Stuff and some more stuff and few things too

Tiger's Peak

Why yes, yes that is my own goofy digital art, thank you. Anyway….

So lots of not very book related topics to get to this evening. I continue to pray for and send good thoughts to fellow blogger and amazing writer Sue Vincent for a speedy recovery. It doesn’t get any more genuine and kind than Sue.

I am looking forward to spending the majority of the evening cleaning up the explosion that happened in my bathroom when my washing machine flooded a foot of water into my bathroom, hallway and back storage closet. Thank heaven for the shop vac. Remind me to kiss the guy that invented that thing. Unless he’s dead in which case I will refrain and silently thank him from a distance.

I have decided to join the Rome Construction Crew over at Green Embers blog. You can find out more here: http://greenembers.wordpress.com/about/green-embers-rome-construction-crew/

My reasons? Well, I am a bit of a spazz. Like everyone wasn’t aware of this already. Really, I need to work on public speaking (I am awful at it) and I also get really nervous around people that I don’t know very well. I have a large crowd phobia. So I will do my best to get past this and work on improving the social me. I can hear my university mates laughing uproariously right now.

Tomorrow I will be doing an interview with David Hudnut–author, musician and artist extraordinaire and on Saturday I have an interview planned with the lovely author Carmen Stefanescu whose book, Shadows of the past, was recently featured on this blog. Busy days ahead and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the support you have shown to Readful Things and to me personally. You guys give me a reason to look forward to checking my messages every morning. Kisses and hugs.

I would love to see some further entries for my blog contest, I will be updating it with the info on when it is to end and so forth once I see a few more entries. You can find out more here: http://readfulthingsblog.com/2013/03/26/an-unfinished-story-a-blog-contest-from-readful-things/

I will leave you all with a question I have been pondering. I started this thing as a book blog. That was it, strictly books. I have been noticing that over time I have branched out to all types of topics, marketing, publishing, personal items about my life, interviews with everyone including some artists and non authors. Am I doing this thing right? Should I keep it just books or are you happy with the eclectic mix of stuff you find here?

Okay, enough rambling. I will leave you with another fantastically hmmm piece of my artwork.

43 thoughts on “Stuff and some more stuff and few things too”

    1. Thank you Pamela! That was just the lift my spirit needed. There is something about standing ankle deep in water in your own bathroom that makes a woman contemplative!

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  1. It takes a special person to stand in a flooded bathroom and think hey, maybe now I can get that pet shark. I see a trip the pet store in your near future. πŸ™‚

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  2. Shark? I see a whale floating on your page…let it go to whale stage. I took some beach clean up shots. Had photo, electricity, and internet problems for days. What was the young man’s name doing the ocean thing? Going to do a post tomorrow about my clean-up day. Like the content of your blog as it is, but whatever makes you happy, I’m for it.
    Later…

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  3. No don’t keep it books only! I love the other stuff! And lol at your new pet shark! πŸ˜€ (Hope cleanup went okay though, indoor floods suck).

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  4. I think your blog’s fantastic, Ionia. I think people expect some degree of ecclesticism when it comes to blogs, so you can get away with varying the tone and msg somewhat. There’s no bad way to do it really, but I will point out the trade off – varying the content has the potential to attract a broad audience, but leaves you less likely to hold the attention of individuals because people like consistency. Narrowing the msg limits your target audience though. So, ideally, you at to find a balance. I think you’re doing a pretty good job, if you ask me. πŸ™‚

    Also, love the new theme and graphics! Snap-snap. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you for the positive input Ryan. It’s funny how these blogs tend to bloom without much effort. I started out just doing books, books and more books and here we are with exploding washing machines and sharks. πŸ™‚

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  5. Hi Ionia,
    I love your diversity and personality. Hope you continue to reach out in different directions. My favorite posts are not about books. Also hope you overcome the public speaking fear. FYI, Barbara Streisand still has such serious stage fright that she’s sick before each show. Part of baring your soul, I think. Tips? Audiences like it real, just like bloggers. They love you more when you’re human. Also, hiring a coach for a session or two can really help.

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    1. Thank you so much. That made my day:) I will have to look into a coach. I think I need the guy from “The King’s Speech.” He was pretty impressive.

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  6. “Like” your images. “Like” your topics. “Don’t Like” the water in your bathroom. Been there, done that, with water pouring into the bathroom from a burst pipie in the attic, through the ceiling chandelier, making it actually light up. Rather scary! Water in bathrooms is not fun if it’s outside the sink, tub or toilet!

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    1. Oh boy–yours was worse than mine. Thankfully mine was on the bottom floor, although we did have our bathtub fall through the ceiling in our old apartment lol

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      1. You’ve got me beat there! We had a tub that might have fallen through the ceiling into the dining room, but we ripped the bathroom out before it happened and found out there wasn’t one single floor joist left intact in the bathroom! Your story reminds me of “The Money Pit.” πŸ™‚

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      2. That whole apartment was a nightmare. Two months after I moved out nice chewed through the electrical box and burned the place to the ground. Thankfully it was vacant

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    1. I am currently unavailable to you and it is your own fault. I am about a third of the way through your book and I refuse to come up for oxygen unless I need to pee. πŸ™‚

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