long story short, I lost a bunch of money for no good reason.
Last but not least, it turns out it’s just my desktop having slow internet problems. I tried a bunch of things to figure out why/fix it, and the best I can guess is something to do with the graphics card. Which I don’t know how to fix. But I really do not want to have to get a new computer yet :-/
Anyway, this will likely be my last weekly update post until the 31st. Hopefully that post won’t be as much of a downer as this one. If you wanna keep up with my life in between weekly updates, you can always follow me on Twitter :-) I’ve been posting a lot about drawing and Sims and even the occasional bit of writing (in addition to bookish stuff, of course). And don’t worry, between now and Dec. 31st, I’ve got lots of posts planned about my favorite books, characters, and covers from the year!
I uploaded the 2018 spreadsheet template to my “Blogging Tips: Scheduling and Keeping Track of Blog Posts with a Spreadsheet” post. So if anyone wants to download it and get organized in the new year, it’s there :-)
Also, a quote from my review is being used on the Amazon page under the editorial reviews section for [easyazon_link identifier=”B075SXFLYK” locale=”US” tag=”beckriam-20″]Smoke City by Keith Rosson[/easyazon_link], so that’s kind of cool!
Books I Received for Review:
12/10/17: The King’s Courage is from Dreamspinner. Rebel Faerie is from the author, and it’s the final book in the Creepy Hollow series!
Books I Finished:
12/3/17: Juniper Unraveling was dark, which I like, but ultimately not quite for me. The North Pole City Tales were the complete opposite—light, fluffy, and fun! Also short and easy to read. Which was exactly what I needed with all the stress I was feeling.
12/10/17: Loving and Loathing Vegas walk also a short, fun read. After The King’s Courage though, I kinda got stuck. Couldn’t figure out what I was in the mood for, tried multiple books, ended up just not really reading much at all for the rest of the week :-/
What I’m Loving:
This week, what I’m loving is…
Especially the Lupin stuff, which is what I linked to, because Lupin is one of my favorite characters ever, and this artist’s version of him looks more like how I imagine him than the actor in the movies does. So does this version of Sirius. I love the artist’s art style too.
I’m also loving the NSFW Harry Potter fan art.
Also, I don’t know what’s happening to me because I don’t usually ship out of canon, but I’m totally kind of shipping Lupin-Sirius and Harry-Draco now. It’s like the art just made it seem more real! And I haven’t even read the play, but I’m shipping Albus and Scorpius too lol. (Are they in the play??? I don’t even know.)
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed Black City Demon by Richard A. Knaak, a interesting mashup of fae, dragons, saints, and the Prohibition Era.
– I posted mini reviews for three fluffy, fun M/M fantasy Christmas novellas.
– I reviewed The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, a gripping vampire read with complex characters.
– I recommended ten Christmas-themed sci-fi/fantasy books.
– I reviewed The Consumption of Magic by TJ Klune, a fun but intense M/M high fantasy.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)