- Man vs Bookshelf: Introduction
- Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz Horror
- Man vs Bookshelf: Lisey’s Story
- Man vs Bookshelf: Devil May Care
- Man vs Bookshelf: Big Little Lies
- Man vs Bookshelf: Good Omens
- Man vs Bookshelf: Grandpa’s Great Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: Clough: The Autobiography
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Cuckoo’s Calling
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Escape
- Man vs Bookshelf: I Am Legend
- Man vs Bookshelf: Confessions of a Sociopath
- Man vs Bookshelf: Silence
- Man vs Bookshelf: Six Years
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Thin Executioner
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Entrepreneur’s Book of Checklists
- Man vs Bookshelf: John Dies at the End
- Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Potter and the case of the Duplicates
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Ayoade on Ayoade
- Man vs Bookshelf: Junk
- Man vs Bookshelf: Bobby Moore
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hard Way
- Man vs Bookshelf: 102 days down (+ Freakonomics)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Dirk Gently (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Clifton Chronicles (1 & 2)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Twitterature
- Man vs Bookshelf: Pele
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Collector
- Man vs Bookshelf: Cirque Du Freak
- Man vs Bookshelf: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scripts
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Hobbit
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Lord of the Rings
- Man vs Bookshelf: Odd Thomas (1-3)
- Man vs Bookshelf: Harry Redknapp
- Man vs Bookshelf: Motivation and Doctor Who
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Killing Floor
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Dark Tower
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Moaning of Life
- Man vs Bookshelf: Will You Manage?
- Man vs Bookshelf: Creative Writing
- Man vs Bookshelf: Quantum of Solace
- Man vs Bookshelf: The City Trilogy
- Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz’s Holmes
- Man vs Bookshelf: Forever Young
- Man vs Bookshelf: Drive
- Man vs Bookshelf: Story
- Man vs Bookshelf: Whatever You Say I Am
- Man vs Bookshelf: Football Manager Stole My Life
- Man vs Bookshelf: Red Dragon
- Man vs Bookshelf: Business Stripped Bare
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Damned UTD
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Gold Standard – Rules to Rule By
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
- Man vs Bookshelf: Am I Proud?
- Man vs Bookshelf: The Black Angel
- Man vs Bookshelf: Stress and Soccernomics
- Man vs Bookshelf: A Spot of Bother
- Man vs Bookshelf: Word Count & The Good Guy
- Man vs Bookshelf: Amazon Recommendations and Noughts and Crosses
- Man vs Bookshelf: More Word Count and Mother Tongue
- Man vs Bookshelf: Cardio Sucks
On Saturday I walked into town and gave a load of the books I’d finished reading to Cancer Research.
It was a relief to get rid of them. They’d been cluttering the floor by my desk, and handing them over was a weight off my shoulder because I had them in a bag on my shoulder and I thought it was about to break. But, as it turns out, there is a downside.
In that bag
A glance down my list revealed another book that would be difficult to write about – Instant Entrepreneur, and there are a couple more that will be tough, but doable.
There are a few upcoming reviews that I do remember well enough to write, but these are the books I enjoyed, so I haven’t thrown them away.
Of course, that would always be the way it goes.
This all coincides with a question that has been tossed to me like a hot potato recently.
Am I proud of my blogs?
Coming off of my holiday at the beginning of May, I talked about how the quality of my blogs had been low. Since the new year
After my holiday, this was fixed, and I fired out a few blogs I was certainly proud of.
Now, only three months later, I feel as though the strength of my blogs may have gone off a cliff again.
There are a number of reasons for this. I’ve been busy, recently. My other half and I are planning to move house and that means dealing with estate agents and solicitors and viewings and whatever else.
Plus there have been social events. The wedding reception of my colleague, my own birthday. All of which constricts the time in which I am able to write.
There are more reasons. I seem to have hit a spate of books I have not really enjoyed, and so have little to say about.
This was not so for Bazaar of Bad Dreams, which was good, but I knew that would be long, so I phoned it in.
I’ve been editing my next novel, and it’s taking longer than I had hoped. I’m falling behind and starting to panic I won’t get it out this year, which would be a disaster.
So the blog is just one more thing and, when I don’t enjoy the books, the blogs feel like too much.
Why the epiphany?
The reason questions of pride came up is because I am submitting my novel released last year, Poor Choices, to agents.
The book, I actually am proud of, but I mention my blog in the submission and that made me wonder if it’s something I actually want people to look at.
Because it should be. I’m putting it out in the world and it’s not just for writing practice.
I considered them looking at my last few blogs and turning from me because of that,
It shouldn’t have taken the threat of agents looking at my site to make me consider if my output is any good though. I should have been thinking about it anyway.
But I wasn’t, and now I am.
A new way forward
I think it’s time for a change of approach. I use Remember the Milk for my to-do lists and I
Problem is, I put one of each a day, then when
No more. I’m sick of putting crap out there because I want it done quickly, and I’m afraid of releasing a book that isn’t right because I’m not putting the proper focus on editing.
So, I’ve put all my editing and blogging to dos into a new list, with no due dates. From now on, I’ll spend as much time as I can writing, but I won’t put dates on when these items need to be finished.
This, I think, will improve the quality of the work, and reduce the chances of me suffering a stress induced heart attack.
That’s the hope, anyway.
And the blogs waiting?
I’ve got a fair few blogs waiting.
That’s fine. Most of these I will review as planned.
But, there are two exceptions.
Screenwriting, and Instant Entrepreneur.
I looked at these two books and thought – I can’t review them. Can’t write two blogs for them when I have less than a hundred words to say about them, combined.
So, rather than waste your time with two separate blogs, I’m going
Won’t that be fun?
For people with zero knowledge of starting a business, and who have never even heard of a screenplay, let alone written one, but would like to, these books are for you. They are written at the absolute top level, and while they do contain some interesting insight most of it – especially in “Instant” – is stuff you will already know, or would be able to work out using common sense. You will not struggle to read these books, but nor will you gain anything from them, and for people looking to start a business or write a screenplay, I would fast point them elsewhere for reading material.
There you have it. This week’s reviews and more promises that things are going to be better.
You’ve heard it all before though, right?
Well, I can but try.
Next up we have a book I have read twice in the last couple of years and loved both times.
In fact, it was the inspiration for the aforementioned Poor Choices, although I did deviate somewhat from my original plans.
See you for that.
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