For the last few years I have been writing book and article reviews for Computing Reviews. I responded to the initial invitation to be a reviewer because I was developing a serious case of writer’s block brought about by several rejections of article submissions. Being a reviewer, and signing up to produce a few paragraphs regarding relevant papers and books every couple of months seemed like an ideal way to keep active, and slowly build my self-confidence. In fact, the reason I started to write this blog was also to force myself to write sometimes.
Writing reviews has been a great experience, but often a lot of effort. So this week I was very pleased to see that two of my reviews were shortlisted for the list of best reviews of 2013: “Lambda calculus with types” and “Infobiotics: information in biotic systems”. This is particularly satisfying as I really enjoyed reading both books and learned a lot from writing these reviews. I’ve also been promised some goodies to arrive in the mail! But mostly, I am pleased that my efforts to try to practice writing clearly and in an interesting way haven’t been in vain.
Of course, the main obstacle now to increase my publication count is to put work into research ideas and write them up! More confidence building required.
Earlier in February Computing Reviews nominated me as the ‘Featured Reviewer” for the month. The most fun part of this was answering some general questions about myself and my thoughts about computing and life in general. Might interest some of my readers!
On another note, spring is springing, and I enjoyed my walk to Gibbet Hill this morning, and was able to enjoy the sight of fresh leaves slowly unfurling.