Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Further evidence that I am not normal

As.if.you.needed.any.

I’ve taken the last couple weeks of free time for myself, trying to enjoy the calm before the typhoon that is looming around the corner. A typhoon including academia, a possible move, and the impending end of our fiscal year at work. Instead of engaging in activities that a more normal person might, I relished every second of this time by immersing myself in reading FOR FUN. Can you believe the excitement around this place? Do I need to remind you yet again of how annoyingly bizarre and unexciting I am? I enjoy reading, I crave the time to do so, and very infrequently find it. So, when I happened upon this quieter time (quieter meaning the presence of only a dull roar), I read and read and read and read and read. So much so, that I think Craig contemplated just how to go about placing my face on a milk carton while wondering who this imposter was that had a neck with a paperback book attached to it.

Side note, I would highly recommend this one and should proclaim my disappointment a bit with this one.

The problem reading presents for me is that somehow it renders me utterly useless at writing. While on a normal day, my brain changes directions faster than Jon Gosselin changes girlfriends, reading makes me altogether ineffectual. I get so absorbed in the story, the era, the characters, and the setting, that it steals away any creative energy I have. So, when I sit down at my computer to write, I find myself an unfamiliar soul, writing in sync with the author I am currently reading. It is surreal and leaves me wondering who exactly the person that just wrote that was. Do you think they make a medication that could take care of this problem?

There is my excuse for being a lazy blogger.

Fortunately (unfortunately?) for you, the reading has ceased and maybe my wayward writing ability will make its way back home.

6 comments:

Grand Pooba said...

Oh my gosh, I am the same way! It's the same thing like taking on someone's accent who is around you all the time.

Kara said...

I can't blame you for neglecting blogging for Bel Canto. That book is mesmerizing, I was in a daze whenever I had to put it down.

Jeanne said...

Now I'll have to look for Bel Canto....

Call Me Cate said...

I should read some books. But since you're back blogging again I guess I'll read this instead.

Samantha said...

I envy the time you have read, shame though that you can't blog and read at the same time, that would be super awesome.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, I couldn't figure out why I was so 'stuck'. I'm supposed to be churning out work for a new exhibition but the more I looked at other pieces the more inert I was! Although knowing the cause doesn't lead to a cure!