Examiner.com is gone!

Apparently, Examiner.com, the site that was holding on to my book and movie reviews for years was bought by another company in 2014. However, links to my reviews still worked, which was how I was deceived.  In mid-July 2016, without my knowledge, the Examiner shut down completely and with it, all my work and webpages were deleted.  I am really disturbed by the fact that there is now no proof that I ever published anything for them. They may have gotten their comeuppance — I hope some extorted writer like myself sued their asses off and won — but my work is 100% gone.  I saved my book reviews before to my book review blog, “Around the Bend of the Book,” but links to the originals don’t work. My movie reviews, on the other hand, are completely gone.  Damn you, Examiner — as a former contributor, I should have been contacted about the decision to erase my publications!

How things are…

If you asked me “What’s up?”, I’d probably say something along the lines of “Nothing, because my life is going down the drain.”  Yes, things have definitely taken a severe turn for the worse since I last posted a real entry here about half a year ago.

My writer’s block is over, more or less.  I am working on my own scribbles, fiction and fanfiction.  I have several current TV shows I’m rooting for.  I’ve made my way to Tumblr.

Then there is darkness, where my real life, or as most call it, “RL”, comes into play.

I’ll discuss that some other time.

Anyway, the next big thing is that I’ve created another blog here on WordPress, and it will house all of my book reviews from my publishing days at the Examiner.  Give a big round of applause for “Around the bend of the book.”  The blog’s a work-in-progress, where every book I’ve ever reviewed will have one complete entry/review with no broken parts…and 300-something reviews will take me some time to transfer over.

Well, until next time…

Natalie Gorna

And…Christmas music is STILL annoying!

Recapping on my own blog entry is so surreal, but here it goes: I agree with everything stated, except that I do appreciate Christmas to some extent, although I’d never admit it aloud.  So relax and enjoy what I’ve “re-blogged,” because to be frank, I couldn’t have said it better a second time than I did the first time.

As for that parting comment about movie reviews and book reviews…here’s to my superb efforts for Examiner.com and how they mistreated me nonetheless.  Because I just re-read some of my work for them, and it’s…good.  Unbelievably, amazingly good writing (no boasting intended).  But yes, the repetitive annoyance that is Christmas is driving my ears crazy…thank goodness for Grooveshark and Spotify.

Natalie Gorna

Scribo, Ergo Sum

Yes, I am hopelessly annoyed by the repetitive Christmas jingles I am constantly hearing in most stores.  Mostly because the tunes are boring and the lyrics are so…dumb.  Like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Hear a kid sing this song, and you may smile.  Hear an adult sing it with fervor and serious intent, and you will definitely break into laughter like me.  How then can you take Christmas seriously?  Don’t get me wrong…I appreciate this holiday the same way I appreciated Thanksgiving—not at all.  However, my first mental note when I identify a store’s current choice of background music is a retort along the lines of “That is the best radio station they can afford?”  I don’t care if this is the “holiday season” and businesses want to display their artificial sense of “holiday cheer”…there’s nothing wrong with finding Christmas songs that are more original than tunes like Jingle Bells

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