This is my first post in over a month. I took a ‘repairing lease’ and unwound. We all have times where we have to sit down and catch our breath, clear the cobwebs from our minds, and try to gain a little peace.
It helped, and I am glad I bowed out for this time.
And now I am back and celebrating.
I am celebrating the literally hundreds of blog posts I missed in these past two plus months. And I must admit that returning at the height of A to Z gives me a lot of good things to read. Since I will be with my mother this weekend, I’ll be doing some catching up.
I am celebrating a book I picked up to read, which led to some truly wonderful moments, and gave me an author to admire.
I will be working on a review for it.
I am celebrating the fact that my mother has decided, with no pushing from her children, that she will move into a condo-type place with other people, many her friends, where she won’t be isolated, will have activities, and won’t be lonely. I could wish that she were closer to me than 250 miles, but if it allows her to stay where she is accustomed to be, with people she knows, I can certainly drive 250 miles to see her.
The move will cause headaches, of course, but she will be in such a better place that I can’t object at all. She said “I feel so badly that you have to drop everything and come down here.” And I say, “I seem to recall you and Dad doing the same for me.” It gets the point across.
Treasure your nearest and dearest. Time passes too quickly, and it’s best to say the things you want to while they are here.
Now to go off to work and to read other posts.
Do visit Lexa Cain and her two delightful co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits,
Bakeries and bookstores are somehow connected in my thoughts. I don’t know whether it is because I view shelves overflowing with potentially fascinating, enjoyable, sob-worthy and laugh-inducing books as akin to a glass-front bakery counter that contains (at any given time): Italian pastries, French pastries, gorgeous loaves of golden-crusted handmade bread braided (like Challah), slashed (like baguettes), overflowing with butter (like croissants), filled with herbs or cheese or… Well, you get the idea. I have a terrible time leaving bakeries.
Welcome to the March 20 edition of the Celebrating the Small Things blog hop, started by VikLit and now run by Lexa Cain, our fearless new leader and her two wonderful co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom
Today I am celebrating a wonderful reading (and writing) tip:
|Skipping Through Books…|
I have a terrible confession to make. It has required a lot of courage on my part to take this step, especially on a public forum (more or less, since mine is not the most widely read blog by a long shot). I don’t know too many people who would willingly admit to it, at least not in this modern world where people take pride in reading every single word of a book. Certainly, only one other person I know will admit to this particular practice.
The thing is, the practice has enabled me to circumvent unpleasant things and get to the meat of a book and then, armed with confirmation of the book’s quality, go back and have another go at the unpleasant parts. Since I have seen the whole of the book, I can now inspect its separate parts.
What am I talking about?
One of my favorite authors (C. S. Lewis) has this to say:
It is a very silly idea that in reading a book you must never “skip.” All sensible people skip freely when they come to a chapter which they find is going to be no use to them. In this chapter I am going to talk about something which may be helpful to some readers, but which may seem to others merely an unnecessary complication. If you are one of the second sort of readers, then I advise you not to bother about this chapter at all but to turn on to the next.
Lewis was speaking of philosophical and theological subjects, but I have found that the advice is equally valid to those who are trying to plow through a passage of purple prose that threatens to derail them (Dickens has a lot of this), or who are having heavy going with a particular scene that has no apparent bearing on the rest of the book, (Melville’s digression on the history of whaling in Moby Dick, for example) or the discussion of gardening practices in Lady Chatterly’s Lover, per the reviewer in Field and Stream.
|Just look at what not skipping does to your face!|
I have gone skipping through most of Dickens, happily thumbing past his description of the nasty things that the law did to the fellow who they decided had killed the happily late Marquis de Saint-Evremond, and his various disquistions in all his books on society, injustice and the method a gentleman should employ while chasing a runaway hat on a windy day.
With this useful, and previously forgotten, technique, I am able to sit down, pick up The Pickwick Papers , and read what I enjoy, going back when I have more fortitude to
suffer through enjoy the parts I skipped.
That’s worth celebrating, don’tcha think??
So what are you celebrating? (And have a wonderful weekend!)
|The Insecure Writer’s Support Group|
The first Wednesday of the month is the time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. This is the once-a-month blog hop started by Alex J. Cavanaugh .
IWSG = Insecure Writers’ Support Group (click for the link). We share our insecurities and support each other with empathy, sympathy and practical suggestions.
Visit the site – and visit the co-hosts:
Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!
This month I’m talking about ‘Clone Wars’. Not the Star Wars type. I mean the fear people have about copying others. Bec0ming too much like others, losing their sense of who they, themselves, are. Getting overwhelmed by something that causes them to lose their voices.
We are told that writers need to read. That writers who do not read end up shriveling up and blowing away. So we must read. Read a lot, read widely, read to enjoy, read to learn, read in order to learn how to write, much as an apprentice used to sit and watch the Master make a masterpiece.
And at the same time, we are cautioned against plagiarism. Now, I am absolutely against plagiarism. I have seen some shocking examples lately from groups that expose plagiarism. Often, someone has cut and pasted something from fanfiction. You can’t do things like that. It is illegal, immoral and stupid. But what of the person who encounters a way of looking at things, a way of describing things, that he or she embraces wholeheartedly and seeks to imitate. Not copy: imitate.
So… it could be bad. But it could be good. Okay, I get that – but why is it so important? What could I possibly gain from that – and what do I stand to lose?
“Expose yourself to excellence, and you will be excellent. Expose yourself to mediocrity, and you will be mediocre. Read the right books, watch the right shows, eat the right foods and engage with the right people. The rest is just a distraction from excellence.”
Welcome to VikLit ‘s blog hop, celebrating the things we tend to overlook, that make our lives richer.
The information on the hop is below. Why don’t you join us?
Today I am celebrating catching up. The past four weeks have been too crowded to accomplish many of the things I had wanted to do, including keeping up with my blogging friends and holding up my end of a promise.
So I am celebrating sitting back and reading. And commenting.