I think 2023 was a year to forget for me. The good news is that I have recently had some improvement in both my wrists and my neck/shoulders, and I am generally feeling more positive about doing things. The decision I made, thanks to the wonderful support from the organisers of the Mynt Image Craft Fairs, to carry on with my pre-booked events, kept me going, gave me a social life, and also gave me hope. Thank you to everybody I met through them this year. Your help has been incredible.
This is my Insecure Writers Support Group post, in which we share our successes and failures as writers, our insecurities, in fact. Anyone can join in, just sign up at the IWSG Sign-up page, write a blog post on the first Wednesday of the month, and go back to that sign up page to link with everyone else–or a goodly sample. Our host is Alex J Cavanaugh, and cohosting this month are:
Question of the month
Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book review do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?December 2023 IWSG
Since you can read as many book reviews as you like on here (I think there are over six hundred now. Search–in the footer RHS–for the book review category or just on a name/title), I think it’s fair to say that I write what I thought of the book, as a reader, with some comments on the writing if I feel it helps. I do bear in mind that the author might read it. The more likely I think that is, the more I might skim over style issues. But I nearly always comment about bad editing. I mean–people who haven’t done a decent job on their book are not making it easy for me to read it. And I think it only fair to warn other readers. Although if I’m feeling nice about the book, I do try to give an indication that it may have been cleaned up, by saying when I think I downloaded it!
And I have learned to read the reviews of my books remembering that this is a reader’s opinion, and they may not like what I’ve written. Sometimes they say why, and that can be very useful in improving my own writing. Mostly they say nice things, though 🙂
My Year in Books (a fun thing)
I decided to include this in my IWSG post this year to encourage more people to do it. Just copy the categories and add appropriate titles of books you’ve read this year. It’s supposed to be funny, or at least slightly amusing. I link them to my reviews on this blog. All thanks are due to the Bookshelf Gargoyle, who isn’t blogging any more, but gave me some easy blog content for when my brain is fried.
My 2023 Year in Books
So far, I would describe this year as being: Half Life
I’m tipping that the next big thing in Reality TV shows will be: Kiss of the Spiderwoman
I could have cried when: Choosing Crumble
I would love to have some respite from: Fractions of Existence
The most unexpected thing that happened this year involved: A Coastal Corpse
My non-bookish friends would say I: Stand on Zanzibar
My motto for 2024 will be: The Last Remains
I am most looking forward to: Magic at Midnight
A recurring dream I’ve had this year features: Death at the Asylum
If you looked under my couch you would see: The Wife, The Mistress, and the Guinea Pig…
If I could no longer blog, I would probably pursue a career in: The Art of Spirit Capture
Something most people don’t know about me is: She’s a Killer