July I secretly tried something. I didn't want to announce it, in case it was doomed to fail, but I tried to post something for every single day of July. And I'm pleased to say that I managed it. Not so many reviews, but various little articles and one very big competition.
My July can be summed up as follows...
Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
Daughters of Fortune by Tara Hyland
Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw
Lucy In The Sky by Paige Toon
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Wicked Games by Sasha Wagstaff
By Midnight by Mia James
Pan's Labyrinth - a film review
By far my biggest news in July was the Malazan Re-read over at Tor.com. So far we have covered:
1) The Prologue and Chapter One
2) Chapter Two and Chapter Three
3) Chapter Four and Chapter Five
4) Chapter Six and Chapter Seven
These are being posted weekly on a Wednesday over at Tor and I would urge you to join us. The comments being made by both experienced readers and first timers (just like myself) are amazing, shedding so much light on what is a challenging, but extremely rewarding read. And the timing is ideal for you to jump on board the Malazan series, since Erikson has announced his completion of the last book.
I also joined another project this month - an ambitious and overdue effort to read all of the SF/F Masterworks published. So far I have contributed one review and have another in the pipeline.
I had a few bits and pieces to say this month, and posted a handful of articles - many of which drew some wonderful comments that are worth reading more than the original verbiage by myself!
1) Simon & Schuster Blogger Event
2) Meme With Relish: All About The Books!
3) Formidable Female Protagonists #1: Polgara the Sorceress
4) The Seven Link Challenge
5) Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned...
6) Bella and Edward: Romantic or Dysfunctional?
7) "This Blog Has Heart"
8) Special Editions: Do You Collect?
9) Man Booker Prize Long List Announced
10) Travelling With Books
Looking forward to August
So why the snail then? Well, mainly because I am entertaining the thought of a little slow blogging this coming month. This is partly due to the fact that I feel some of my content during July was skirting the boundaries of being merely fluff (memes I participated in, for instance - an easy way to create a quick post). However, it is mostly to do with my ongoing projects:
1) The Malazan Re-read - two chapters analysed in depth every week (you wouldn't believe how long this takes!)
2) Sam Sykes' Bravest Challenge
3) A forthcoming Diamond in the Rough challenge (to be properly announced this month)
4) A trilogy of books to be read and reviewed for Vector within the next month
5) My SF/F Masterworks book commitment (Grass by Sheri S. Tepper is my next read)
6) Keeping up with my various Fantasy Literature commitments, including reviewing books, producing a weekly World Wide Wednesday piece which trawls the Internet for the top ten items of interest, and a weekly Friday piece where I invite bloggers and authors to talk about Why You Should Read... various authors
7) Reading the review copies I am kindly being sent by publishers and authors
Quite a bit on my plate, non? So trying to make a commitment to a post a day for my own blog was causing me stress and creating a position where you, the reader, was not getting my best work! So.... slow blogging.
I'm not going away, far from it. I'll still be all over this blog and Twitter like a rash (a nice rash, you understand, not one of those embarrassing can't-tell-your-friends or the horrific you-have-been-quarantined rashes - a friendly rash.... Hmm, the rash picture just can't be made to look good, can it?) So, anyway, I'll be around. But I will be posting quality content on this blog when it is ready and I'm happy with it, rather than because 'hey look, it's Tuesday and I don't have anything for my blog, so I'll talk randomly about this for a while...'
Hopefully you'll all understand and not depart in your droves to that nice blog up the road that is putting out a post a day!
Anyhow, that's me all talked out! Let me know how your July went, what you're looking forward to in August, and whether I'll still feel the love of lots of loyal readers! *grin*