An Announcement | Review Policy Changes and a Question

I’m going to be a bit scarily honest here, and there are two real points I need to make, but before I make either of them, I should make an update.

Cora has been officially diagnosed with a kidney/bladder disorder (after an absolutely brutal test at the hospital today that lasted several hours and won’t be forgotten by any of us anytime soon). It is a condition that is borderline severe, and may require kidney surgery to fix. We are looking at a long road ahead of us. It feels good to have a direction, and kind of daunting. Right now we are managing the symptoms and trying to keep her from having any more 107 degree temperatures by keeping her on a daily dose of antibiotics which will last a minimum of six more months. We are on a list to see a pediatric urologist to discuss potential kidney surgery/other treatment options to fix this. We are incredibly relieved to have a diagnoses and a direction… but also… it’s hard. She’s eleven months old, and no matter how you cut this, it sucks. There has absolutely been trauma involved in all of her tests and treatments so far, and that’s also really, really hard to deal with on multiple levels. She doesn’t trust many people anymore.

Now, onto my two main points.

First.

It’s interesting how chaos can change reading habits. Stress has a ton of ways it shows itself – there are tiny lines of strain all over my life right now. This has the added benefit of making my own disease flair up, which causes me to suffer from nearly constant (and incredibly painful) dislocations and subluxations. I’m dealing with chronic pain, a kid who is sick and potentially needing kidney surgery, and another kid who is kind of stuck in the middle of all of this. It causes some strain.

Stress, chronic pain, issues along those lines really, really change my reading tastes in ways that I don’t really notice until I realize all I’m reading is stuff that I explicitly say I do not review. Therefore, I think it’s time for me to stop being ashamed of what I read (Really, that’s pretty stupid. Read what you read and don’t ever feel like there is reason to be ashamed of it.) and expand my reviews to encompass….

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Yes, folks, I’ve been reading an absolute metric ton of UF and PNR recently, which is something I never in a million years thought I’d say, but it’s true. I’m reading it, mostly because I really, really need happy endings, fuzzy feelings, and lighter mental distractions right now. I’m having a shockingly hard time getting into anything else at the moment. I am positive that once my life, and my chaotic emotions settle a little, I will get back to my usual stuff. I also think it is incredibly unfair for me to not mention the authors and books I am reading because I’m afraid to do so for various arbitrary reasons that really don’t matter a fig to a soul.

And, the more I read these types of books, the more I’m kind of amazed at the amount of skill it takes to sell me on a happily ever after, and the books and authors that manage it deserve recognition for their skills.

So as of today, you will officially see the occasional urban fantasy and paranormal romance book reviews on here, and yes, I will open my doors to accept those books to review.

Now, second point.

We have medical bills coming out the wazoo, as well as some other things going on. I can feel all of this pressing down on me, a very real weight and I need to do something to help a bit more.

I’m trying to figure out things to do to help my situation. I’m kind of stuck because I work part time, but we can’t afford daycare (seriously, costs for daycare are just stupid high) so I can’t work full time. I’m approaching various local venues about selling my photography/doing art shows/something and getting some nibbles in that direction. My other option is to put myself out there and offer my services as a freelance editor. So, really this point is just me asking if I did this, took this step into editing/proofing manuscripts, would anyone bite? Is it worth my time? Anyone have advice? I have six years experience in this genre, and I have (some) editing experience as well as experience alpha/beta reading, proofing, slush pile reading, under my belt, but really… I just don’t know. I’d love to edit, but I don’t know if anyone else would love that or if it is just me.

So there you go.