I’ve been playing around with new search engines, and after a few disappointing trials, I discovered that DuckDuckGo is the best possible search engine for authors, readers, and writers.
I am pretty much searching for books 24/7, whether I’m checking prices or summaries, or just looking for something new to read : ) This means tons of searches on all the book retailer pages. I feel like I’m searching for the same books over and over and over again, and with my decrepit laptop, that is both slow and frustrating going.
If I want to see Aileen’s books on Kindle, I Google “amazon aileen erin” to get a boring page of this:
A scrolling carousel of books at the top of the results?!
And it gets better. DuckDuckGo uses shortcut codes called bangs. The bang for Amazon is !a, so if I search “!a aileen erin” I bypass the search engine interface and go straight to the Amazon search results, which are exactly what I wanted to see:
This is SO SO SO convenient! And there are bangs for every book site you could possibly want.
The most important DuckDuckGo bangs for readers and writers are:
!a – Amazon
!bn – Barnes & Noble
!itunes – iBooks
!kobo – Kobo
!gb – Google Books
!gr – Goodreads
So instead of going to Goodreads to look up my books, I can use “!gr lola dodge” and go straight to this magic:
It is a wonderful thing.
I basically can’t recommend DuckDuckGo enough and I hope you’ll start using it as your default search engine because it makes browsing for books SO. MUCH. EASIER. #cometotheduckside
Also, not a sponsored post ; ) I just love to share things I love.
I’ve been majorly MIA the past few weeks (months?!) and Quanta Rewind is to blame. Lately, I spend all day every day at my desk, working on the draft and listening to ambient arctic noise…
As you can imagine, I’m an inch away from a total breakdown.
The good news is the draft is juuuuust about finished. Bloggers will be able to download it on NetGalley at the beginning of April, and we’re still signing up for the blog tour, so hop on if you’d love to host!
I’ve survived thus far by consuming near-lethal quantities of Cherry Coke and dreaming of all the fun I’ll have when this deadline is in the bag. Thought I’d share a few things I CANNOT WAIT TO DO after Quanta Rewind is off my desk:
Hygiene is the first item to go when the deadlines hit. My hair looks like I’ve been moisturizing with Crisco, and I need to get back on the cleanliness schedule of a normal human person.
2) Play Breath of the Wild for 375603560q9479345 hours
It has come to my attention that I’m a grown adult and shouldn’t get sucked into buying a $300 console plus accessories just to have a Zelda machine… But then again OPEN WORLD ZELDA WITH COOKING AND WHO CARES ABOUT MONEY. I’m going to hunt down a Switch and spend a solid week gathering mushrooms. That’s just how I roll.
3) Catch up on dramas
I’m ridiculously behind on my drama watching. I got sidetracked with all this work (lame!) so I stalled out on Jealousy Incarnate, The Princess Weiyoung, and Hwarang, but I’m determined to catch up. PLUS, I have Goblin on my to-watch list and I can already anticipate the binge because it’s supposed to be the best.
4) Plan my next move
I’ve been in America way too long, and it’s time to skip out before all the visa regulations get crazy. Maybe back to Thailand after the burning season is over??? Or Bali?! Haven’t decided yet, but I’ll finally have time to plan.
5) Start my new series!!!
I am SO EXCITED to start a new project. The first book in my new series comes out on Halloween and I can’t wait to dig into all the early stage research and worldbuilding. It’s been killing me to have this one on the back burner. More updates (and preorder links!) coming soon, but this one is about WITCHES AND CAKES (my two favorite things in life) and I hope you love the new world as much as I do!
This is probably the most important post I’ll ever write and it’s VITAL that you follow my recommendations.
K-drama means Korean drama. They’re serialized TV shows that South Korea cranks out like hotcakes, and they are pure magic. Dramas come in a huge variety from historical to paranormal, but they share a few common features–the most important one being romance. Whatever else is going on, there’s always a cute, sweet love story. If you like reading romance, then you’re going to love watching K-dramas.
To enrich the lives of my readers, I’ve decided to share this list of (a few of) my favorite dramas. Enjoy, and I apologize in advance for all the hours of your life you’re about to spend binge-watching.
The real estate is valuable on my favorites list, but I’m recommending EXO Next Door first so you can dip your toes into K-drama. The episodes are a manageable fifteen minutes each and the series hits all the right comedy and romance notes as a famous boy band drops into the heroine’s life.
Also, EXO. If I were currently 13, my bedroom would be plastered with EXO posters.
The Heirs was a huge recent blockbusters with a cast of mega-stars. It’s basically Cinderella set in contemporary Seoul. You’re going to know exactly what ‘second male lead syndrome’ means after this. Just embrace the inevitability that you will fall in love with Kim Woo-Bin. (If you like it, try Boys Over Flowers)
Another contemporary. Oh My Venus is a weight loss story, but the issue is treated in a way that doesn’t make me want to chuck my laptop–focusing on the heroine’s health instead of her exterior. I adore every person in this cast and the romance is totally adorable. Must. Watch.
This one is a full-on historical w/ a gender-bender twist. The heroine disguises herself as a guy to survive, and ends up attending an all-male university. She’ll get executed if she’s caught, but her super-cute roommates/love interests aren’t going to let that happen. The male leads are so on point it’s ridiculous. (If you like it, try Rooftop Prince and Dae Jang Geum/Jewel in the Palace)
Contemporary gender-bender. This is one of the most popular K-drams of all time–so much so that it has Japanese and Taiwanese versions. The heroine is a nun in training who ends up joining a boy band posing as her twin brother, and if you can think of a better premise than that, I hope you’re writing screenplays in your spare time. (If you need more gender-benders, try Coffee Prince and To the Beautiful You)
That’s all (for now…) but I hope you try watching a few of these. OR if you’re already a K-drama pro, share your favs with me! Cheese in the Trap and Descendants of the Sun are next on my to-watch list, which I will get to the next time I’m not in write mode… So maybe ten years from now ; __ ;