How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (#BookReviews)

“Read Like an Artist,” this week’s topic for Austin Kleon‘s weekly newsletter, mentions his new book club. And the first book in this book club is How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. That grabbed my attention immediately.

I started reading the sample and then proceeded to deactivate Twitter one more time. Yes, I’d reactivated about a week or so ago. Big mistake! Now I start the 30-day countdown all over again. Here’s hoping I make it this time.

The thing with Twitter is it can be fun, but too often it disappoints. People ignore you or don’t reciprocate when you outwardly support them. Those are the good days. And then you realize Twitter exists just to create chaos and war. After the last 14 months, I don’t need another war right now. So this book came at just the right time.

And now I’m going to do absolutely nothing, except purchase this book and enjoy the day reading.

Have a great weekend!

Life is a Series of Naps, Ghost Writers, and Such (#BookReviews)

My life at home these days seems to be a series of naps. I often wake up somewhere in the 1 to 4 am range, maybe because I’ve slept from 1 or 2 to 3 or 4 pm. During that middle-of-the-night awakening, I grab my smart phone and open up my Kindle app to read or write a poem or both.

The book I’m reading now is called Lost and Found in Italy: True stories that prove your ‘Nuova Vita’ awaits you on the other side of your breaking point .

It’s intriguing, no doubt, at least to me, but the writing style is really starting to bug me. It feels unnatural. It reminds me of a similar book I read (or almost read because I couldn’t read the whole thing – at least, not yet) called The Latin Hit Maker: My Journey From Cuban Refugee to World-Renowned Record Producer and Songwriter.

The writing style in both books is very similar and unnatural. At least to me. The voice feels identical as if the same person wrote both books. I know that ghostwriters are quite popular these days (I interviewed for a romance ghost writing position but they wanted me to work 7 days a week with such a high word count quote paid in pennies that I turned them down).

Bummer! I was really into both stories, but struggling with how the stories are being told. Is it me or is it them?