I have always been a fan of reading. I can’t remember which books I read as a kid, but I do have many memories of reading books; and I knew by age 12 that I wanted to become a writer, so reading must have made a huge impression on me.
Flash forward three or four decades to 2013, and almost all the books I was reading fit into the same genre: Disaster. They included historical and fictional accounts of natural and man-made scenarios, along with some apocalyptic and dystopian contexts. The ways that the people and characters behaved in all those situations really fascinated me. Would I be as resourceful and resilient as them? Would most people?
Most of my friends reckon I would not survive a zombie apocalypse. Very funny. But I don’t read about zombies. And my questions remain.
Then, in 2014, I realised I was watching a ton of disaster movies as well. Actually, in those days I didn’t have time to watch what others would consider “many”, but whenever I could take time out to watch a movie, it was always a disaster movie.
Things started looking very familiar, and (embarassingly enough) I realised that I was re-watching the same movies because I couldn’t remember titles and details… I sometimes rented movies that I’d either rented before, or that I actually owned. Fortunately, by this time I’d switched to Kindle, and Amazon kindly reminded me when I attempted to buy books that I’d already bought. (PS: I didn’t actually have a memory problem – just a very overloaded memory that made strategic choices about what to cram in.)
So I started posting reviews of both books and movies to a blog called On That Note. In the beginning, they were mainly reminders to myself – not only to track titles and be reminded of content, but so I could also remember my favourite authors’ names when I went looking for new titles. But others followed the site, and I enjoyed the sense of community.
To On That Note followers, I am sorry that I haven’t uploaded any reviews for such a long time. I did write them, but I did not allow myself the joy of uploading them and participating in the online community of like-minded readers and viewers because I had to get my darned PhD thesis finished. It was taking sooo long that I stopped doing everything else except for my full-time job (which is the reason I had to do another degree) and looking after my kids. But – now it’s over, and the fun begins again!
The only difference is that all the On That Note content has moved to my new writer site. (No, I have not yet published any of my novels – but publication is definitely on the agenda for the near future. In the meantime, my fiction reviews will just have to make friends with my non-fiction content.)
As soon as possible, I will upload all the more recent/unpublished reviews written on slips of paper all over my house, and then get stuck into this year’s viewing and reading. Yay! I can’t express how keen I am for this.