Desaraev is a senior UI/UX designer at a large-scale IT contractor for defense, intelligence, & civilian gov't. Blog is about her adventures, yoga, barre, aviation, design, book reviews, & travel. More at Desaraev.com and Youtube.com/Desaraev6
My poor yorkie Charles is constantly climbing up onto the window seal to stare out. When he does, he crawls behind the curtains and then doesn't know how to get back down. So I rescue him, alot. This is a video of that happening.
This book reminds me a lot of the book, "The Giver" about a boy in a rigidly controlled society of structure and health. If you enjoy this book I recommend reading that one. You will not have ruined either book for yourself if you've already read one of them. They are completely different authors with very different endings just similar plots.
Matched seems all too close to home in a society slowly moving closer and closer to excess control, cameras, mandated health care, and food control. This book is a love triangle in a modernized setting of an idealist's communist utopia. No one complains. No one argues. No one knows any better. I love this book. The plot is constantly thickening, constantly pulling you in, and making you root for the characters. If you are anything like me you will fill so attached that you have to move on to the next book immediately, it's that good. I finished it in two days because I couldn't stop.
This book is not overly sci-fi fantasy. I think everything in it could realistically and unfortunately happen. There are no goblins, witches, warlocks, magical toads, or fairy tale-esque plot lines.
I've been selling more and more things online lately that I feel are excess. By going through my old things, I've also been finding more and more old pictures. Selling online via Listia, Facebook, Amazon, or Ebay is a lot of work. They each have their own quirks and enduring qualities. Listia is meant for trading. You get credits for auctions you take within the site. Other users bid on auctions of your stuff, very similar to Ebay, but they bid with credits. You may purchase credits if you feel like it's worth while (but it rarely is).
I'm not sure how other people do it. Some make it seem easy. Perhaps having a postal scale, printer, and shipment schedule helps. I find the whole process tedious and exhausting. It's worth it to make a few pennies or earn credits that I can use later but it's work nonetheless. Each has extraneous rules and ever changing ways to get your money/credits.
I wonder how other people streamline this process.
If you want to see pictures of the things I'm getting rid of, I have three albums on Facebook.
My top 6 tips for sellers:
Only ever use Google Payments, Square, or Paypal for payments. NEVER use cash or money orders.
Get tracking numbers for your shipments. Yes, it costs extra money (which you can pass along to the buyer) but it also protects you: 1) you get shipping insurance by default with priority mail 2) you can prove to Paypal and your selling website that something is shipped.
Use nice pictures that are not too dark. Make sure the picture(s) are of multiple angles, include sizes, brands, and the product in use.
Look up the product online. Use similar keywords, descriptions, brand names, and write these out in depth. Your item will not show up in searches unless the words users are looking for show up in your title/description.
Try to check in as often as possible to answer emails, comments, and other questions.
If you want a certain minimum price for something, don't underprice yourself in an attempt to get eyeballs. Just wait it out.
She jumps right in telling you what "clients" will be looking for and never explains any terms or phrases just assumes you know how to read them and just need explanation. I listened for 14 minutes before shutting it off. The background echos and sounds like a lecture.
If you already know about astrology this may be a good book for you but is not for beginners.
If you've seen the new TV show Once Upon a Time with all the most well know old fables and stories, and you liked that you will love how Gabra Zackman brings this series to life. Mercedes writes a good story but most of her books are read by terrible narrators (I found that out trying to listen to a couple others and then reading all the reviews). Not to worry in this series, because you have Gabra Zackman. After this series I fell in love with Gabra's reading style and went so far as to follow her on Facebook, as well as look up other stories she has read. Most of my favorite audible books now are read by Gabra. Luckily she is a prolific reader and audible has dozens of pages of books read by her. I just feel bad that Mercedes Lackey choose not to user her for any of her other series. I wish Audible would go back through some of Mercedes books with bad reviews (MOST ARE ALL attributed to narrator boredom.. read the comments) and have her redo the books. Other great narrators (IMO) are Martha Harmon Pardee, Barbra Rosenblat (she made me read 18 books of the Amelia Peabody series.. the most addicted I've ever been to audible!), Becca Battoe (I have friends who disliked her in 50 shades but I ended up really seeing the world through her eyes easily, unfortunately the other books she narrates are mostly for kids, ugh!).
GREAT SERIES, a must listen for anyone (mostly women) who love comedy, mystery, magic, fantasy, love, and tales that remind of you of Cinderella, lost princesses and knights in shining armor. NOT a kids book.