Welcome to April's edition of Previously... You're all invited to join in this blog hop and I'd love to hear how you're all doing :)
And yay, spring is here!
Previously in Writing
Hmmm... well, I am writing... It's still too early to tell if it'll be an entire new book or if it's just something fun for now. However, editing became hugely important this month, even if it was Conspiracy of Echoes and not Book 2 as I expected... Wherever the muse goes, I follow...
Previously in Reading
I read a few books, but the one I want to talk about is So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. It's about how people can use Twitter to provide social commentary and justice, and the dark side of that. Like, it's one thing to take on a massive social issues like police brutality, but a totally different situation when someone posts what they consider to be a joke but Twitter at large decides is proof that person is the scum of the universe. Spoiler alert - a single tweet doesn't reveal the depths and complexities of an individual human being.
These people are then shamed not only off the internet, but frequently out of jobs. When you put the tweet in context, you can't help but feel sorry for them. Or at least I did. Depends upon your perspective, I suppose.
Chances are you'll have heard of some of the people involved. And if you haven't, you'll be able to think of an online shaming incident. The book really forces you to think "wow, did this person deserve to have their life shattered because of one tweet?" It's so easy to hop on the shaming bandwagon when Twitter explodes in a frenzy. It feels so righteous to point and judge when someone's done something silly for the entire world to see. It's easy to forget there's a human being with an entire life behind that Twitter account. And like I said, it's one thing when people use Twitter to get justice from some faceless organisation, but when people heap shame and derision upon people they have never and will never meet, you have to take a step back.
Twitter has a lot of strengths and it can change lives for the better. For me and a lot of people it's a way to join wonderful online communities. Unfortunately for others, it also has the ability to ruin lives over silly mistakes. I highly recommend So You've Been Publicly Shamed to all Twitter users.
(Oh, and yes, I have read The Raven King. My opinion is all over the place for reasons I absolutely won't put here. Generally speaking, I think I just prefer more to the point story telling. As beautifully written as this series is, the first book is the only one that has any sense of plot or pacing. The others kinda just exist in a cloud of very pretty words when STUFF sometimes happens. This series works so well as a character-driven piece for the main four characters, but at the cost of everything else. Except in the first book. That struck a perfect balance.)
Next Time In Goals
Writing Goal: I definitely want to keep working on my new idea and see where it goes... At the moment, it feels very much like a just-for-me project, but who knows! I'm off on a big adventure in May, so maybe inspiration for something totally new will strike...
Music Goal: May will be a month of music theory, I think. Right up until my brain dribbles out of my ear :PNew notebook time ☺ pic.twitter.com/jOTe80MUTS— Cole Burke (@MissColeBurke) April 4, 2016
A Word of Advice
Determination is your best friend. If you want something to happen in life, you need to make it happen. Never give up!
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