Saturday, December 11, 2010

Random Thoughts...

  • Whenever I read a blog I like, I want to be just like that blogger. One will have me muttering funnier, I need to be funnier..while another will have me saying dang it! I don't have enough excerpts in my reviews. Or quotes! I need quotes! Then I start feeling super inadequate and the only thing that makes me feel better is to go into my spare room, pet the books I've been sent to review and tell myself they think I'm pretty. 
  • Whenever I read a book by someone like Anne McCaffrey or Mercedes Lackey, I stare at my cat and wish she could speak to me telepathically. When she's perched on the back of the couch I get eye-level with her and stare at her until she gets super uncomfortable. Sometimes she purrs at the crazy lady but usually she just gets up and runs under the bed. 
  • I'm never fully satisfied with anything I post. Mostly I'm convinced my writing sucks (hence the need to reassure myself by petting my review copies). Whenever I read over a published post that has typos in it, I click the 'edit post' pencil thingy at the bottom of the post like it's a speed-dial button and try to get that sucker before anyone reads it. If someone posts a comment before I'm finished tweaking, I'm horrified that they saw my gawd-awful writing. And that's always the case because I never stop tweaking. There's an excellent chance that any reviews that have been quoted on/in someone's book may not actually match what's on my blog page. I'm like: tweak, tweak, tweak, check the page, tweak, tweak, tweak, tweak, pause, tweak, check the page again, tweak, tweak, tweak....tweak.  I give the word "tweaker" a whole new meaning. 
  • I love people who throw pop-culture references in their blog posts. Most reviewers don't do this because it doesn't seem cultured enough-- or something like that. Which is why I'm drawn to funny blogs who throw down with references to old-school "Karate Kid" (wax on wax off) or remind me that they have pity for the fool who doesn't read their blog and no one puts them in the corner. Throw in some Maverick and Goose and a skinny Val Kilmer I'm in love. Add some Punky Brewster and Alf (a-spar-a-gus, a-spar-a-gus...) and I'm heaven. 
  • So, it seems I'm not going to be picked to be an extra on "The Walking Dead." Which sucks because I really want to dress up like a zombie and do the "Thriller" hands. Guess I need to start planning next year's Halloween costume...
  • These posts are alternatively fun and scary for me. There's a part of me that still wants to be taken seriously as a reviewer-blogger and I know that telling people that I eyeball my cat in hopes of sudden telepathic speech is not generally a good plan to accomplish that. But then I remember that I've been around for four freaking years and if no one is taking me seriously by now, then I should probably just get a grip and have fun. People are either going to get me or flee the blog in horror. Guess I'll find out soon...
  • 'Awesome' is my new favorite word. Nothing encapsulates how 'awesome' something is other than the word 'awesome.' 'Cool' suggests something is better than average but not really that high on the 'awesome' scale. While 'radical' has some charm, I'm pretty sure it isn't really being used by the cool-kids and I like the street cred "Chuck" brought back to the word 'awesome' by introducing Captain Awesome to the world. That was awesome of them don't you think?
  • I'd like to have that crazy/brilliant thing going for me that Walter Bishop of "Fringe" has going on. I know, I know, when he has conversations like this:
    Dr. Walter Bishop: I just pissed myself
    Peter Bishop: Excellent.
    Dr. Walter Bishop: Just a squirt.

    There is actually a team of writers behind such brilliance. But how awesome would it be to be able to say anything that crosses your mind, no matter how inappropriate, and people just say oh, you know SQT. She's soooo smart that she doesn't think like the rest of us. 

23 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

Lol, I say awesome and cool wayyy to often. I'd like to throw in epic there too once in a while ;)

Victor Stanciu said...

Stop entering my mind, stealing my thoughts and posting them!

SQT said...

I can't use epic after reading this post. Now I'm afraid to offend the anonymous guy who wrote that blog post. It's officially uncool cause he said so. Right?

SQT said...

Victor-- You say the sweetest things.

wheels209 said...

Hi SQT,
I think your random thoughts are very funny. My cats think I have taken a ride on the crazy train every time I read them because I giggle out loud. Always be true to yourself my friend and I will always "gladly" return to your blog.

Take care,
Steve

SQT said...

Wheels-- Aw shucks. You might see more of my goofy side come out. I think I've spent too much time trying to please the more serious book bloggers and it's taken some of the fun out of it for me. Things get stale when you're not having fun.

Jamie Gibbs (Mithril Wisdom) said...

Me too on most of the same points :) Awesome has been my go to word for a few years now, it's got a damn good ring to it.

I tend to immediately edit my posts as soon as they're published; I always notice a few typos that bypassed initial scrutiny. I think I need more review copies to pet to make myself feel better too...

SQT said...

Jamie-- I should send you some of mine. They help. They really do.

The Happy Booker said...

Awesome post! I can completely relate to a couple of those. I often find myself wishing I was more clever, witty, or something in my reviews and such after reading someone else's. And I too wish my cat could talk to me!

Harry Markov said...

YOU KILL ME! :D I eyeball my dog, but just to creep it out. Those puppy eyes are hard not stare at.

AND I love Bishop. Funniest dude on the shop.

SQT said...

Happy Booker-- I'd love to talk to my cat. I'd like to ask her why she likes to scratch the heck out of my furniture. Or why she thinks peeing in the bathtub is fun. Does she really think purring at me and rubbing on my leg is a fair trade? I know why she doesn't really talk to me. I know...

Harry-- Those puppy dog eyes are just a ploy. They say I'm all innocent and playful but he/she's got a stash of tennis shoes under the couch. Bet on it.

Man. I'm being hard on the pets aren't I? But they're plotting. Always plotting.

Magemanda said...

Long time lurker, first time poster. Wanted to say that I LOVE this posts and have contemplated stealing the free-form stream of consciousness approach for my blog weekly round-up! I won't though because I think it's unique to you and a perfect insight into the blogger behind the blog. Please keep doing them :-D

Charles Gramlich said...

You do pretty well. I'd say you need to cut yourself some slack.

SQT said...

Magemanda-- Thanks for taking the time to comment. I say steal it. I'm not the only out there doing it, so it's not like I own it.

Charles-- Thanks. It's natural state of being to hyperventilate over nothing. So it's a process.

Jim Haley said...

I completely understand your feeling of not being completely satisfied with what you post - I wasn't convinced my review of Greyfriar was good enough once I was done writing it (I still don't think I captured enough of why I enjoyed the book so much) - and I often feel that way about my reviews. Fortunately time has a way of just forcing my hand - I want to get the review out there and there's just no more time to do massive changes (beyond the grammar/spelling errors I find after I've posted it). Anyway, just wanted you to know - you are not alone. :)

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I'm a typo-phone, too. I NEVER manage to post a blog entry without a typo -- no matter how many proofreads.

mcgriffmusings said...

Love the randomness! It's good to know I'm not the only one who is in love with the word "Awesome!" That is my catch all phrase for anything that's more than great and simply "awesome" with no other explanation for it's...awesomeness! LOL!!

SQT said...

Jim-- I swear, if I didn't have to get something up, I'd come to the conclusion that nothing was worthy. Sometime the clock is our friend.

LBB- Oh, I had this up a few hours before I realized I had TWO major typos. And it doesn't matter how many times I slap myself in the head-- it never gets any better. Maybe the head slaps aren't such a good idea...

Mcgriff-- There is never a time when awesome doesn't work. Well, maybe you wouldn't want to say that was an awesome funeral! But other than it's the booty-call of descriptive words.

logankstewart said...

Hah! I sometimes find myself talking to my dogs and I'll ask them a question and give them a moment to respond, only to realize that a)I'm talking to my dogs, and b) they don't talk back.

This was an awesome post, by the way. Awesome is only eclipsed by legendary, I daresay.

SQT said...

Logan-- Oh now you've done it. You gave me a new word. Look out world!

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

Haha you are so one of my favorite bloggers. Sitting at work, almost 10am and no one is around...and here I am giggling my head off at the things you just wrote.

I totally heart you!

littleredreviewer said...

great post!!! and I can completely relate, especially to wanting to be just like other bloggers. but deep down, i know i better just be myself.

Karen said...

Excellent post! Your mind is quite intriguing and I think you're a pretty awesome blogger.