Changing economy, blah blah blah. My main reason for wanting to work at home is just because I want to. There isn’t a driving fire behind that (besides the need to pay bills, without which I might never work again). I figure that there are other people who want to do the same. Without further ado, take a look at this:
Swagbucks: This is my number one, go to site. I use it as a search engine (as opposed to Google) and I’ve installed the toolbar to make it easy to use. I also set it as my default page on my phone so when I’m searching on the go, I have the chance to earn. There are other ways to earn besides searching, that’s just the biggest draw for me since it is something I do anyway. There are surveys, special offers, coupons, games, special codes (from Facebook, Twitter, or their blog), etc. You can also watch Swagbucks TV and earn. I check out fashion, celeb, and food news. You can turn your SB into many things, I choose either Amazon or Paypal gift cards but there are many options.
So that’s the only one that I currently use and receive money from on a consistent basis. As I find more reliable options I’ll post them, but I only want to post those from which I’ve seen actual funds.
I’ve decided to scrap the Paranormal Reading Challenge and just do this one as there would be crossover anyhow. Per challenge guidelines I’ve copied and pasted the original post below.
2012 Immortal Reading Challenge
Category 1: Vampires
Some ideas for Vampire books
Read any THREE books with vampires as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books with vampires
Category 2: Angels and Demons
Some ideas for Angels and Demons books
Read any THREE books with angels and/or demons as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books with angels and/or demons
Category 3: Fae
Some ideas for Fae books
Read any THREE books with Fae as the main characters
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books on Fae.
Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
Some ideas for Shifter books
Read any THREE books with shifters or werewolves as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books on shifters or werewolves.
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
- Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs Fair Game by Patricia Briggs River Marked by Patricia Briggs
I’m not sure that I’ll read any from the Angel/Demon category but as the year goes on, we shall see. I love paranormal fiction so I’ll commit to a goal of 30 books for this challenge.
Wrong link in the last post. Click the pic for the right one.
I’m going for the Crone level with 20 books.
I’m in the process of collecting books for this challenge. Goodreads and Shelfari’s lists are my main inspiration. Plus wandering around the bookstore picking up books that look interesting (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ll proudly judge a book by its cover any day). The following list is (as always) subject to change at my whim.
Updated 5/14/12 Yep, that list changed drastically. For now I’ll leave the originals in case I’m looking for inspiration and want to get back to them later. I’ve also upgraded from Mother to Crone level.
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (scheduled release June 7, 2012) The sequel to A Discovery of Witches, I’ve been waiting for this sequel since finishing the last page of the first book.
- Witch & Wizard by James Patterson Not normally a Patterson reader, this book was brought to my attention by my mom. She seemed embarrassed by the choice when I saw her reading it, so I’m figuring it might be right up my alley.
- Wicked by Gregory Maguire This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least a year now, probably closer to two or three. I stopped and started it, only to pick up another Maguire read which I thoroughly enjoyed. I have to give it another shot based purely on the fact that it was a book I borrowed from a coworker and didn’t get a chance to return prior to losing contact.
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins Found on a Shelfari tag list.
- The Witching Hour by Anne Rice Another Shelfari tag list book.
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong Ditto.
- Witch Child by Celia Rees Goodreads list suggestion.
- Magyk by Angie Sage Goodreads list contender.
Book of Shadows by Cate TiernanA Goodreads list book that seems to be one of the “you’ll love it or hate it” variety. Here’s hoping I love it. Yep, I loved it.
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley I’ve always loved the world of King Arthur. It will be interesting to read it from the female perspective.
- A Nameless Witch by A. Lee Martinez I’m loving the whole fairytale resurrection thing. I’ve always loved tales of magic, faeries, and unicorns and now that it is popular, I can just gorge myself on the genre.
- Witch Song by Amber Argyle Goodreads list suggestion.
Grave Danceby Kaylana Price Urban Shamanby C.E. Murphy I mainly picked this one because I was looking for something interesting to read for the challenge. I’m still slogging through the series as I like the overall premise, it just drags at times. The Covenby Cate Tiernan Blood Witchby Cate Tiernan Dark Magickby Cate Tiernan Awakeningby Cate Tiernan Spellboundby Cate Tiernan 666 Park Avenueby Gabriella Pierce Houndedby Kevin Hearne The main character would take a mighty offense at being included in a list about witches and witchcraft but at the end of the day, I’m going to lump druids right in that mix. Hexedby Kevin Hearne Born Wickedby Jessica Spotswood Thunderbird Fallsby C.E. Murphy Hammeredby Kevin Hearne
That’s all I’ll commit to right now. My local library just might have to build a “hold” bookshelf for me alone. Speaking of bookshelves… I need to travel to IKEA or something as I have officially run out of space (even after my latest book purge). I think if I read myself of my nightstand (which only serves as a holder for books anyhow) I can fit in another bookcase. I may eventually need to buy a house if for nothing else, the space for books.
This year I’m all over these challenges. With a reading goal of 100 books, I figure that this will help me stay on track. So without further ado… The challenges (I’ll break these down into individual posts and once I do, click the link under the challenge to see my starting post):
Obviously there will be others (first and foremost, Mother Reader’s 48 Hour Book Challenge which I will complete at 48 hours this year if I have to mainline caffeine!) but this is the list as it stands for now.
It was my intention to put up a link page of tutes every day in December. Well, we all see how that has been going. But to make up for it today’s post is HUGE. For those with slow connections/checking this out on your mobile, I’m breaking up the post into a few posts so check back often today to see all that I’ve found.
Follow the tutes…
This year we’re headed to my parents’ for Thanksgiving and I’m bringing sweet potato pies because mine are the bomb diggity (yeah, you read me right).
However, I’m kind of bummed that I’m only making one thing (you burn a turkey once or a dozen times and suddenly you’re banned from making the main course…) so I’ve decided to mix it up a little. I’ll be making my traditional recipe of course (a recipe that is not only super fantastic, but super secret, so I won’t be divulging it here) but I’ve decided to go the mini pie route as well.
Now before you get all put out, don’t worry, I’ll point you to some pie recipes that you can take out for a twirl. I’m not endorsing them as I haven’t tried them myself (perhaps you missed the bomb diggity claim, I’m not over-stating here peeps, I’ve actually had people place orders for my slammin’ pies) but there’s more than one way to skin a potato and I’m sure it tastes (almost) as good.
Can’t link to recipes without including Food Network’s Version
I’m giving making my own crust another whirl this year. Crust is a touchy beast so I’m trying two recipes this year. One from American Pie (Amazon Affiliate link, from which I’d make a profit if you bought the item through the link) and one from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.
More later as I need to get back to baking!
Ambling over to my mailbox to see what bills came (another reminder that I better start selling some of my writing as opposed to just daydreaming my days away) I got a happy surprise…
A fabo book!
And what’s that right in the middle? An inscription just for MEEZ! “Muttix, I hope you enjoy my story. No fooling!” Carmela A. Martino 6/9/11 (She wrote one of the stories inside, “Big Z, Cammi, and Me”) Click the pic, people, I can’t be expected to drop links for you every other sentence.
Woot woot! So exciting. (Can you tell that most of my regular mail consists of people wanting me to pay them and people who want me to owe them?)
Now, this isn’t what I was expecting to win (the OJ book about the fake dog) but whatev. Free bookage plus something I believe Fin will find uber exciting (he loves him some jokes).
And I love personalized things. Absolutely love them. I’ve got the shiveries just thinking about my little old name being written out by an actual writer (you know, as opposed to a wishing, daydreamin’ one like myself). So, even though I’m super absorbed in my current read (which of course, doesn’t go with any of my current reading challenges) Madame Tussaud, I’m going to put that down for a minute and read my cool new book from my winnings. (Imagine me rubbing my hands together in joyous exultation over the fact that I actually won something, or got awarded something, anyway. Details, people, don’t bother me with them.) And of course, you lovely readers will get a review on it soon (-er or later that is!).
And lastly, for your ever lasting enjoyment, I put up a public Facebook profile in addition to the page. And ooohhhh, you’ll get to see more of me than the gloomy emo-type pic I have on twitter. So friend me, like me, tweet me, just don’t email me as I don’t tend to check those like, ever.