It Broke…

Yes, the insane heatwave we had for about a week finally broke. This time last week was about 33ยฐC (91.4ยฐF) and rising! Today I don’t think we even hit 20ยฐC and it was raining… beautiful beautiful rain! No humidity, no blistering, sweat inducing sun just fresh, delightful air!

And yet, not everyone can be pleased. I heard people complaining that it was just too cold today *shakes head* some people are never happy! Right now, I’m sitting here, with a tshirt and I have goosebumps as the breeze flows over my arms but I’m not moving, it’s just so nice being cool again.

As a side note, my website is now varying shades of blue! I wanted to update it to something a little more summery, I was thinking apricot, pineapple and citrus hues but then… well then, perhaps I looked outside and saw the sky? And it all changed! Let me know if it’s too bright or if anything is too small or too big and I’ll tweak here and there… this time I promise to get some decent smilies ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe.

Back to reality

Yes, I’ve reappeared from my Dessen Dreamland haze but it took some light hearted YA (Young Adult) to do it. I couldn’t bring myself to read more of my half read books they were just much to serious for me. Enjoyable buy too much for me at the time.

In fact, I’ve finished another book called ‘Girl at Sea’ by Maureen Johnson… it’s on GoodReads Worst books list ๐Ÿ˜€ so that’s how good it is… actually I didn’t mind it until it started going weird. It was all smooth sailing (literally, it’s set on a yacht!) and then about 50 pages before the end… PIRATES! What, The hell? Strange to say the least.

In the tone of getting back to reality I took 2 days off work to get away from reality ๐Ÿ™‚ But not before making a costly mistake worth $1300! Yikes… glad to be away from that right now. Back tomorrow though but these 2 days have been worth it just to sit around watching Futurama and Torchwood and doing generally whatever I’d like ๐Ÿ™‚ Although I would say there hasn’t been quite the right amount of icecream… in fact there hasn’t been ANY icecream. Yes, quite devastating.

Anyway, off to enjoy the last 22 hours of no work freedom!

Fresh air

It’s a little known fact about me that I’m an avid fan of Sarah Dessen. I sometimes find that her storylines are all quite similar though but I like the formula so that’s ok.
Anyway, over the weekend I read something by her that is a little different. It is Dreamland. It is the story of a mid teens girl who’s big sister runs away on her birthday leaving everyone around her shattered. She was so perfect, why would she run away? So Caitlin (mid teens girl) perseveres to be everything her sister wasn’t and meets a mysterious new guy called Rogerson who is a delightful breath of fresh air and everything she hasn’t wanted before. But with Rogerson comes all his secrets which, unfortunately, the reader doesn’t get much of an insight into but the consequences hit Caitlin hard.

The reason I mention this is that finally I have read a decent YA novel. After quite a long time, it seems that all YA these days is supernatural and has to include a vampire or werewolf or witch.
I suppose it is ok but if I wanted that I’d read Stephanie Meyer (yawn), there doesn’t seem to be any originality anymore. I want something new and exciting. Something real and gritty.

This is what Dreamland gave me and now I’m kind of bored with everything else I have. My unread titles have one pre war title and one post war title… I’m considering re-reading my older Dessen ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m addicted again.

What do you suggest for a YA lover who wants something new and thought-provoking?

The Paid Curse

Loyal readers of my blog will know that I used to post the occasional paid post. I kinda loved the fact that I didn’t really need to pay for my domain and hosting because blogging did that for me. Eventually, though, I got annoyed with the ever decreasing amount paid and the ever increasing crappy subjects and stopped posting them.

Today, however, situations have changed and it would be nice to have a bit of spare cash down the line so I logged into an oldie payperpost.com to see what they could offer me. Of the 100+ available only 2 were open to me. TWO! With a total value of $2.50 between them.

I wondered why this could be, have things changed so much since I last did this? Well, something has changed. The one thing that paid bloggers care about most…

… Google Page Rank! Oh my! I remember fretting that my PR was going to drop from a 3 to a 2 and wondering what I could do to push it up to a 4! A dilemna many bloggers face. Today though, its worse! Today my Page Rank is 0. I never thought it could be but then I neglect my blog and barely vear off course of my usual sites so perhaps it is time to put in more effort.

I kind of feel like one of those people from the charity ads though “I’m just one lowly blogger, what can I do?”. Looking at the competition out there I’m sure I could do a lot! I learn so much from other blogs but I’m sure everyone else learns very little from mine. That being said, do I want you do to learn? And secondly, do you want to learn from me? Or is it easier just to go places like Melly.me or jemjabella.co.uk or, my personal favourite Intensify.org. Rachel may not teach me web savvy but she teaches me other things like the randomness of a want to be surgeon ๐Ÿ™‚ The beautiful randomness.

I’m sure you don’t. And I’m sure anything I have to teach has already been said and in a more understandable way. Maybe I’ll aim at giving you a piece of my world and be happy with that.