12 Augusts a year


Î’m usually in two minds about special days or months, like Don’t Drop Litter Day or Be Nice to Your Neighbour Day, because such behaviour should happen every day. But since it doesn’t, awareness days do perhaps serve a purpose. As long as people don’t then assume they can spend the rest of the year tossing plastic bottles into rivers and being nasty to their neighbours.

To get to the point, though: this month is Write an Amazon Review Month. The title is self-explanatory, but Rosie Amber makes a fuller argument here. It reminded me that I’m a little behind myself: I finished (and much enjoyed) Kevin Brennan’s Occasional Soulmates a while back and still haven’t posted a review. Must get on to that. On the other hand, I did get round to reviewing Dan Alatorre’s The Navigators and Britt Skrabanek’s Nola Fran Evie. Two very different books, but again, both enjoyable.

If you look on Amazon, you’ll see that the writers with the most reviews are the ones that need them least. You could say, ‘Well, that’s because they’re the best’. And there may be some truth in that. But it’s also an example of the Matthew effect, whereby the rich get richer. So before the month is out, I’ll make a point of writing more reviews for the books that need them most. After which I’ll just need to remember that every month of the year is August.

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  1. Indeed, awareness days do serve a purpose, and hence, it is absolutely necessary to have a ‘Be Human Day’ as most folks tend to forget they are human beings and indulge in inhuman behaviour causing unnecessary death and destruction – god save mankind!

      • Allegedly it is held annually to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.

        Also, most of them feel it is important to celebrate and be reminded of the great successes of women as well as shaping the future women – so be it.

        In any case, to talk of stopping it is tantamount to stirring up a hornet’s nest and that is not advisable under the current global circumstances – just grin and bear it!

  2. Thanks for mentioning Soulmates, Curtis. I often realize that I’m behind on my reviews, but you’re absolutely right: they’re like mother’s milk to us indies!

  3. I too am uneasy about special days/weeks/months (including birthdays and anniversaries). Why not be nice to your spouse all year?

    The great satirist Tom Lehrer did a hilarious sendup of National Brotherhood Week years ago. A few of the references may be too American or ephemeral to be as funny to U now as they were to me then, but most of the routine is universal. The introductory monologue and the lyrics can be read at http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/tom+lehrer/national+brotherhood+week_20138394.html while a video of Lehrer singing the song is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUwbZ9AlSPI

    • Excellent! I only vaguely knew Lehrer and that song not at all. In the clip, Horne and Clarke were changed to Clay and Wallace. Clarke’s the only one I wasn’t sure of – that would be Selma, right?

      • Yes, Clark [we spell it w/o a final “e”] was the infamous sheriff who presided over police violence against voter registration (1964 & 1965) and police violence against a subsequent protest march (1965) in Selma, Alabama. I wish most Americans knew as much about their history as U do.

        • Thanks for that confirmation. I was an avid America watcher as I grew up. And an admirer till about the 1980s (but the UK went wrong about that time too).

  4. You are a writer’s writer, Curtis; or, said another way, a writer’s dream and a friend to writers. You take the time and critical-minded (but constructive) care required to write reviews for other writers who might be characterized as struggling or emerging or up-and-coming, not lavishing more attention on the Pattersons, Rowlings, and Kings of the world, who doubtless don’t really need any more attention; they have enough eyeballs already, right!? I love you for that; that’s awesome of you. 🙂 To use one final cliche: you pay it forward to other authors and that’s eminently laudable, Curtis. I hope to soon ‘repay’ the favors, so to speak, by embarking on my own book reviews (at least on Amazon) very soon. These are several (embarrassingly, I must say) years coming, some of them, and I’ve got yours on my ‘am working on’ list now as well.

    • Ah, thanks, Leigh – I think you’re probably far more supportive and outreaching than I am. But I sometimes get my act together a bit. Fact is, most of us are begging for scraps of attention so we at least try to help fellow beggars. ☺

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