I'm so happy to say I am now officially a Creative Writing Major with a Film Studies Minor. I had to meet with the head of the creative writing department and she's such a sweetie and I love her so much now that I've had the chance to talk to her. Since I'm part of the department officially, now, I get emails with advice and submission chances to get my work published, and also get a writing magazine delivered to my mailbox for free every other month. It's so cool! I actually feel like I've been invited into another family and everyone is happy to have me, and guys, this has just been a great feeling!
Harper has stopped giving physical ARCs to bloggers (they may still be doing digital, but I don't think that's been confirmed yet). It seems there is also going to be a cap of some sort preventing a lot of bloggers from going to BEA. Honestly, this was the last thing I expected to see come across my radar today. My reaction? Upset. I've never gotten a lot of ARCs, and that's partly because I don't have that much time to read them so I don't tend to request them. I love Netgalley because I don't mind requesting there and I can do it on my terms and at times when I have the time to read. But other than that, unless it's a book I'm super excited for (like Caraval) I don't request it through email. But with Harper deciding not to give bloggers ARCs it really makes it feel like blogging is looked down on by the industry. I put around 7 or 8 hours a week into blogging, oftentimes closer to 10 or 11 if you count interacting with other bloggers. That's little more than a hobby, at least in my opinion. And that's not counting the time I spend reading each week outside of that. I know most people in this community see blogging as more than a hobby and have invested time, talent, and money into this. Not because they want ARCs, which I'm fine without getting, but because they love sharing their love of books. I'm not mad that Harper isn't giving ARCs, I'm mad that by doing this Harper is making it seem as if they don't appreciate the hard work that has been put into blogging. Any way, those are just my two cents. I might write up a discussion about this, I might not. In general, I feel hurt and I feel like the community has taken a blow.
Finished This Week
I haven't finished anything, but I haven't had much time to read because of school and getting everything ready so I could declare. Next week I should have a bunch more time and I'm looking forward to it.
I'm only a chapter or two into The Lies of Locke Lamora but I'm enjoying it so far!
Tuesday-- The Chicken Challenge Wrap Up
Wednesday-- Waiting on Wednesday: The Crown's Fate
Thursday-- College Journey: Apps for School
Sunday-- Tag I'm It
Monday-- Blind Assassin Book Review
Wednesday-- Waiting on Wednesday
Friday-- On Writing Book Review
Saturday-- Wrap Up
I also wanted to remind you all that even if you didn't get the chance to win my last giveaway, I have another one going on right now! It's a chance to win a candle from The Melting Library!
May the odds be ever in your favor!