Okay, so you know how whenever I post a review calendar I write something like this?
The reviewer reserves the right to be dishonest, off-task, irresponsible, untrustworthy, unscrupulous, untruthful, mendacious, perfidious, snarky and sarcastic at any time.
While I always intended that in itself to be nothing but superfluous snark, the last few months of nonexistent updates (when I was supposed to be reviewing, like, a dozen deserving novels) have proven that I really am unreliable, irresponsible, faithless and inconstant. And because I am so terribly devoid of integrity, I’m going to tell you who’s to blame.
You are to blame, you smart, funny, creative indie authors who send such nice messages requesting reviews. You with your clever blurbs and quips. You who get me all excited about new fiction to read until I can’t help but agree to review every single book that passes through my gmail. It was fun while it lasted, but it can’t go on forever. Because I think I just explained really well why it’s not me: it’s you.
Anyway, to make a sob story short, I let things get out of hand. By May, I was booked up into March of 2012, leading to delays that piled up into uber-delays, leading to me hiding from my blog because I didn’t know how to catch up. Reviewing had gotten more stressful than fun, which is a bad thing, considering the only reason I started doing it was for recreational purposes. And considering that in March of 2012 I’ll be preparing to start a doctoral program in history, that sort of stress is not going to work.
So ignore the review calendar I posted for 2011/2012. I’m cleaning house. And because it’s all your fault for being smart and funny and creative, I had to dump a number of indie authors’ books. This is the new the Scattering, and guess what? It’s going to be fun again!
For me, anyway.
Check the About page for new submission standards.
Here’s what I’m still reviewing off the old list:
Heroes Die Young, by T. M. Hunter
Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum, by Stephen Prosapio
Shard Mountain, by Joe Mitchell
Outies, by Jennifer Pournelle
Encrypted, by Lindsay Buroker
Exchange, by Dale Cozort
Welcome to Gehenna, by Darren Scothern
Take the All-Mart, by J. L. Greco
Two-Fisted Tweets, by James Hutchings
The Valkyrie Project, by Nels Wadycki
Gods and Galaxies, by Aaron Smith
Keepers of the Rose, by D. J. Dalasta
Reich TV, by Jeff Pearce
Peace Army, by Steven L. Hawk
Deja Vu, by Ian Hocking
Stockholm, by Kian Kaul