April in Retrospect

April felt like a long month in which very little happened. At least, very little reading. It feels like most of my time was taken up with working (being in considerably less pain means being able to work considerably more hours and having fewer hours at home in which it just dive into books), and preparing for my roommate to go to PEI for an internship. Which was, to say the least, an adjustment. Until last Saturday, I had never lived alone. Sure, sometimes my roommate would be gone for half a week on vacation and I’d have the apartment to myself, but there’s a big difference between that and knowing that from now, for the foreseeable future, everything rests on your own shoulders. Nothing and no one to fall back on. Nobody but me and the cats from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night.

For the first few days, I kept having little panic attacks. Being alone in the apartment and really feeling it kept me suddenly stopping whatever I was doing and trying to not freak out because it was so quiet and empty and felt like it would stretch on forever, even though the actually difference at that moment was largely a perception thing. It’s not like I’d never been on my own at all before. There was no real difference between my roommate being at work and me being at home. But it feels different. And  knew it would go on for a long time. And I kept flashing back to the last time I had so much time by myself, the days and days I spent pre-surgery, not able to do much but lie on the couch and watch TV and read and try to keep going, and I don’t think my mind had adjusted to the fact that this wasn’t the same circumstance.

It’s getting better. Day by day. It’s still weird, and it’s still lonely, but I’m getting into a better routine and I’m not having as many of those mini panic attacks, so I’m doing okay.

But yeah, that stuff can really screw with a person’s ability to read and review things. As such, April was a slow month. I read only 6 books this past month, but I did review a full 8 the way I’d originally planned, which I have to admit is more than I expected to get done!

Reviews

Stolen Songbird, by Danielle L Jensen
Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 8, by various authors
Damoren, by Seth Skorkowsky
Nexus, by Ramez Naam
Adaptation, by Malinda Lo

Guest Posts

Seth Skorkowsky, on the origins of the idea behind his novel Damoren.

Other Stuff

I also noticed that I was getting some hilarious spam comments getting caught in WordPress’s spam filters, some of which were just amusing word-salad, and others which were just plain odd. So I decided to start showcasing them in the first installment of Spam Saturdays, an infrequent feature which will poke fun at some of the things that I find funny about those comments.

I talked about first impressions of an author’s work, how that can ruin the chances of ever reading something by that author again, and how sometimes a person’s opinion can be turned around in the right circumstances.

I posted about Apex Magazine’s “Operation Fourth Story,” and reviewed issues 58 and 59 of the magazine. (Loved both issues, by the way.)

Upcoming

For May, I’m hoping to get more read. I’m still aiming for my usual 8 reviews, and considering I’m running out of backlog, I’ll have to read more in order to make that happen! I have plans for at least 1 giveaway, hopefully a guest post, and a review of issue 60 of Apex Magazine. There’ll definitely be a new installment of Spam Saturdays, and I want to shine some more of the spotlights on some upcoming books that I have my eye on (because I’m never going to run out of those!).

So, how was your April? Hopefully more productive and less stressful than mine, at any rate!

3 comments on “April in Retrospect

  1. My April was certainly productive, but also a bit stressful, mostly due to routine changes around Casa Librarian. Hope your May goes better and you’ll get more used to being home alone.

  2. Life happens and you just can’t stress about it. I had just one post during the entire month of March because “life” was getting in the way of my reading and reviewing. Do what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t do. Hope the month of May is easier for you and you have more time for the things you enjoy! :)

  3. My April was productive, but horribly stressful–I’m trying to balance work, reading for pleasure/reviews, and renovating a house while prepping it for sale, and then also trying to set up a thousand-mile move, so, yeah…I mean, I got a lot done, but I’m sleeping progressively less (due to stress) as time goes on, which stinks. It’ll get better eventually, right? :)

    I’m glad to hear that you’ve been able to work more and that you’ve been in less pain! If work prevents you from reading or reviewing as much as you’d like, please don’t worry, because we readers will completely understand and support you. :D

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