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UPDATE: So, What’s Actually Going On Here?

This post is dedicated to anybody who cares enough about this little website to notice updates have been a little thin on the ground lately.

Update 4 November: The plan for 22 November has changed. Instead of a triple review, I’ll be posting an article about why I’m not posting the triple review. Got it? Good!


One thing you may have noticed is that the number of stories, articles, reviews, etc posted to this website have been a little sporadic of late. If you haven’t noticed, that’s okay; now I’ve pointed it out, there will be absolutely no forgetting, okay?

So, what have I been doing? After posting an update about finishing writing Till Death Do Us Party’s second draft, have I begun working on the third? No, not yet, and who knows when I’ll get back to it? Hopefully this year, but maybe not.

In the interim (just over two months), I have posted some reviews. They’re all good books, and you should make an effort to check them out—after reading my reviews, obviously:

However, two reviews posted in September and another two posted in October doesn’t make for much content. I’ve done a little work behind the scenes, though. I have moved the mailing list from MailChimp to Substack, which gives me a little more room to play. And yes, one benefit of Substack is the potential to monetise newsletters, etc, but don’t worry—I’m not successful enough to demand money from you.

I have also set up a clippings.me profile, which I will be using to share my posts and articles on. If you’d like to check these out, feel free to click on those links, or jump across to LinkTopiary for them (and anything else you might like).

But utilising new web services doesn’t equal content, and I am well aware of this minor fact. But come November, my focus will be on drafting another novel, thanks to the (inter, for me)National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, as it’s more widely used). The target is 50,000 words written over the course of the month, and I will write a debrief piece where I discuss how badly I’ve missed the target (and yes, that’s content… you’ll be seeing in December).

However, I have been incredibly mindful of the lack of content over the last couple of months. While I won’t be writing more during November, I have a few posts scheduled to make sure you keep giving me those sweet, sweet clicks. And here’s a fun fact about November, 2021: There are five Mondays. So I’m utilising each of these Mondays to give you something to read. Your thanks are appreciated:

  • 1 November: An advance review of The Dance of Dawn & Dusk: Dawn, by Brady Caleb Wilkinson
  • 8 November: A review of The Price of Freedom: Lost Souls, by Schuyler Thorpe
  • 15 November: A review of The Kingmaster by C.A. Doehrmann
  • 22 November: A rant under Unpopular Opinion regarding a book series I was planning on reviewing (and rather negatively, to be honest), and why I have changed my mind
  • 29 November: A smartworld “short” story that has been the bane of my existence, but I finally feel I may have cracked it. I’m also throwing in an Unpopular Opinion post about the mind numbing fun of rewrites.

While not writing and not being lazy, I have also done a ton of reading, and not just for those upcoming reviews. I track all my reading on Goodreads, so take a look! If you’d like an early idea about my reviews for the aforementioned books, check it out. And while you’re there, why not follow me and see what I’m reading?Come December, I can’t promise I’ll be jumping straight back into everything, given various responsibilities that come with the time of year. I still expect I’ll have something to post, however.

TTFN,

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