Tuesday, May 21, 2013

On Quitting the Internet + Joshilyn Jackson

No I'm not quitting the internet. But it's something I've thought about a lot lately, like would my life be better if I wasn't always so plugged in (and I feel a lot less plugged in these days!), etc. You know these articles and studies are always popping up like that one we all talked about a year or so again that said people on the internet are more depressed than other people (which led to the giant revelation that we are often fake happy on the internet, and that sort of constant fake enthusiasm is exhaustingggg) Or the one Trish talked about with Pinterest and making comparisons the other day. No this isn't going to turn into yet another post about who we are on the internet and internet relationships even though that's one of my favorite topics to talk about. On the internet. lol. No instead I'm thinking about that piece that's a few weeks old now but I've been thinking about.

So this dude quit the internet for a year and in a shocking turn of events, it didn't change his life forever for the better. I felt two things when I read this: relief that I don't have to quit the internet after all, and disappointment that there's not a magical cure out there to make my life better. No longer can I think, gee if I could just quit the internet I'd become the person I always wish I was. Because internet or no internet I'm still going to be me. Quitting the internet wouldn't fix me. This is something I should have always known, I think I've tried to quit enough stuff in life thinking it was the problem when really the problem is deep down inside.

That's not, of course, to say that there might not be times when stepping away from the internet is the right thing. Or that certain things like using Pinterest more or limiting Twitter time aren't wise choices. For me, it's just acknowledging that it's time to stop thinking if I just stepped away from the Internet everything would be magically better!

Before BEA they release this BUZZ BOOKS 2013 Digital Edition with excerpts from all the hot books coming out later in the year. I can't go to BEA this year, but I'd thought I'd try to read some of these and report back in the next few weeks. I need reasons to blog, I remember how much I enjoyed NaBloPoMo when I did it, so maybe this will give me a reason.

So Joshilyn Jackson is releasing a book with William Morrow later this fall. It's called Someone Else's Love Story and the first chapter is everything you've come to expect from the amazing Joshilyn Jackson. She quickly draws interesting characters in unusual situations, set very much in Georgia (I was like whoa...remembering things I haven't thought of in years!), using the prettiest language ever. EVER. So basically yes this seems like it should be a winner and I can't wait to read it!

What big fall books are you looking forwards to?


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