TABL Turns Two!! (Actually Three. My bad)

Hello everyone!

Not much going on here but MY BABY IS TWO( ETA its actually THREE)! Admittedly, I haven’t been writing in here as much as I’d like to, but I’m glad to still be here. As always, I’d like to thank everyone for reading/skimming/lurking/visiting the blog, even if there hasn’t been much content published.

Wow… two three years is a lot of time (duh). I started this blog as something to motivate me to read my set novels for my studies but it completely evolved into something not different, but better. Here, I can share and express what’s on my mind regarding literature, and although I should do this more, see what other bloggers are writing about. WordPress has been a godsend to my life, and having a blog as a writer has its perks.

Since writing is going through a major shift from print to digital, it’s a great advantage for any writer to have a blog. This is because with the skills we learn from having one i.e HTML, SEO, content management systems, possibilities with jobs are endless (take that, naysayers that think Arts is a rubbish degree!). Plus, aside from journaling and working on manuscripts or articles, a blog is one more medium to exercise writing.

Anyway, I’m gonna celebrate with a glass (or two, or five) of some cheap Cabernet Sauvignon. I’ve got a night shift on tomorrow, so I’ll be just right getting on the sauce tonight (winky face emoji). But for now, ciao!

Vanity Unfair: When Do Publishing Companies Become Unscrupulous?

Hello, my sweets!

How are you all?  Hopefully good–and if you haven’t been good, I hope you’re feeling better.  Anyway, today’s hot topic is all about vanity publishing.  Since a lot of us are aspiring writers, it’d make our hearts leap if we ever see that a publishing company has taken interest in our submission/s.  We’d think that we finally hit the jackpot and our eyes sparkle at the possibility of making it big, baby!

Here’s where I say the big, dreaded ‘BUT’: What if there are publishing presses out there that are taking advantage of writers?  It turns out, I learned that some companies are doing this, and specifically, they target writers who either a) want to make it as a published author or b) are jaded and are tired of facing rejection after rejection.  This is where the vanity publisher comes in.

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Ramble, ramble, ramble

This post is just me putting my thoughts into words.  I’ll be talking about a few things here.  Firstly, I’ll have a few updates regarding what I want to do with TABL, and I also want to share my thoughts about the ethics regarding bookseller lists and publishing due to an incident that happened a few months ago.

Continuing on with the ‘texts I’ve actually read’ reviews, I’m planning to review T.S. Eliot’s individual poems in a series I’ll dub T.S. 1888.  You’ll know it’s an Eliot review because I’ll preface each one with a bad photoshop parody of Taylor Swift’s album (please don’t sue me, Taylor).  Also, I want to write and collect my poems and self-publish my collection.  I’ll probably start off with a small selection and make it a free e-book, and then later I’ll sell the revised edition (including new poems) at maybe 99c.

Now, I know I’m way late to board this train, but I want to talk about Lani Sarem and how she peaked at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.  Later on, it was revealed (after clever internet sleuthing) that she bought her way to the top.  Typically, Sarem denied this allegation and maintains her innocence.  There are already reviews for her book Handbook for Mortals, and from excerpts that I’ve read, I’m not going to say that Sarem’s writing sucks.  “It needs improvement” is a more encouraging criticism.

However, this is me being a nitpicker and I am slightly bothered that the protagonist is a too-obvious author avatar, as the description of the protagonist matches Sarem to a T, and don’t forget the annoying and all too prevalent i’m-plain-in-appearance-but-for-some-reason-everyone-thinks-i’m-hot trope.

It also came to everyone’s attention that the author aims to have Handbook for Mortals made into a film, wherein Sarem herself intends to portray her protagonist.  Since

  1.  considering that the protagonist (with the exotic name Zade) is an all-too-apparent author stand-in and
  2. there seems to be a plan already in execution to make this movie adaption happen, with Sarem starring as Zade (it has its own IMDB page)

I can’t help but think that the author wants to live out some sort of fantasy or is it just me?

Hmm….

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He’s back in my life (shelf)!!! (and some updates)

The Louse would like to proudly announce the return of T.S. Eliot to her collection!  Yay!

I think I mentioned before that I lost a copy of Eliot’s selected poems and haven’t seen it since (I still can’t find it).  However, when I went book shopping last week, I stumbled upon a copy of his collected poems.  For starters, this edition was twice as thick as the selected poetry and features his famous works such as The Waste Land and The Hollow Men.  

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ecstatic as.

So, you can imagine that I’m quite excited to read the collection.  I’ll post up a proper detailed review once I complete reading it.  Eliot would be one of my favourite poets, methinks.

Now for some updates…

  • I’ve almost finished reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  There is an draft of the review that is waiting to be completed.  Hopefully, I’ll publish the review soon.  After that, I’ll be reading The Trial by Franz Kafka (if you haven’t guessed already, these books are for my subjects ahahaha).
  • I started working on a novella.  So far, I’ve been writing the draft in pencil on a really pretty notebook.  The novella is called Malevolence, and it is set in Dublin during the 1930s, and the plot follows the plights and doubts of a young woman with a lame leg who lives alone until a visitor overstays their welcome.  I’ll put up an excerpt one day (when the plot develops further).
  • Also, I’ve got a heap of assignments that I have to do, and I’m also assisting in research for my professor’s project.  So I’ve got a fair amount of work to juggle this time around, but I’ll try my best to update this blog!
  • And I’m considering starting up a Twitter account for The Avid Book Louse.  I’m not really into tweeting, but I wouldn’t mind trying to reach out to my heroes (I’m looking at you, Stephen King).  Accordingly, it would be a way for you to keep up to date with what’s going on with TABL and for me to keep up with you.  Sounds good?

So there’s the lowdown on what’s going on in the Louse’s literary life.  I’m gonna go and do my thing now, and so will you!  Happy reading, everyone!

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