Boy oh boy, doesn’t that title get you all excited?? I’m sure you’ve been dying to know what’s been going on in Shannonland, right? Ok, maybe not but this is my blog and I feel like telling you so take that.
Basically, I’m not doing so well at this updating thing. I’m doing MUCH better at the reading thing – I’ve been making it through three or four books in one week as opposed to one book in three or four weeks. A lot of that, though, has to do with the fact that I have more time now. I will not go into a lot of detail because I’m not ready to get THAT personal on my book blog, but I no longer work for the United States governement. (Surprise! It was originally going to be a big, happy announcement but I’ve been sitting on it for weeks now. Don’t ask why.) That means I’m down to three jobs instead of four. And I’ve definitely noticed a positive difference.
But it hasn’t been the difference I thought it would. I thought that suddenly I would be stress-free and sleep like a baby and read tons of books and write reviews like I’ve never written reviews before. So far, only one of those things has been even close to true…and, hint, it’s the one about reading. I’ve struggled with the impact this has had on my blogging – and made no secret of that struggle. It makes me sad that I can’t seem to find the time to be more active here, that I often fail at visiting the blogs of my friends when they show me so much support by continuing to visit mine, etc. I could go on and on and turn this into a real pity party…but what I really wanted to say is that I’M STILL HERE.
I’ll keep blogging – when I can, and as much as I can. I’ll keep reviewing. Lord knows that I’ve got enough e-ARCs to keep me busy into next year – which I totally consider a blessing, not a curse. But I have been letting my lack of activity here really stress me out and I just can’t do that anymore. I have to stop comparing myself to other people and my blog to other blogs. (I say that more for myself than any of you.) I don’t want you all to think I don’t care. I do, so much. But I’m still looking for the balance…so I’m still asking for your patience.
Almost every day I am shocked by the amazing kindness of this community. So many of you have more than proven to me that the good far outweighs the bad, and I thank you for it. You’ve opened your libraries, arms, hearts, and even your homes to me and I’ve been overwhelmed by your generosity and lack of judgment. Please keep supporting me. I promise you that one day I WILL return the favor. I won’t do a shoutout because I’d miss someone or make someone feel left out so just know that I appreciate ALL of you who have offered me kind words, advice, general love, physical ARCs, good luck, funny Twitter conversations, random gifts – any and all types of positivity. <333333
That being said, between the Beat-the-Heat Readathon and ARC August (so far), I’ve made it through…drumroll please…SIX ARCS!!! I totally blew my reading goal out of the water and August isn’t even over yet! My review goal…not so much. But hey, some improvement in one area is better than no improvement anywhere, right? I think so. *nod* So my goal for September?
TO GET AT LEAST HALFWAY CAUGHT UP ON REVIEWS!
This means I’ll be in the writing cave a lot when I’m not sitting through class, doing photography shoots, or working on Babee Producks’ marketing strategy – which in turn means I may be pretty scarce around Twitter. But please, feel free to tweet at me on there or email me or comment here. I read EVERYTHING, even if it takes me a while to get around to it and respond.
So there ya go, another update. Just keep swimming!