Armchair BEA: Blogging Horizons & Novellas

ArmchairBEA LogoExampleToday is day 3 of Armchair BEA and we are talking about “Expanding Blogging Horizons” and “Novellas & Short Stories”

Since blogging is fairly new to me (4 months!) this has been an expanding of my “writing” horizons.  I started this blog on a whim as a way to write more.  However, since I started blogging, I’ve learned that it involves so much more than writing.   I would love to continue to expand my writing.  I’ve done a few freelance editing projects that I will be sharing with you soon and would love to continue to do freelance editing and writing.

I’ve actually not read many novellas and I’m not really sure why I don’t.  The few I have read have been really good reads.  I have noticed a trend in YA series to have short novellas in between the novels in the series.  I’ve never read any of these shorts and wonder if they really do add to the series.  So, what novellas should I be reading?



Armchair BEA – More than just words

ArmchairBEA LogoExampleI love listening to books read aloud. My children and I would read books aloud long past the age when they could read to themselves. There is something about listening to a book read aloud (and read well) that changes the experience of the story. The first audiobook I listened to was the Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale.  We are not the “dvd player in the minivan” kind of family, so a long roadtrip had me scrambling for a way to entertain the kids when a girlfriend of mine lent me her audiobooks of Harry Potter.  The kids loved it; I loved it; even my husband enjoyed it.  Since then I have always had an audiobook to listen to.  I listen to them while I’m in the car, during my morning walks, while I’m cooking or doing housework….

Understandably so, audiobooks are a bit more expensive than print books.  They are certainly not in my book budget.  I have found two wonderful sources for audiobooks.  The first is my library.  I get most of my audiobooks from my library’s digital downloads.  I download them directly to my phone and I get three weeks with them before they are returned…on their own….no fines!  Love it.  Also, another source we just found are a couple of android apps:  audiobooks and librivox.  Both apps have tons of free audiobooks including many, many classics.   Happy listening!


Armchair BEA Introductions

ArmchairBEA LogoExamplePlease tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

My name is Vicki, and I am a work-at-home/homeschool mom to three children (11, 13, and 15) in the southwest suburbs of Chicago..  I actually have a few “work from home” roles that keep me busy.  I am the family ministries director at my church. Basically, I am in charge of running both our children’s ministry and our youth ministry as well as serving and supporting parents and families.  I teach Spanish at my children’s academic homeschool program.  I have a small private practice as a parent coach.  I do one on one phone coaching as well as parenting workshops and classes at preschools and schools in my area.  Lastly, I do some freelance editing.  With all of this on my plate, I stay pretty busy.

I started blogging in February of this year mostly on a whim.  My oldest child took a blogging class at our homeschool cooperative and he encouraged me to start a blog again.  I had started a blog a few years ago when I set up the website for my parent coaching practice, Full Life Parenting, however, I never kept it up.  For me having the larger book blogging community has made it more enjoyable for me to keep blogging.

Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online. 

My blog is a fun outlet for me to keep reading, writing and sharing my thoughts.  I can be found on twitter at hotteaandabook and on Facebook at Hot Tea and a Good Book.

What genre do you read the most? 

I read a lot of YA books.  I started reading YA so that I would know what my teens were reading.  I love sharing books with my kids.  My 13 year old daughter exchange books frequently.  I love that this is something we can enjoy together and I often find that our discussions of the books we have read can often lead into discussion that we may not have had otherwise.

What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like?

My favorite place changes with the season.  In the winter months I love the curl up in my favorite chair by the fireplace with a hot cup of tea and my little Maltese in my lap.  In the summer months I enjoy reading on my back deck.

What is your favorite blogging resource? 

I love bloglovin.  I like being able to read all my favorite blogs in one place.