My Oh My!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

As you can imagine, work’s been pretty hectic and I’ve been buggered!  I also got to try and get my groove back and get writing again.  Admittedly, I’m also going through a writer’s block.  Although I’ve got a whole heap of books to read and review, I’m just so… mentally drained.

I really want to get back to doing what I love, but I think it’s the current social climate with COVID and whatnot.  The world is not in an ideal state at the moment.  If anything, it’s somewhat depressive.  Anyway, sorry for sounding like a Negative Nancy.

But you know what’s been brewing in my mind for quite a while?  Creating a podcast.  However, this podcast won’t be related to books and the like.  If you know me well, you’d know that I’m enthusiastic about the paranormal and overall bizarre things.  Hence, when the time is right, I want to create this podcast.

Since I would like sources that are credible, I’ve got some books that I’ve got my eye on regarding the topic of ‘paranormal things Down Under’.  I actually can’t wait to read through them and be inspired.  Of course, I’ll also review them here (he he he).

As always, there are a number of writing topics that I want to discuss here too.  I’ve got my OneNote prepared for all the ideas that’ll come into mind.

Well, I’m keeping this one short and sweet.  Just wanted to update you all about the goings on regarding the blog (that I will never abandon!).  Keep your eyes peeled for new content.  I love you all *chef’s kiss*.

Four Years and Counting…

Not looking bad, Bessie. Not looking bad at all. (Source: Twitter)

Well, look who’s back!

Yes, yes, I’m still here, which means TABL is here too (yay smiley face). Anyway, I know that I haven’t been around as such and I keep on saying that I’ll be back, yaddi yaddi ya. Truthfully, I’ll have to say that work has been taking up a lot of my time, being essential and all during this cruddy and uncertain climate.

But enough of that emo crap, we’re here to celebrate TABL’s fourth birthday! Woohoo! As always, I’m grateful for anybody that stumbles across this blog, and glad that I’ve connected with like-minded people that share the same enthusiasm for writing and reading, and sharing their passions even if it isn’t literature-related. Admittedly, I wish I could write more on here like I used to. I just have a lot of blogpost ideas but my computer is… argh! It keeps shitting itself, but I’ll be getting it repaired during my time off work in the next month.

As well as reviews and poetry interpretation, I also want to post more “guides” like the POC one, and rambles about the story writing process. While I’m not a perfect writer or a professional one at that, I’d still like to share my thoughts on character types, tropes, and the like, to maybe have a think about in your own time, or to share your insight (if you want to, of course!) with others.

The four years being on here have been sporadic, just like life itself. At least, here on WordPress, we have a little niche of our own where we can take a break from the stress and unpredictability of life, reading and writing about things we love. We still have each other, and again, thanks for popping in to TABL every now and then. You’re always welcome here, don’t forget about that! Stay tuned, I’ll be with you when I can!

Just a Thought on Procrastination

Ah. Another year, another blog post. Now, I think I may have gotten to the bottom of my blogger’s block. Apologies for incoherence, I’m writing this at midnight and I’m tired as heck!

I’m a procrastinator (and not proud of it). The more I think about doing something, the more it gets pushed down my agenda. I tell myself to write another blog post, but… ugh. It’s not like I hate blogging or anything—I love it, but I guess I’m putting some pressure on myself.

It can be said the same thing about reading. I pressure myself to read, but then again, I haven’t been reading as much. It might be because I get distracted by things like Netflix, podcasts, or YouTube… *sigh*. It’s easy to lose track of time by streaming information and I guess it’s easier to listen than to read (because I’m getting lazy—sue me!).

However, I don’t want to put any more pressure on myself. I suppose I’ve gotten a little timid because other bloggers are racking up followers and pushing out as many blog posts as possible, and I feel like I’m being left behind. I don’t want to care about that anymore. I have to remember that this is a hobby and something I want to do during my downtime! I also want to ease myself back to reading, so sometime last year, I splurged my disposable income on some novels I’ve had my eye on for ages. Here’s a happy louse with some of her purchases below:

Oh look, a halo made of books and a doofus-y face to boot!

I decided to do this so I can revive my interest in reading again.

Currently, I’m ready The Haunting of Hill House. Again, I don’t want to pressure myself to read and complete novels in a certain time frame, because that will likely make me procrastinate more (yikes!). Reading is not a race, but rather, something like meditation. Something to do at one’s own pace during their own time.

Anyway, this is just another diary entry to put my thoughts into words… I miss everyone and I miss blogging. Belated Happy New Year and let’s make 2021 a little more productive!

Blowing the Dust and Cobwebs Off This Blog

Hello everyone!

First and foremost, a belated happy new year! Here’s hoping for a wonderful 2020 for all of us here at WP and everywhere else.

Anyway… the reason why I’ve been absent during the tail end of last year is because this old Louse has found (casual) employment! So, my shifts at work are kind of sporadic, now drafting up posts for TABL will likely take longer (and I’m binge watching Spongebob to unwind because I can). Though, this doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading during my downtime. I’ve already finished The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and plan to make some combo review of that and its prequel. I’m also currently reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt, but the more I read it, the more of a dingus I feel like I am (I don’t know shizz about Ancient Greek language, okay?).

I’ve also got a half-done review in the Drafts tab, regarding The House Across The Street by Lesley Pearse. Slowly but surely, it will be published soon! Not to mention, there’s a heap of books I still haven’t gotten around to, as well as other dnf’d works that I’m considering giving a second chance.

Well, I don’t want to bore you with my incessant rambling, so I’m going to draw it to a halt here. Stay tuned and keep on being your bookish selves! Looking forward to the new works that this new decade will bring us!

A Halloween Treat and No Tricks! TABL Presents…

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Hey all!

It’s been a while since I posted on here, and I’d rather post something filler-ish rather than nothing at all.  Now that it’s Halloween season, I decided that I’ll do a book tag that’s all about my favourite spooky author of all time!  The credits to this tag go to Jessie, a fellow book blogger at Book Ballistic, who also translated this from French (if you are reading this, thank you so much!).

So here it goes, and as the Tenth Doctor would say, Allons-y!

The Stephen King Book Tag

Q: How many Stephen King books do you own?  

Freakin’ lots (to the point Dad started calling me Stephen).  Can’t be bothered to count them right now, sorry not sorry.

Q: How did you discover this author?  

When my aunt gave me her copy of Pet Sematary.  She was reading on a flight, and since she was done with it, she gifted it to a young Louse.

Q: What is the first book you read by him?  

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Pet Sematary, of course!

Q: How long have you been a fan? 

Ever since I was in Year 5, so like 14 years or something close to that.

Q: Which one is your favourite book?  

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Don’t be fooled.  Don’t be FOOLED.

Hmm… I’d have to say Night Shift.  I enjoyed most–if not all–of the stories that were in this particular collection.  In other collections, however, the individual stories are either a hit or miss for me.

Q: Who made you most afraid?  

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Y’all better start praying you don’t encounter this guy.

The eponymous entity from the short story The Man in the Black Suit.   There’s something’s superbly eerie about this story… not to mention, there are many true stories about encounters with strangers who gave off disturbing vibes to the point that some of these stories feel too supernatural to believe.  But I think this particular story taps into this specific fear of being approached by a stranger when you’re alone, and that this stranger may be quite… devilish.

Honourable Mentions: Pennywise (no duh!) – IT, George Stark – The Dark Half, the creepy black dog demon thing – The Sun Dog, the creepy, ever-so-changing painting of that woman – 1408. 

Q: Which book did you like the least?  

Joyland.  I ended up dnf’ing it because I simply lost interest and stopped caring about it.  It just wasn’t my cup of tea, plot-wise.

Q: Do you have any Stephen King books in your TBR pile?  

Yeppity yes.  Several of his new ones, mainly Elevation, The Outsider, The Institute, and Sleeping Beauties.  However, I don’t have my copies of the last two just yet.  Oh, and I also want to read Nightmares and Dreamscapes, but the book shops never have copies (sad face).

Q: What is your favourite new book?  

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (does this count as new?  Well, it’s new-ish, I guess).  While I do love Stephen King’s long novels, I really adore the various short stories this man puts out.  The short stories just prove how versatile his writing is.

Q: What do you think of adaptions?  What is your favourite? 

Well, taste in movies is subjective.  I like some adaptions and others are kinda meh to me.  My favourite would have to be Stand By Me, and I’ll shamelessly admit that this is a film I’ve watched over and over again.  So yeah!

Anyway, that was fun!  Although I’m reading another novel at the moment, I’ll definitely get to my Stephen King books in my TBR pile.  I’m also looking at purchasing more short story collections in the future (looking at you, Nightmares and Dreamscapes).  But I’ll have to conclude this post here.

For a few years now, Australia’s jumped on board the Halloween celebration train, and since it’ll be the 1st of November tomorrow (Aussie time), I’m planning on hitting the shops and buying some sweets that’ll be on clearance.  Gotta get that sugar in me!

Until the next post, stay reading and stay creative (and if you’re in the USA and anywhere else that participates in trick or treating, I hope you have enough candy to hand out to the kiddos.  But if I was there, I’d be wearing a Ghostface mask and screaming at them to get off my lawn).

Ok, I’ll shut up now.  Toodles!

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