Thursday, August 16, 2007

Booking It One At A Time?

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.” -- Mary Schmich

The winner of the drawing for "The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes" or a free download of any one of my stories is ELLE FREDRIX!!! WOO! Thanks for playing everyone.

I'm happy to report that, as of this posting, my newly released short story, Pregnancy Cravings, is number eight in overall sales at The Wild Rose Press! Magic is number one in its category, Pregnancy Cravings number two AND for their length (rosette), they are number three and number five, respectively.

I'm obsessed by stats. Just ask Judy. :-)

Thanks to Allie, who left reviews for both stories. If you're interested in reading what she has to say, you can look here.

Now... it IS Thursday, and you know what that means! Time to book it:

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar? (We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.)

Oh, definitely several at a time! I usually have at least one fiction and one non-fiction book going at the same time. Right now, I'm reading "Up Close and Dangerous" by Linda Howard and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. I'm also in the middle of editing my friend, Gay's book "The Learner's Permit" and have to keep reminding myself that I'm not reading for pleasure. I am also making time to do reviews on a few short stories for posting at LASR. And, I have a pile of magazines on my nightstand that I'm working through.

Either I have a really short attention span, or I like to multi-task. What about you?

In Pillar Place: Monarch, we successfully released FOUR butterflies yesterday!!! One was Judy, one was Andy and we aren't sure who the other two were... but they were gorgeous. We expect 2 - 3 to hatch today. Amazing.

What is, IMHO, one of the most incredible things is that those huge, fragile wings can fit inside that tiny chrysalis. We haven't actually seen one hatch yet, which is frustrating, however. Maybe today.


It appears my roots are showing:

You're California!

In many ways, you are larger than life and almost defy description. You certainly love to shake, rattle, and roll with the best of them. You have a generally sunny disposition, but are capable of resorting to harsh extremes when pressed. You are more likely than most to become rich, or famous, or perhaps both. While you have the golden touch in so many regards, your respect for actors is a little over-zealous. This endless faith in actors needs to be terminated.

Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Yes, I am -- born and raised -- a California girl. Glad to see, despite my (hopefully temporary) relocation out east, I'm still me at heart!


Crafty Green Poet said...

Congratulations on your short stories doing so well!

I'm like you, several books at one time, but they are all very different, only ever one novel at a time!

kat said...

Wow! Congratulations!

I have a hard time reading more than one book. I feel disloyal for some reason ahaha.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Happy BTT!

Stephanie said...

I read a few books at a time too. But they do have to be of different genres.

Happy BTT!

Jess Riley said...

Congrats on your short story stats!

I had to come here immediately after reading your comment...Raising little caterpillars is addicting, isn't it? They almost feel like pets after awhile. I still feel guilty for the one egg I'm aware of and left outside--but I'm running out of milkweed!

Chris said...

I read several at a time too.

DeN said...

CONGRATULATIONS! ^_^ Here's to more stories and great stats!

Although I have to try the more-than-one-book-at-a-time thing. It never worked for me before.

Happy BTT!

smariek said...

It's great that you can read more than one book at a time. I can't imagine reading two fiction books at the same time, however I can probably do one fiction and one non-fiction.

Heather (errantdreams) said...

*blink,blink* I took the state quiz and ended up as a whole 'nother country. There's just something wrong with that! *grin*

Tori Lennox said...

I usually only read one book at a time.

For the quiz, I got:

You're Arizona!
While you aren't for everyone, no one can deny just how hot you are. Odds are that you're getting old, and perhaps even prickly, but you can go a long time without water. Unless you live in a major city, in which case you consume so much water that the air around you is much more humid than it would be without you. Countless people yearn to see you every year so they can stare deep into your biggest scar.

Hey, I love Arizona! Cool!!!

Julia said...

Marianne Hi! You might be happy to know that there others who read more than one books, so you're not alone this time *grin*

I normally read one book at a times. But lately that is not happen (My reason are at my blog *grin*) but I enjoy reading it together with friends :)

By the way, congrats on your releasing books so far. Happy Thursday! I hope you have great day!

Brandy said...

Congratulations on the stats of your books!
I can read more than one book at a time, but rarely do. I like to immerse myself in the book, not jump from one to another.

The state quiz? TOO WEIRD. I received Oregon!

Hope your day continues to go well!

Dru said...

I've read two books of different genres at the same time.

WTG on the ranking of your book releases. That is good news.

In the quiz I got

're New York!
Well after the rest of the world had moved on, you were still obsessively discussing September 11th. Even now, it feels like it's September 12th to you. Though stuck in this traumatic rut, still unable to sleep, you've been able to continue to pursue some primary interests, such as using public transportation, scraping the sky, and trading stocks. When you trade baseball cards, you make sure to swindle everyone around you and pretend that the system is fair. You feel like you know Hillary Clinton, even though she's a complete stranger.

I hope you have a good Friday.

Melody said...

Congrats, Marianne!

Well, there are times that I read two books at the same time, but then my reading moods play a part so it all depends. But if I do read more than one, I will usually read two different genres so I won't get mixed up! LOL.

Happy reading!

Alice Teh said...

Hats off to you, Marianne, the multi-tasker reader. :D

I wish I can be more of such a person in terms of reading, but I'm pretty much monogamous. SIGH... old habit die hard.

Jen said...

Congrats!!! And remember those stats when the rejections come in...

Also, NOW I see why you're so anxious to move back West...