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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:

Fiction:
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)

Non-Fiction:
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
  4 comments



4 Comments:
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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