Welcome to Perpetually Past Due!


My name is Erik Shinker and, like many of you reading this, I have loved reading from an early age. This blog originally began as The Past Due Book Review; I made a conscious effort to diversify my reading since it can be easy to fall into one genre or another and never branch out, so this blog was my attempt at sharing that with others while also forcing my opinion on them. I expanded into music and movie posts under the name The Past Due Review and, after over two years of reviewing movies and books, I decided to take the blog in a more personal direction, so the posts you will see on here pertain directly to who I am; many songs, events, and people have shaped me into the man I am today and I hope to do them credit to their importance in my life.

A little bit about my writing qualifications; in May of 2015, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I studied English with an emphasis in Literature and Creative Writing and minored in Film Studies. My writing has been featured in the 2018 editions of Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction and America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of NonfictionI currently work as a manufacturing technical writer at a medical device company in Minnesota.

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