It’s not often that a reading slump takes you so hard but
when it does, it feels like nothing you read feels good, or worse, it drains
your energy to even look at the page. Then, when you’ve abandoned hope
entirely, something wonderful happens. You’re sparked by an intriguing, anime
as fuck cover, with two steely-eyed bishonen who are on a mission. Gorgeous
art, great premise and the promise of a whole new world the moment you read the
The best part, it was an indie author. I chose this one on my own guys, and she actually let me have that ARC!
As always, I never miss!
Welcome to the Cerebral Hedonist! I’m the Scholarly Squid and here comes a thought on:
If it isn’t noticeable already, I don’t often speak on my
sexuality and gender.
I prefer it to remain in the background of who I am and what
I do as a creator and I tend not to speak on it unless it becomes relevant –
which is rarely does. Not many have this luxury and those that do, often choose
not to use it, but I do and I take full advantage of that ambiguity.
However, it’s Pride Month and I’m feeling inspired,
compelled, whatever about who and what I am in the ever-growing spectrum that
is LGBT and the call for inclusion. So, here’s a bit about this side of me that
is one wriggling tentacle among many. Not so much celebratory, but rather a:
“I’ve always been here; you just didn’t notice me.”
An ongoing conversation that, once upon a time, was not placed under such scrutiny were negative reviews. Before the very abrupt maturation of the information age, these things called literary magazines, journals, and papers existed – and surprisingly still do – and were once the number one source for book reviews. All were written by highly educated figures, well-read authors, and people who were immersed in the literary world and storytelling whether it be through journalism or just being an editor. None thought to question their point-of-view and most of all, if you disagreed or if the author hated that review there weren’t many avenues for confrontation and retaliation. In general, few cared enough to dwell on it for long.
I’m in a bit of need of support, but I don’t expect somethign for nothing. Thusly, I have opened up comissions for the masses. If you’re in the market for an Avatar or Character or somethign of the like, I’ll be happy to hear the details and make it.
Okay so I am seriously horrible at finishing what I start when I attempt challenges. This is because I get intimidated and then discouraged the moment I fall even minutely behind. Catching up in itself becomes such a daunting task that eventually, I just give up. My anxiety and the jerk who lives in my brain are dickwaffles.
Nothing really to be done about it!
However, thanks to my well-read friends at the StrippedCoverLit, I found out about a neat thing called #hotandsticky — a summer challenge that is surprisingly flexiable and allows for my particularly atypical brain. Adrien explains the gist of his method this year which I’m going to be following since I have no idea what I’m doing.