Being a part of the Vintage Party
Posted January 15, 2016on:
I’ve noticed something these last 2 weeks. maybe you’ve noticed the same?
I’ve noticed I didn’t get blog anywhere near as many VintageSciFi posts or book reviews as I’d hoped to. I planned ahead, read some Vintage books in November and December (Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy and a collection of Clark Ashton Smith stories), kept saying “I’ll write the review next weekend”. And then I never did. Things came up, I was working, I was tired, whatever, life happens. I said I’d write them over Christmas. I didn’t. I said I’d write them the first weekend of Janaury. I didn’t. And now I’m too far away from the reading experience to write the reviews. And with work going the way it is, and weekend travel coming up, how in the world will i find time to read them again, or *gulp* read something different?
I got really down about it. I was mad at myself at how much I’d been slacking off. If I’d wanted to write the reviews, I would have found the time, right? Vintage Month is this little party that I started, and now I don’t even bother to show up with blog posts? are you kidding?
I had myself a little pity party on Twitter:
Among the responses, were these:
About 24 hours later, it hit me. I realized why I’d had such an emotional response to those tweets.
#VintageSciFi month isn’t my party anymore. Sure, it’s nice if I show up, but it’s big enough that I don’t need to be the host, greeting people at the door, making sure everyone is having a good time, making sure there’s good music playing. I don’t need to be the most vintage-y blogger who ever vintage blogged. I may have started this little party, but it’s not mine anymore. It’s yours. It belongs to everyone who picks up a Vintage SciFi Book, it belongs the bloggers, the tweeters, the instagrammers, the booktubers.
You’ve made it self sustaining!
Will I be able to get some Vintage posts up in the next couple of weeks?
I sure hope so. But if I don’t, or if I get posts up that aren’t reviews, I’m suddenly OK with that. And if I get some posts up that *aren’t* Vintage? I’m Ok with that. As it happens, I’ve got this early review of Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Blades that really need to go live . . otherwise it would’t be an early review, now would it?
Read on my #VintageSciFi friends, read on!