Here we go Again

Not that anything ever changed to begin with, but I’m sitting here trying to come up with something to blog about, right? Something half-interesting. And I come across an article on Huffington Post titled “25 Books Every Man Should Read”. Did I read the article? No. But I bet I know the basic premise. These must-reads for men would likely make me more attractive to women. They’d give me some kind of business edge. They’d give me an idea as to what it’s like in the great outdoors. They’d somehow make me a better man.

What a fucking joke.

Books every teen should read before beginning college. Books every man should read. Books every introvert should read. Books every sports fan should read. Books every entrepreneur should read. I’m sick of all these damn lists. Sick of them. Come up with some decent topics, damn it.

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How Many Books Have you Bought This Year?

I’m pretty certain that y’all know by now that I track EVERYTHING when it comes to my reading. I track how many books I read. I track which series I’m reading. I track the amount time I spend reading each year. I track the number of pages I read. I track which books I’ve read from the Amazon list. I have a master list of every print book I own. And I have an Excel spreadsheet that tells me every author I own books by and how many. See, I know everything. But up until last week I never actively tracked the number of books I was buying.

Amazon keeps track of every order I’ve ever made, but this year not every book has been purchased from the online giant. But I was able to put together a list that includes every book I’ve purchased in 2015. I know the total number of books. I know the retailer. And I know the price of each. And I know if they’re new or used at the time of purchase. All good information to have when December comes around and I’m analyzing data for my yearly recap, right?

Here’s what I found. I’ve bought 15 books this year. And I’ve read seven. I’d like for that number to even out a bit more before the year ends. And I’m sure it will. So tell me, do you know how many books you’ve bought this year? Or how much you’ve spent on books in the first seven months of 2015?

It’s That Time Again

A few months ago I had a week of guest posts on here. And I’m ready to do it all again.

I have regular readers who I know are pretty interested in what I have to say, but I’ve posted almost every day of 2015! Which means a little change in perspective is probably in order. And I’m looking right at you.

It’s easy. I post about ANYTHING pertaining to books, writing, or publishing on here. Which leaves countless topics for you to discuss in a guest post. And don’t worry about trying to think of a topic I haven’t discussed before because my thoughts were most likely different from what you have to say.

Here are the only rules:

  • No book reviews.
  • No creative writing (poetry, short story, flash fiction, etc.)
  • No lists.

And that’s it! All you have to do is comment that you’d be interested in writing a guest post and I’ll send you an invite before the end of the day. You don’t even have to tell me a topic. I’m aiming for the first or second week of June to have the week of guest posts, which means I’m looking for five posts for each weekday. And of course, I reserve the right not to publish your post for any reason at all.

If you’re curious about what to write about, take a look at the guest posts from my first time doing this.

How to Feel Like Writing Again.

Are Writers Stalkers?.

I’m Going to Slit my Wrists if you Don’t Publish me….

The Wonderful World of YA.

The Buddy System.

Interested? Then leave a comment!

On Using Notebooks

I’ve read about writers carrying a notebook everywhere they go and jotting down any random thought they might have about their writing. I once tried this about two years ago. I was all giddy and excited to be writing my first book that I thought it would be a good idea to take a notebook with me everywhere so that I’d have it just in case a thought decided to pop into my head during the course of my day. I used the notebook maybe five times.

I just never really embraced it. I ended up thinking that if something really was of such great importance, then I’d likely just remember it without getting it down on paper. I mean, my memory isn’t leaving me any time soon. So I abandoned the notebook pretty quickly once I realized that it just wasn’t for me. The funny thing is that I used to keep one for blogging ideas that I used way more often than I used the one for my writing. And I still have a note on my phone that I use to put down my blogging ideas. I’ve been using it for months and it has dozens of post ideas stored for my future use. I actually look at it before I write every post.

I’ve never really used a notebook for my own writing, but I’ve used one for blogging. What about you?


On this day in 2014 I published Guest Post: Pantsing vs. Outlining.