I recently finished reading Reproduction by Ian Williams, the most recent Scotiabank Giller Prize winner. It was a little too experimental for me. While reading the book, I didn’t find myself feeling emotionally invested in the characters, but more like an indifferent witness to their lives. Williams’ use of language was, at times, distracting. If you’re looking for a book that tells you a story about people’s lives and challenges the traditional notion of family, this might be a great book for you.
You can pick up a copy of Reproduction by Ian Williams here.
If you’ve been thinking about switching over to a markdown editor, you should.
It took me a while to finally decide to switch over. I was holding on to Microsoft Word, believing that it was working well for me, and, for the most part, it was. When I discovered “focus mode,” I thought that my writing experience was changed forever. It was for a short while, but it didn’t stick.
Last week, I was standing in one of the six aisles of cat wet food at a PetSmart when I got a text from a friend of mine. He was asking me about my latest blog post. He was just curious to know how I was promoting myself. When he found out that I don’t do much, he asked if I’m just writing for myself. I told him that I am, that when I was focussed on my stats, I would get discouraged when I didn’t get the readership that I was hoping for. Now, I just try to focus on writing. If I can do that, I feel successful.