Next Up For Review

Next Up For Review
The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks

Friday, November 18, 2011

Somebody Throw Me a Lifeline...

I'm bored.
Totally, completely, utterly bored with my book review site. Am I still reading? Yes! Did I finish "People of the Mist"? Yes! Was it good? You betcha!
So, what's the problem?
Good question. I'm not entirely sure I have the answer. In part, I think I'm over connected. Too many social sites (Twitter, FB, Google+, Blogger, Linked In, Book Blogs...the list goes on) to keep up on. I'm also missing some of the 'Blogger Love" from days past. Do I go out and seek new Blogger fans? Eh...kinda. It takes quite a bit of work; and while I'm not opposed to hard work, the returns as of late have been *dismal*.
Am I giving up reviewing? Nope. I actually have the sequel to "A Scottish Ferry Tale" (SCOTLAND BY STARLIGHT) to review in early January; and I've heard it is far more engaging than the first book. I just think I need to take a break from reviewing and  until that day--and have a little fun.
Here goes nothing:
I'm reading VANITY FAIR. My favorite line thus far?
"The other boys would fag out and give him balls at Cricket."
I'm completely juvenile in every possible way.
What else? Well, I wrote two short stories. Both are available for download (FREE, Peeps. What have you got to lose?) from Lulu press. Here's the linky-links: MISSING and RED VELVET
One is dark; the other is sweet; both are short (600 words) and free. Maybe I'll find some love there?
Lastly, I've promised my poor publisher a very large chunk of work (the brave man wants to publish chunks of my personal blog as an e-book) by the end of the weekend--and let's just say my work ethic has suffered along with my ego as of late. Can you say, "Crunch Time!" ???
What about you all? Anybody else out there in the blogger slump of 2011?
Keep me posted. After all, misery loves company.


  1. I think we all hit that point where everything seems monotonous and simply put, not as jazzy as it once was. I totally feel you on the over connected issue, which is why I've scaled back quite a bit in November. I'm rarely on twitter, book blogs, etc. because I'm trying to devote my time to reviews and my own writing.

    I found my increase in viewers taper off with the loss of my weekly Indie Spotlight posts. I only ended them because I was putting in far too much time, and as selfish as it may sound, I wasn't getting much of anything in return. It helps to disconnect from the social media, or at least scale back a tad from time to time. It requires dutiful effort to keep up with all of the sites, and quite frankly, not many of us have that much time on our hands.

    I know that I had committed myself to reviewing some books that were outside my normal genre, but in between these reviews, I read something for me. Read something outside your designated review list. Pick up a book for you, not because you've said you'd review it. If you decide to write a review on it, that is just icing for your followers, but it's not a necessity. Your readership will grow with less effort because your enthusiasm will be conveyed through your words, making them want to read whatever it is you write.

    Good luck. For what it's worth, I enjoy reading your posts. :)

  2. I hope the work you are doing for your publisher is going well! There is nothing wrong with needing to take a break. I look forward to reading your reviews when you come back. Hopefully you will feel energized after a little time for yourself.