So here's the thing Swooners, Nahomi and I, we love you guys. We love coming on here and sharing our thoughts, be it excitedly, angrily, or indifferent. We love swooning and sharing who our favorite book boyfriend are. We love using our favorite quotes to uplift our moods or to get our point across. We love doing all of that. Right now, though, we have to take some time off. Nahomi is busy studying for a big exam that will hopefully get doors open for her. As for myself, I'm trying to get myself sorted, both in work and personal life.
In my last Let' Chat discussion post, I talked about the pressure of blogging when we didn't feel up for it. Well, it true. We fell in a rut and creatively, we ran out of steam. So we're taking this time to get ourselves sorted and get the ideas and words flowing again. We hope to use this time to read, write, bake, and just do the things that makes us feel good and creative and happy. We hope to take the time to work on the blog so when we return, because we will, we are refreshed and have content set up so we don't have to work on a day by day basis which honestly kills us.
We are planning on returning to you all on July 4th. I know it sounds like it really far away, but when you really think about it, didn't 2016 just start and we're already in May?
In our time away, you can still find us on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, I'll leave you with these four quotes that are currently part of my daily motivations.
"Even when you have doubts, take that step. Take chances. Mistakes are never a failure—they can be turned into wisdom." - Cat Cora
"Maybe the hardest part of life is just having the courage to try." - Rachel Hollis, Party Girl
"Bad things happen whether you're scared or not, so you might as well not bother being scared. It's a waste of time." - Louise Rozett, Confessions of an Angry Girl
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." - George Eliot
As bloggers, we choose what to put up in our little space on the internet. We choose what and when to post and we look to other blogs for inspiration and ideas. Doing this, gives us purpose to keep our blog updated and flowing with content as often as we can. But what happens when that sense of responsibility, to post something, is actually detrimental to you and your blog. Today, I'm going to be talking about feeling that blogging pressure on when you just don’t want to do anything.
Sometimes, I get inspired to get blog work done and scheduled for weeks in advance. Some other days, I’m barely pressing published on a post when it due to go live in a few seconds. Those days, I'm pulling myself together long enough to get something out there even though the motivation is not there. The inspiration is nowhere to be seen. I have that need to post something but the need is not there to actually work on it. But sometimes, I don’t want to post anything but because the need to remain in people’s mind, pushes me to post something I’m not really happy with. Basically, I’m stuck in a corner with no idea what to do. When these days come around, I either half-ass it and publish anything. Other days, I just let it be but fret the whole day until the next time I need to publish.
I am trying to give myself some flexibility and leeway for when those days come around. Well, I am going to try to give myself the flexibility and leeway for when those days come. I know myself and I’m a kind of control freak, no surprise from my husband here, and having that compulsion to post something will be hard to ignore. However, I feel like having that freedom to not work on the blog or post anything when my mind and heart are not in it will be beneficial in me continuing to blog and in posting something I actually really like and am proud of.
Want to learn some irony? I originally was supposed to publish this discussion in the beginning of April but because I just couldn’t get more than three words on the screen, I gave myself the night off. Coming back to this post weeks later, I realized that taking some time to gather my thoughts actually helped me in giving me a clear idea of what I initially wanted to say. It was also helpful because I don’t want to just publish something I’m not happy with and put my name on it. I’m tired of feeling like I need to post something just to keep up with everyone and every blog. I want to do me and I want to feel good about myself. I’m not the most popular or creative book blogger but I do like what Nahomi and I have done with Books and Swoons and I want to keep it going. So I rather do me and not force myself to be like everyone else and post what I feel like it good work.
How about you? Do you ever get in one of the mood? I know I can’t be the only one. Let’s chat! Comment down below!
The Ruby Circle
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Source: Personal copy
Review by: Nahomi
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Source: Personal copy
Review by: Nahomi
Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.
When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.
4 stars out of 5 stars
It’s bittersweet getting to the end of The Ruby Circle. I’m going to miss the characters, and all of their shenanigans. There is so much happening in this last installment of the Bloodline series; it made my head spin.
I was glad to see Sydney recovering nicely after the all the trauma from in Silver Shadows. The pacing is a little slow in the beginning although it speeds fairly quickly. I have mixed feelings about everything that happened in this book. I was totally thrown for a loop with who ended up being the villain. I had many theories but I was way off.
One of my favorite parts is that Sydney finally gets to kick ass. I am happy with her and Adrian’s ending. Although, I’m iffy about certain things that happened at the end, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. I will say though that I ship Eddie and Jill! I wish there was a story about these two! I’d read it in a heartbeat.
After all was said and done The Ruby Circle was an enjoyable read. It was action packed and quick paced. Richelle Mead did a great job with this series.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week pre-publication "can't wait to read" selection is:
Expected Release Date: May 17, 2016
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.I'm a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout! When I saw that she had a new book coming out I immediately placed it on my TBR pile. I love the cover and the synopsis sounds really interesting.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
What are you "Waiting on?"
I had such a busy weekend, that I feel just like Tom today. Here are some quotes to help us start this week off on the right foot.
"I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.Simply because life is too short to cry for anything."
~Santos Salwar, Quote Me Everyday
"Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it."
~C. JoyBell C.
"No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"Things end. People leave. And you know what? Life goes on. Besides, if bad things didn't happen, how would you be able to feel the good ones?"
~Elizabeth Scott, Perfect You
"If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative."
"If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality."
"True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass."
~Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously... I'm Kidding
Have a wonderful week!