Author Acknowledgements – To Read or Not To Read…

That is my question for you.  You’ve just finished reading a book that you love and you’re wishing you had just a little more from the author.   You turn the page and there it is – those extra words you’ve been looking for.  No, they aren’t more of the story but it’s more words from the writer.  That connection with the writer, sometimes the only real connection you can get, is waiting for you.  All you have to is read the heartfelt words in front of you.

How many of you read the author acknowledgement after you’ve read the book?  I make sure to do so every time.  I look at this part of the book as a bit of an eye into the writer’s mind.  Sometimes it’s a simple list of names that were helpful/integral to writing the book; sometimes it’s a glimpse into the idea that sparked the story.  Whatever it is, I’m happy to read those words.

Some of my favorite author acknowledgments are Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Neil Gaiman.  Each author has their own way of writing this page which makes it that much more enjoyable for me.  S.K. thanks his “constant reader” as well as provides a brief background of the story; Joe Hill aligns his to fit with the story just read; and Neil Gaiman can give a great reason how the story came to be.  All of this allows me the reader to get to know the writer just a tiny bit more.  As a reader who will more than likely never meet these writer, something I’m grateful for and can never get enough of.  Thanks to the writers out there and keep the acknowledgment pages coming!

So, if you don’t read the acknowledgments,  maybe give it a try next time. If you do, why do you like to read them and who are your favorite?



Pathetic Blogging No More!

Well, at least I hope so.  I’ve finally done it and have finished with school.  I graduated yesterday, December 21st, and am now able to emerge from the foggy, educational abyss that I’ve been lost in lately.  My final semester was one of the hardest in terms of workload for me and I hardly had time to do anything other than work, school, homework, repeat, since September.  I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing so I need to get in gear and start doing regular posts – I have no excuses now.

I actually have an associate degree as well (paralegal) that I got several years ago, but always felt like I needed something more.  I was able to find a school and a program that I believed was the right fit for me and three years later I’m done.  Now that my weeknights and weekends will be free to watch tv (once all the shows I watch return in January), read the ever-growing stack of books, and get caught up on the blogs I follow, I’ll have to figure out what else to do with all the free time I’ll now have.  One of the things I plan on doing is to start a regular posting schedule.  Not sure what that will be yet but know that it’s something I really need to do.  I’d love to hear what others do to keep to a regular schedule, since I haven’t been able to establish one for myself thus far.

So, here’s to no more pathetic blogging (hopefully).  Hope everyone out there has a wonderful and happy holiday!