Signed up for Goodreads 2012 writing challenge. 52 books. Of course, I'm sure I'll receive those constant annoying "reminders" of how far behind I am and Oh-My-God-If-I-Don't-Do-Anything-About-It-At-This-Exact-Second I'll cause the freaking Apocalypse.
Tough. I enjoy reading. Honest. But writing, revising, and promoting my book plus taking care of my family also have priority.
One goal, though, is to do more reviews, not only of books but also some movies and anime and manga. (I say "some" movies because I really don't watch a lot of them but if one inspires a review, why not?)
Speaking of reviews... OMG, what is it with the brouhaha lately over authors behaving badly and critical reviews? Geez. Look, folks, I got a "negative" review. Yeah, it stung. But I deleted the email and moved on. Right now my biggest worry is how to start the rewrite of this vampire detective paranormal mystery. The reviewer had his/her say and I'm cool with that.
Here's the thing. I got a bad review (with some positive comments). Did the world end? Nope. Did I contract a fatal disease from the review? No again. Did Congress call and tell me I can never write another book? The jury's out on that one... :-) J/K. Anyway, get my point? Life goes on as normal. I'm still going to write my angel UF, my vampire mysteries, my shifter erotica romance, my whatever-the-hell-I-choose-to-write-about. Like my writing or hate it, the worse response would be complete apathy.
This is not false bravado on my part. You see, I've been conditioned early on to deal with rejection. I mean having orange peels thrown at you and your eye nearly put out by someone snapping a rubber band in your face during the middle school years is far more stressful than having someone say, "I don't like your book." At least with the latter, there's little chance of bodily injury. Eating lunch alone, being unable to find a seat on the bus because other students wouldn't move over until the bus driver yelled at them, those are the obstacles, along with physical and psychological abuse, that shaped my past.
It's all about keeping things in perspective. Remember, as always, your mileage may vary.