Weekly Recap| Apr 20-26, 2014

Weekly Recap
Weekly Recap

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In Case You Missed It

Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.

Our Lives This Week

[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]My week has revolved, once again, around uni. I’m sure I mentioned last week that I have five assessments due in the week and a half? Well, I just finished the third so things are looking good! The final two assessments I have to work on are reflection-based assessments, so I’m actually feeling pretty good about it all. I don’t know how people wait until the last second to do assessments! How can you handle the stress? Being organized and dividing your time up appropriately is the only way to go… or at least for me!

Oh, and I also met my dissertation supervisor this past week. I can’t explain how happy I was when I left that meeting. I didn’t have to do a dissertation for my undergrad so I’ve sort of been nervous about this whole thing. (And part of me couldn’t help but worry that maybe my supervisor would be this evil strict person who would look down on me… don’t ask why! The mind can be evil like that sometimes.) But everything went well. She gave me amazing feedback on my work so far, was understanding about my mind being focused on my current assessments, helped me figure out what the next best steps are, and was just the friendliest lady ever…. Did I mention what my dissertation is about yet? YA Blogs and Blog Tours! Woohoo![/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]When I was in fifth grade, my best friend and I entered the science fair (and got second place, thank you!) with a project where we tested the saturation point of various substances in a cup of water. We’d measure out eight ounces of water into a clear, plastic cup, then sprinkle in a teaspoon of the substance (salt, sugar, etc.) at a time, marking down our observations. We watched how at first, it seemed like nothing happened, but gradually the surface of the water would begin to swell and form a dome over the top of the cup.

Eventually, the water revolted, unable to assimilate any more granules of the substance into itself. That tenuous dome would give way, spilling over the lip of the container and onto the tacky surface of her mother’s plaid table cloth (those things never seem to feel completely clean, you know? Is it just me?).

Right now, my life is that cup of water. I’ve been eagerly inviting generous teaspoons of ALL the substances in, wishing and wanting to assimilate every one. As you might have guessed, the Borg are much better at assimilation than I am. I’ve reached that spilling-over point, and I’m desperately trying to hold that cup aloft, stirring with all my might in the hope that a few more granules will dissolve and keep me intact. It’s not working out so well.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to write a whole blog post in my weekly update. I just wanted to let you know why I haven’t been around much (and haven’t been responded to all of your comments — yet!), and I thought I’d at least try to make it more interesting to read!

In other news, I HAVE had a couple of successes this week.


Elsewhere in the blogosphere

Tweet of the Week

On Blogging and Book Reviewing

Reviews, Reviewing, and ARCs
Blogging Tips
Blogging Life

On Writing & Publishing

Writing Tips & Advice
Publishing Life

Things Bookworms Think About

On Reading
On Having All the Books
Genre Thoughts
Covers & Content
The Characters
“Touchy” Subjects & Gender Issues

Bookish Fun

Quizzes, Games, & Charts
Bookish Creations


Random Bookish News & Thoughts
Other Stuff
Videos of the Week

Question of the Week

We don’t have a question this week, but we thought you might want to know the consensus from the questions we’ve asked in the past couple of weeks.

We asked about CommentLuv and how you feel about it.

Most people said they didn’t care about it either way, but a few people said they really liked it. What were their reasons?

  1. It’s a much more subtle and tactful way to provide linkbacks to other bloggers.
  2. It’s a way to highlight your most recent posts, not just link to your blog in general.
  3. Seeing the blog post titles in the CommentLuv links actually entices them to visit a site they might not have thought to otherwise.

All great reasons. As you can see, we haven’t had time to think about turning it back on yet, but appreciate the feedback!

We asked if you thought our weekly recap posts were getting chock full of TOO much content.

The answer was a pretty unanimous and resounding “no!” We’re pleased and encouraged that you all enjoy our recaps so much, with all of our various bits of goodness we’re inclined to share with you. Thanks so much for letting us know!

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley Leanne

Read 29 comments

  1. I LOVE THESE POSTS. Gah, I know I say that every week, but whatever. It just needs to be said. Asti good luck with your assignments! I’m with you….I HATE leaving things to the last minute. It stresses me out so much I swear I grow grey hair by the handful or something. >.< Aw, Kelley, I feel for you!

    • Haha, I personally don’t mind if you say it every week. Gives us more motivation to do it :) And thanks! I’ll be so happy once all these assessments are done. I’m sure I could potentially be growing grey hair with the stress and all, but I’m definitely not going to go looking for them >.>

      Oh, and thanks for liking our FB page! :)

    • I don’t know how procrastinators do it! I think I would stress so much knowing the deadline is right there and that I have it all to do – even if I know I can do it no problem in that small amount of time! I much rather do it on my own time so if I have a bad day I can’t just blow it off no problem, but if I have a good day I can get it done. But hey, to each their own ;)

  2. Glad to hear your assignments are going well, Asti =) I have no idea how people leave things like that to the last minute – it would stress me out SO MUCH. I always tried to finish my papers about a week early at uni – luckily they gave us lots of time. Also – that is an amazing dissertation topic! I had troubles with my dissertation, as it was both an archaeology and ancient history dissertation, so I had two supervisors. My archaeology supervisor told me I was doing really well, working at a First level, then my ancient history supervisor would tell me it was a 2:1 level and I needed to do this, this and this to improve it. Ughh it was frustrating!

    Kelley, I hope things calm down at least a little soon! Sometimes we just take on too much without realising, and then it’s too late. *sends calming thoughts your way*

    • YES! I have turned in all my assessments at least five days early. It’s so funny to me because my university class has a Facebook group so the deadline will come up for projects and everyone will be on their stressing out and complaining and I just sit there feeling evil because I’ve already turned mine in. But I can’t help it! I much rather do that than be freaking out like the rest of them! :P

      Oooh that sucks about the dissertation supervisors you have! I can totally understand how that would be frustrating. I’m glad I’m only working with one, and that I love her so far! I haven’t really gotten that far apart from some initial work, so hopefully I’ll get into it soon.

    • Oop, sorry about that, Alice! My brain seriously needs a defrag! I even remember noticing I typed the wrong name, and telling myself I needed to fix it immediately, but apparently that command did not process. I’m sorry! I’ve REALLY fixed it this time. :)

    • It is quite fun! I just flip through it and find whatever prompt interests me at that point in time and give it a go. I’m glad that post seemed to receive positive feedback from everyone. I’ve enjoyed sharing my progress so far and hope to do one each month or so :)

  3. EEP, what a fun topic for your dissertation, Asti!!!! :) I hope things slow down for you a bit Kelley… however I quite enjoyed your explanation by your science project ;)

    I got District One for the Hunger Games quiz which is so weird because it doesn’t seem like me at all haha. And apparently I am a ETHEREALNIK… is it sad that I kinda wanted to be the Darkling :P

    Thanks again for all the links and fun stuff ladies !!!

  4. Lootcrate looks mighty tempting. I already subscribe to a beauty product box (birchbox) monthly, and I so tempted to get this as well… I have seen so many cool subcription-based packages like this one, and I just want them all. There’s something special about getting things in the mail. Even though I pay for it, my irrational brain feels like someone is giving me gifts lol.

    I appreciated the links out to the posts about slut shaming and sex in YA. It is a super important topic, and it is great to read some author perspectives on it. Kudos to them!

    • I have to agree — I just love getting surprises in the mail, so that sort of thing is very hard for me to turn down! I’ve considered subscribing to the birchbox one, but I don’t use enough makeup and stuff to justify it (thank goodness, or I’d be broke, lol).

      I’m glad to hear that you appreciate those kinds of links, Anne. I always want to link to them because I think it’s important to discuss all those sorts of things — not only for adults — but for teens and young adults as well. I’ve been so pleased to find many bloggers and other voices in the publishing industry speaking out about these kinds of topics.

      • I hardly ever used makeup and beauty products before getting it, now I have to say I do more, not drastically though. The plus for that is if you review your sample you get points that go to actual dollars. So I get free full size items after reviewing my samples. It is a vicious cycle. :)

        And, kudos to you for linking it out. I wouldn’t have seen it otherwise, and books pointedly addressing topics like this make me want to support those authors more.

  5. I love all the little quizzes and fun things you attach! Apparently I’m from District 8 – the rebels :D And I’m a Materialnik, though I think I’d be Durast over Alkemi.

    I don’t think I weighed in on the “too much stuff in these posts” thing, or maybe I did, but anyway – I love them, and all of the information in them!

    • I love collecting all of the quizzes and stuff because I know I’ll want to go back to them again at some point, and now I have an easy way to find them! I’m glad you like them too. :D Yay for Materialnik! That was what I was hoping to get, aside from The DARKLING!!

      Also: I’m so glad you love all of the stuff in our Weekly Recap posts! We shall continue our madness!

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