So… um, yeah. Somewhere not long after my last post I descended into the pits of a hardcore creativity slump where I only managed to get through two books between the end of January and about a week ago. I managed to decide that book blogging was this utterly pointless endeavour that would only lead to misery (or something like that). Then I realised I was sick of moping around all day and spending hours doing nothing productive on the internet. So I’m back, and with a shiny new layout for the blog to boot.
I was tagged for the three daily quotes tag that I never did finish, and I have about six partially-written posts sitting in my Drafts folder. I do want to start kind of fresh-ish though, so I won’t be doing anything with them at this point in time. Part of the problem, I think, was a bit of burnout, and I also got a bit too hung-up in counting stats and followers and views and that wasn’t particularly helpful. There’s a moral in there somewhere.
Going forward, I’m changing my approach a little bit. I’m not going to obsessively check my stats everyday, for one. I’m still going to take part in the community – or try to, at least – but without getting too caught up in the “they’re doing that, should I be doing it too?” kind of mentality I was developing. I think I’ll also keep the posts a little shorter, so I can write them in one or two sittings, instead of stringing the writing over several days. That sort of thing, so that this blog doesn’t start feeling like a chore.
Onto more positive things! Although my creativity slump pretty much killed my desire to read or write or be productive, it was pretty decent fodder for obsessively listening to music. I’ve pretty much had The Goon Sax’s debut album Up To Anything playing on repeat ever since it came out, and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve watched the video for ‘Boyfriend’.
The Inky Awards longlist was also announced while I was gone. The Inkys have a very special place in my heart, not only because I was one of the teen judges back in 2013, but also because Inside A Dog always provided an environment where everyone else loved books and reading as much as I did. I could spend an entire blog post talking about the awesomeness of the Inkys (and maybe I will??? Who knows???). I’ve read a few of the titles on the longlist, and hope to read a bit more of the list this year.
If you’re between the ages of 12 and 20, and live in Australia, you should totally apply to be an Inky Awards Judge. You’ve still got a couple of days to apply, and I can personally attest to how amazing an experience being a judge is.
In terms of “what is Sarah reading?” news, I currently have a bag of books sitting beside my bed. There are a few books sitting on my bedside table that I recently bought when I decided that I’d had enough of being in a constant state of bleh. The bag contains mostly reading copies (including a couple of ARCs) that I’m reading for my local bookshop, so I’m pretty set for reading material.
So, I’m back. Hopefully I’ll do a better job of sticking around this time.