Bloggers, I know you love your Netgalley. Or, if you're anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with them. Love? Hey, free books and you get them early. All you have to do is review them and you do that anyway, right? Hate? Well, it's self-loathing really. Personally, they test my willpower and suddenly I'm requesting and not touching my physical tbr pile in over a year! I love the fact that Netgalley is a separate entity from the usual book haunts. It is all about getting books into the hands of reviewers, librarians and book sellers so they, in turn, can get the word out. Netgalley has been a safe haven away from the sometimes drama filled world of review/reviewer/blogger drama and competition. We request our books and we walk away, hoping for a few requests to come through. We've all been on the same playing field. But after receiving an email from them two days in a row, I fear things may be changing. Please tell me I am wrong.
Hey all, I am back from my vacation and I read ZERO books. I know, I know. I completely unplugged and checked out but doing this refreshed me and I am ready to read through my entire TBR pile so I can start buying new books again without feeling the guilt.
Hey, it could happen.
Okay, maybe not . . .
While away I had a little time to ponder a few things.
I Have Realized I Do NOT Do Well Blogging Ahead
Nope. It is not for me. I had 15 posts scheduled a week or so before I went missing and had hoped to stay that way but I CURSED myself, as I usually do, by being all industrious and organized. Instead of staying ahead I frittered away my time doing other things and used up all of my reserved posts in record time before I had realized it was even happening!
I am going to continue to wing my way through blogging. I hope you don't mind. The rest of my life is pretty scheduled with workouts, budgets, menus, work . . . Reading and blogging are my outlets to do what I please, whenever I ple…
Today I welcome author Mark Cassell to talk a little bit about hitting the cons. I've never been to a convention but hope to change that one of these days. If you missed my review of Mark's newest work yesterday, Hell Cat of the Holt, please click here to check it out.
Hitting the Cons
Over the last few years here in the UK, the comic convention scene has exploded. More venues around the country host them with some fantastic guests giving us the opportunity to meet our heroes, whether from our childhood or present-day. Plus it’s great to see the incredible effort people go to with their costumes, taking the experience of visiting a comicon to a more personal level. Walking the con with pride, these cosplayers become their heroes.
Stalls vary from creative-minds to collectable shops. We have artists and authors like myself, prop builders and gamers, clothing and comics and everything between. All of this in a venue charged with an atmosphere impossible to imitate elsewhere.