The Review-A-Day Project

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in the last twelve months is finding the time to write. And by “write,” I don’t mean the transactional writing that’s a normal part of my day-to-day work; I mean writing as a form of creativity, analysis, introspection, or performance. I have a notebook filled with outlines and lists that haven’t quite made the leap from sentence fragments to full-blown essays, so I decided to hold myself to a review-a-day schedule for the month of January. I can’t promise a brilliant or lengthy article each day; my main goal is to post something, even if it’s just a paragraph. Look for a mixture of manga, comic, book, and movie reviews over the next thirty days, beginning tomorrow (January 2nd) with an in-depth critique of Junji Ito’s No Longer Human, to be followed by reviews of The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms, H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, They Called Us Enemy, Satoko and Nada, Slum Wolf, A Man Without Talent, and The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life (though not necessarily in that order).

Here’s to a more productive 2020!

7 thoughts on “The Review-A-Day Project”

  1. Manga Worth Reading says:

    I’m looking forward to lots of notifications in my inbox this month ☺️ Mountains of Madness has been sitting on my shelf for a while now but I wanted to wait for part 2 to come out before I started it… then I forgot to order part 2. Good luck with writing everyday!

    1. Katherine Dacey says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! I liked Tanabe’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Hound,” so I’m optimistic about At the Mountains of Madness. I happen live in Salem, MA–a.k.a. Arkham–so I feel morally obligated to review all of Tanabe’s manga.

  2. Justin says:

    Hi Katherine, Happy New Year! Looking forward to these reviews and you doing this once a day.

    This reminds me that I still need to read At the Mountains of Madness…at some point I will!

  3. LG says:

    Good luck! When I first saw the post title, I thought you meant for the whole year, and oof, that sounded daunting. Even just a full month will probably be tough, I’m sure, but I’m looking forward to reading what you write. I’m especially interested in the posts for No Longer Human (I’ve read the book and part of Usamaru Furuya’s manga adaptation but didn’t think I could handle more than that) and The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms (which I wanted to like more than I actually did). I’ve heard of the At the Mountains of Madness adaptation and keep meaning to read it.

    I keep losing the willpower to write review posts, myself. I read a good deal of manga in November, for example, but still haven’t written about any of it.

    1. Katherine Dacey says:

      If it’s any consolation, I felt the same way about Wize Wize Beasts: it’s beautiful to look at, but it didn’t quite gel for me! Trying to put my finger on why I felt that way has been a particular challenge, though, since I’m clearly not the target audience. Those kind of reviews can take forever to write…

  4. Beru says:

    looking forward to it! I like to read your reviews because they are mostly short, but you say the important things and are honest in your opinion. You dont sugarcoat. Keep up the good work 🙂

    1. Katherine Dacey says:

      Thanks for the kind words! Glad to hear my reviews are useful.

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