Sara as a Publisher

NetGalley: One Indie Author’s Experiece

As a reader, librarian, and sometime-book blogger, I live for NetGalley. I have often requested advanced copies of books from publishers to review. When I started promoting Phi Alpha Pi I made the decision to invest in getting reviews and giving readers advanced copies. Here’s what I learned and how it ended. What is NetGalley?Read more

Goals for 2018

Last Friday I talked about how I did with my goals for 2017. I was pretty pleased with the progress I made. This week, let’s look at the goals I’m setting for 2018. Health We started here last year, so let’s do that again this year. I mentioned last week that I need to findRead more

Thinking Forward and Looking Back

When I sat down and wrote out my goals for 2017, I had no idea what the year would bring me. I had an idea, but in reality I knew all of it was probably going to change. I always feel like I have to keep things constantly in the air and to be readyRead more

The Loss of an Old Friend

I found out an old friend, from the days of my depression, passed away from a rare form of cancer. She wasn’t even 40, if I remember her age correctly. I had been thinking a lot about her lately, but we haven’t spoken since about 1999/2000. In fact, I don’t even know if she wouldRead more

Time Management: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Time Management: Seasonal Affective Disorder

I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It’s something that developed when I move to Massachusetts.  As a result, I hate February because that’s when it hits me.  This is the time of year when I am moody, a little depressed, and prone to big changes.  The changes typically come after I have acknowledge that I amRead more

I am a Bullet Journal Minimalist: A Manifesto

I am a Bullet Journal Minimalist: A Manifesto

I have been immersed in bullet journaling (BuJo) for a little over a month now and while my obsession hasn’t waned, I have gotten a pretty clear idea of how I want to treat my journal.  In the middle of this, I did get Katie (my sister) her own supply of bullet journaling stuff.  KatieRead more

2016 Achievements

2016 Achievements

It was a crazy year.  I like to focus on the good things here.. or at least the things I can learn from.  I like to think about what I actually achieved during a calendar year.  I am really good with planning and visioning what is going to happen, but I never really stop andRead more

Can A Year Suck and Be Awesome At the Same Time?

Can A Year Suck and Be Awesome At the Same Time?

I am pretty sure everyone agrees that, at some point in time, 2016 sucked.  My family had this discussion at Thanksgiving.  We had a tough year.  Both my grandmothers passed away this year.  The election.  Other things happened that weren’t necessarily awesome. I protested; my year had been pretty awesome.  I got tenure, which cameRead more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving and What I Am Thankful For

As 2016 comes to an end, the US starts the holiday season with Thanksgiving.  This year my parents are coming into town to celebrate the holiday.  This is the first Thanksgiving we are celebrating without either of my grandmothers.  This Thanksgiving happens on a year of a variety of good times and bad times.  I am goingRead more

Obligatory Post Election Post

Eight years ago I felt joy the night after the election.  I had seen the election of our first African American President.  The only sadness I felt was that he had to beat Hillary Clinton to get that place on the ticket.  I felt even more joy 4 years later when Obama was reelected. ItRead more