An Update!

April 25, 2017     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Personal, Random Thoughts, Reading

Hello, bookish lovelies!

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all what has been going on with me and the blog lately.

Personal/Health

Throughout 2016, I was struggling really badly with my fibromyalgia. I was seeing a pain clinic locally, and we tried a number of different medicines. Some gave me bad reactions, like making my vision super blurry (I couldn’t read!), and others did nothing for my symptoms. It was discussed on if I had bipolar disorder, and we tried meds for that. After seeing a psychiatrist in January of this year, we determined that no, I didn’t have bipolar, but I do have ADD. So I started some medicine for that. And it is helping a lot.

In March, I was informed that I would be losing my health insurance. So I went back to the pain clinic and made a last ditch plea. A medicine they had been wanting to try me on for a while was finally available again, so I started taking it. And finally, everything isn’t such a struggle any longer. I still don’t have health insurance, but I have a medicine that works.

Because I am now facing paying my medical bills every month again, I have set up a Ko-fi account. If you like my content and are wanting to support me, every little bit helps!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

Taking place this weekend (April 29th), I have signed up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon again! I will be posting here, and over on my Twitter about my escapades, so feel free to check in on Saturday while I read my way through 24 hours.

Keycon 34

I was asked to be a panelist at Keycon, a Winnipeg Science Fiction and Fantasy literary convention. I am super excited to be providing two panels and a round table discussion! The convention takes place on the May long weekend (May 19 – 21) and what I am providing is a panel on Book Blogging 101, Advanced Book Blogging, and a round table discussion with local authors about how to interact with book bloggers. I will be posting details when my times are announced, and after the actual panels, I will be posting the information I shared in the panels.

New Blogging Series

In posting about why I am still reading problematic books, I started thinking about a new series of blog posts I want to start. The series will be called Great Debates. I will be posting about issues currently facing the bookish community, and aiming to do so in a neutral way before providing my personal opinion. Some topics I have planned are Intent vs Impact and Objective Reviews.

Reviews

Spoiler alert: I am very behind on reviews. I have been reading the books, but not writing the reviews. I am working on getting reviews back on track, though. With my health struggles and stuff, I got so far behind that I didn’t know where to start, but now that I am feeling better, I am really wanting to do more with the blog.

Used Book Sale

Thursday is the big used book sale at the mall, and I am SUPER EXCITED. Anyone want to see my haul when I am done? I might also go live on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook while I shop.

So, that is it, bookish lovelies! That is your update post for today. Are you as excited for some of this stuff as I am??

Talk bookish to me!