Well, let’s face it…I’m good for a post a month. It’s a very sad reality that I write so little and so infrequently these days, but in a lot of ways it’s for a very good reason…
See that, I was just gone for 20 minutes because I was asked for a smoothie, a snack, and to read the directions on some homework. In my deluded years, I was under the assumption that when my kids grew a bit I would be gifted with some free time. I thought that if I wasn’t changing diapers, then I must, I must have all sorts of extra time for me. Boy was I wrong! I sit down less now than I did then.
Since writing takes an enormous amount of time–at least it does for me–then I can safely say that it is firmly on the back burner these days. That doesn’t mean I don’t do it all, it only means that I don’t have large blocks of time like I once had before. Oh nap time, how much do I miss you? But, The Novel is in the process of yet another rewrite, which I think is both a good idea and a bad idea for various reasons.
Anyway, that’s my gripe. In the meantime, I’ve done an enormous amount of reading–it’s something I can take with me wherever and whenever. In the last month I’ve read: Maggie Stiefvater’s, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Stephanie Perkins’s, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, and Rick Yancey’s, The Infinite Sea. I’ve also been on a bit of a short story kick so I’ve also read Stephen King’s, Just After Sunset, and Roald Dahl’s, Tales of the Unexpected.
All of these books are phenomenal in their own ways, but a couple did stand out–Isla and the Happily Ever After is a story I will gladly read again and again. I loved it that much! I laughed, I cried,and I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters for weeks after. The same happened with Outlander. When I finished it, I watched the new series on TV. It’s turning into a little bit of an obsession right now. And the books average 800 pages a piece. I may be on them for a bit. Whenever I read Stephen King I feel a little like I’m being schooled. Stephen King was one of the first authors I ever really got into to and I never fully appreciated how well they were written until now. I love picking apart his writing–the pacing, the characterization, the settings that totally come alive–and learning something new every time.
So what do you all read when you don’t have time for anything else?