Thursday, October 20, 2011

Update Thursday #29

Update Thursday #29

Welcome to Update Thursday, my own personal meme of sorts where I post an update of the goings on at my blog, with reading, with writing, and beyond. Feel free to borrow the idea from me for your own bookish musings.

Reading, Writing...

Books I finished this week:
~Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett (ARC)
~Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (NetGalley)

Books I'm reading now (and some still):
~Virals by Kathy Reichs
~Portal by Imogen Rose
~Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (Off The Shelf challenge)
~The Girl In The Park by Mariah Fredericks (NetGalley)

Off The Shelf Reading Challenge Progress Link (2 of 5 finished) ~ends 12/31/11

I'm getting somewhere with my reading! Ahead enough that I'm relieved with NaNoWriMo coming up. I'll be using more free time on that than reading.

Still plotting and planning for NaNoWriMo. I haven't gotten much done this week as I'd like, but some. I've gotta take care of more in the next few days because I've got a full work week next week.

And Otherwise...

I've been trying to get this blog all straightened out. The last time I redid the appearance, I was happy with it, but since then I haven't really liked it that much, but had no idea how I should fix it. So, I've been messing with it this week and I think I'm finally relatively pleased with it. One of these days I'll have to pay someone to design it... someday.

I don't know how national or international this got, but in Ohio there was a tragedy with exotic animals that happened within the last two days. A man who owned a farm of exotic animals, including tigers, lions, bears, monkeys, wolves, etc., set almost all of his animals loose, then killed himself. Apparently there was no way for them to tranquilize the animals, so they had to shoot all of them dead. They had to kill 45 exotic animals. FORTY-FIVE. It completely broke my heart. I was so mad all day yesterday. Jack Hanna (who I didn't even know lived in Ohio, shows how much I know!) was called in to help with this situation and defended the decision to shoot to kill the animals. When talking to my coworker, she said that when her husband (who's a vet) would perform surgeries on animals at the zoo, they would have people standing by with rifles to shoot the animal if it awakens early from surgery for the safety of those in the room. It doesn't help that the animals that were set loose were right by miles of wooded areas and they were having to search for them in the dark. *sigh* I know they did the "right thing" but it still makes me extremely sad. If you want to read more about it, here's a link to one of the articles.




  1. Oh, I feel so bad for those animals. :( I hate that they always have to shoot them. As if it's the animals fault! Sigh.

  2. I don't understand why they couldn't relocate the animals? It's so easy just to decide to shoot them. Surely there would be someone else who would take them in. This kind of thing really gets my blood boiling.

    No NaNo updates for me. Beign very slack :)

  3. I saw that on the news the other day, so sad :( unfortunately a lot of animals suffer from their owner's problems.

    Hurray for having time for Nano! Good luck this year!!

    Oh and did you see the Bitterblue cover?! I already have mine preordered!!

  4. My brother and I were talking about it last night, I think the main reason why they couldn't tranquilize them is because of the safety of the public. I mean 45 wild animals roaming around Columbus? People are bound to be attacked.

    The reason why this even happened is because the man who owned them shouldn't have even been allowed to own them to begin with. He was irresponsible, and yet he got the permits to get them to begin with. Apparently Ohio has lax laws for owning exotic pets, which is something I was not aware of.

    So, I suppose I'm most mad at the owner, which I probably shouldn't be seeing as he committed suicide, but still. He shouldn't have done what he did. He had no excuses. Period.

    Angie: Thanks! I'm glad to finally be doing NaNo this year. And nice! I still need to read Graceling! I'm actually planning on figuring out the books I want to read by the end of the year and I think I'll make that one of them. :)


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