Thoughts With Star: Travel

Last week was a pretty intense week. I’ve been preparing to have company over and then tomorrow I will be leaving for Texas for an entire month and a half. This leads me to my topic for this week. Travelling. Last time I went to Texas, I went by bus. It wasn’t a very fun adventure for me. I felt uncomfortable and overly cautious. It didn’t help that I was travelling alone. Add the fact that I wore a mask for eighteen hours straight. Needless to say, I was so grateful to be off the bus. But I digress. Travelling is really interesting to me. There are so many methods to travel and so many reasons to travel. Sometimes we go to see our family. Sometimes we go on vacation. There’s business conferences and conventions. I could go on forever. Sometimes we are only gone for a few days and sometimes we are gone for months. What are your thoughts on travel? How often do you travel?

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Thoughts With Star: Pride Month

I don’t really have anything to talk about this week. Other than the fact that I’m so shocked that we are halfway through the month. This is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s Pride month! I have always been interested in Pride month. If I’m being honest, I’ve also been afraid of it as well. I always knew I wasn’t normal. My very first crush was a girl. I was nine years old. I was so ashamed of myself. It took many long years to realize it wasn’t a bad thing to be attracted to the same sex. The shame of waiting so long weighed heavily on me for a long time. I still question a lot of things about myself. I still face a lot of guilt. I’m getting better. Slowly. While I face a battle every day, I’m becoming more and more comfortable in my skin all the time. If anybody is struggling with their identity or who they are attracted to, I’m here for you. Anything you say to me will stay with me. It’s a terrifying feeling and I know I’m not the only one who goes through it. Just remember. You are loved. You are blessed. You are amazing.

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Confessions About Burnout and New Plans

I think this blog has been a long time coming if I’m being honest with you all and myself. I’m posting things that don’t really matter to me because I feel I have to. I’m attempting to force myself to write when writing doesn’t really bring me joy or excitement. I love writing, but sporadically. I don’t really care about writing on an every day basis. I don’t want to make writing a living. That being said, I’m officially changing up my schedule. Thank you all for your understanding. I will post some past blogs I miss that I actually enjoy. My reset starts completely over tomorrow.

Blog Schedule (All Times in EST):

10 AM: Promo Posts. I don’t get these as often as I used to, but I still get them and I’m still willing to post them. So this section will remain on the schedule indefinitely. Even if there are weeks or months in between an actual event.

2 PM: Personal Blogs. I’ll be posting personal things. Things I enjoy. Answering questions. Photos I took. Coloring projects I made. You name it. I really hope you enjoy. (Note: These posts will be both book and non book related.)

6 PM: Book Meme: This will be exclusively for blog related memes. I’ll be picking the ones I love the most.

10 PM: Non Bookish Content: This will be anything non book related things. It was originally going to be memes, but I decided to just make it Non bookish content entirely.

Schedule (some things are still the same and will be only copied and pasted):

Mondays:

Readathon News: I’ll discuss the readathons going on during the week and ow I feel about them. I will also list my TBR for the readathon or each readathon. If none are scheduled or I’m not hosting my own, this blog will be skipped for the week.
Mailbox Mondays: I absolutely love book mail. It’s my favorite type of mail to get. I may not always post for this. It depends on if I get mail during the week or not.
Weekly Reading Plans: I’ll notate books that I have on my schedule to read for tours and readathons. I may not get to them, but they are what I plan to read over the week.

Tuesdays:

Weekly Featured Book: I’ll discuss a book that is really important to me at the moment. Whether I recently read and loved it or I found out about it and am excited to get my hands on it and read it.
Top Ten Tuesdays: This one is one of my favorites to do every week. They have a topic every week and we post about our top ten favorite books involving the topic.
FitReaders: From what I gather from this one, you do a recap of your exercise from the week before and discuss your goals for the upcoming week. It looks like you can also add if you’ve gained or lost weight as well. It seems like just the blog I need to light a fire under me!

Wednesday:

Weekly Colorist Projects: I’ll highlight four coloring projects I’ve worked on during the week before. This will be skipped if I hadn’t worked on coloring at all for the week. I’ve skipped this a lot lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into coloring more soon.
WWW Wednesdays: This right here is definitely my favorite meme to do every week. You discuss the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you’ve recently finished. It’s one of the easiest and most time consuming to build. I love it!
Top 5 Wednesday: A weekly challenge for book bloggers, vloggers, and book lovers, hosted by Lainey and Sam. The goal is to choose their top 5 picks for the week’s given challenge. Find out more on the  Goodreads group page!

Thursdays:

All About Audiobooks: I’ll be spotlighting an audiobook that I listened to during the week that I’ve really been adoring. There may or may not be repeats with this blog.
Thursday Quoteables: I’m recently getting into highlighting quotes more. I add them to my reviews and so on. So every week, I’ll pick a book and share about four quotes from it. On Holidays, I’ll try to do more themed quotes from multiple books. There will always be four quotes total.
Thankful Thursday: I was originally going to do a meme I found, but I just couldn’t find any excitement in doing so. Instead I want to do something different. I’m going to talk about the things I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll choose up to four things I’m thankful for every week. I’ll do this every week even if I only write one thing.

Fridays:

Weekly Game Chat: I’ll post my gaming progress for the week every week. This may not be posted some weeks if I didn’t do a lot of gaming. It really just depends on how packed my schedule is for that week.
The Friday 56: I can’t remember where I found this meme. I couldn’t find enough information to run on to credit them. I also made it my own and kind of ran with it. I really enjoy doing it. Go to page 56 or 56% into a book and write a sentence or a few sentences on that page and write your thoughts on it.
On This Day: I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix as well.

Saturdays:

Author Spotlight: This blog segment will begin on June 5th. I’ll pick an author out every week and give a run down of their books, their upcoming books, and who they are as a person. If they allow me to, I’ll also include a chapter of one of the books of their choice. First author on deck is RK Phillips.
Saturday Stars: This is a very fun meme to do. You showcase a character from a book and tell the book or series they are from and why they are your star for the week.
Weekly Book Reviews: I will give a brief review over the books I finished over the week and my rating on them. Most will be short reviews, but some may be longer than others.

Sundays:

Book Photo Sunday: This is where I share four Instagram photos I’ve taken during the week of books or promo posts. There are some weeks that I won’t have anything posted. I’ve had weeks I don’t take any photos and don’t have any promos that I’ve posted.
Sundays In Bed With: I’ll post about the book I plan on reading that day or one that I’m already reading for the day. I include a paragraph on my thoughts on the book I’m reading. Whether it be about the book itself or the part of the book I’m reading.
Cinema Sunday: This meme doesn’t look like it’s active anymore. I’d like to pick it back up as well. It doesn’t like there’s anywhere I can tag. I’m not intending to steal the idea from whoever created it. I just want to run with it. I think you talk about your favorites. What I plan to do is just talk about any television show or movie I’ve watched during the week instead. This may be skipped if I haven’t watched anything.


Thank you again for all your support and encouragement. The comments on my blog make me feel amazing and important. I look forward to many more interactions with all of you. Side note, I’m also considering letting TikTok goes as well. I’m not fully sure on that.

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Official Blog Schedule

Note: This was originally posted January 4th. I’ve tweaked it a little and decided to repost it. I also want to remind everybody that I put everything in categories. If you prefer a certain blog series, they are easy to find! Finally getting reviews written. You’ll see them posted sporadically until I’ve written them all. Recent ones will be posted right away instead of going on the list to write.

New Blog Schedule (All in EST):

10 AM: Promo Posts (If there are any scheduled for the day)
2 PM: Personal Blogs (There’s a different blog for every day of the week)
6 PM: Book Meme (A bookish meme that I am fond of)
10 PM: Non Bookish Memes (A meme I found that doesn’t always involve books that I think are fun.)

Mondays:

Weekly Reading And Blogging: I’ll write a couple of paragraphs about my upcoming week and post about the books I’m reading and planning to start during the week.
Mailbox Mondays: I absolutely love book mail. It’s my favorite type of mail to get. I may not always post for this. It depends on if I get mail during the week or not.
Music Mondays: So this one seems really fun. I choose a song every week and post about it. From the look of it, I post a link of the music, the lyrics, and any credits. I think I may also add my thoughts on why I posted that song every week. We will see.

Tuesdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Top Ten Tuesdays: This one is one of my favorites to do every week. They have a topic every week and we post about our top ten favorite books involving the topic.
FitReaders: From what I gather from this one, you do a recap of your exercise from the week before and discuss your goals for the upcoming week. It looks like you can also add if you’ve gained or lost weight as well. It seems like just the blog I need to light a fire under me!

Wednesday:

Weekly Colorist Projects: I’ll highlight four coloring projects I’ve worked on during the week before. This will be skipped if I hadn’t worked on coloring at all for the week. I’ve skipped this a lot lately. Hopefully I’ll get back into coloring more soon.
WWW Wednesdays: This right here is definitely my favorite meme to do every week. You discuss the books you’ve read, the books you’re reading, and the books you’ve recently finished. It’s one of the easiest and most time consuming to build. I love it!
Wonderous Words Wednesday: This one doesn’t look really active anymore, but I really enjoyed the concept behind it so I’m going to bring it back. From the looks of it, you highlight a few words that you learned or find really fascinating with their definitions. I know that I didn’t create this. I plan to credit the original content creator every week even if it’s no longer active.

Thursdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Thursday Quoteables: I’m recently getting into highlighting quotes more. I add them to my reviews and so on. So every week, I’ll pick a book and share about four quotes from it. On Holidays, I’ll try to do more themed quotes from multiple books. There will always be four quotes total.
Thankful Thursday: I was originally going to do a meme I found, but I just couldn’t find any excitement in doing so. Instead I want to do something different. I’m going to talk about the things I’m thankful for for the week. I’ll choose up to four things I’m thankful for every week. I’ll do this every week even if I only write one thing.

Fridays:

Weekly Game Chat: I’ll post my gaming progress for the week every week. This may not be posted some weeks if I didn’t do a lot of gaming. It really just depends on how packed my schedule is for that week.
The Friday 56: I can’t remember where I found this meme. I couldn’t find enough information to run on to credit them. I also made it my own and kind of ran with it. I really enjoy doing it. Go to page 56 or 56% into a book and write a sentence or a few sentences on that page and write your thoughts on it.
On This Day: I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix as well.

Saturdays:

Writing Prompt: I will post a writing prompt that I’ve worked on at some point. I have a whole folder full of them.
Saturday Stars: This is a very fun meme to do. You showcase a character from a book and tell the book or series they are from and why they are your star for the week.
Weekend Cooking: It looks like recipes are shared. I may run this a little differently. Some weeks I may share a recipe that I found that I think might be amazing (crediting where I found it of course). I also may just discuss the things I cooked during the week. I will probably go by my mood every week. I try to cook once a week and have meals on the ready during the week for when I don’t feel like cooking. Key word is try.

Sundays:

Book Photo Sunday: This is where I share four Instagram photos I’ve taken during the week of books or promo posts. There are some weeks that I won’t have anything posted. I’ve had weeks I don’t take any photos and don’t have any promos that I’ve posted.
Sundays In Bed With: I’ll post about the book I plan on reading that day or one that I’m already reading for the day. I include a paragraph on my thoughts on the book I’m reading. Whether it be about the book itself or the part of the book I’m reading.
Cinema Sunday: This meme doesn’t look like it’s active anymore. I’d like to pick it back up as well. It doesn’t like there’s anywhere I can tag. I’m not intending to steal the idea from whoever created it. I just want to run with it. I think you talk about your favorites. What I plan to do is just talk about any television show or movie I’ve watched during the week instead. This may be skipped if I haven’t watched anything.

#NaNoWriMo Begins And News!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. I get to push myself and find out how far I can go. I’ve participated every year since 2015, and 2015 is the only year I succeeded. I fully plan to change that this year. I’d like to do a blog on my progress. I’m just not sure how often I should post. Every day? Every other day? Let me know your preferences!

I also apologize for my absence. I’ve been doing my best to get everything done. I put in a lot of overtime lately. That and my living situation is a little hectic. I am not in my office with my cushy chair like I was. I’ll be going back home soon, but yeah. The 12-hour shifts have made me wanting to be on the computer outside of work a chore. Especially in the chair I’m using.

I start a new shift tomorrow. I’ve already set up a routine. I’m hoping that it will work for me. We shall see. I’m very excited for it regardless! Thank you all for being so patient with me. I truly appreciate it!

Be prepared to see some back posts from me in the coming week. Also be prepared to see some reviews. I’m finally going to start writing them again. I’ve been keeping a list of all the books that need reviewed. Hope you enjoy the journey with me!!!!

A Fresh Start

I’ve been going through a funk. I’ve had a few life changes in my life. Some I’d rather not really talk about. I also have had some routine changes as well. Between all that and trying to put in as many hours at work as I can, I’ve barely been able to read much. I’m so thankful for audiobooks. I wouldn’t have gotten through any books at all lately.

Anyways, enough babbling. I just wanted to put up the blog schedule. It’s tweaked a little due to some things I’ve been self reflecting on. I’ve also included my latest Instagram posts above. Hope you enjoy

Weekly Schedule (All times EST)

Monday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Murderous Mondays (Will start next Monday. No back posts.)
10 PM: Weekly Reading And Blog Plans

Tuesday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Top Ten Tuesday
10 PM: Writing Prompt

Wednesday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: WWW Wednesday (Next post will be for two weeks)
10 PM: Weekly Coloring Projects

Thursday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Thursday Quoteables (Starting from this Thursday)
10 PM: Writing Prompt

Friday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Friday 56 (To Start Friday. No back posts)
10 PM: Gaming Chat (Previously was going to be True Crime And Conspiracy Theories, but I’ve been gaming a lot lately.)

Saturday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Saturday Star (To start Saturday. No back posts)
10 PM: Writing Prompt

Sunday-
10 AM: Promo Posts (If any are scheduled)
4 PM: Sundays In Bed With…. (To start Sunday. No back posts)
10 PM: Book Photo Sunday (Same as Sundays in bed with)

Hello!

I know that I have been absent for awhile. I’ve had a lot going on. I’ve been overwhelmed. Wasn’t sure what to do. I decided it would be best to just take a break. Starting Monday, I’m getting back into a routine. Which means I will be back to posting regularly again. I’ll be slowly posting blogs that were supposed to have been scheduled as well. Some I will skip over. Such as any WWW Wednesday. I’ll just double up on that this coming up Wednesday. Thank you everybody who have been completely loyal to reading my blogs no matter what. I really appreciate you. I will spend from here on making you proud.

I’ve been in such a funk lately. I’ve mentioned in a few blogs before that I don’t do well with change. I’ve had several changes hit me at once. Including having to temporarily stay in another place while the place I live undergoes some remodeling to prepare for my Uncle to move in. I’m also temporarily separated from my fur babies. That’s been really painful for me. Especially when I’m having moments of high anxiety.

I’m still reading. I know I haven’t put out a review in awhile. I have a big list of books I need to review. It’s just that I started feeling like reviews were a chore. It put me in a bit of a depressive funk. So I decided to just set it aside and clear my mind. I also tweaked my format a bit too. I know I don’t have to do a format, but it keeps me sane.

I can’t think of anything else to say. Keep an eye out for blogs. They will be coming soon. I’ll start with scheduling Tuesday’s blogs for the week and then going back and posting a few back blogs. I also plan to try to get all my reviews written up and posted as well. If you’re still reading this, I’d love to know what you’re reading. Are you reading anything Halloween related for the season? Have you started drinking some tea, cocoa or coffee with your books? Have a wonderful Sunday!

Changes

There have been a lot of changes in my life lately. Some I can control and some I can’t. There’s nothing really major or horrible going on. I just don’t really do well with change. So sometimes it makes me get stuck inside myself. That’s why I have been a bit inactive lately. Don’t worry. I will be posting the blogs when I can. I’m currently not at home and I forgot my planner at home. For those of you who use a planner as actively as I do, you’ll know that I basically left a limb at home!

That being said, I want to announce my most important change. The blog name. I have been hoping one day that I will truly feel happy and at home with Willow Writes And Reads. I wanted a name that went well with my nickname Star. I never really adapted to it. It never really became my thing. So I decided to change it. My blog name from here on out is going to be Star’s Books & Tea. I really love the name very much.

I’ll be looking to make a logo for it as soon as I possibly can. Once I buy a decent logo, I’ll be saving to put it on a coffee mug. I’ll also be ordering a new set of business cards to pass out. I’m really excited about both to be honest. I already have something thought up for the logo. So we’ll see how it all works out! Thank you everybody who has supported me through all of this no matter what. You truly rock!

P.S. The schedule will remain the same. Only the name has changed.

Schedule Announcement

Hey everybody! Happy fall! I hope everybody is happily reading and/or doing anything that they are enjoying in life right now. Things are getting better for me every day. I’m growing more comfortable with who I am. Working on trying to get what I need done to start towards my career as well.

That being said, I’ve come up with a new schedule that I think will work better for me. It’s not really changed too much. Instead of the personal blog being posted at midnight, it will be posted at ten p.m. instead. It just makes more sense to me. I can build and schedule all blogs when I get off work.

Note: All Times Are EST!

So it will be 10 AM every day for promo posts. If there’s no post at that time, there was nothing scheduled. 4 PM will be dedicated to the memes I enjoy doing. 10 PM will be my personal blogs. I will have a different thing for every day.

Memes:

Monday: Murderous Mondays
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: WWW Wednesday
Thursday: Thursday Quotables
Friday: The Friday 56
Saturday: Saturday Stars
Sunday: Sundays In Bed With

Personal:

Monday: Weekly Reading And Blog Schedule (Tuesday-Monday from here on)
Tuesday: Writing Prompt
Wednesday: Weekly Coloring Projects
Thursday: Writing Prompt
Friday: True Crime And Conspiracy Theories
Saturday: Writing Prompt
Sunday: Book Photo Sunday

Please note that the True Crime And Conspiracy Theories will be a brief description and my thoughts on the matter. It won’t be an in depth account. I will include links for anybody who wants to explore more.

I sincerely hope you enjoy this change! I am so thankful to all of you who read my blogs! I’ll be taking some more time to read everybody’s and interacting as well.

Giveaway Announcement

I hope everybody has been doing well. I have an intense three weeks. The first week was Reading Rush. I managed to finish seven books during the week. The next week was Savannah. I had an amazing time, but I had something happen that changed my entire world. In the best way possible. This week has been winding down from the two weeks before.

Anywho, I’ve been so thankful for the readers I have on my blog that I wanted to do something as a thank you. I want to try to give some things away. I’m not sure how it’s going to go, so I’m going to break it down into stages. Every Friday I will give away one item. The amount of winners will depend on how many of the item I have. So for instance, if I have two sets of a series, I will pick two winners.

Here are the items I have to give away:

There will be four different giveaways. All of the above items will be included.

I will have six winners for this giveaway.

This will have one winner. Both books are signed by the author.

I have two sets of these two give. They are personally signed, but they are really good books.

I will have two of these to give. They are not signed. The cover is beautiful though.

I’m not really sure which I will start with. I will do my best to make all of the giveaways fun. I think I will have each giveaway last a month and announce the winners a week apart like I’m doing the giveaways. I am really excited to give this a go!!!