I had a quiet month, and mostly sat back and took my time with reading and reviewing. After October, it was nice to not have to worry myself with posting every day; THAT was tough. Granted I didn’t get through my entire TBR shelf of ARCs and such, but it is what it is. Hopefully I can get through the bulk of it this month instead (yeah, sounds familiar).
I want 2019 to be different in that regard. I’ll only be accepting books for review from publishers such as Flame Tree Press and Grey Matter Press until later in the year. I have too many books to read, and I feel weighed down and lacking freedom. I think we all feel like that sometimes, right?
I’ve started writing again. Stories, that is. I used to do it often, but then came the doubts and criticism over every single sentence. I couldn’t just let go, see where it took me. Well, I surprised myself in completing a particular story recently, and I’ve since submitted it for an upcoming anthology. Unless a miracle occurs (and I don’t believe in those), it’ll be rejected, but that’s okay. I fully understand the process, and I’m only grateful that I had the opportunity to try in the first place.
I’ve a long, long way to go if I want to get anything published.
Little Black Spots by John F.D. Taff – I stepped into the realm of the “King of Pain”, and I quite enjoyed my time. Fifteen individual tales that varied in style and subject matter. At the point of starting this I was beginning to tire of short story collections, but John F.D. Taff only reminded me of how great they can be. You can read my full review here.
Night Shift by Robin Triggs – I decided to tackle some of the recent Flame Tree Press ARCs, starting with this one. Not my usual genre, but I like to branch out now and again. As a debut, it was pretty okay, although I had a few issues, from the obvious plot twist, to the lack of ending. Robin Triggs has a lot of potential however, so I’ll be eager to keep an eye on his journey. You can read my full review here.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – The first community-wide readalong for Ladies of Horror Fiction. I appreciated the writing, like everyone else, but I didn’t enjoy the story. I seem to be in the minority; it’s beloved by the masses. Unfortunately, the characters were just intolerable to me. Classic doesn’t automatically equal good, I know I certainly couldn’t justify a higher rating. You can read my full review here.
Think Yourself Lucky by Ramsey Campbell – This one admittedly slowed down my reading momentum. It wasn’t long, but boy, was it hard to read. I understand and acknowledge the talent of Ramsey Campbell, but it seems the books I get around to are “not his best”, according to his fans. It’s a shame, hopefully one day I can read one of his stronger pieces. The full review for Think Yourself Lucky will be in December.
What about you? What did you get up to in November?