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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Tell Me Something Tuesday Topic Catch Up: Author interactions and Feeeeeeelings

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So, I don't feel like I can ever get back to *normal* with blogging. There's just a lot going on in my personal life right now and it puts reading/blogging on the back burner. (I'm ok! Just a stressful situation for someone close to me).

TMST is like my gateway post to keep me in the loop lol

September 27  Do you follow your favorite authors on social media? Do you interact with them?

Not really. I have a small group of authors from my early days of blogging that I still follow and interact with but it's rarely bookish and mostly on Instagram. I think everyone has taken a big step back from interacting and from social media in general.

I hate the drama and, honestly, the book hype. I miss just having an honest chat about books I enjoyed with a link to buy it.

October 4th: Do you get emotional over books/movies/TV series?

I have said repeatedly on this blog that I am dead inside. It takes A LOT to get me to cry. I used to get very invested in stories but now I feel like I can see the plot coming a mile away and it just doesn't hit me the same way. 

Having said that, I am getting sappier in my old age. I have teared up over a few books recently (a mid-grade zombie book of all things! lol) and I've outright sobbed over a few tv shows the past few months. 

So now I'm a crier, I guess lol


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35 comments:

  1. I agree with your assessment that our sappiness increases with age. I feel like I am this soft touch now.

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    1. I used to cry before blogging. I'm coming full circle lol

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  2. You know what, I get it, those middle grade books are stressful!

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    1. This one had a very bittersweet ending lol

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  3. I always start out thinking I'll follow favorite authors and then don't. The only author I seem to "hear from" regularly is one I follow on Twitter.

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    1. I haven't followed a new without in years. I mostly unfollow these days lol

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  4. I guess we have to roll with the changes. I was thinking too how much my bloigging has changed. Lotsa stuff in life has just made it harder to do it like I did. But I can't quit it. :)

    I hope everything's okay.

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    1. I'm the same. It's very difficult for me to get going but I also miss it when I don't post.

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    2. It feels weird when I don't post!

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  5. I am just loving this post here. I do think I am more emotional now than I was even ten years ago. I cry so much in books now haha I don't interact with authors much. If I do its like you, just bookish things. there is still a disconnect between authors and readers/content creators

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    1. I don't like the noise on SM and I just stay away from it now.

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  6. I'm a total sap and get choked up over books. Maybe not full on crying, but a little teary? Oh yeah, that happens.

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  7. I hope everything is okay for your friend/family. I agree, social media, especially Twitter, is not what it once was. I'm glad back in the day I got to interact with authors because that's what encouraged me to go to my first con, so... Hey... you don't have to cry to feel emotions! But I get what you mean. I'm actually your opposite - I start crying way before anything happens when I figure out the plot and see where it's heading.

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    1. I'm happy I got to experience it in its innocent hey day lol There are so many things (like cons) I would have never gotten to do. Now it's just draining most of the time.

      I used to cry more when I was younger. I'm coming full circle lol

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  8. Dude this is BAD news for me then because I have been a crier from WAY back so if it gets worse... I may accidentally drown someone? I legit cried today listening to a SONG from a TV show that gave me the sads, so.

    I only still really follow authors whose books I cannot miss, or who actually post entertaining stuff, basically? I talk to a few here and there, but really only ones I had talked to ages ago and still do occasionally. But like you said, less about books and more about random life stuff!

    I hope everything goes okay for your loved one!

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    1. Ha! Maybe you'll go the other way and never cry lol

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  9. Sorry you're dealing with some hard stuff. <3 I hope things get better/easier soon ... if they can. I, of all people, know that usually once one hard thing ends another one begins. It's amazing any of us live to old age. LOL.

    I don't really interact with authors anymore either. I still follow a couple on Instagram, but besides liking some of their posts, I rarely comment anymore.

    Even though I cry a lot (it seems to be how I release extreme emotional distress), I also feel dead inside with most stories. Only a few favorites ever truly make me giddy. I do tear up, though, at weird times--commercials (though I don't want many anymore), tv shows, movies, and sometimes books, lol.

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    1. Isn't that the truth?!! We'll just plow through and keep on keeping on lol

      I LOVE the giddy feeling when reading and, sadly, I don't get that as much anymore either. Since I haven't been reading as much, and reading really randomly - I find myself getting more emotional again. Maybe because it's less predictable.

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  10. I managed to avoid a lot of the nastiness on social media but I've drifted away from it because I'd rather spend my time reading instead. I don't get emotional at every book but there are some authors who manage to hit me in the feels every single time and they tend to be my favourite books.

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    1. I really hate being sad while reading. I prefer books that leave me happy. The sad ones make an impact, for sure, but then I can't let the feeling go.

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  11. I'm not sure I'll ever get back to "normal" with blogging either but I plod on just the same! I love how you at least have the TMST posts to keep your foot in the door... :)

    I follow some authors but I don't interact much. With the mental health and everything else I'm trying to limit time on social media and I'm constantly re-evaluating what types of things I'm happy posting... And honestly social media is just one dumpster fire after another. The cliques, the drama, the "cancelling", ugh! It's tedious. I just want to post fun nonsense, look at cute animals and chat about books without a possible pile on - apparently it's too much to ask for most of the time, lol.

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    1. I'm obviously crappy about TMST too - I have to post in clumps lol

      I'm also confused about what the blog is anymore. I doubt it will ever be a full on book blog again but when I go to post other things I'm interested in I'm kind of like eh - lol

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  12. Great topics. Its funny the silly, unexpected things that have us tearing up ... but then I'm a women of a certain age and this has happens ALL the time and not just with books. 😄

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    1. It's happening so much more as I get older.

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  13. You teared up when reading a mg zombie book?
    I wanna try it now

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    1. The ending of the series was bittersweet so I cried.

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  14. The two books that made me cry were Acheron and Styxx from Sherrilyn Kenyon. Oh man, those have some emotional stories.

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    1. I used to get very emotional but then just stopped for some reason lol

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  15. I'm so emotional about things, so I cry easily when it comes to books and shows and movies. I don't really interact with a ton of authors on social media. I think I had more relationships with authors in the early days of blogging, but nowadays, it's harder and there is definitely more drama and issues and I stay out of it. LOL

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I think so may of us are more guarded now. Authors included.

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  16. Same with authors for me. I have a handful I'm friends with from back in the day, but authors now seem to not want to let connections evolve into a "friendlier" one. It's all business now. I too miss the conversational interactions with authors on social media. 😔

    It takes a lot to make me cry with books and movies, but I do cry... and when I do it's usually full on sobbing. 😏

    I hope whatever is going on in your life right now resolved itself soon. Hugs. ❤

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  17. It's ok, I'm dead inside too, but like you I tend to get more emotional and more likely to cry over the cute, sappy things.

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    1. I think I get more mad when sad/bad things happen lol But subverting bittersweet makes me sappy.

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