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Armchair BEA: Day One: Introductions

I couldn't attend BEA, it's in the US and I'm not with a passport to venture over there and visit. Or I might.... plus it's expensive.... but I hear worth every penny, so I still might..... oh, one of these years....

For now I got Armchair BEA, and for that I am quite happy to attend. Drinking a hazelnut coffee from my Keurig, while I enjoy this time with you all, really is the best, so I'm more than eager to attend this one.

Today is all about introductions, which honestly, I have never been very good at, but we'll do it anyway. I'm always up for a laugh if nothing else, often even be the brunt of it. So here we go.....

My name is Freda, and this is my voice in your head as you read. (Insert average chick sound.)
I am now going to answer some, or all, of these questions.... they said 5, but I've never been one to stick to the rules, so we'll see what happens.

BEA: Please tell us a little about yourself. Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Who am I?? Some days I ask myself that same question. I am nearing 40 and everything I thought I knew about myself is slowly different than it used to be. I have 2 teens, that are never around, and a man, who is also hardly around, so I spend most of my time with my 2 dogs and my books. I do other things also, of course, but those are my main interests. I've been blogging almost 3 years... blogoversary is August 2nd... and initially I got into it as a place to put my "book reports". I also had a lot to say when it came to books, what I thought and how the stories made me feel, so I thought what better way to do it. It's a lot harder than I thought, making sure you don't spoil it for anyone by what you write in your reviews, but also getting your point across about how you did or didn't like it. I've had some ups and downs along the way, but for the most part, it has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience in the friendships and relationships I have made so far.

BEA: Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
Talk about a loaded question...... I guess I can talk about my shoe fetish.
Yup, you read right.
I loves shoes! Enough that it pained me this Spring, to have to throw out 8 pairs of shoes that were beyond repair. I did buy 5 pairs already, to replace those fallen soles, but I still feel a loss.
I know some of you know about my love of Elvis Presley. Well, I have Elvis shoes!!!!!!!! 
 My mom got them for me one Christmas. They're from the Bradford Exchange. Who knew they had shoes, but they do! I haven't worn them, um, I couldn't walk on that handsome face of his, but they are treasured. Dearly.

BEA: Where do you see your blog in five years?
Who knows?! I really don't look that far ahead in time... my crystal ball has holes, and my spidey senses stopped tingling a long time ago. I look forward to today, and what ever it brings, and thank God when I have a tomorrow.  I don't know if I'd even be alive then, life is that precious, but I hope people will still read what I put on it. Whatever that may be....

BEA: If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
Hands down, Maya Angelou! 
I'm a poet, she's a poet, and I admire her greatly. I would probably be soup around her, but she would still be my choice.

BEA: What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
My favorite part is definitely the people I meet along the way. So many of you reading this now have been a great blogger buddy to me, and I hold you in high regard. If I ever visit or comment on your blog, you probably are on that list!
In changes, I  definitely would love if bloggers weren't so quick to join a lynch mob. I seen some attacks recently that were beyond the merits of what was appropriate on either sides.  Even if someone does wrong, who are you to cast stones and be a judge?! I think it's a terrible way to show someone when they crew up, by attacking them physically or emotionally, bullying is bullying... spiteful nature begets spiteful nature, just as positivity begets positivity... so maybe try that instead. Positivity. Even in light of error. Isn't that what forgiveness is all about?

Okay, maybe I'm just too deep for some of you... maybe some of you think I'm talking shit. I say, whatever. I hope my point reaches somebody, somewhere.

Now that's 5. I'm done rambling and hopefully you feel you know more about me. I also hope you like what you read. If you don't, that's ok too, respectfully. With that, I bid you adieu!


  1. Hi Freda! I have only started visiting your blog recently and I'm really enjoying it. It's nice to get to know you a little bit. It sounds a little lonely at home for you but it seems we in the book blogging community are reaping the benefits of that since you have more time for books and blogging. I'm sure your dogs love the attention, too!

    I agree with you about the lynch mob bloggers. I think there are many bloggers who don't get into attacking fellow bloggers. It seems many of the younger bloggers react in that negative way...but not all of them. It so sad that there are bloggers/people who have no understanding of making a mistake.

    Love your Elvis sneakers! Do you wear them or just admire them?

    Enjoy your week with Armchair BEA!

    Maya Angelou is a fantastic choice for an author to have dinner with. Her words, her writing is beautiful

    1. Thanks for the great comment!

      As for my sneakers... I couldn't bring myself to mar them so I doubt I will wear them anytime soon. I have Elvis jammies that I wear on a regular though.

      I hope you have a great BEA week too and thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi Freda, it's nice to know about you. I did hear your voice as I read. ;)

  3. I love your shoes!!! I love the friendships I have made through blogging!! Including you!!

    Have a great week!!

  4. Holy smokes, a new side of my Freda :-) I think this was a great post especially from those that have been around for awhile.

    We used to be frequents on each others blogs and understand life changes, book choices change etc but I always notice when you comment or I say Freda reviewed something I want to read etc.

    You have a real 'sarcastic' personality, I hadn't realised that, refreshing :-)

    I'm a shoe girl too but mostly a heal girl. A pair of shoes you haven't worn :-0 unheard of, if I had never worn them, they would be out on display, lol

    1. Thanks Marce, you made me smile! And not using my sarcastic voice either. (^_^)

  5. I love Maya Angelou too - awesome writer! And those shoes - wow, those are great!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Have a great Armchair BEA :)

  6. I have been cyberbullied several times on my quilting blog. I also know how to have the instigators arrested. Ya gotta be careful who you bully. It could be a bigger bully! Lol!

    1. So very true.
      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

  7. love the shoes and nice to meet you. I agree its the people in the community that make it so special.

  8. Hi, hope you're having a great day and enjoying this week of Armchair BEA. :)

    I love those shoes, what do you think you would wear them with if you had to make up a whole outfit?

    Yeah definitely agree with you about the blogger drama, I know I always try to stay out of it as much as possible.

    1. In lieu of your fashion question... I happen to have the answer on hand.
      To go with those shoes, I also have a purse. Not just any purse, not a pocket book, but a cargo bag. I also have a set of pajamas, and since people like to wears theirs outside nowadays, I may fit right in!
      I would look utterly ridiculous though and people might assume I just left Walmart. (^_^) I do love Walmart.

      Thank you for your cool question, and thanks for stopping by.

  9. I hear you on the absent teenager! Even when mine is home he really isn't really there - far too busy on the Xbox or talking to his mater!

    There have been quite a few comments today about how quick the blogging community is to jump into drama!

    Hope you enjoy your Armchair BEA experience this year!

    1. Thank you Marg, I am thus far! Happy Armchair BEA to you too!

  10. I love your post! and nice to see a fellow collector :) for me its a Star Wars fetish and toys (unopened of course) You have to rock those shoes one day! maybe get a second pair to save.Happy BEAing!

    1. Y'know a second pair might be an idea.... but knowing me and my hoarding ways, they'd get saved too.

  11. Love your shoes. I am not a shoe person, I have a few favorites and stick with them until they wear out and hope that style is still being made. LOL. I have an earring fetish, love 'em, gotta have 'em!

    1. I had an earring fetish in my teen years... which gradually led to shoes... and here we are now. (^_^)

      Happy BEA to everyone and thanks for all your fab comments.

    2. On second glance and re-reading what I wrote... I realize it was a mass jump from head to foot... ears to toes... must have been that childhood song... head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes... you know the one and I bet you're singing now too!

  12. Seriously how cool are those Elvis sneakers???? Stinkin' awesome. Maya Angelou would be a wonderful person to have dinner too. She's just majestic, so smart.

    It was wonderful "meeting" you :) Armchair BEA @ the Brunette Librarian

    1. Thank you for coming by, I will return the visit!

  13. Nice shoes :)
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  14. Those are some really cool shoes :) Your shoe obsession reminds me of this person, except his obsession was WAY more extreme (he had NEON shoes...)

    Happy BEA :)

    1. Neon shoes are not something I own, but totally would! (^_^)

      Thanks for coming by!

  15. Hey Freda,

    Nice to meet you. Awesome shoes!! I have not heard of this author, your dinner guest, so I must google and learn.

    Have a great day!


  16. Those are some awesome shoes! It would be amazing to sit down and chat with Maya Angelou, but I know I would be all tongue-tied and useless. Still, maybe I would absorb some of her wisdom. One can hope!

  17. Welcome to the Armchair BEA12 I am so glad you have your books and blog to keep you company. I also know that the big guy, Elvis, is waching your back.

  18. The blogging community is definatly a great one and its lovely to find out more about them. I do agree that its a shame they can also form lynch mobs so easily though- I guess that's the problem with online communications.

    1. I agree, it's hard to know exactly how someone says something when it comes in the form of text. It is easier to misconstrue someone's intentions or words.
      Thanks for coming by Abigail.

  19. Sounds like you get allot of quality time reading in :)

    NICE shoes!

  20. Hi Freda! I wish I were a show person. I am more of a handbag/purse person. I have lots of those, but not nearly enough shoes. LOL


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