I picked up a copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s new book, Booklife, and I have to say: wow. It’s terrific. This isn’t a real review because I’m only a few pages in, and skipping around like crazy, but so far I’m…well, I’m kind of giddy. I don’t quite know why I never took my writing life in hand as sensibly and pragmatically as VanderMeer suggests, with a mission statement and a set of strategic and tactical goals. I do that stuff at work, but work is amorphous and interminable, and doesn’t fit into the same category in my brain. It’s tremendously liberating, as well as a little sneaky-feeling, to import those ideas into my writing life. It feels…empowering. Giddy and empowering. And I really like how VanderMeer looks at new media and the changing nature of publishing. I don’t have coherent thoughts yet, but I like his style. And I’ll be recommending the book to my writing friends, who are always looking for good strategies for surviving this nutty life.
The book has a companion website, which is eminently RSS-able.