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Saturday, May 21, 2005
Cyber Tag
I like cyber-tag.. when one blogger tags another to write about something specific. Paperback Writer tagged 'everyone' in regards to the last books they've bought or read.

Ok, recent purchases/reads:

The Bitch Posse by Martha O'Connor (not yet read)
gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (read)
Something Rising (Light and Swift) by Haven Kimmel (not yet read)

The Canadian Press Stylebook (ongoing read)
The Sport Psych Handbook (ongoing, for research)
The Art of the Book Proposal by Eric Maisel

But, honestly? I have more books than I have time to read. I have said it before, I'm a book addict. But even worse, I'm a book buying addict. I admit, it makes me feel good to buy a book... but I have books on my shelf that I haven't read. Is this bad? I think so.

I feel as though I've held these poor books hostage from other, more willing, readers. Yet here they sit, unused.

I just don't seem to have the time or the focus to read. I can turn off the entire world and my brain will wander mid-page with almost every book. It has been years since I've been able to tune out the world and read a book in one big gulp. I get distracted, my mind wanders... and the books I read are GOOD books.

My plans include one day staying home with my son and writing. Although I know I could do it now, I like my job and the freedom it provides. But maybe later - if I'm ever not a single mom - I will be able to stay at home. Will I have more reading time? I sure hope so, I miss the heady, heartracing, almost breathless feeling of reading a good book.

That reminded me... the BEST book series I've ever read has been the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. At the start of the second book I actually - ACTUALLY - burst into tears. BURST, I say.. I BURSTED. It was great. Fab. But you want to know why? I was absolutely in love with the main male character. He was so wonderful, with great faults and he was damn sexy too... in fact, he reminded me of a guy I once dated. He really did. They were created from the same cloth and it was almost erie to read him on a page.

And about a year later I called up that ex-boyfriend and I'm now dating him. So how's that for a good book story?

And a great thing about Diana Gabaldon... she emails you back when you email her!
  The Writing Mother
  posted at 11:34 PM

At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Eliza said...

I really need to go out and buy those momwriter books. :( Haven't yet and feel so bad.

Cyber tag? That sounds like fun. I want to be tagged.

At 6:28 AM, Blogger Marilyn Robb Ph.D. said...

Just wanted to say I enjoyed reading your blog and love the good apple analogy.
Marilyn MW

At 6:49 AM, Blogger Audrey (aka Amethyst) said...

Hi Heather
Saw your link on momwriters and decided to hop in. Good apples, huh? (grin). Great piece.

I can empathize with the problem of being a book buying addict. I am one, too and ever since I've started the rewrite of my novel I can't seem to finish a book either. Too many things going on in my head at once, I suppose. Cyber tag sounds life fun

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Miss Pickle said...

Bless Diana Gabaldon for giving us Jamie and Claire. I cannot WAIT for the next one to come out!!


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