Thursday, October 20, 2016

I Think My Laptop Has Cancer

I may not be online for a while since I think my previously-trusty Dell laptop seems to have gone beyond a virus and toppled into cancer. It's one of those hideous Black Screen of Death affairs. I've spent the last two (or is it three?) days trying to fix this myself (ha ha) using tutorials from YouTube and elsewhere. Wish me luck.

Friday, September 30, 2016

I Think I Have Brain Damage Because I Want to Write Tons of Book Reviews

Howdy. Sorry I haven't blogged since June. I've been busy writing for money from others and then I'd get so stressed that I'd have to chill out by either reading or writing book reports on Goodreads. Earlier this year I was in the Top 100 of book reviewers (I was #99) but now I see I've somehow jumped up to #61.

I can't remember how many reviews I've written (as opposed to just clicking the star rating. That's too wimpy for me). I think I've gone past 1600 now. Well, the sake of argument we'll say I have written over 1600 reviews.

And not just that. No, no, no. My high only comes after I've done the ol' Cut & Paste finger dance and copied it into a file of my reviews that I keep on my laptop.

I'm not just a book addict. I'm a HARD CORE book addict.

I have no idea why I'm so driven to do these reviews. Perhaps because I'm so tempted to do drugs. Or perhaps it's the only way I can be assured of a reading audience. Or maybe because one day I'll become famous for writing thousands of book  reviews.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Peter Gabriel "I'm Amazing" -- Yes, You Are, Peter

I know I haven't written much about Peter Gabriel in the last three years. In my defense, there hasn't been much to write about. He does an appearance here, an interview there and has not officially released a new single in years. (Unless you count the bizarre "Oh But" he did on his last live tour 2 years ago.)

But now we have a new single suddenly being released today on YouTube and tomorrow on all those neat-o places where you can download music. I'm too old to know anything about how those places work, so I'll assume you already know what to do.

I have known that PG and Sting were going to tour together this summer and did not feel like blogging about it. I just can't afford to go. And it looked like a "greatest hits" kind of show and I've already seen those. I have seen Sting live once before and he is a very unpredictable performer -- but not in a good way. He has good and bad days. Unlike PG, which has always been "on" whenever I've seen him.

I was feeling pretty bummed that I could not go see PG play, but this single makes up for that. I love it! Despite the happy title and PG's explanation that it was inspired by Muhammad Ali this is a very PG song in that it's sinister and sensual. I may just blow the rest of the day listening to this over and over again. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Now I Officially Spend Too Much Time On Goodreads

Ever since David Bowie died, I've been finding it hard to write anything -- even a shopping list. Of course, that probably has nothing specifically due to David Bowie's death. I'd been having trouble finding any paying writing gigs since 2014.

So I started hanging out at Goodreads. Originally it was to promote my ebook Not the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes but then I just began hanging around to get recommendations on new books to read. I found out that I could  write short book reviews which may help other book lovers (or at least just give them a laugh.) Some days I'd be there for hours. I began to suspect that i was spending way too much time on Goodreads. I even wrote a blog post about it.

Well, now it's official. I DO spend way too much time at Goodreads. Yesterday, I received this email from Goodreads itself:

Hello Rena,
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In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads!
With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark! Check out the fun infographic we made to celebrate!
You've written 1071 reviews since joining Goodreads on September 5th, 2014. Out of all the reviews you've written, this is the review that got the most attention:
Rena Sherwood rated a book liked it
Nov 18, 2014 11:30 PM
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The Young Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, #20)
by Walter Farley
This was Walter Farley's swan song to the Black Stallion series. His son Steven helped him write it. The events consist of a flashback Alec has right after the cataclysmic events of The Black Stallion Legend. It's at turns poetic and then downright bizarre. A two year old colt being called a stallion? Hmmm. Also, I liked the fact that The Black looked as if he killed someone right before he was forced onto the Drake. It made him a real bad-ass. Here this scene is rewritten to be more PC. Oh, come on. This book does however help explain why the Black didn't kill Alec while they were stranded on the island in The Black Stallion.
Reading reviews by book lovers like you is one of our favorite things on Goodreads. Thank you for helping other readers find a good (or avoid a not-so-good!) book.
Keep reading (and reviewing!)
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Not David Bowie

I'm just gutted that David Bowie died. In my life, there have been very few friends, so celebrities wind up being better friends than most people I come across. All I expected from David Bowie was good music and the occasional joke during an interview. And he rarely disappointed.

Now I'm thinking about mortality and wondering if I should change my life priorities. So I won't be writing for a while. Everyone be good while I'm gone.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

So Much For the New Year's Resolution

On New Year's day, I resolved to write every day. It took only five days for the resolution to crumble. I opened my eyes this morning and suddenly it felt like I had scratched my cornea (something that I don't recommend.) The pain was so bad that Mom gave me one of her prescription painkillers.

It's hours later and my  eye feels better but I'm stoned. So all I'm writing today is this post and some comments on Facebook. Sorry.

Monday, January 04, 2016

What I Wrote for January 4. 2016

I didn't have much time to write or work on the blogs today because I had my first date in over 11 years.

At least, I think it was a date. It was a kinda, sorta date. He invited me for a caffeinated beverage and talk writing and books. We went to a diner and he insisted on paying for my dinner. I had fettuccine alfredo (although not the one pictured.) We drove there in separate cars. Is that a date? I don't know anymore. I'm so out of touch.

So here's all I managed to write:

  • this blog post
  • a 400 word article for Swarmcontent entitled "Should You Write for Academic Content Websites?" (Short answer -- no.)
  • a 431 word article sent to (rewritten from an unpublished 2007 article) on Basic Yoga Equipment for Beginners.
Now my head hurts. That's my cue to stop writing.