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Friday, February 12, 2010


The experiment in not-reading has pretty much failed. No, I haven’t picked up the novel that sits on my bedside (Shoot the Moon, by Billie Letts), but I have read the newspaper and several blogs daily. I also read Wednesday’s lesson for my on-line writing course. Anyone out there planning on starting their own Webzine? I’m not, so that assignment turned into an hour-and-a-half of wasted cheating.

If you couldn’t tell by Wednesday's post, let me be clear that even this poor attempt at steering clear of print mediums has made me as grumpy as I have been over the course of the last year. Through avoiding books however, I did discover time to clean out a few drawers that I noticed were in shocking conditions of disarray. Here I will hand it to The Artist’s Way. I’m not sure that reorganizing my clutter is what Julia Cameron hoped I would accomplish, but the exercise served as a wake up call as to what, by sticking your nose in a book, you CAN fail to observe.

Here are a few other things that I cheated on, uh, I mean read this week:

A joke (please forgive me but this is my type of humor), and two fantastic posts, here and here on how to organize your writing, at a blog called Where Sky Meets Ground.

A post on Putting Pen to Paper, that serves as a reminder to count the blessings in life. Click on Katie’s picture on the sidebar for more information, and if you are so inclined, say a prayer.

One FANTASTIC saying, from Sarah with a Chance that I copied from her blog last week and stuck on the wall by my computer:

"You need to tell the person in your head telling you what you are and are not capable of to shut the hell up."

Oh, and though I was trying not to read at this point, honest I was, an impossible-to-miss sign at a local take-out restaurant called Circes, supporting a car repair shop down the street that recently introduced a new product:

"McBriens now has gas.
(Not from us.)"


glnroz said...

NOT reading sounds like a lot of work. lol

jbchicoine said...

I think I'm really scared to read The Artist’s Way now...sounds way to disciplined.

Jon Paul said...

Liza--I go through spells like the one you describe where I don't read for much for long stretches on end. Not sure what causes it; not sure how it gets fixed. Things are going OK now so I'm grateful for every minute. I hope you find a tipping point to get out of the slump, if that's what you're after.

Thank you so very much for the nod in my direction. Not sure I really deserve it, but it sure does brighten the day.

Liza said...

JP, the NOT reading was an assignment from The Artist's Way, with the theory being that I would focus more on my art (writing) then avoiding it by reading. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done...or tried to do as the case may be.

Helen Ginger said...

This: "You need to tell the person in your head telling you what you are and are not capable of to shut the hell up." is priceless. I'm going to save it and post it nearby.

Straight From Hel

Jon Paul said...

Ah, I see. Sorry. Slow on the uptick. Got it now.

Yeah, I wouldn't be a big fan of that either, particularly since I am starting to hit my stride on the reading front.

Incidentally, you asked about Shutter Island. I'm liking it so far. I'm not a big thriller guy so we'll see how my interest holds up.