Weekly Update August 27 [Sunday Post Meme]

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It’s a chance for book bloggers to share news, give updates, and recap the previous week.

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Weekly Update August 27, 2017


What’s Been Going On…

Blog Changes

I started working on the September book releases page. I’m going to do this one differently and arrange the books on a table that has more information about each book. So far I like it better than just listing the names of the books and authors.

I figured out how to change the background color of the August 2017 book releases page, so at least people can see the lists now.

One problem I still have is that some of my widgets aren’t appearing in the sidebar. They keep moving to below the text on the home page. I have a request in with the theme developer to try to fix it. Hopefully I will get an answer soon.


I worked some more on my new to-be-read list. Because I wasn’t doing a very good job of sticking to my resolve about limiting my requests for new books, I put everything in a spreadsheet that makes it easy to see if I have room to add another book. Like I said before, I want to make it so I discipline myself to read one before requesting another.

My Bad Luck Continues

Since the beginning of the summer, I have been on a downward spiral. Here’s the list of things that have broken: washer, dryer, lawnmower, car #1, car #2, car #3, cell phone, printer, shower head, and kitchen sink. We’ve also lost our web hosting, Internet, phone, cable, car #1, and now have received a foreclosure notice. Worst of all, my father-in-law passed away.

Every time I think things will get better, like when I got a promotion at work, something bad happens. In that case, the district manager stepped in after I had already trained for the job and took the promotion away from me for no reason other than she didn’t know me as well as she knew another person. My work performance didn’t matter. Or, as another example, when I inherited a truck. I had it less than a month before it broke down, and I can’t afford to get it fixed.

I want to be positive, but it’s gotten so hard to think on the bright side of things. If things would stop breaking, maybe we could actually afford to pay our bills. Sorry to dump all of my problems out here. It’s just that I’m starting to think it’s uncanny how I can have so much bad luck all in a row. I know some of it has nothing to do with me and some of it was probably my fault in some way, like letting my son use my cell phone that he ended up dropping in the toilet. Still, I wish I knew some way to turn my luck around. I have three kids and multiple pets to think about. Losing my home isn’t an option. I’ve got to find a solution in less than two weeks. If you are religious, please pray for us.

Photo Opportunity This Week

moth photo

Enough of that depressing stuff! Each week I am going to post a photo of something I thought was unusual, awesome, or pretty.

This week, I saw a cool-looking moth on the screen door. I’m not a big fan of bugs in general, but this one was big (larger than a 50 cent piece) and had an interesting pattern. Do you know what kind it is?

What I Posted Since the Last Update…

I’ve been working on the August and September book release pages. I also added more stuff to the excerpt pages.

Reviews I posted:

Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden

Beneath a Rising Moon by Keri Arthur

Bloodstone by Nancy Holzner


Plans for the Upcoming Week…

I plan to write reviews for Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews and The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost (I’m almost finished). Also, my goal is to rewrite at least five reviews that used to be on the old blog.

Off the blog, I have to work Monday through Friday until 8 at night. When I get off work, I plan to come home and get on the computer to either write reviews or continue writing my novel. I hope to get at least three scenes written this week.



That’s all for the Weekly Update August 27th, 2017.

Have a great week of reading and whatever else you have planned!
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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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  1. I am so sorry to hear about all your troubles. Sorry about your Father-in-Law passing too. I have gone through trials like what you mentioned and it is humbling and helps you grow. I know it’s uncomfortable. Trust me, I have been low before and it gets better. It has to.
    I have to mention that the white writing on black background is eye straining. I am looking forward to your new releases posts, I hope they have a different background.
    Hang in there!

    • Thanks for your feedback and understanding. I’ve been experimenting with the background because I have a condition called Fuchs Endothelial Dystrophy that makes it hard for me to look at white backgrounds because they create a lot of glare. But I understand that a dark background can be just as troublesome for other people. I really like this theme, but it doesn’t have many options for the background colors–just black or white. So, I’m still trying to figure out how to get a background color that isn’t black and isn’t white to accommodate all people’s eye issues. I’m going to create a child theme to see if I can modify the CSS for another background color.

  2. Oh, wow, the list of bad things is so long that I felt exhausted reading about it all! I sure hope things turn around…and that you can start crossing off bad things and adding good things.

    Enjoy your books! Thanks for visiting my blog…and please, have a great week!

  3. Praying that your luck finally turns around and things get better for you! Within two weeks.

  4. I will keep you in my thoughts. Try to stay positive. The sidebar issue does it happen on your laptop or only on mobile? Mine drops below on mobile, it was designed that way.

    • I don’t know if it does it on mobile; I’ve only looked at it on my PC. But the theme support people said it was caused by one of the other widgets. So I think it’s fixed now. Thanks for thinking of me!

  5. So sorry about your troubles. I will pray for you!

  6. Oh my. I hope your luck turns around for you soon. And so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Do take care!

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