An Impromptu Blog Post: Book Review Hiatus

I have come to make the difficult decision to stop writing book reviews and posting them on this blog. I started what began as The Past Due Book Review, and later changed to The Past Due Review, in an attempt to continue writing after graduating from college. I used it as a sort of living portfolio in order to build up experience to facilitate finding a job in writing. As I’m sure many of you know, it is difficult to get even an entry level writing job without any prior professional experience, so The Past Due Review was my answer to that problem. I am proud to say that I have begun working where I am able to write and put my skills to use; however, that means this blog has served its original purpose for the time being.

This has all come about at a good time for me because I was beginning to get book fatigue; I was continually checking what page I was on, how it would affect my editorial calendar if I gave myself another week, and I was no longer enjoying the experience of reading. When I did find myself engrossed in a book, I realized how much stress taking my time with it was causing, so I began to consider making this change. With accepting this writing position, I am afforded an opportunity I cannot pass up. I will continue to post Music Mondays for the foreseeable future, but consider this an indefinite hiatus from all book and movie reviews; What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong will be my last book review on the blog.

However, I have decided to continue blogging, albeit through a different name and purpose. I am currently planning content that is more personal and lets you get to know me as a human being a little better. If you came here mainly for reviews, I appreciate all of the time you have given me and wish you the best. If you would like to know my story and thoughts about life, love, and the occurrences therein, look forward to some upcoming posts. A huge shout out to my fellow blogger Amy for unintentionally inspiring me to follow this new path; anyone who enjoys reading enthralling and honest writing should go follow her and read her posts.

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog; I started this over two years ago with no idea the trajectory it would take on. I have had such an incredible experience being part of this comforting community. As a small token of my appreciation, here is a picture I snapped of Nina sleeping on my legs one afternoon. Rest assured, she woke up shortly after and ran off to chase some imaginary thing in the other room.

Sleepy Nina

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

Some of you may remember back in August when I had my writing featured in Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction. I am happy to announce that my writing has also been selected as one of 40 essays from around the country to be published in America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction!

America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction is now available and can be purchased through this link.

Taken from the website’s description of the book:

“There is a troubling catch-22 that exists in the world of publishing: in order to be published – at least by any of the major houses – you must already have been published. Inevitably, this cycle leaves the aspiring writer with the pressing question of where to begin. This is why, in the winter of 2017, we started our Emerging Writers series – to showcase the work of talented writers and poets who may otherwise not have had the opportunity. Nearly two years later, those efforts have culminated in perhaps our most ambitious project to date. In America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, 40 of our favorite up-and-coming writers from across the nation join together to share their words. Covering a wide array of genres and topics, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one essay per writer, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.”

My particular piece, “Why Does Everyone Look So Happy?”, concerns the misrepresentation of people’s lives through social media, and how we can attempt to circumvent it to find our own happiness. Thank you for reading, and please feel free to purchase the book to read my essay and others by my fellow writers.

An Impromptu Blog Post: Mental Health Post Featured at MyLifelines!

Hello! I was granted the opportunity to write about my mental health journey over at MyLifelines! Mental health is something I care passionately about, and I would love if you would take some time to read about my experience.

Thank you to MyLifelines for featuring me! Follow these lovely ladies at their blog here, their Twitter account here, and their Facebook here!

For those wondering, the featured image is me around the time of the events discussed in the blog post.

An Impromptu Blog Post: Movie Review Hiatus

I have been thinking about this for time and decided that it is in my best interest to go on a hiatus from writing and posting movie reviews. I haven’t enjoyed doing so for a couple of months now and began to fall behind my deadlines in comparison to the book reviews and Music Monday posts. I will continue my regular posts, but Young Frankenstein (1974) will be my last movie review for the foreseeable future. I want to thank all of you that have read my movie reviews and shared your stories and opinions in the comments! I look forward to putting more time and attention to the posts I truly enjoy creating.

Here’s a picture I took of Hunter giving the vacuum a look that could kill as thanks for your understanding.

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“We meet again.”

On the Subject of the Unforeseen Consequences of Book Blogging

Seeing as it has been over two years since I began The Past Due Review, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on some of the unforeseen consequences of running a book blog. I realize that I have expanded my content to include movie reviews and Music Monday posts, but this site began with the wish to share what I have been reading and my thoughts on those stories. Though some of these revelations probably seem rather mundane or obvious to others, I was taken by surprise in both positive and negative ways. Let’s start with the bad; it can only get better from there, right? Continue reading “On the Subject of the Unforeseen Consequences of Book Blogging”

Two Year Anniversary!

Strange as it seems, another year passed and it is time to celebrate another anniversary on the blog. As cliché as it is to say, it seems like just yesterday that I had hit one year and posted the photo of Hunter and Nina getting along. So, here is the current count:

88 book reviews, 18 editorials, 18 Music Mondays, and 18 movie reviews with 1,031 followers on WordPress, 740 on Twitter, and 116 on Facebook.

I have been able to discuss, engage, and create more content for this blog, which serves as a living portfolio for my writing, and I am forever grateful to all of you for reading. This year, I’ll show off my sister’s cat, Willow, who now has a tail that could have a successful career as a feather duster.

Once again, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to another great year of blogging!

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I mean look at it; she’s like a freakin’ snow leopard.

Previously: One Year Anniversary!

The image featured in this post can be found through the hyperlink below.
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An Impromptu Blog: Over 800 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Review has over 800 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I have been so lucky to have you all reading my content and I have enjoyed the expansion through Music Mondays and Movie Reviews; I hope you have as well. As usual, here is a picture from October of one of my cats being adorable!

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Look at him; like a beached whale.

Thank you again to my 801 followers on WordPress.com, the 113 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 608 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 800!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!