That’s a Wrap! – August 2015

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That’s a Wrap! – May

August is already over – I can hardly believe it. It was totally the month of audiobooks for me.


Not Yet Read News:

  • I’m finally posting again on a several times a week basis. I don’t know if I’ll be going back to regularly posting on a daily basis again (thought I did post the past 7 days in a row so hooray me) but I’m definitely planning on posting at least 3 days a week now.
  • I’m going to be trying to add a “GALLERY” section to the blog somehow to put all my art. I saw somewhere on my wordpress dashboard (I forget where) a gallery and I just need to play with it and get it done! I think it would be so nice to have a place on the website for it instead of most of my stuff being on instagram (though I’m an instagram addict)


About Me Junk:

  • I’m back to my day job! That’s right – maternity/bonding leave is finally over and I’m going back to work full time. And you know – while I’m not excited – in a way I am because goodness I just can’t cut it at the stay at home mom thing. I started to go more then a little bit nuts.
  • My art and toys – while they aren’t selling like hotcakes locally in the shop I have them in – they are selling via my instagram and facebook (oddly enough not really etsy but I guess I should put more stuff in the shop! I will add more stuff this week since Christmas is coming up!)
  • I’ll only be in that local shop through the month of September. Since I’m going back to work I can’t really work there one weekend a month like they require (along with the monthly rent) and honestly only ONE peice of my art has sold in the shop so far. Though a bunch of my “other” odd bits of things have sold. But really I only rented the space so I could have somewhere local to put me art. I’ve decided instead to focus on my online presence and to also try the anime conventions and craft fairs.
  • I’m having a website made for my art and crafts. Hopefully it’ll be done before December – so I’ll do a big reveal in a few months.
  • I’ve ordered some custom display stuff for the craft fair I’m going to be in and for the future conventions I hope to be a artist or vendor at. I’ll of course show pictures when they are ready! I’ve also ordered some sew on custom labels that have my new PABKINS logo (a mini head cartoon self portrait), and ordering custom stamps with my illustrations – sooo excited! So much going on to get setup for my little craft business. I don’t even mind that I won’t have as much time to work on it since I’m back at my normal job but it’ll be a fun thing to keep going anyway. It’s motivating to know that I’ll have this stuff.
  • I’m stressing less about “making money” since I’m back at work and so I’m enjoying my arts and crafts more again because I don’t worry about selling the stuff. So if it doesn’t sell I don’t care so much because hey I’ve got my normal income again. I’m glad I decided to go back to my normal job full time.
  • My first craft fair is DECEMBER 5th! I’m so excited and I’m churning away at making inventory.
  • Currently reading: ONE GOOD DRAGON DESERVES ANOTHER by Rachel Aaron 
  • Currently listening to: DOUGHNUT by Tom Holt (likely be finished by the time this goes live)
  • Currently watching: Nothing – well I watch FaceOff every Tuesday 



I’m bad and I’ve pretty much completely given up on keeping track of this stuff!

Normally the list of all books would appear here – but I haven’t been keeping track. But I did receive a few books that I see on my shelf or my listening queue and I might as well share them with you since I’ll be reading them hopefully this month but since I’m into audio lately the ones I have in print I might end up waiting for audio instead.

TOWER OF THORNS by Juliet Marillier (print but I might wait for audio)

SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson (print – I might wait for audio we will see)

FORBIDDEN by Cathy Clamp (print)

UPDRAFT by Fran Wilde (review audio)

THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. JEMISIN (review audio)


THE ALLOY OF LAW by Brandon Sanderson

MAPLECROFT by Cherie Priest

THE VEIL by Chloe Neil

INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine

HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey

WHEN IT’S A JAR by Tom Holt


PACIFIC FIRE by Greg Van Eekhout



BOOK OF SPIRITS AND THIEVES by Morgan Rhodes (started awhile ago and hopefully I’ll finish)


August Top Shelf


JACKABY by William Ritter (audio) | Tabitha’s Review | Goodreads

This book was just amazing! The audio narration superb and everything about the reading experience was fun for me. Short and to the point and just what I needed at the moment.



I did so much better this month – I’m so proud of myself. But you know I completely switched to audio during the month of August because I’m still having a hard time with print. The audio works so fabulous since I listen to it while I craft.

THE ASSASSINS OF ALTIS by Jack Campbell (review audio)
DECEPTIONS by Kelley Armstrong (review audio)
– THE CONQUERING DARK by Susan and Clay Griffith (netgalley but I reviewed audio instead)
THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani (purchased audio)
DEADLY SPELLS by Jaye Wells (review audio)
JACKABY by William Ritter (purchased audio)
ALIVE by Scott Sigler (netgalley but I purchased the audio instead)
MASTER OF PLAGUES by E.L. Tettensor (review audio)
COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott (review audio)
FLEX by Ferrett Steinmetz (review audio)
SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George (purchased audio)


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September is off to just an OK start – reading is going slower because I’ve returned to work. But I’m definitely optimistic that it’ll just take a week or two of adjusting and I’ll be in the swing of things again.

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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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7 Responses to “That’s a Wrap! – August 2015”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Yay for posting more again, I’m glad that you were able to get back into the swing of things with the blog! Oh and I look forward to seeing your crafty website too 😀 Like you: August was an audiobook month for me – I wouldn’t have even finished a book at all last month if it wasn’t for the audiobooks! Yikes. You did WAY better than me with your audiobooks in any case and your praise for Jackaby has me wanting to listen to it asap! Here’s to a wonderful September xx
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Thanks Mecheline – yeah August had me back in the swing of things. I couldn’t believe I was able to post so many days in a row but I think it was because I had gotten behind on writing reviews then binge wrote like four or five in one night and then scheduled them all. Now I have two to write so I think thats all that will go up this coming week.
      Yes listen or read Jackaby!!

  2. Lynn

    Can’ t believe you’re going back to work – it seems like only yesterday that you were finishing doesn’t it! I can appreciate totally what you mean. Part of you doesn’t want to go back but part of you REALLY does want to!
    Good luck with all your goodies – I’m not surprised they sell like hot cakes online and I don’t blame you for not wanting to keep in the shop – the rental must swallow profits!
    Lynn 😀
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Well not everything sells right away but the ones that do are nice. Course I haven’t been able to really finish anything since returning to work which sucks! ahhhhhhhhh
      Yes that rental space completely ate ALL my profits. It was like I was giving away stuff for free. So sad.