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I read and watch and otherwise consume way too much stuff in a month to review everything the way I want to, so I’ve come up with this “one paragraph” category for short reviews that will be a paragraph or less each and will be grouped in batches of… probably five or so. There’s no schedule of posts for this… When I have at least five short reviews in one post, I’ll post it; otherwise, not.

So here’s how the reviews will look and what they could contain:

Title of book/movie/whatever (date I finished it)
Appropriate link in the title for your information. Why I picked it up in the first place. My impressions; what stood out to me; what I liked and didn’t like. Whether or not I’d recommend it to anyone else. No summary (that’s what the link is for, after all). All in a paragraph or less.

(Repeat x4)

I’m doing this for a couple of reasons. First, I feel obligated, for some inexplicable reason (it’s not like I don’t already have enough to do), to log and respond to the movies and anime I watch, the books and manga I read, and the events I attend. I want to remember when I watched/read it, and I want to remember if I liked it or not. But, I don’t have time to write an in depth review of everything, and—in some many cases—I don’t want to, either. I want to do all that and also not feel guilty for not doing it and/or not doing something in the first place because then I would have to review it. Second, and more simply, I need to practice being more concise in my thoughts, and this is a good way to do that.

I’m not going to go back and do anything that’s already past because that would partially defeat the purpose of this new (for me) type of review. In any case, look for some short reviews here in the near future!

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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