New site name: Perpetually Past Due

I posted about the change in direction of this blog on Friday, and many of you asked me to keep you posted as to the new site. I am planning on keeping everything together here, under the same domain name for the time being, but the site is now called Perpetually Past Due. My Twitter handle is now @PerpetualPastDu if you want to go give it a follow and the Facebook page has also been updated.

I look forward to sharing more content with you and will start with a new Music Monday post tomorrow! The featured photo is of my family at my sister’s wedding back in September. See? Told you it would get more personal!

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An Impromptu Blog Post: Book Review Hiatus

I have come to make the difficult decision to stop writing book reviews and posting them on this blog. I started what began as The Past Due Book Review, and later changed to The Past Due Review, in an attempt to continue writing after graduating from college. I used it as a sort of living portfolio in order to build up experience to facilitate finding a job in writing. As I’m sure many of you know, it is difficult to get even an entry level writing job without any prior professional experience, so The Past Due Review was my answer to that problem. I am proud to say that I have begun working where I am able to write and put my skills to use; however, that means this blog has served its original purpose for the time being.

This has all come about at a good time for me because I was beginning to get book fatigue; I was continually checking what page I was on, how it would affect my editorial calendar if I gave myself another week, and I was no longer enjoying the experience of reading. When I did find myself engrossed in a book, I realized how much stress taking my time with it was causing, so I began to consider making this change. With accepting this writing position, I am afforded an opportunity I cannot pass up. I will continue to post Music Mondays for the foreseeable future, but consider this an indefinite hiatus from all book and movie reviews; What the Hell Did I Just Read by David Wong will be my last book review on the blog.

However, I have decided to continue blogging, albeit through a different name and purpose. I am currently planning content that is more personal and lets you get to know me as a human being a little better. If you came here mainly for reviews, I appreciate all of the time you have given me and wish you the best. If you would like to know my story and thoughts about life, love, and the occurrences therein, look forward to some upcoming posts. A huge shout out to my fellow blogger Amy for unintentionally inspiring me to follow this new path; anyone who enjoys reading enthralling and honest writing should go follow her and read her posts.

I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog; I started this over two years ago with no idea the trajectory it would take on. I have had such an incredible experience being part of this comforting community. As a small token of my appreciation, here is a picture I snapped of Nina sleeping on my legs one afternoon. Rest assured, she woke up shortly after and ran off to chase some imaginary thing in the other room.

Sleepy Nina

“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” – Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

What the Hell Did I Just Read – Review

What the Hell Did I Just Read By David Wong (pen name of Jason Pargin)

Published in 2017

Pages: 371

Genre: Horror, humor

“It rained like we were a splatter of bird shit God was trying to hose off his deck.”

If you think that the above sentence uses profanity unnecessarily, then this isn’t the book for you. What the Hell Did I Just Read is the newest book by author Justin Pargin, written under the pen name David Wong, who is the protagonist of the novel. Covering everything from seemingly immortal government agents, a drug called Soy Sauce, and the mystery of why John ordered so many silicone butts while under the influence of Soy Sauce are just a few of the plot points that will have the reader chuckling and blowing air out their nose with nearly every page. You want to hear a story? Well buckle the eff up! Continue reading “What the Hell Did I Just Read – Review”

Music Monday: Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega

Album: Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega by Periphery

Released:  January 27th, 2015

 

Band Info:
Periphery is an American metal band formed in 2005 and based in Washington D.C. Known for their “djent” influence in the progressive metal scene, Periphery released their self-titled debut in 2010, which was followed by their sophomore album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, in 2012 before the 2015 release of the double concept album, Juggernaut. Comprised of vocalist Spencer Sotelo, drummer Matt Halpern, and guitarists Misha Mansoor, Mark Holcomb, Jake Bowen, Periphery released its third self-titled album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, in 2016. The band is known for their self-produced material, dropped guitar tuning, and use of electronic elements in their songs.

Band Photo
Periphery circa 2015

Continue reading “Music Monday: Periphery – Juggernaut: Alpha and Omega”

Steppenwolf – Review

Der Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf) by Hermann Hesse

Published in 1927; first published in English in 1929

Basil Creighton Translation

Pages: 218

Genre: Fiction

“This book contains the records left us by a man whom, according to the expression he often used himself, we called the Steppenwolf.”

Metaphysical and internal speculation abound in a tale of struggle between man and metaphorical wolf. Written by German author Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf is a tour-de-force of poetic prose, hallucinatory description, and internal conflict that speaks to any who feels at odds with the world and society in which they live. Following a mysterious man who refers to himself as the Steppenwolf, the story twists and turns into the fantastic, forcing the reader to wonder what is real and what is in the man’s mind. Continue reading “Steppenwolf – Review”

America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

Some of you may remember back in August when I had my writing featured in Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction. I am happy to announce that my writing has also been selected as one of 40 essays from around the country to be published in America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction!

America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction is now available and can be purchased through this link.

Taken from the website’s description of the book:

“There is a troubling catch-22 that exists in the world of publishing: in order to be published – at least by any of the major houses – you must already have been published. Inevitably, this cycle leaves the aspiring writer with the pressing question of where to begin. This is why, in the winter of 2017, we started our Emerging Writers series – to showcase the work of talented writers and poets who may otherwise not have had the opportunity. Nearly two years later, those efforts have culminated in perhaps our most ambitious project to date. In America’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, 40 of our favorite up-and-coming writers from across the nation join together to share their words. Covering a wide array of genres and topics, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one essay per writer, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow.”

My particular piece, “Why Does Everyone Look So Happy?”, concerns the misrepresentation of people’s lives through social media, and how we can attempt to circumvent it to find our own happiness. Thank you for reading, and please feel free to purchase the book to read my essay and others by my fellow writers.