Something is changing on the blog this month

Never Imitate has taken on an intern. There are two main reasons why this came about.

1. Time has become fluid

For a still unspecified time we remain confined to home and its surrounds. In my other life – which I rarely mention – paid work dried up just a few weeks into lockdown as clients became aware that restrictions would remain in place for much longer than first anticipated. Budgets were reconsidered and projects deferred. The future is a concerning unknown.

With acres of free time unexpectedly available, and the potential for getting away removed, husband and I have been looking after our mental health by keeping active. We have long enjoyed our exercise but, with the closure of gyms, had already moved activity entirely outdoors. We own no home gym equipment but do possess bicycles, running shoes and stout boots. Each day we cycle or run or walk along the local lanes and paths. This offers a reminder of the beauty of nature – of life going on despite the anger oozing out around us on various media, exacerbated by enforced confinement.

Being out and about fills a satisfying portion of my day. Having family around me when home is also a pleasure – thank goodness we all chose to lockdown together. A larger household does, however, create a degree of additional work. And all of the above has had an effect on my ability to focus for extended periods, particularly on reading. I can no longer fully escape inside my books.

Obviously, with reading curtailed, the number of reviews I am able to write for the blog is reduced. I decided that another contributor may prove useful.

Regular followers know my tastes in books. To add some spice to the blog, what I was looking for was a reviewer who enjoyed quality titles I would be unlikely to pick up myself.

2. Readers enjoy a wide variety of writing styles

I consider my reading to be fairly eclectic but do have preferences – and entire genres I tend to avoid. I have a vast TBR pile – it makes sense that the books I select from it are those I expect to enjoy.

There will be occasional crossovers between my choices and the titles my new contributor reads. In these instances, some of you may be interested in comparing our reviews.

Mostly though, our reading piles differ markedly. For example, she is an avid fan of fantasy fiction. One other notable difference in our reading habits is her acceptance of ebooks, thereby granting access to Netgalley. In lockdown, with physical proofs much less widely available, it has proved a valued resource.

I am hoping that the blog will benefit from the broader selection of books reviewed. Coming soon then, look out for Robyn Reviews.

 

Read the bio: About Robyn, Never Imitate’s Intern

9 comments on “Something is changing on the blog this month

  1. BookerTalk says:

    What a good idea Jackie, it takes some of the pressure off you but also gives your intern simethinelse to focus on. Your tastes do sound quite different – I don’t think I’ve seen you reading many books containing dragons!

    Sorry to hear about the work impact of the pandemic. It must be quite stressful for you with the future so uncertain. What line of work are you in if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Jackie Law says:

      Thanks. I’m a director of a small IT company, mostly working from home which suited when the kids were young.

      • BookerTalk says:

        I shall hope those projects come back when more companies get back to work Jackie. It must be so difficult to be running a business right now, of whatever size

  2. It’ll be interesting to read a new person here too!

  3. jenanita01 says:

    I, too, cannot seem to settle to reading, and writing is a struggle. In an effort to stay sane, I concentrate of things I can do, so not a complete disaster!

  4. MarinaSofia says:

    Welcome Robyn, and well done, Jackie, wish I could convince one of my sons to write some reviews for me. In fact, you’ve given me an idea and I’ll try to convince them… Wish me luck!

  5. Such a great idea and opportunity, I love the thought that your blog becomes more busy and you get to spend more time outdoors in nature, that’s a win-win right there! Welcome Robyn.

  6. What a great idea Jackie!

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