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Sunday Post: 10/24/21

Hello, my lovelies.

First things first. This iPad, y’all. I have owned a fair amount of tech in my life. TVs and laptops and Hue lights and TiVos and DSLRs and satellite dishes and kindles and tablets and smart phones. A. Lot. Of. Tech.

And this is the sexiest piece of tech that I have ever seen.

It should be dancing in a club, y’all.

Of course, I did need to sell two laptops, a older iPad and my entire DSLR kit to pay for it. This kind of sexy does not come cheap.

But…damn.

On the topic of tech, I have been thinking a lot this week about how I organize my life, specifically as regards the blog.

I know I’ve said this before, but I have MS, and one of the issues I have been having for the last few years is kind of spotty memory, limited focus and ZERO executive function. And when I started the blog…wow, only three months ago. Seems longer.

But when I started, I eschewed the idea of needing a calendar. I thought, I’ll post once a week, if that. I’ll talk about one of the books I read that week and that minimal level of effort surely does not require a calendar.

And here I find myself, 103 days later, and I have been posting 5-7 times a week, and I’m getting #arcs for review, and those have their own deadlines, and I have to keep track of when things go up (like Top Ten Tuesday has to get published on…wait for it…Tuesday).

I still didn’t want something that would feel like work, though. I didn’t want to manage a calendar like it was a project plan, with gantt charts and the like.

So, I turned to my old friend Zinnia. I have two spreads that I use literally every day, one to keep me on track with posts, and one to keep track of books.

Some might call the second one a TBR. It’s not. Not really. I have a TBR on Goodreads that has hundreds of “don’t forget that you want to read this someday” titles. This is much more immediate. This is “Here are your library books and when they expire, and your #arcs and when they are due and, oh, yeah, here are the books you actually recently bought…”

I love playing around with Zinnia layouts, which means that this level of organization does not, in fact, feel like work.

I read three books this week.

I think I only read three because I didn’t love the two romance novels. I mean, they were fine. But I was able to put them down, which means that they took me five days for the two of them. Normally, I get so invested in a RomCom that I finish it inside of 24 hours. Not these two. They were…eh. Fine.

But Daisy Jones and The Six? Wowzers. I’m going to be publishing my scattered thoughts about this one on Wednesday, but spoiler alert: I couldn’t smash those five stars fast enough.

OK, that’s all from the 52 Sunroom. As you can see, I’m on library deadlines…and I promised the LR that I would play Quacks of Quedlinberg this morning.

Till next week, stay safe, read a book, play a game and dammit, eat some cookies. I know I will.

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6 thoughts on “Sunday Post: 10/24/21

  1. That… does look pretty awesome. I’ve never had an iPad but I’m tempted one of these days…

    My experience with Taylor Jenkins- Reid was good as well but I haven’t read that one yet.

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  2. I’ve not seen Zinnia before but it looks like an awesome planner – I use google calendar but it isn’t anywhere near as attractive to look at!
    I have Taylor JR’s The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on my kindle – I will bump it up my TBR!

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    1. Zinnia costs, like, $40 per year (you’re in the UK? Am I remembering that right? It’s about £30 then), and I think really worth it. It scratches an artistic itch much better than a typical calendar. I spent an hour yesterday redesigning the current books page to account for a new book club, and it didn’t feel like drudgery. It’s…meditative. Plus, I love dragging those “POSTED!” Flags down. Such a sense of accomplishment!

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