Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Only Constant . . .

Over the last couple of years, I have made a number of changes to Tif Talks Books.  Some of the changes, I felt would allow me to get back to the reasons why I started writing here to begin with.  Others I thought would be just plain fun or would allow me to dig a little deeper into different areas of literature.  I have been having one of those urges to bring on another change.  I have been debating my priorities for the blog.  I have asked for your opinions on what you have liked here.  And, now it is time to share the results!

These results include items that you have seen here before, one that was discontinued and another that I simply have neglected.  Other items are new, new, new.  A couple I have even already begun posting.  Without further ado, let's take a look at what's to come . . .

MORE REVIEWS!  This is the item that I have horribly neglected.  As I was recently cleaning off my review shelf, I realized that there were some books from more than two years ago that I did not review.  With my big move around that time, I simply set them aside and never got back to them.  The books continued to pile up and few actually were reviewed.  When the cleaning commenced, I realized that I needed to prioritize those that I still was able to write the reviews for and abandon those that the distance was just too much (and that I did not have notes for).  Now that I have narrowed down that shelf, I'm feeling much better about getting caught up and look forward to sharing them all with you!

LITERARY LOCALS is returning!!!!  This is one of two changes that I am really, really excited for!  When I moved a couple of years ago, I felt disconnected and naive about my literary community.  I am now much more involved, attending a number of local author events, visiting local indie bookstores, and have been in contact with a number of local authors personally.  This will not necessarily be a scheduled feature, but you can expect to see this logo around again and on a pretty regular basis.  I already have confirmations from at least three local literary people and cannot wait to share them with you!!

FUN FRIDAYS will be around to spice things up and bring in some . . . well, fun!  These are completely random pictures, videos, topics, etc. that will have some sort of literary theme or connection to them.  The feature will not appear every Friday, but rather just as I have the material for you and feel like sharing!

Last, but not least, RAMBLINGS OF A NIGHT WRITER is a feature that I have been debating about for months and months about sharing here.  I finally decided to put it out there.  Maybe because I thought I could use the accountability.  Maybe because I know that some of my readers are writers and could maybe provide me with support, encouragement, and tips.  Whatever the reason, you will be seeing these posts pop up every now and then about my personal writing journey.  From the time that I was young, I have been writing in one form or another.  In the younger years, I loved writing short stories.  In the angsty teen years and a bit beyond, I moved to writing poetry.  And for the past four years, I have been writing here at Tif Talks Books, writing for organizational newsletters, and periodically writing guest articles for other blogs and sites.  I've had these random ideas popping into my head lately.  I've been writing them down.  And now, I want to do more than just write the ideas down.  I want to take them a step further.  It will probably start with just a bit of journaling here and there.  Who knows where the journey will take me.  It is possible that it go no further than my journals.  But, I will never know until I try!

I do have one more change coming besides those listed above, but I won't be sharing that one for another few weeks at least!  It is one that is a recent development and one that I may be even more excited for than all those listed above!  Be watching for this secret change in late July or early August!

There you go!  The changes that I began talking about a while ago have now come to fruition!  I hope that you enjoy and I look forward to sharing them all with you!


  1. Good for you! I'll be on the lookout for your secret change.

  2. If I don't review a book within a week or two of finishing it, it ain't going to get reviewed! Because as soon as I start reading another book, I gradually forget the details of the previous one.

  3. Sounds like some great changes and wishing you nothing but luck with all your plans!

    I'm with Tracy, in that if I don't write a review immediately, I get caught up in the new book and forget the details of the old one.

    Looking forward to discovering your secret change! :)

  4. 365andMe ... Thanks! :)

    Tracy ... I make a few notes for some of the books that I finish just to keep my initial thoughts fresh. Some books just stay with me for a long time. The others were the ones that I shelved! Those reviews were never happening!

    Alexia561 ... Thank you so much! I'm excited to share the final change (or rather an addition!) in a few weeks!


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