Sunday Post – 31st May, 2020 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost



This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

Mantivore Dreams is free for today and tomorrow – just click on the cover in the sidebar, which will take you to your local Amazon outlet to claim a copy…

The weather feels like high summer – long, sunny days and no rain. Except for a bit of a nip in the air. So Himself is still trudging around with the watering can. The bronze and pink bed is looking fabulous and my cordyline has started flowering – the scent is amazing, intense and lily-like. And now my yarrow is looking beautiful.

I have now finished my first major edit of Mantivore Warrior and I’m really pleased and excited at how that is going. Wyrd and Wonder 2020 has just finished and I thoroughly enjoyed taking part. Many thanks to Imyril @ There’s Always Room for Another, Lisa @ Dear Geek Place and Jorie Loves a Story for all their hard work in making the event such a success.

A lot less happily – I had a go at the WordPress block editor option which is about to engulf those of us who haven’t yet switched across during the week and it was a complete car crash. It won’t successfully wrap text around images, the way I’ve doing for years and I don’t find it remotely intuitive. I managed to flip back to Classic, but I know that eventually I’ll have to get to grips with it and I’m dreading it☹. I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the help provided – while the assistant was very friendly, the instructional videos wouldn’t load, the graphic how-to clips moved far too fast for me to follow. And at one point when trying to load yet another non-functioning link they provided – my trusty desktop fizzled to a stop – it never does that! Which was when I broke off asking for help… So my blogging in the coming weeks might be a bit sporadic while I grapple with the misery ahead of me.

Last week I read:
Less than usual, because I started off rereading Mantivore Prey, the second book in my Arcadian Chronicles series, before starting the edit of Mantivore Warrior – but I don’t count that in my reading listings, as it comes under the heading of Editing!

Night’s Tooth NOVELLA by Jean Lee
Mississippi River Valley, 1870s. The white man wields rails and guns to bring law to the land. But there are more than wild animals hiding in the territories, and it will take more than guns to bring them down. Sumac the bounty hunter needs no guns to hunt any bandit with a price on his head, even one as legendary and mysterious as Night’s Tooth. But Sumac didn’t count on other bounty hunters coming along as competition, nor did he expect hunters sharing his own magical gifts. It’s one man against a gang and a mystery, all to protect a train that must cross the territories at all costs…

I love Jean Lee’s immersive, punchy writing style and she completely nailed this gripping shapeshifter Western fanatasy story. Review to follow.

Gravity is Heartless – Book 1 of the Heartless series by Sarah Lahey
The year is 2050: automated cities, vehicles, and homes are now standard, artificial Intelligence, CRISPR gene editing, and quantum computing have become a reality, and climate change is in full swing―sea levels are rising, clouds have disappeared, and the planet is heating up. Quinn Buyers is a climate scientist who’d rather be studying the clouds than getting ready for her wedding day. But when an unexpected tragedy causes her to lose everything, including her famous scientist mother, she embarks upon a quest for answers that takes her across the globe―and she uncovers friends, loss and love in the most unexpected of places along the way. Gravity Is Heartless is bold, speculative fiction that sheds a hard light on the treatment of our planet even as it offers a breathtaking sense of hope for the future.

This was an entertaining action-filled near future adventure that left everything on rather a cliffhanger. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Three AUDIBLE mini-reviews – How To Betray a Dragon’s Hero; The Lost Plot; Uprooted

Friday Face-off featuring Dark Lord of Derkholm – Book 1 of the Derkholm series by Diana Wynne Jones

Mantivore Dreams – Book 1 of The Arcadian Chronicles is FREE!

Review of Sacred Bride – Book 3 of the Olympus trilogy by David Hair & Cath Mayo

Can’t-Wait-Wednesday featuring Grave Secrets: the Lavington Windsor Mysteries – Book 1 by Alice James

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader tag – Wyrd and Wonder 2020

Review of The Zero Curse – Book 2 of The Zero Enigma by Christopher G. Nuttall

Sunday Post – 24th May 2020

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

My Own Sorrow Some of you might know Drew as an outspoken book blogger, whose forthright views often include rather sweary language – but he also produces poems of wrenching sadness…

It’s Never Too Late: 10 Writers and Artists That Were Late Bloomers As someone who won’t see 60 again, I found this article very encouraging…

10 of the Most Beautiful Poems in the English Language Regulars to my Sunday Post will know I’m a fan of this site – but this is a VERY big claim to make. I wholeheartedly agreed with one of these choices and thought a couple more were maybes – what do you think?

Breaking Through Writer’s Block This is a subject that fascinates me, particularly after watching several talented students wrestle with this distressing problem…

Thursday Doors – Castle Saunderson Somehow I’ve missed out on Jean’s posts recently, so I was delighted to catch with this magical offering…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you and yours have a peaceful, healthy week. Take care.

30 responses »

  1. I’m pretty sure you won’t be stuck with the block editor. I got an email from WP saying something to that effect, that you can toggle back to classic. I’m worried too, even though I have a self hosted site and I have access to plugins that keep the classic editor in place. Hopefully that will still work, because I HATE the block editor. It’s not the right tool for us book bloggers🤪

    • You’re right Tammy – it simply doesn’t suit my style and that of many other book bloggers, either! I’ll see what happens… In the meantime, have a great week:)

  2. SJ, I briefly tried to the new block editor too and found it dire, so I have also switched back to the classic editor. I am hoping in the dashboard I can continue to use the classic editor, because last time they brought in a new editor I ignored it and it only made me use it if I edited straight off my blog. Take care, enjoy that garden and the sunshine, and happy reading! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jessica. I hope that’s the case regarding the Classic editor situation. But the assistant last week seemed fairly sure they were rolling out at the start of this month:((. In the meantime – let’s enjoy the flowers and hope for the best!

  3. I hope I’ll fare better than you with the new WordPress! I don’t know if it will be mandatory if we are on and self host like I do…

  4. I’ve been using the block editor for about 2 years now. It has improved with each recent release. I am wondering if has the same functionality.

    The gardens look lovely. We have had rain, rain and more rain. I long for the warmer days.

    • It definitely looks as though we have had a weather swap! Right now we could do with some of your rain… Have a good week and wish me luck with WP, Kimberly.

  5. Well, you are not alone with the WP thing. Blogger has informed us too, that there will be coming some changes in the dashboard later in June and that we can test it already. I did that and was not happy at all with it. Despite that I love your garden pictures. They alwaya make me smile and that is very appreciated at the moment. Stay safe and well!

    • Urg! This block editing seems to be the thing that everything is rolling across to – so ugly, unless you have all sorts of plugins, it seems to me. And thank goodness we still have flowers and the beauty of nature:)). Have a great week, Vi!

  6. Thank you for your words and for linking to and including my poem.👍

    Ah, you are not the only one dreading the block editor which is being thrust upon us tomorrow.😥 There is a classic block that replicates the classic editor but, each paragraph will need a separate classic block as each paragraph has its own separate block, talk about convoluted.😂 Hoping that they might include an option to stick with the classic editor but I doubt it.

    Dreading what will happen with all my drafted and scheduled posts too and whether or not the editor change will mess up the formatting.

    I’ve tried it a few times, tried and failed and can never seem to get used to using it!

    • You’re welcome – and I feel your pain regarding the WP issue! Sadly, I don’t think we’ll get much option – I was given the option to roll back to the Classic editing suite, if I was prepared to pay to have the plugin. And like you – I don’t know whether my drafted and scheduled posts will survive the changeover… Fingers crossed for both of us!

  7. I blame your lovely garden photos for my week of researching the plants I’ve had in my past gardens and ordering a pile of perennials to plant!

    I hate it when I have something that works and they change it and I have to figure out all over again how to make it work. Sigh. I’ve really been plugging away at the small irritations and have things quite to my satisfaction, too.

    Stay safe and be well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    • Oh wow! I hope you have found some lovely plants – I haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting the local garden centre, yet, since this all kicked off… I hope you have a good week, Anne:)).

    • You’re welcome Leigh – I always try to share articles I think other folks would enjoy. And thank you for your kind words regarding the garden – it’s a real source of comfort right now.

  8. I dread the WordPress block editor. I tried to use it when they first released it and thought it was awful. The theme I use on my site has an option to retain the classic editor so I’m hoping they don’t discontinue that anytime soon.

  9. Yeah I’m not a fan of Gutenberg either. I have the Classic plugin on all of my sites but SFR Station because I just do not want to deal with it. Your garden is looking fabulous! Seriously jealous of your green thumb.

    • It’s been heartening to hear that I’m not the only one who finds it a nightmare – feeling like an idiot wasn’t helping last week!

      Thank you, SJ. I’d like to take credit for the garden looking the way it does – but mostly I stick things in the ground and away they go… The soil is very fertile here:)).

  10. *GASP* my book’s on here, my book’s on here, my book’s on here and I’m so excited I’m writing in run-ons!!!! Thank you thank you, Friend!

    And I know just what you mean about WordPress. It took me ages to work out that flippin’ new format. Gah!

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