I’ve been blogging three times a week lately, and to be honest, I’ve gotten tired of hearing myself. So, I’ve decided to cut back. I’m going to try to blog on Sundays and Thursdays. At least, that’s my goal. Occasionally, if one of my books goes on sale or something special happens, I’ll mention that, but otherwise, I’m going to try not to pester you so much.
For a while, I posted book reviews once a week, and I’m still going to post those on BookBub and Goodreads, but not on my blog. Why? I’m beginning to think that, as a writer, I’m pickier about some things than I should be. I get ouchy about things most readers take in their stride. But if I don’t say anything, I don’t feel like I’m being fair either. On the whole, if a writer’s put a lot of work into a book, and it shows, I tend to maybe rate them higher than some readers would, because I can’t make myself ignore how much blood, sweat, and tears went into the manuscript. And often, I rate a book on my overall impression of it, not on flaws that threw me. If I enjoyed reading it and didn’t stop, I’ll probably give it four stars just because it gave me three or more pleasant evenings. If a book’s three stars or lower, I probably won’t finish it, so won’t review it. I’ll mention things that bothered me in a review, but overall, I might still have really liked the book, regardless. So, I’m not sure that my reviews are all that helpful.
When I learn something from a book, that’s another matter. For instance, I’m reading another Louis Kincaid right now. An Unquiet Grave. And once again, I’m in awe of how well the characters are done. So well done, I’m paying attention to how P.J. Parrish makes them come to life in so few words. It’s ALL showing and no telling. I love it. Also, I’ve been wondering how she chooses such dark topics, but they never feel overdone or stuck in for shock value. The two sisters are darn fine writers, and I wish I could learn some of their techniques.
Anyway, I’m hoping I can keep thinking of things that are interesting for my blogs, but it’s hard to concentrate on writing every single time. If anyone has any questions about writing or my books or cooking, please feel free to ask. I might have an answer:) I’m finally starting to get back on a sort of routine after everyone came to celebrate the holidays a little later than usual, and I’m working with more distractions than usual, but I’m making progress on my new series idea. I hope you’re making progress, too.