*snort* A book buying ban indeed! I dropped by my old workplace last week and couldn't resist picking up a book or two... precisely two. Then I ordered two online O_O (one of them was Vicious by V.E. Schwab, the first read for the Goodreads TBR Smash reading challenge group) and THEN at some point I miraculously acquired the biggest book I have seen since the original Dance of Dragons edition by George R.R. Martin (and even then, this one may be bigger!) This enormous book was Words of Radiance, written by one of the most highly praised masters of fantasy, Mr. Brandon Sanderson.
HAUL: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, The Tropic of Serpents (A Natural History of Dragons 2) by Marie Brennan, Vicious by V.E. Schwab, and Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson.
I'm linking up with Tynga's Stacking The Shelves meme (#148) for the first time ever. Exciiiitiiiinggg!
I have been working on OOTD/ Karalan's Legacy like a BEAST! I realised at some point that I haven't actually done an in-depth post on what this novel is about, after all this time blogging! So that needs to be on its way soon, along with a story summary (and a pretty infographic...?) on my next novel focus, Brilliance of The Light.They both have Pinterest boards, so check them out because... pictures! =D
I know. I am ashamed. >.< I will be making sure I have posts ready, because I did very badly with posting last week! Also, I promised a chapter of The Sorcerer's Secretary and didn't deliver, so you guys get two chapters this coming week. So YAY for the double post, but whoops about the forgetting-in-the-first-place.
I'm no longer working at a bookstore. D= Sad times! Now I have to rely solely on YOU GUYS to keep me updated on the latest books and such. But DON'T START YET because my TBR pile is high enough to touch the clouds and wobbling dangerously.
Last week, I had two interviews and then to my surprise and absolute delight, the first one offered me the job two days later. GOODBYE, GRUELLING JOB HUNT! It's exciting, extremely nerve-wracking, and I really hope to settle down in this role so fingers crossed that it'll be the perfect match for me.
My sister gave me a nicely wrapped box of chocolittes. So happy. c: There's only like, three left. I took this picture with my camera, but MOVE OVER CAMERA! The phooone has arrived.
5. FIRST EVER SMARTPHONE!
OMG. Soo. You guys already know I scrutinise a lot of things... the media... social networking... pessimism from other people... badly written fantasy books... mind-melting technology and technology you can put in your pocket. You get the gist. My family nagged at me for years and years to switch from my beloved Nokia C2-01 to an android phone. NO! I insisted, I LOVE MY PHONE.
But since taking this new job I decided that at last, it is time. My new role encourages networking so I knew I'd need to have easy access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and so on. So I finally got myself a Samsung!
I really wanted a Samsung Alpha because it was very flashy, had great functions, and I don't change my phone as often as other people change their clothes (and well, and their phones) so I knew I'd keep whatever I got for the next several years at least. But Alpha was out of my budget so I scaled right down to a more basic Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. To be honest, I've heard it's a pretty dismal model but for my first smartphone it's more than good enough.
Finally, I am one of you. We are all zombies together. *zoooombiiiie huuuug*
- A Secret Thing. -
I hesitated a long while before writing this because I didn't want to seem ungrateful. I'm not unemployed any longer - I have a bunch of new clothes, a new phone, new books, and yes, the addition of each thing made me feel temporarily happy. I am grateful for these things, but deep down I'm more unhappy than I've been in months.
Materialistic things don't solve emotional problems. Despite everything, I am more depressed than I have ever been, and I was having such dark thoughts last night I didn't sleep at all. So actually, you're kind of getting the no-sleep-hangover-word-vomit. I'm kinda unhinged right now.
It could be a lot of things. It could be the fear of failure at my new role. It could be uncertainty that I've gone into the right field, or loneliness of feeling/being cut off from my friends, the stress of finding this job and more stress at settling into the new rhythm on my life. But there's something deeper I can't put my finger on, and it's the reason I haven't had a solid night's sleep for two weeks. My days are hectic and exhausting, my diet is pretty bad, by fitness regime is worse (there isn't one), and so it makes me very uncomfortable to say, I've noticed the inklings of feelings and old habits that arrive just before the suicidal feelings, which arrive just before the cutting. I need to do something fast.
First, I'm going to seek professional help. Second, I'm going to make sure I exercise and engage in artistic activity for release, as much as I can. And third, I'm going to try extra hard to stay in touch with friends. This may not work but at least I would have tried.
I Don't Want To Leave You On A Blue Note.
Let me tell you about something EXCITING I just discovered!! On Mark Lawrence's site (he wrote Prince of Thorns) is a brand new Self-Published challenge for bloggers, where bloggers will read 25 self-published books (or as many as they can, although some bloggers are VERY FAST readers), and help to promote debut indie authors if they like it. This is extremely beneficial to the author who may struggle to be seen because gems are drowning in a huge slush pile of crap.
I've massively paraphrased this so please visit Mark Lawrence's Self-Published Author Blogger-challenge blog post to understand the challenge properly. But it's exciting, right?! I really want to get behind this but I'm wondering if I'll have time. You know. New job and all that.
It was only posted yesterday, but already six bloggers have pledged to the challenge. If you're an avid reader and agree that talented indie authors should be heard, sign up! =D
Finally, I'm going to share this absolutely stunning image I found on Pinterest. It's Beautified Disney Villains. In one sense it's kinda shallow, then again it's interesting how the beauty clashes with their innate evil and skewed moral compass, which makes them more complex. I love complex villains. Don't you?
The Jafar one had me. I half-slipped out of my chair.
Ashana Lian .
Questions! What books did you buy/borrow this week? Have you read any of the books I bought/borrowed? And for GOODNESS SAKE how do you manage posting on your blog? I am failing. Failing! Comments are always appreciated - I comment back. :3