Monday, January 19, 2009

Spring can come any day now.

I had the pleasure and opportunity to scoop the drifting and blowing snow in my driveway twice this weekend. I think that means of the seven days in a week I managed to push snow at least 6 times. I think it has melted enough to form a crust that the wind can't get under now. I should be safe until the next snowstorm.

I got absolutely no writing done this weekend although I am reading an interesting YA book called Deep and Dark and Dangerous. It is a ghost story at its root and is very well done. I might finish it today instead of doing my own writing. My problem with reading is I usually only have about ten minutes a day to actually read (time where I feel like I don't need to be doing something else, like pour an idea into my computer or laundry, sometimes dishes) this is one of the reasons I love the short story so much as well. I feel like I can get into it more quickly and finish most short stories in a quick read instead of having do devote countless hours to one story. For a writer I read pathetically little. I need to change this. I think it would, doubtless, improve my writing.

Just my random thought of the day. Happy Monday to everyone.

10 comments:

Catherine J Gardner said...

It snowed here today - I and half of the office went into panic mode - but within an hour it had melted. Phew!

I used to think I read a decent amount until I saw how much other people read.

Jamie Eyberg said...

I used to read about a 1000 pages a week in college. Now I am down to about 50-75 most weeks.

Catherine J Gardner said...

WOW! I read a similiar amount most weeks and slightly less others (unless you count blogs). :)

Rob Brooks said...

Jamie, anyone I know with kids says it's hard to have time to read anymore. I know I don't. I've been trying to aim for short story collections lately, too, but even then they take me a while to finish.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Laundry is the worst thing that ever happened to writing. Having to go back and forth, folding the stuff. It can muck up a whole day : P

K.C. Shaw said...

I just started reading at a decent rate again recently. In 2007 I had to make myself read at least a book a month, which was just pathetic. Now I'm back up to reading a few books a week, which I love--but it does take away from my writing time.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Cate- If you include online material I still read about a 1000 pages a week.

Rob- the kids haven't slowed me down. It is all of the stuff associated with kids.

Natalie- you fold laundry. No wonder mine looks like a mess in the drawer.

K.C.- I would be happy to read a good sized book a month but that doesn't happen usually.

Aaron Polson said...

When I'm really into a book, really into it, I develop insomnia until I'm done reading. Probably not a healthy thing.

Danielle Ferries said...

If only a few more hours could be added to the day just for reading time. Sigh.

While you're shoveling snow, its sweltering here in Oz. I call it soupy weather because its like wading through hot soup. That might be a slight exaggeration, but its not far off.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Aaron- I wish I had that disease. Usually by the time I get to start reading for the day, I fall asleep whether I want to or not.

Danielle- Yes but in six months it will be summer here and winter down your way (although I would put money that it doesn't get as cold at your place)