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Marvelous Monday

Monday, September 12, 2016
Marvelous Monday, TBR, On My Kindle Book Reviews, #OMKindle, sidehustles

Last week was pretty rough for the On My Kindle household. Kyle and I were still recovering from the summer flu that hit us; our lengthy recovery time was partly due to the beginning of the allergy season that coincided with the outbreak of summer flu. We also had to take care of a few tasks that were neglected while we were sick, plus I had a couple of opportunities to make some extra income for our household come my way.

My Life's Miscellany

One of the tasks that I had to put off was re-working a couple of the designs that I transferred from Zazzle to CafePress. I recently became aware of the fact that two of my designs, the Semicolon Butterfly and Equality, did not fare so well during the move to CafePress. I am not too sure what caused the problem, but those designs had to be fixed. After spending some time trying to repair the designs, I ended up scrapping them and starting fresh. The resulting designs look a lot better now:

Semicolon Butterfly, My Life's Miscellany, CafePress, On My Kindle Book Reviews   Equality, My Life's Miscellany Store, CafePress, On My Kindle Book Reviews

The changes I made to the semicolon butterflies was worth it; the gold, silver, and green colors symbolize different types of mental illnesses, so having to start from scratch gave me the opportunity to make the design more meaningful. While I was at it, I changed the butterfly on the store's logo and lowered the prices for all products across the board.

Tutoring

One of Kyle's supervisors is attending a college class that requires him to use Excel spreadsheets. His experience with Excel is limited and he asked me to help him since I have some experience with the program. Not only does this opportunity get me out of the apartment a couple of nights during the week, but he has insisted that I accept payment for helping him. This is definitely a win/win situation for me!

Sprk.it

A couple of months ago, I was approached by the CEO of Sprk.it, a startup company that plans to offer editorial reviews and other services to indie authors. The rate structure that reviewers have to work with is far more reasonable than what companies like Kirkus offers, so I was happy to accept the offer. Given my experience level and relatively small following on social media when compared to more established reviewers, the rate that I charge will be on the lowest tier of the rate structure.

The company's website is scheduled to go live at the end of this month; however, the CEO reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and asked me to write a book review that will be published when the website goes live. Per his request, I wrote a review for Sixth Prime by Dan O'Brien and posted it on the blog last week.

What effect will this have on my ability to accept review requests on the blog? I really do not know. I plan on continuing to accept review requests from authors, but the number of requests that I can accept may decrease. What I do know is this: reviews for Sprk.it will need to be completed in two weeks and this may affect my turnaround time for review requests on the blog. However, it may not; it depends on how many review requests I receive from Sprk.it.

What it comes down to is this: when I know, I will let you know.

Last week was not unproductive, but I was not able to get nearly as much reading done as I wanted. 

To be Reviewed

I was able to get around to reading only one book last week. To be honest, I still have some reading left to do on it. I will finish it soon and have a review posted by Wednesday at the latest.

To be Reviewed, Things in Ditches, Jimmy Olsen, mystery, On My Kindle Book Reviews

It bothers me when I am not able to get my normal two to three books read and reviewed in a week, especially after being sick for almost two weeks. However, I need to learn to cut myself some slack; after all, I sometimes have a life outside of blogging and a lot has happened in just one week!

To be Read

This week I plan on reading the two books that I have left from last week's TBR list:

To be Read, The Show, John A. Heldt, Northwest Passage series, historical fiction, time travel, On My Kindle Book Reviews     The Promise, C.E. Wilson, new adult, To be Read, On My Kindle Book Reviews

A few of the authors that I have worked with in the past are also releasing books in October, so I am really hoping that my life will get back to normal soon.

For book bloggers and authors who follow me; do you sometimes have problems balancing life with reading and reviewing or writing? During the times when your life goes sideways; how do you get back on track? Let me know in the comments.

For everyone else; what's on your "to-do" list this week? Are you reading any good books? Don't be shy, share it with us in the comments.

Have a marvelous Monday and a fantastic week!