So, when I said on Saturday that I may be off the face of internet, I didn't expect my smartphone to take it literally and commit suicide by drowning. Because, that's just what happened. I waited two days for it to power up, but at this point, I'm close to switching off its life support and handing off the phone to my friend who loves playing with the innards of gadgets. With that goes my main link to the internet. I still have the iPad, but I don't stare at it ever 5 seconds the way I check my phone. At least until I can upgrade my phone in May next year, I'm stuck in the Stone Age with a boring non-data phone (after I buy one). Believe me when I say that I'm ready for mid-2012 already!
Other than that blip, my vacation in West Virginia was super-relaxing. I'm usually used to fast-paced over-packed vacations, so this was a great stress-reliever. I guess that was mostly because the places we visited aren't commercialized or teeming with tourists. We also walked under a bridge (on its iron structure) and it was one helluva experience walking 850 feet above the long winding New River Gorge National River flowing underneath. I don't have any pictures yet, but I'll try to post when I get some.
In other news, the Indie Lit Awards are open for nominations. Please please please, get your favorite 2011 releases in. I'll do another longer post some day dedicated to some literary fiction titles, since that's the panel I'm judging in, but for now, if you have any books you loved (in any category), please nominate, or at least start thinking about the titles you want to see win. To nominate, head here, click on the specific genre of the book you are nominating and submit the form.
Speaking of Literary Fiction, I just found out an hour ago that my blog has been shortlisted in the BBAW category for Best Literary Fiction blog. I can't begin to say how honored and happy I feel though it was mostly surprise that struck me first. So, once again, I would love to say Thank you to all my followers and especially to those who nominated my blog. I also want to say thanks to the judges who deemed my blog worthy of heading into the voting round. The shortlists for all the categories have been announced today, moreover, the voting has also started (and ends on September 10th). Make sure you vote for your favorite blogs by heading over to this website and signing in with Twitter or Google.