Previously...


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 :P

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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  1. Sakuraaaaaa. <3 Yoru aniem gif choices always make my day.

    Glad to see you enjoying a 'just for you' project.

    'So You've Been Publicly Shamed' sounds really interesting -- I've heard a lot about this book, keep meaning to sit down and read it.

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    1. Aniem? Welp, I guess I haven't had enough tea yet. :)

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    2. hahaha, yes, tea fixes *everything*

      It's a great book. It really made me sit and think. It raises the idea that we don't fully understand the power we've created in social media.

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    3. Is there going to be a Linky thing for blog posts this time round?

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    4. There should be one there. Maybe you've got a blocker that hides it?

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    5. I see it now that I'm home! My work network must have suddenly decided it hates Linky, sorry for the confusion.

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  2. I love your thoughts on So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. I wholeheartedly agree.

    Just for me projects are so wonderful. I hope you write all the words.

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    1. It's well worth reading!

      Thanks, so do I ^_^

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  3. I feel like my Current WIP might turn out to be a just-for-me project too. Sometimes I'm not sure whether what I've written is a novel or a thesis/dissertation with little glimpses of novel! Only time will tell. I am hoping maybe to write "The End" today, but that that might be a teeny bit optimistic!

    That book souds so interesting. Twitter is definitely a funny place. There's such great community but being the public forum of tiny (& often disconnected) tidbits that it is, it's just not really set up very well to prevent things like public shaming or attacks/dogpiling/trolling from happening. I suppose really you wouldn't even have to have a Twitter account from being publicly shamed on Twitter! The joys of being in the public eye! :/

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    1. Good luck!!! :D

      Yeah, Twitter's benefits are immense, but there is a definite darkside and the fallout is truly alarming.

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