Updates and Apologies

Mark here. I’ve been really absent lately, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve got my excuse, but… It’s an excuse.

I’d say it’s a pretty good one, too, though.

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You see, I was beta reading Oathbringer. According to this post, it is currently ~514,000 words long. For some perspective, the entire Lord of the Rings (The trilogy, not just one of the books.) is only 473,000 words long. So the beta reading process took about 2.5 months. I might talk about it somewhere later, but for now, all I’ll say is it was intense, exhausting, rewarding, and it’s over. Also, Oathbringer is a freaking amazing book and you want to preorder it now. November 14th is the release date, and you will want to read this as soon as you can. Trust me.

Oathbringer is the only book I’ve finished reading this year. It’s the middle of March. I tend to average about 50 books per year, give or take, so that’s a ridiculously slow rate for me. The problem was, every time we had a break between parts of the book that we were reading, it was only for a few days, and I didn’t have time to get through anything else. Limbo isn’t fun…

But that is done now, and I’m back. I’ve got a (movie) review ready for later this week, and I’m starting several other books very soon, in hopes of getting back on track with the blog.

I’d like to finish with a huge thanks to my coblogger Shannon for keeping things running while I was busy on Roshar!

Oops.

I’m mostly done with a very nice WorldCon review post that’ll probably have to be split into two or three parts. I was planning to have it all ready tonight for upload.

Then this thing called Oathbringer came along for beta reading.

Don’t expect to see a lot of me for the next 2 months. I’m going to be very busy. (I’ll still try to post, and will likely get reviews done, at least. And maybe I’ll get Shannon to clean up the WorldCon post and post it. Or maybe I’ll have a little free time, somewhere. We’ll see.)

The Posting Schedule

Hey all! Mark and Shannon here. We’re going to talk a little bit about what’ll be happening with the blog this coming year, including our goals and we want to give you some idea of what we’ll be posting when.

We’re planning to kick it into gear this year with a minimum of three posts, two of which will be reviews, every week! It should be fun. It’s a lot more than either of us have done for a sustained amount of time before, so yes, we’re a little bit nervous about things. Yes, we know the plan is a bit ambitious. But we think we can stick to it, and we’re happy that you’re along for the ride.

Our weekly schedule will hopefully look something like this: One review on Tuesday, one “other” post on Thursday, and another review on Saturday. At least one of the reviews each week will be a book review, but we can’t promise that they both will be. As you may have already noticed, I (Shannon) have been reviewing some comic books, and I’m hoping to branch into visual novels as well.

We may also start doing movie reviews, as I (Mark) don’t know if I’ll be able to read a new book every week this year, and have definitely been watching a lot more movies lately than I used to. (I saw Rogue One, Rogue One, Snowden, Collateral Beauty, Dr. Strange, Arrival, Fantastic Beasts, The Secret Life of Pets, Moana, and Independence Day all in the last two months or so.)

We’re not currently receiving any review copies other than ones we happen to get by luck, but we’re hoping to change that eventually, once we have this whole schedule thing down a little bit more. We’ve signed up for a Netgalley account, which I (Shannon) will likely be making the most use of. I (Mark) am not much of an e-book person, so I’m hoping I can pursue physical review copies a bit more.

The “other” posts will be in a wide variety of areas, though we’ll try to keep most of them related to the blog, reading/reviewing, and us. We have a lot of convention reports coming up, including Mark’s report from WorldCon last year, Shannon (and possibly Mark)’s report on ICFA this year, Mark’s JordanCon report, and perhaps we will throw in a report or two on any signings that we go to that end up being particularly fun. I (Mark) reserve the right to write random Sanderson posts when I want to, too.

We look forward to seeing everyone in the comments section in the new year!

The Shiny New Coblogger

Hey there guys!  I’m Shannon, and it’s really nice to meet you all.  I warn you now, I’m a little more peppy and bubbly than Mark, so bear with me!

To give some background information, I’m a college graduate and a good friend of Mark.  We’ve known each other in person for about a year and both share an interest in all things Sanderson, though I am not as caught up as I would like to be…

I’m a big sci-fi/fantasy fan, in all media and forms.  I have a budding interest in horror, and I read both YA and adult fiction.  I’ve presented in the past for the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts and have been accepted for my second year!

Other than books, I love Japanese role-playing games, J-Rock and visual kei, ball-jointed dolls, stuffed animals, and cats.  I also love comic books as well, specifically from Image.

To that effect, my reviews will not be entirely based around novels.  I may do short story roundups, talk about visual novels, and comics as well.  Everything will be spoken about from primarily a literary basis though, so no worries.  I just like to change things up to incorporate the full extent of my hobbies and interests in my posts.

On twitter, you guys can find me at @conflictedesire.  I haven’t been posting as regularly lately, but I intend to fix that~

I’ll leave you guys with a picture of my cat, and hope that you will accept me. ❤

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Where I Have Been

Hint: Not blogging.

So I’ve had a busy, if not terribly eventful, year this year. I’ve had stuff going on, and I’ve not spent as much time as I would like on the blog. I’m finally going to start getting back into it, but first, I think I owe an explanation of some of what’s been up with me.

1. I haven’t been reading much.

This is is pretty self-explanatory. I had a long-lasting reading slump this year, and I haven’t read more than a dozen books, at most, since the last time I posted. Given that I sometimes read that many in a month, that’s a depressingly small number, and it also doesn’t give me much to talk about. Some of that reading was rereading, some of it was alpha/beta reading, so only a little bit was books I could blog about. I’m hoping to change that soon, but for the past while, yeah. Not a lot of books read.

2. Work and School.

I’ve had my last 3 semesters of school to finish up. I was also also working full days MWF, so my evenings and weekends were largely taken up by the HW. I just haven’t had as much time lately for reading or writing, and when I do have time, I’m often exhausted and simply don’t have the energy to do what I need to. Thankfully, I gradumagated last week, so I’ll have evenings free now, at least. (Free, haha. Like I don’t have other projects to work on.)

3. I have friends now.

Two of them, yeah, but they’re good peoples. I spend a good bit of my free time with one or both of them, and am actually being slightly social for the first time in my adult life. It also sucks away at my time and extra energy. I’m happy to have them, and they’re awesome, but it certainly cuts down on other things I can do.

4. Depression.

It sucks. It’s been kicking my butt this year. I’ve recently started working out, and it seems to be helping considerably, though I still have plenty of bad days. There’s not much else to say about this.

I’m going to get back into blogging now, though. I have several reasons for this. Some of my reasons for not blogging are going away, and I miss writing for the blog. I’ve been to several conventions and other events recently that have me excited to blog again, and also read more books, hopefully, and I have plenty of things I want to talk about. Some of them I think will be pretty exciting. Also, I have some big news for the blog going forward (besides the fact that I’ve moved and am now at mentalmegalodon.com and not mentalmegalodon.wordpress.com, and there’s been a site redesign), and I’ll be talking about that news as well as my plans for posts that will be coming up.