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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!!!
These blogs have been amazing with support through all this time! I’m humbled that they chose to follow my blog and I’m so grateful for all of their likes. I have made a bookmark folder with their blogs so I can check on their blogs periodically. I can’t wait to see this folder grow.
Thank you again for all the support! I hope that you will continue to love my blog as you do now! Next goal: 300!!!!
Let me know if you want to see a special blog from me and your request!!!!
I’m not sure if any of you watch a lot of Booktube, but every year they do a ReadingRush. It used to be known as BookTubeAThon. The point behind it is to spend an entire week reading as much as you can. They have seven challenges to try to complete during the week. I’ve been participating for a few years now. I can’t remember what year I started. I love it.
Hope everybody is doing well. I’m not fully better, but I’m getting there. I’ve come up with some routines and to do lists to help me get everything taken care of. My reading slump seemed to have came back, but I think I have finally tackled it down.
I’m starting a slightly new blog routine. I’ll officially start it next week. The rest of this week will be focused on the promotional blogs I have scheduled already. Since I don’t have anything planned for Friday and Saturday, I thought I would try my hand at some writing prompts for both of those days. I sincerely hope you enjoy them.
My Upcoming Blog Routine (All times listed in EST):
12 AM: Weekly Reading And Blog Schedule 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: Murderous Mondays: Murderous Mondays Hosted by: Macsbooks Description: Let’s face it, Mondays are Murder! Seriously, I love murder: Crime thrillers, suspense, historical murders, sci-fi murders, cli-fi murders, cosy, paranormal, I’ll take them any way you serve them up. I find that no matter how many other genres I read, I always come back to…. Murder. join me each Monday as we follow along with our favorite culprits and their captors on Murderous Mondays.
12 AM: Writing Prompts 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Tuesday Hosted by: That Artsy Reader Girl Description: Starting January 16, 2018, the TTT meme has moved to a new host blog. Each Tuesday, a topic is assigned. Create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list, or feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.
12 AM: TikTok Review Videos 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: WWW Wednesday: WWW Wednesdays Hosted by: Taking on a World of Words(formerly hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading) Description: WWW Wednesday is a weekly event where you share (1) What you’re currently reading, (2) What you recently finished reading, and (3) What you think you’ll read next.
12 AM: Writing Prompts 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: Thursday Quoteables: Thursday Quotables Hosted by: Bookshelf Fantasies Description: Share a favorite quote, line, or passage from your reading each week! (Note: Taking a break from weekly posts at the moment, but feel free to go ahead without me! Thursday Quotables is on a spontaneous/whenever schedule right now.)
12 AM: Weekly Book And Personal Chatter: Will be just anything I feel like talking about that particular week. 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: The Friday 56: The Friday 56 Hosted by: Freda’s Voice Description: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you. Post it. And share your link. It’s that simple.
12 AM: Writing Prompts 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: Saturday Stars: Saturday Stars Hosted by: Nomadic Worlds Description: A weekly meme featuring one of your favorite characters and why you like them. Where they are the super star. To participate in this meme, link back to the host, and answer the three questions pertaining to the character. Questions: 1 – Saturday Star (Name the Character you want to feature.) 2 – Which book or series does the character live in? 3 – Why is this character among your favorites?
12 AM: Book Photo Sunday: I loved the meme, but I really enjoyed the spin I took on it. So I’ll keep doing this, but in my own way. 10 AM: Promotional Blogs (If Scheduled) 4 PM: Sundays In Bed With: Sundays In Bed With… Hosted by: Midnight Book Girl Description: “The meme that dares to ask, what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!”
I haven’t forgotten about book reviews. I’ve just had extreme anxiety every time I even think about reviewing books that I’ve recently finished. I’m putting consideration into writing a couple sentences for the books on Goodreads and then posting a video review on TikTok/Youtube. I can share that video here as well. I haven’t decided for sure yet.
I’m going to start this blog to say that I have started a new schedule. I’m in the final stage of training. It will officially be over on July 7th. Then, I start my new schedule. Last week was very draining. I wasn’t expecting the overwhelming call flow that I experience on a daily basis.
When I got off work, I completely got off the computer. I had every intention to get on and schedule blogs. I was just so drained. I barely even read. I mean I got on TikTok a lot, but it’s easier to handle TikTok videos.
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting blogs I had scheduled for last week and will be scheduling all posts for this week. I may start scheduling my blogs once a week from here on. I haven’t decided yet. I also may be replacing some of the blogs for something else. I haven’t decided that either. If I’m being honest, I really need help. I just don’t know how I can go about asking.
I’m very behind on reading right now. I’ll catch up. My plan is to use the rest of this week to read during my free time. One of the biggest changes I am strongly considering making is making all video book reviews. I made a video review for Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard. We’ll see how it goes. Thank you everybody for being so patient with me.
First of all, I want to state that I will not be posting a WWW Wednesday this week. With everything that’s been going on in my life and the world around me, I really haven’t read all that much. I feel scattered. My heart is broken. I’m an Empath. I feel drained almost every day these days. The only thing keeping me together is staying in my house.
Happy Pride Month. I am bisexual. I’ve known I was bisexual half of my life. However, I didn’t come out until four years ago. My fiance helped me come out. He made me realize that I wasn’t a horrible person. He also helped me realize that those who don’t want to be around me are going to leave no matter what. My happiness with myself is worth more than my stress to be somebody else just to make them happy.
I have battled with my feelings. Mainly because I’ve never had a real girlfriend. I know what I feel though. Hoping to meet the right girl one day. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to do so. I’m so blessed that people stood and keep standing up to make that possible. I’m blessed to be able to be open about who I am.
I’m going to talk about something that I really need to get off my system. I really am not going to get into too many details that would give too much away. It’s for the safety of my family. Somebody close to me has battled an addiction to drugs my entire life. When I was little, I thought if I just thought about it enough, they could stop. As I got older, I found ways to feel like I was at fault for their choices. I also started understanding the truth behind addiction. It’s a hard thing to fight. That’s why I’ve chosen to stay clean most of my life. Once I realized I was starting to get dependent on alcohol, I quit. But I digress.
My dream finally came true. The person actually quit. They seemed to be taking recovery very seriously. They even got clean for a few years! YEARS! Sadly, this person lost their battle a month or so ago. My heart felt broken. I didn’t understand. I still don’t. Especially with what we have going on right now. I spent the first part of the relapse worried that they were going to get sick. Or killed!
That worry has quickly turned to shock and anger. As time goes on, I really just want this person to be put away. For their safety and my family’s safety. They have stolen cars. They have stolen televisions. They have stolen computers. One of which hasn’t even been paid off yet. Anything to get more money for the next fix. I’ve spent so long being silent about this. For respect of those I love. I just can’t anymore. Something has got to be done. I love this person. More than I will ever explain, but at the end of the day, I have to acknowledge that isn’t enough.
Many of you know what’s going on currently in the world around us. More innocent blacks are continuing to be killed. Others and their allies are being attacked for standing up to the injustice of it. I’m ashamed that I’ve never openly spoken about it before. I’ve always felt that it’s easier to just keep the peace. Keep quiet about things. I have family that are set in their ways and they always will be. It’s a sad truth. It’s also sad that I feel embarrassed to have ever felt they were heroes in my life. I don’t anymore. I see how full of hate they are.
As usual, when Black Lives Matter comes up, everybody is quick to say All Lives Matter. Which, I’m not going to lie, is true. But somebody made a video on TikTok that helped explain it in really amazing and easy terms. We all sit at a table. Everybody gets food but Bob. Bob says he’s hungry. Somebody at the table looks at him and says that we’re all hungry. Bob says but I didn’t get any food. I deserve food. The person responds with we all deserve food. As they eat their food. Yes. Everybody does deserve food, but that doesn’t change the fact that Bob doesn’t have any in the present moment. In order for all lives to matter, black lives have to matter first.
I was raised to believe that I should sit down and shut up. I was told that my opinion didn’t mean anything and that it wasn’t warranted. Nobody wants to hear or cares about what I say. I let it drag me down for a long time. I’m not going to do that anymore. I may be 33 years old, but I don’t think it’s too late to stand up for what I believe in.
That’s all I have to really say right now. I hope that I will be able to get back into reading fully. I am even going to try to start writing more. If anybody wants to see that again. I’m sorry that I won’t be posting a WWW Wednesday. I’m not sorry about posting this though. I try not to overwhelm everybody with personal things, but now and then I feel it’s needed. Thank you for reading this all the way to the end. You have no idea how much that really means to me. I am constantly battling my depression and anxiety. Knowing I have supporters truly helps. Stay blessed.
So I’ve gotten a lot read in short periods of time. Instead of writing the reviews right when I’m done reading, I’ve just been making a list. It’s felt great, but I have a list of about a dozen books to review! I really don’t want to put up that many at one time. So, I’m going to start writing them tomorrow. (I’m resting today.) I’ll be scheduling them out to post right at midnight. I’ll post two a day until they are all written. If I like the way it goes, I may start scheduling my reviews to go out the midnight after I write them from here on out. We’ll see. The biggest part of success is growing and learning, right?
Meanwhile, I’m finally in a place where I can set up a routine that works for me again! Things are finally looking up. I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep it that way. I’m also hoping to have more time to start reading more blogs again. Not that my TBR list can handle that, but the blogs are so wonderful!
There are quite a few of you who read every single one of my blogs. It makes me feel so special! I want to say thank you. Thank you for being supportive of me even when I was all over the place trying to find my niche. You’ve given me the strength and courage to keep continuing to do this. You are an inspiration! You know who you are! I’d really appreciate if you’d comment on this one so anybody who isn’t following you can!
Thank you for Reading!
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