This is my fifth or sixth attempt at writing a blog post for this morning. My draft post list has no fewer than 70 items on it and there’s four or five I could easily finish and polish to a publishable standard in less time than it takes to watch an episode of Friends, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I also tried writing one from scratch, but that didn’t work out either. I just don’t feel like blogging today.
I have a case of the Blogging Blahs.
I think I know why, too: because writing The New Novel has been going well, and I don’t want to write anything else but it. Low coffee stocks may also be contributing to the problem. So for this morning I’m just going to point you in the direction of some other bloggers’ blogs, and hope to distract you with them until tomorrow…
Shannon Young has a great blog called A Kindle in Hong Kong, where she reviews books that her Kindle and her commute now give her the time to read. She recently reviewed Results Not Typical, saying that it’s a “fun novel with surprisingly complex characters” and that my writing style is like this blog, “chatty, entertaining and unapologetic”. You can read the whole review here and find Results on Amazon for just 99c. Shannon also recently reviewed The Night Circus which has been getting great reviews everywhere it goes, it seems, and I bought it at the weekend so I can’t wait to get stuck in.
You may have noticed that my posts have a new button below them, one that says ‘Flattr This!’ Flattr is a “social micropayments” service that lets you tip bloggers whose work you find interesting, useful or just plain entertaining, and does it in a way that both serves a greater good and avoids the awkwardness of a tip jar. Claire King introduced me to it, and her blog post explains it well. Pop over for a read and then install your own Flattr button so I have more blogs to add to my Flattr list!
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I’m off coffee-shopping. Laters!