Monday, July 28, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon Wrap Up AND Upcoming Read-a-Thon Plans

The High Summer Read-a-Thon has come and gone. And while I did catch up on my stats a little bit, I still muffed this one up just about as well as I did Wicked Wildfire. Apparently I'm not doing so awesome at summer read-a-thons, which is a little bit of a problem since I have a few more to go before school starts back up.

Up next...

Next week is the Monster Pick-Your-Thon hosted by The Book Monsters. This one is a new one to me and provides a choice between a read-a-thon or a review-a-thon. I'm sticking with the reading for now. But...I'm thinking I need to go with updates every other day and finally sneak some crafting posts in here. It's been a while.

And then...

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 11 starts August 18th! I've been waiting for this one for a while. I loved Bout of Books 10 so I'm ready to roll on this one again.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you haven't done Bout of Books before, you need to. It's probably been my favorite read-a-thon so far. There are a lot of participants and good challenges. I met quite a few awesome book bloggers last time.

I haven't figured out my goals for either of the upcoming read-a-thons yet. Based on my last two efforts, I need to reevaluate expectations for myself when the temperatures are nice and the kiddo is home from school. 

If you're ever curious about the read-a-thons I participate in (or want to see what prior stats have been)...there's a page for that. It also serves to prove that I'm not always a lazy read-a-thoner.

Want to see how badly I did this time and how hard the kid kicked my butt? Here we go...

Elle's Final Stats 

Currently Reading:

This one is reading much faster than The Grapes of Wrath. Thank goodness. I expect I'll have it finished within the next day or two. Good thing, since I have about six more library books to finish before next Monday. (I have a feeling that I'll be renewing a couple.)

Total Time Read: 10 hours 32 minutes (632 minutes)

Goal: 17 hours (1020 minutes).

Total Pages Read: 504

Goal: 1200 pages.

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 4 books.

Much better than my Wicked Wildfire stats, but still pathetic. I will have to redeem myself before the summer is out.

Darian's Final Stats 

The kid kept up his stellar reading, but then wimped out on the weekend...only in terms of tracking though. He still read more or less all day, but he didn't give me his numbers for Saturday and on Sunday he didn't even bother to write down his times or pages. He figured he'd already met his goal so he wasn't worried beyond that. (I think maybe he didn't want me to feel quite as far behind as I already was. Such a nice kid. Who am I kidding...he was totally being lazy.)

Total Time Read: More than 27 hours 21 minutes (1641 minutes)

Goal: 1300 minutes

Total Pages Read: More than 1847

Goal: 1300 pages

Total Books Finished: 5

Goal: 5 books.

Since I have a week read-a-thon free, I may actually get up some other posts. Amazing! I have a quick and dirty project to post and I'll be putting up the next post in my reorganization mini-series. (You thought I forgot, didn't you?)  

I'll be starting another custom quilt order this weekend (this time a photo rag quilt), but I'll also hopefully have a new set of hand puppets (see the prior sets here and here) to show off in the next couple of weeks. It will depend how much time the new order takes up. Worst case scenario, they'll be ready to roll before the end of August. Pinky promise.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon: Wrap Up

Wicked Wildfire wrapped up a couple of days ago, but I'm just now getting to our final post. Why? Well...because I'm a procrastinator and I like watching House, M.D. Yup. Pure, unadulterated laziness. about a wrap-up of my worst read-a-thon showing ever? I am not super happy with my numbers on this one. Sad enough that I didn't meet any of my goals even half way, I also got bested by the kid...who had six fewer participation days. Pathetic. Let's hope I do better with the Wonderfully Wicked Read-a-Thon that My Shelf Confessions will be hosting from October 17th to 27th.

Friday, July 25, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon: Update 2

As promised, I'm sticking it out to put up this post just after midnight. It'll be short and sweet so I can crash out for the night, but I did push through and get some additional reading finished. It was pretty much too little, too late for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon, but at least it will help my stats for High Summer and maybe give me a chance of making it to my goals for one of the two.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon: Update 2

We're a day late on this update thanks to a nice, painful fibro flare up for me last night. But...better late than never. As the story seems to go with this read-a-thon, my stats totally suck. Life just managed to get in the way this time. It's the first time I've had such a sad showing during a read-a-thon we've done on the blog.

The good news is that Darian is once again totally rocking this thing. His love for reading is a wonderful thing. I'm so glad that I can keep encouraging him to find great books to read.

Elle's Current Stats 

Currently Reading:

This book may be the death of me. I've fell asleep in it four times now. Horrible. It's been a long time since I've had a snoozefest like this one. It's not a horrible book, but so far it's really not a good one. So much for me liking classics.

Total Time Read: 5 hours 45 minutes (345 minutes)

Goal: 21 1/2 hours (1300 minutes).

Total Pages Read: 245

Goal: 1600 pages.

Total Books Finished: 0

Goal: 6 books.

Darian's Current Stats 

Currently Reading: 

Total Time Read: 17 hours 16 minutes. (1036 minutes)

Goal: 900 minutes

Total Pages Read: 1038

Goal: 900 pages

Total Books Finished: 2

Goal: 4 books.

I still have a few hours left to pump into this thing. Obviously there's no way that I'm making my goals, but I'm going to at least try and put a little bit more blue in those boxes.

We'll be back after midnight with a High Summer Read-a-Thon update and then the final Wicked Wildfire stats will be posted on Friday night.

Happy reading everyone!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

High Summer Read-a-Thon Update (End of Day 2)

We're still trucking along with our concurrent read-a-thons. Today we're posting progress for the High Summer Read-a-Thon hosted by Seasons Reading.

I continue to totally suck it up and Darian is tromping all over me. Of course, he has the advantage of reading for between four and six hours while he hangs out at either my or Collin's office while we work. I miss that summer freedom.

In fact, he was doing so well with his reading while at my office today that he decided to do nothing but play with LEGOs when we got home. He bought himself a couple of new LEGO movie sets with his birthday money, so he was in the nice, cool basement building away for a few hours.

As for me, it was an interesting day. I had a small Facebook explosion with interest in my Custom Toddler Memory Quilt. I spent some time messaging some potential clients and giving out some quotes. I may have a few new projects line up here shortly. I'm very excited about that possibility. (Along those lines, if you're wanting something I made here on the blog, feel free to contact me. I am able to custom make just about everything you see on here and I would love to do it.) It would be lovely to be able to do more crafting at home.

This week though, I should probably focus a little more on my reading if I have any intention of making my goals. Ready to see my pathetic stats?

Elle's Current Stats 

** My stats are only through yesterday evening since I'm still doing some reading for today. **

Minutes Read Monday:  1 hours 56 minutes (116 minutes)

Total Time Read: 1 hours 56 minutes (116 minutes)

Goal: 17 hours (1020 minutes).

Pages Read Monday: 65

Total Pages Read: 65

Goal: 1200 pages.

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 0

Goal: 4 books.

There is not nearly enough blue in those ovals. I need to get my butt into gear.

Darian's Current Stats 

** His stats are through Tuesday since he's already gone to bed. That gives me a chance to make my numbers look a little bit better... **

Minutes Read Today: 3 hours 19 minutes (199 minutes)

Total Time Read: 8 hours 26 minutes. (506 minutes)

Goal: 1300 minutes

Pages Read Today: 303

Total Pages Read: 538

Goal: 1300 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 5 books.

Now...I need to get my butt back to reading. We'll be back tomorrow night with another update...this time with our goal progress for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon.

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I learned a couple of things today:
  1. My "contact me" link apparently wasn't sending those contact forms to my email like it was supposed to.
  2. I look like a huge jerk for not responding to the two messages I had.
  3. Karsyn made me a freaking awesome button (because she is also freaking awesome). It is now over in the side bar.
  4. Diana over at Strahbary's Fields nominated me for a blogging award...a month ago. Stupid Google Forms.

So...a big THANK YOU to Karsyn and Diana. I'm SOOOO sorry that I didn't see your messages until today. I think I fixed the problem. I hope.

And now I'm going to do my duty and follow through on the award that Diana so thoughtfully nominated me for. I first found Diana's blog during the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge this year. She's a self-described geek and her first A to Z post was on Alice in Wonderland. That was all it took. (I just so love Alice.) Her blog is an entertaining hodgepodge of books, cooking, and miscellaneous geekery. It's fabulous. Go on...check her out.

With any blogging award comes a give and there are rules. These ones are pretty simple. Ready?


  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. 
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. 

Seven Facts

  1. I would trade my big house on a little bit of land for a little house on a big piece of land. I crave wide open spaces. I've tried several times to convince Collin that we should move to Montana.
  2. Collin and I are both small business owners. We're both self-employed. This is not always awesome. It's also why Collin keeps telling me that Montana is not in the cards. Drat.
  3. When it comes to literary things, I am freaking crazy about anything Alice in Wonderland. Seriously. I love Alice. I've read several books simply because they were modern tellings/adaptations of Alice. It's my own little personal fandom.
  4. I love to craft and write. I've contemplated going back to school several times to get my English degree. I have several novel starts in progress. None of them are Alice based. :)
  5. I am completely asocial. Seriously. I love my blog and other bloggers because the web-based world lets me be more open and friendly. I'm actually kind of a hermit. I have social anxiety and I don't do well in large groups. Even my best friends (of which there are few) will tell you that I'm socially awkward and avoid get-togethers. It drives Collin a little nuts.
  6. I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. I'm a dentist in "real life" so this is a total contradiction. My young cousin (who I gave a gigantic rainbow jar of Skittles for her 8th birthday), told me "You're a dentist! You can't like candy!" Well...I don't like candy, I love candy. I allow myself to continue this tomfoolery since I've never had a cavity. 
  7. I drive a big truck. It's big and black and lifted. I look ridiculous trying to climb in when I'm wearing a skirt. Other than the gas mileage issue, I love driving it. I like being up above everyone else when I'm stuck in traffic. Keeps me from getting claustrophobic.

Awesomesauce Blogs You Need to Check Out
(Oh, guys are nominated...)

Thanks again, Diana!

Oh...and Darian and I will be back in a couple of hours with another read-a-thon update!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon Update and High Summer Read-a-Thon Goals

Ready for things to get complicated? As of today, we are currently participating in two overlapping read-a-thons, Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon and High Summer Read-a-Thon.


I've been participating in the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon since the 14th (although rather lamely), but Darian just returned home last night. So...he'll be putting in his stats from Sunday (the 20th) to the 24th and then participating fully with me for the High Summer Read-a-Thon.

Two read-a-thons means two sets of goals and stats. My goals for Wicked Wildfire have already been posted, so I'm just going to be listing my goals for High Summer here. Darian will be listing his goals for both. Additionally, I'll be posting his current progress for the Wicked Wildfire Read-a-Thon.

To keep things less complicated from here forward, we will alternate days. Tomorrow will be an update for High Summer and Wednesday will be Wicked Wildfire. Thursday it's back to High Summer, Friday will be the wrap up post for Wicked Wildfire, and then it's High Summer through the weekend. Whew.

Alright...let's get on with this atrociously confusing post.

Elle's Goals for High Summer Read-a-Thon 

Total Reading Time Goal : 17 hours (1020 minutes)

Total Pages Goal : 1200 pages

Completed Books Goal : 4

Planned Reading : 

Bonus Books :

This list was transferred directly from my goals for Wicked Wildfire. However, I'm finding that I'm totally struggling with The Grapes of Wrath, so I may need to mix up my classics and contemporaries to keep myself from falling asleep (which has happened twice - nearly three times - with Grapes). I'll still be using the same books, but will probably be jumping back and forth between the "planned reading" and "bonus books" lists to keep things moving smoothly. Let's hope that plan works.

Darian's Goals for BOTH Read-a-Thons 

Total Reading Time Goal (Wicked Wildfire / High Summer) : 900 minutes / 1300 minutes

Total Pages Goal (Wicked Wildfire / High Summer) : 900 pages / 1300 pages

Completed Books Goal (Wicked Wildfire / High Summer) : 4 books / 5 books

Planned Reading :
          1. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
          2. A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
          3. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
          4. Dust and Decay by John Maberry
          5. Flesh and Bone by John Maberry
Bonus Books :
          1. Zom-B by Darren Shan
          2. Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Minutes Read Sunday: 2 hours (120 minutes)

Total Time Read: 2 hours (120 minutes)

Goal: 900 minutes

Pages Read Sunday: 117

Total Pages Read: 117

Goal: 900 pages.

Books Finished Sunday: 0

Total Books Finished: 0

Goal: 4 books.

Lost yet? I hope not. We'll be continuing on with our reads and will be back here tomorrow night with another update. The reading will work for both read-a-thons, but you'll be seeing progress bars for our stats based on the High Summer Read-a-Thon Goals. Whee!

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