I spent most of this week trying to get back into the swing of things. Between my own little Christmas vacation, the collapse of the novel I was writing and the delicious procrastination offered by my new Kindle Touch, I haven’t been very productive. I’ve gotten the rust out and am back on the tracks, but the going was rough for a while.
In case you missed it, I reviewed three vampire-themed indie books this week, all of which are available for free or cheap in the Kindle Store:
- Review of Claire Farrell’s Thirst
- Review of Amy Cross’s Dark Season: The Last Vampire
- Review of Michelle Scott’s Blood Sisters
Considering the fact that I’m reviewing more and more of what I read, I decided to set up a page to archive all the book reviews as I do them. As with nearly all things WordPress-related, I found setting it up disturbingly easy. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, but so far WordPress has proven to be one of the best pieces of web software I’ve had the pleasure to use.
Speaking of software, I spent part of yesterday writing a Perl script to do some simple Twitter reporting and build #FollowFriday tweets for me. I love Twitter and I especially love finding cool people to follow. I’d also love to pass along interesting folks I’ve found, but I’m both lazy and have a bad memory. Scouring my followers list, copying screen names, building #FF tweets and such is a time-consuming task my brain happily hides from me. I no sooner get started when my eyes catch a glimpse of something shiny and the thought goes right out of my head. Now I have a program which handles all that stuff for me.
While writing that script, I realized I no longer enjoy programming. I think it’s safe to say that I did not find any pleasure at all in researching, writing and debugging that script. It was a bit of a shock to me, since I spent so much of my life as a programmer and I seem to have enjoyed doing it back then.
I take the experience as both further proof that I’m now on the right track with my life and also as a warning to pick my computer-related battles more carefully. I’ll almost certainly have to write the occasional code to get what I want, but from now on I’ll keep my eyes open a little wider for software that already exists.
And on that note, here are some interesting things I found on the internet this week. In the past I’ve posted links like this on Facebook, but finding them again has become…challenging.
- Arduino-Based Curtain Automation - If my curtain was half as cool as this, I’d never leave the house.
- Dark River Press - A variety of interesting horror-related goodness.
- Did you just receive a bad book review? - This seems strangely topical after this week.
- A Novel Challenge - I’ve never heard of reading challenges before. Between this, Goodreads and my Kindle, I don’t think I’ll ever be want of reading material again.
- Redwood’s Medical Edge - An excellent blog devoted to helping authors get their medical research right.
That’s it for this week. I hope you all have a great weekend!