Checklist

I’m a perfectionist. It’s an aspect of my personality that has both rewarded and cursed me. Last week, I had a performance review at work and I was described as someone who “goes above and beyond to deliver the best and most satisfactory results.”

But my perfectionism is also a source of much grief and indecision. It’s crippling, for one thing. It feeds into my depression and anxiety, makes me obsess if I feel I am perceived negatively.

Like this blog post, for instance. I dithered on whether or not it is worth uploading, as it has no valuable insight, so it can be construed as mindless fodder.

This is just a list of all the pending blog posts that I still want to write, even though some of the posts will be reviews of books I have read months ago. With some of the books, I have a contrary opinion compared to the general consensus – and I think I will enjoy the exercise of rationally arguing why I didn’t enjoy these much-lauded books as much as I had expected.

“Checklist” is more for me, so I can keep track of all the posts I still want to write and cross out the uploaded ones while providing links.

Hmm, perhaps “Checklist” itself is a manifestation of my perfectionist spirit? It always gives me much joy to strike through completed tasks.

Without further ado, the list:

  1. Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops in official English translation) by Andrea Hirata
  2. The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  3. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham (Review link here)
  4. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  5. The Doll by Daphne du Maurier

USA Travel posts:

  1. San Francisco and the South Bay, California
  2. Seattle and Spokane, Washington
  3. New York City Area

Endnote: There are books I have read but will not review. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie is a good example. It was an OK novel. Not bad, not great. I have nothing to say about it and I have no strong feelings for it either way. It did serve a good purpose: entertaining me on my twenty-hour flight to California.

And now, to work on actually writing the posts! (Insert muscle emoji here)

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3 thoughts on “Checklist

  1. I honestly don’t care about that. The way you write is AMAZING! I want to write like that one day. How did you get like that though? Did you practice writing a lot or did you read great authors that just influenced you to write this great?

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    1. Oh my, this is such high and lovely praise. Thank you very much! I wish I could say that I practice writing everyday since every writer worth their salt advises you to do that, but I don’t always have the time. Of course, I love reading and writing so, so much, which is why I do it whenever I can.

      I’ve read a lot of writing tips and really, the only tips that matter is that you need to read and write a lot. Preferably everyday. Hahaha, I’m not sure if that helps but that’s all I have.

      I hope you become the writer you want to be! 🙂

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