Intro, let’s go: For 2015, I’m recapping what I read, watched, wrote and listened to and whatever else. This isn’t a favorites or best, it’s just what happened to me in the cultural landscape. Music and podcasts are first, then what I watched and my year in reading. Finally: what I wrote this year.
Total Words on the Blog This Year : 41,609
That doesn’t include this post and this is cheating a bit, because I did more interviews this year than I have in the past, so not all of those are mine. That’s actually pretty low, in my mind. Many bloggers I read do 100s of thousands of words each year. It may seem like you hear a lot from me, but you don’t :). Also, at the beginning of 2015, I changed focus a little bit and went away from regularly blogging about books, writing and literature. That was a mistake. I lost momentum for some of my other creative projects. I’m going to double down in 2016 (more to come on that). [Read more…]
Intro, let’s go: For 2015, I’m recapping what I read, watched, wrote and listened to and whatever else. This isn’t a favorites or best, it’s just what happened to me in the cultural landscape. Music and podcasts are first, then what I watched. Now, reading. Next will be writing.
Every year, I believe I’ll read more books. And every year, I read about the same number. Below are 19 completed books. My wife told me she read 48, and that doesn’t include the books she thought of as “junk.” I like to think I “forgot” about some books, that I didn’t remember to add them to this ongoing list, but I’m not sure. So maybe I read 22 instead of 19?
I lost interest in several books after 5o or 100 pages. Those take up time. So does writing a new novel. So does writing a blog. (Excuses, yes!)
This year, I made an effort to read what was on my shelf. I went on a library fast. I broke that sometime in late October to pick up some of the new books, which you’ll see in the skimmed list.
Are you too productive as a novelist?
Bizarro writer and diy-er Christoph Paul was recently (and rightly so) profiled in the Huffington Post about his excellent book promotional and marketing capabilities. There’s a lot there to consume, but one quote really stuck out to me was one not from Paul, but from another writer about how often you should put out a book:
Welcome To Your New Life With You Being Happy by Rachel Bell
Pioneers Press, 2015
Was sitting at my house and was like ‘I never really wrote about that Rachel Bell book” this year
I still remember it, and then I looked up this interview and realized it was like 6 months ago that I read it
It doesn’t seem that long ago, but then I usually forget everything every year from September on and just reboot again in February
I’m looking at this book right now and I’m trying to think what I remember about it without opening it. Here’s what I remembered:
Not to start off on a downer, but actually I guess I am, it’s my Nanna. She just got out of the hospital. She has the flu or bronchitis. Before you raise your hand to ask, I’ll tell you what we did for Thanksgiving. There was no dressing or stuffing. She just wasn’t up to making it. Before you raise your hand again, yes, we did prop her up, so she was physically “up” to it, but then she said she really couldn’t do it. No, I don’t get it either, so don’t ask.