When I wrote about my goals for July and August, I mentioned that it might be an interesting topic to look at my TBR pile. I want to look at how it works, what it looks like, how I tackle things, etc. I’ll try and keep things nice and organised, but don’t be surprised if it ends up as haphazard as I usually write posts. I’ll just copy over what I’d started to write there and go on from there. See where I end up.
I thought I’d try something new this month, a little round up of all the things I’ve read or watched or played and a very brief description of my thoughts. I don’t actively track what I watch (or, actually, what I play) so these may be a bit bare if, indeed, they appear at all, but it’s worth a try and it might be interesting! It might also get me talking about things a little more in a format that isn’t particularly scary. We’ll see how it goes and whether it’s worth keeping up. In the case of works I’ve posted actual reviews for, I will, of course, be linking to that instead. I also won’t be including things that I didn’t finish.
And it’s time for the monthly goals and reflection again!
I like starting posts with ‘once upon a time’. I’m not sure why and this post isn’t about speculating as to the possible reasons. (Though, if you want a hint, distancing and the way it instantly turns autobiographical notes into a story — and we all know I can’t write nonfiction well, if only because I keep on telling you — are pretty high on my list of potential influences. Anyway, that’s not what this post is about, so let’s not dwell on it too much. Suffice to say I am deviating from the pattern because it seemed like a fun thing to do to get the ramble rolling.)
What this post is about is listening and why it’s hard for me (note that: this is not a universal thing. The below is very personal and applies to me only). On DreamWidth, lizcommotion was talking about listening and boundaries. There are a lot of things I could say in response to that post and there’s a lot packed into those statements that, in nonfiction (and probably even in fiction) I’m not sure how to unpack and show everyone.
GalleyCat posted a brief article about the books that scared us as children a little while ago. (You can read it here) and I thought, hey, why not? It could be an interesting topic to talk about.
Unfortunately, my memory of my childhood reading is incredibly spotty and I avoided horror books as much as I possibly could. I was a scaredy-cat. Still am, comes to that. So you’d think that I wouldn’t have a whole lot of interesting answers to give to the question of what books scared me as a child.
Anxiety. Where do I start talking about anxiety? I suppose, in this case, I should start by talking about the anxiety that started all this. Or, rather, I should start by mentioning the reason my anxiety started all this, which sounds terribly dramatic and really, really isn’t. It’s just that a little while ago Rhian, a good friend and fellow writer, wrote a post about the rules of writing and what makes people a writer. Rhian’s post uses a set of rules that a lot more sensible, flexible and inclusive than the ones I normally see touted about. (Which, honestly, are often ablist.) Anyway, one of Rhian’s points is that taking care of yourself and safeguarding yourself is important. I wanted to elaborate on how that point manifests itself in my own life. It’s nothing that Rhian hasn’t already said, I think, except longer and more me-personal.
It’s time for the round-up of the The Last Unicorn Read-Along! It’s been a little longer in coming than I’d anticipated and I deeply apologise for that. Life has a way of, well, getting in the way. But the round-up is here now! We didn’t have a large amount of participation, I’m afraid to say, but I hope everyone who did participate had fun! (And thank you for joining me once again!)
I’ll be linking the posts in groups per week like so [Name: Post Title], though I’ll be shortening my own titles and titles that don’t immediate make it clear what the post is about. You also get a bonus post linking to Stainless Steel Droppings because Carl is an amazing short story reviewer and both his post and the discussions in the comments are, while not a part of the read-along, still of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the available stories set in The Last Unicorn‘s storyverse. ^_^
A few days ago, Cheryl from Tales of the Marvellous blogging about her blogging history. It’s an interesting topic and, like was pointed out in the comments, not something we always know about bloggers. It’s something that I certainly haven’t really talked about before, even though I know I’ve alluded to it in past posts. I figured it was worth talking about. Or, at least, elaborating on a little and seeing where I wound up. ^-^ I hope it’ll be interesting to others as well!
And today we find the last post of the read-along before the grand wrap-up post a few days into the future. I’ll be collecting links to compile into a round-up post, so please do be sure to drop me links to any of your thoughts by Sunday!
Today we also talk about three different pieces: Two Hearts, The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and the graphic novel adaptation. I’m talking about them in that order and I’m tackling their structure slightly differently from the other posts. There are no discussion questions available for these pieces. Instead, I’ve discussed Two Hearts and the graphic novel in brief mini-essay-like formats and I’m quoting liberally from The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and commenting on the story (and its relation to the others) as I go along. It seemed like a good idea at the time, so let me know what you think!
It’s been a long time since I did a linkspam. Have one that’s filled with interesting, awesome and cute because I had a sad. Anyone have ideas for things they want me to blog about?