rambling

I really don’t know what’s wrong with me. But I’ve got nothing for you today. I actually wrote a whole long post about a series I finished recently. But it was really negative and in talking about the books it wasn’t going to teach anything or create a discussion worth having, so I stuck it in the archives until I can figure out what to do with it.

But it did get me thinking about reading and why people read. And what types of books they choose when they’re looking to satisfy whatever need reading brings to them. For me, reading is entertainment. I don’t like reading self-help books. I rarely read non-fiction unless I’m trying to do research and even then … not so much. I usually just skim pertinent information. I want a story to transport me to another place and time where I can forget about the bills that need to be paid or the laundry that needs to be folded.

My family actually started chatting about books at the holiday dinner table last weekend. One family member mentioned they only like to read books that leave them thinking, have some kind of moral message or some lesson to teach. When a couple of us mentioned a book we’d read and enjoyed, neither one of us could come up with a moral lesson. But then, I can’t say that’s why I read. For me it’s just getting lost in the fantasy of the story. But it was really interesting talking about how and why each of us reads.

On the writing front I’m working really hard to stay focused on a rewrite of a story I wrote yeeeeears ago, but was never published. The problem is I have several projects that have been waiting in the wings and I’m finding it hard not to be a little ADHD and work on them all at the same time. With my life in the chaos it’s currently in, I know opening more than one manuscript in a day would mean I’d never get anything done. Hopefully this story will be out to an editor by the beginning of June.

I’m also doing some beta-reading for a friend. I’m so excited for him as he’s been away from his writing for a long time and he’s such a talented writer. I can’t wait for this book to get out into the world.

And last but certainly not least … I spent last weekend with my grandson. He’s growing so fast! I hate having him so far away, but I’m pleased I got some time to spend with him. I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

I know, I really have no excuse for dropping out of the blogosphere. Though I was on vacation last week, I totally could have uploaded some posts and didn’t manage to get that done. I’m hanging my head in shame.

And to top it off, I see Facebook and Twitter drawing so much attention, I think fewer and fewer people are finding time to peruse blogs. And I have to admit, since I hang out there a lot I’m kind of finding it hard to find interesting things to chat about.

But just as an update, we were in the process of buying a house and ran into a huge glitch. That’s after waiting 4 months for the bank to make a deal with the sellers who are upside down with their mortgage. Now this. I hate giving up on this house as it really fits our needs AND we’ve been putting money out to get things done that won’t be reimbursed to us if it all falls through. So yeah, that kind of is taking some of my time.

And all three of our children are going through MAJOR transitions. We continue to support them with hand holding and love. Lots of love. But seriously, with all of this swirling around me I’m trying to figure out what weird karma I may have sent out into the universe to have all of this happening at the same time.

Fortunately, this week I have a book release and I’m really looking forward to WEDNESDAY!

So how are things in your corner of the world? Any advice as to how to handle the craziness that is my life would be greatly appreciated.

For the last couple of years I’ve sat diligently at my computer trying to come up with 13 somethings every week that would amuse my readers. I really liked doing it … most of the time. But it always came complete with pictures and that’s where my time got sucked away. So …

I don’t usually make resolutions. I’m one of those people that makes them then doesn’t follow them just so I feel a little naughty by sort of “breaking the rules”. Dumb I know. But that’s me. (I don’t take my daily calcium either because it’s as risky as I can get these days. LOL!)

Anyway, I’ve been really toying with this blog and trying to figure out what exactly I want from this little corner of the web. I mean ideally, I’d love people to stumble over here see all these wonderful books that I have and buy a copy or two. But that’s not going to happen … or not very often at least. But I think it’s sort of what I expected when I set up this blog.

Now, it’s not like I don’t have something to say or opinions about things … ask any of my family or friends and they will tell you I’m about the most chatty person around and opinions? Well, let’s just say I was raised to speak my mind even if I don’t agree with everyone around me or more often … especially when I don’t agree with the people around me! But I often get a little noodgie expressing them on the internet. For one, they never go away and two, they always seem to get misconstrued. And anyway I’ve found throughout 2009 there were just too many things pulling me from the one thing I need to focus on … writing.

So the one resolution I’m going to make for 2010 is that I’m probably going to be doing less memes on my blog that suck my time and do a lot more “me” things. I’ve already cut back on several of the places I used to hang out on the web. Though I’m sure Facebook and Twitter are habits I won’t be dropping any time soon. LOL! And that’s another reason this blog has become less important to me. I have other outlets to share my sorrows and celebrate my joys.

It’s not that I won’t be blogging. But I’ve given up on Thursday Thirteen and I think I’ll just be hanging out here and posting a couple of times a week. I know that doesn’t make for a great blog and people aren’t going to be beating a path to my site, but you know, that’s okay. I’ve got some great goals set for 2010 and with perseverence, hard work and a little luck I’m going to achieve them.

I hope you’ll drop by now and again, see what I’m up to, maybe find out about a book or two of mine. And definitely leave me a note once in awhile to let me know you were here.

Here’s hoping your 2010 is a blessed on as well. 

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