An Impromptu Blog: Minnesota’s Emerging Writers – I received my copy!

As some of you have seen from my previous blog post, Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction – Out Now!, I am now a published author in a nonfiction anthology! This post is to update and show the actual physical copy that can be ordered here!

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The cover.
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The title and beginning of my essay.
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My author bio.

 

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Minnesota’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction

I have some very exciting news to share today (hence the special, second Monday post); last month, I had a piece accepted to be included in the upcoming book, Minnesota’s Emerging Authors: An Anthology of Nonfiction!

The book will be available to buy through Amazon and Z Publishing’s website on August 21st, but you can pre-order now at this link for a copy. This is the first publication to have accepted my writing, so it would mean the world to me if you bought a copy, or even told a friend who may be interested. Minnesota’s Emerging Authors: An Anthology of Nonfiction contains 19 short works by writers such as myself discussing relevant and poignant topics, with each of us doing our best to seek and realize our truths.

Feel free to check out Z Publishing House’s website for more information and the other books that they have published!

Thank you for reading and enjoy a photo of my cat enjoying the sun!

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Two Year Anniversary!

Strange as it seems, another year passed and it is time to celebrate another anniversary on the blog. As cliché as it is to say, it seems like just yesterday that I had hit one year and posted the photo of Hunter and Nina getting along. So, here is the current count:

88 book reviews, 18 editorials, 18 Music Mondays, and 18 movie reviews with 1,031 followers on WordPress, 740 on Twitter, and 116 on Facebook.

I have been able to discuss, engage, and create more content for this blog, which serves as a living portfolio for my writing, and I am forever grateful to all of you for reading. This year, I’ll show off my sister’s cat, Willow, who now has a tail that could have a successful career as a feather duster.

Once again, thank you so much for reading and I look forward to another great year of blogging!

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I mean look at it; she’s like a freakin’ snow leopard.

Previously: One Year Anniversary!

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An Impromptu Blog: Over 800 followers on WordPress.com!

Despite my wildest expectations, The Past Due Review has over 800 dedicated followers on WordPress.com! I have been so lucky to have you all reading my content and I have enjoyed the expansion through Music Mondays and Movie Reviews; I hope you have as well. As usual, here is a picture from October of one of my cats being adorable!

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Look at him; like a beached whale.

Thank you again to my 801 followers on WordPress.com, the 113 on the blog’s Facebook page, the 608 on Twitter, and everyone who reads the posts on my LinkedIn profile. Here’s to the next 800!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 400 followers on WordPress.com!

New Content Announcement

As you may have noticed, the name of the blog has changed from The Past Due Book Review to The Past Due Review; this is because, beginning this Friday, I will be posting weekly movie reviews to expand my content and discuss another form of art I love. Much like the books I am reviewing, these will not be new releases; since the films come from my own collection, I have seen many multiple times and believe this allows me to dig a little deeper in my reviews.

I hope this will lead to more discussions and sharing of our interests! Please check back on Friday for my review of In Bruges!

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In Bruges

Reading Tally for 2017

Happy New Year!

Another year of wonderful books, active discussion, and new aspects to the blog! My audience grew, I created Twitter and Goodreads accounts, added more content by beginning Music Monday posts, and continue to enjoy working on this blog. It is time again to tally up the thousands of pages, and dozens of books, while looking back at what I read. I find it intriguing to reflect on what I read this year and think about what was going on while I hid my face in those pages.

You will find below the total number of novels, fiction books, nonfiction books, and graphic novels I read in 2017 in addition to the amount of pages and what I read each month; the type of book is listed before the title and the authors are in parentheses.

I look forward to what 2018 has to offer and, as always, thank you for reading!

Novels (Nov): 35
Graphic Novels (GN): 8
Non-Fiction (NF): 9
Fiction (F): 3

Total Books: 47
Overall Total: 55
Page Total17,213 Continue reading “Reading Tally for 2017”

Music Monday Announcement

Stories are an integral part of the human experience, and this interaction transcends verbal or written storytelling; it is at its most visceral through music. Alongside reading and writing, music has been a part of my identity since I was very young, and though I hadn’t previously found a way to combine it with this blog due to its literary foundation, I think I have finally been able to merge the two.

I have seen the Music Monday tag appear over at The Tatted Book Geek and thought I might put my own spin on it; rather than posting individual songs on a Monday, I will focus on concept albums and bands I listen to that I believe excel at telling stories through their songs.

Due to the amount of albums I have amassed so far, I will be posting every other Monday to keep myself from becoming overwhelmed by the addition of these posts to my writing schedule, as well as to keep you in anticipation of the following entries.

I want to emphasize from the beginning that these will not be album reviews; all of the albums and songs that I share have a special place in my heart and come with the highest recommendation I can give. I own many of these albums on vinyl (one of the few things I collect) and will include pictures of these when I am able.

The underlying reason behind this twist in the meme (besides gushing about my favorite records) is that a lot of the bands I listen to don’t get much radio play, if any at all, and since many have concepts in their albums and songs, I thought this would be a great way to share their music while simultaneously diving into their deeper layers.

My Music Monday posts will begin next Monday, November 6th, with Act I: The Lake South, The River North by the Dear Hunter.

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Act I Album Cover