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Friday, October 7, 2011

Break Time!

Alrighty, so here's what going on. I am taking a small break from reviewing at least. I've found that I just can't juggle reading and my job without pushing my writing to the side and I really don't want that to happen. It's hard to get everything done in the 4 hours or so that I have in between waking up and going to work. When a review goes up, I basically JUST finished that book and then I'm on to the next one that I want to review two days later. It's not fun. So what I want to do is take a break from reviewing, and stockpile reviews so that I can be ahead by a couple weeks when I get back into the swing of things.

I'll still be doing the occasional post, like IMM on Sundays (this upcoming one has a TON of awesome books) and I still have to do my National Book Festival recap (pics can be found here). I also have a blog tour post for Deadly Cool coming up next Friday. I'm not sure when I'll come back to reviewing; it really just depends on how quickly I get through books and can get ahead on reviews, but hopefully before the end of the month.

It'll be nice to kinda take a breather and not have to figure out how many pages I need to read each day to stay on schedule. I can get back to doing about an hour of writing a day because I'd really like to finish this book and start querying as soon as I can (and then start writing another book). I'm really excited for this to happen and I hope I can come back very soon. Wish me luck! :)


  1. How did I NOT know you were writing?!?! I think this is a similar problem for a lot of book bloggers, especially aspiring authors. I have the same problem and I need to think about it too otherwise I'm just reviewing other's books all the time and never finishing writing my own. I think I'm going to do NANO again this year and go from there.

    I'm right behind you 100% James and you can still read and review..you just wont be so prolific but there's nothing wrong with that *hug*

  2. There is never enough time in the day! I will miss your reviews. Good luck with your writing :-)

  3. *hugs*
    Enjoy your break! I think we all need them from time to time.

    I just started to work a little over a month ago, and it has been a struggle to keep everything going, so I understand.

    Enjoy your time, and keep writing because you truly are an awesome writer.

  4. Well I can certainly understand. It amazes me that people have time to read, make YT videos, and make blog posts with a full-time job, housework, yard work, blah, blah.

  5. Stockpiling your reviews is great I'm doing that now sort of and have enough reviews to last me till december (If I can get one more book two more books read to wrap up october) it's nice

  6. Happy writing!

    Yeah, don't ever let the blogging get to the point where it isn't fun. Speaking as a writer, I'd rather have people enjoy my books at their own pace rather than feel that reading them is a chore.

  7. Enjoy your break and I hope you get your writing done, I'll still check for your IMM each week (I missed it when you went a few weeks without doing them). All the best!!

  8. Lynsey- LOL not many people do know. I occasionally tweet my word count but that's about it. If you'd like to swap manuscripts sometime, that would be cool. I only have 13 pages though. :P

    Georgina- Thanks for the kind words! Hopefully I'll be back soon!

    Alex- My job started in August so it's been a bit of a struggle since then. Thanks for the kind words about my writing! :)

    bumblesby- Luckily, I don't have yard work since I live in a townhouse so that helps. :) But yeah, it's VERY hard- that's why I stopped doing Fragment Friday (well, one of the reasons).

    Kate- DAMN! That's far in advance. I don't know if I'll get that far ahead, but we'll see.

    Jennifer- Luckily, the reading is never a chore. I still do enjoy reading the books I'm reviewing but it'll be nicer to take my time with them (and also read library books too- I want to read Jane Lynch's and Ellen Degeneres' memoirs).

    Caroline- Aw thanks! Yeah, I'll be doing IMMs every week now so there's at least that to look forward to.