That’s a Wrap! – May 2014

June 2, 2014 About Me, Monthly Overview 29

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MAY has come and gone and left me with a major BEA / traveling hangover. But what a month it was! You can look forward to seeing more about my trip to BEA and New York later this week. Also don’t forget I’m running an awesome Kindle E-reader giveaway.

May Top Shelf:

DEFENDERS by Will McIntosh – This science fiction futuristic alien invasion story features telepathic starfish that have invaded Earth and are systematically wiping out humanity until our scientists genetically engineer giant defenders to combat the alien menace. It’s full of action, heartbreak and humanity – whether you are alien, human or a engineered person. Definitely not one to miss for science fiction fans! REVIEW COMING SOON!

Defenders

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About Me Junk:
  • Realized I couldn’t possibly read all these books alone so MAGGIE & TINA joined Not Yet Read as Book Reviewers!
  • Made some marvelous new book loving friends around the blog-o-verse: Kel, Joy, Kim, Octavia, Anna, Valerie, Steph, Meg, Kat, Kristy, oh goodness – and more!
  • Got a smoking new haircut and color and have been experimenting with eyeliner cat eyes!
  • Bought my ticket, booked my flight to DRAGON CON. I’m going with Jessica from Rabid Reads
  • Flew to New York and attended BloggerCon and BEA where I met loads of amazing bloggers and publishers!
  • My husband and I both forgot our wedding anniversary (but I did get a new Ipad as a present)
  • Used my new Autograph book and got tons of cool signatures from authors!
  • Have hit a rock with my blog design – you might notice it’s really plain right now, there were some bugs with the ‘new’ design, plus I’m in a funk on what I want it to look like. Feedback is welcome folks.
  • Suffering from major traveling hangover so I’ll end this now…more to come
  • Books Read = 10
  • Graphic novels Read = 2
  • Audio Books listened to = 1
  • Currently reading: 4 short story collections, 3 adult SFF books, 1 YA book, 1 Audio book
Author Interviews & Guest articles:

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Book Reviews:

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Bookish Fan Art Up! :

HOT NEWS! : Traveling Blogger Book Art Project. I’ll be unveiling my traveling book in the next few weeks and hope that some of you fellow bloggers will be interested in receiving the Art Journal! The plan is you’d whip up some art of your own onto a 2page spread of the art journal then mail it onto the next person. Doesn’t it sound fun? No artistic talent required if you want to collage a page up instead I’m totally open to that – just be creative. Hit me up in the comments or email me if you’re seriously interested.

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Tabitha (Pabkins)

When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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29 Responses to “That’s a Wrap! – May 2014”

  1. Mogsy

    LOL, so busy you forgot your wedding anniversary! Both of you! Actually, kinda reminds me of a funny story this month, my husband brought home flowers a couple weeks ago and I was like, what for? He goes, “Um, happy anniversary?” I was like, “Nooo?” He was a whole month early, got the date right, not the month. I teased him mercilessly ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Actually Tabitha, I’m really liking the plainer look!
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Heck I didn’t even read as much as I would have liked to because I’m adjusting to being back at work. Sometimes I can read a book a day when I’m having a good month! Just you wait and see!

      Thanks glad you like the new layout – I’m going with less pop and color and simpler look.
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  2. Lege

    So, excited about Defenders review!
    I am having huge BEA envy, le sigh…. next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Sounds like you had a fun month. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

    Plainer look works very well too, as long as you have your robo up there it works great ๐Ÿ˜€ Plus you can always add in other elements if you decide you wanna pimp it out more, lol.

    Haha, well the anniversary ended in a cool gift so I’d say it’s all good, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

    And yeeey for going to BEA, and more yey for Dragon Con with Jessica!!

    May was awesome, you did a lot, read a lot, got a lot of books…how could it have been better, right? xD
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  4. Greg

    My wife and I have forgotten our anniversary before too, but usually we remember right at the last minute! Congrats on DragonCon- cons rock.
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  5. Greg

    My wife and I have forgotten our anniversary before too, but usually we remember right at the last minute! Congrats on DragonCon- cons rock.
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Oh so you like the plainer look that I went with? I like it – all that color and busy stuff and the way it was buggy just wasn’t working for me. I still have a lot of tweaking i want to do to this and I might hire someone else but right now I’m burnt out on spending money on design and coding….

      YES READ RACHEL BACH!!!

      And yes I’m going to vote on the HUGOs – I’m going to try to get through it all I just downloaded my packet yesterday.
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  6. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    LOL, Tabitha! Are you one of those people that has to redecorate her house every six months? It’s been less than two and you’re already wanting something new! *snickers* Congratulations on your first full month, and on your new associate reviewers. You’re amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      See I found your comment. So never fear!

      No I totally don’t redecorate the house every few months. Actually the new blog has been up over two full months now! My how time flies! And you know another one of my girlfriends wants to join the fray!!

      *blushes* ahhh shucks you’re so sweet =)
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Maybe I have too many spam blocker plugins running! LOL You are spammity spam *cackles madly* No worries I personally check my spam box every day. Sometimes it puts people in spam for oddball reasons like commenting too quickly after opening the post. YES REDESIGN! Wait wait – what do you think of the plainer look? I rather like it. Simple clean, easy on the eyes.
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  7. Kel

    I’m glad you’ve (mostly) recovered from BEA! It looks like you’ve had an extra busy month, but at least your two new co-bloggers should help lighten the load, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

    As far as blog design, I don’t mind the simpler look it has now. I find more blogs have a lack of white space, but I know what you mean; you want to add a little something special, especially since so many book blogs use this theme. Maybe keep it simple and just add a touch of color on the menu and widget bars? Or adjust the column sizes? Enlarging the posts column and narrowing the sidebar can make a huge visual difference. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Hmm I’m still not recovered…I’m jet lagged and falling asleep SUPER early every night and I still feel like I could sleep a whole day away if the husband let me. Yes my local girlfriends jumping on board is definitely helping me feel less stressed. Another one says she wants to join so we’ll see if she really does want to. She’s coming over tonight to peruse the book stacks.

      I like the simpler cleaner look. I am in the midst of slowly making changes to it. It reads easier now for sure. There are a lot of changes you can do to this theme but I’ll definitely be tweaking it more as the days pass this month. I only have a short amount of time to work on that though. I might just hire Ashley right out to do one for me.
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