I’ve been a big slacker lately when it comes to keeping my blog up-to-date – partly because it’s no longer a part of my real job and partly because it was making reading feel like an obligation – like I was a bad girl if I didn’t blog about what I was reading.
Not reading is absolutely not an option – that would be akin to being cheerful in the morning or not drinking tea. But not blogging – hell, that’s as easy as making toast. To add to the fun, writing has always been a weird thing for me. I love it, but the avoidance maneuvers I have in place make it difficult to be disciplined about getting it done – especially if there is no real ‘deadline.’ School papers, magazine articles, cover letters – these all come with built-in deadlines that force me to sit in front of the computer and shift gears from the Verbal Bev to the Written Bev. And the Written Bev is a happy girl, it’s just the gear-shifting that is a significant speed-bump.
I know this is yet another thing that – as a supposedly-mature adult – I should be doing. That is, living up to my promises (not blogging; one need not be mature nor an adult to blog, and many a mature adult has made the cut without a blog to their name, phew!). And I’m pretty good at living up to my promises and responsibilities – except when they are promises to myself, and responsibilities that affect only me. No one gets fired if I don’t write, my ‘A’ is not in jeopardy if I go 10 days without updating my blog. I just have to listen to the increasingly-irritated voice in my head that says I’m a loser for not doing it. It’s the same voice that yells when I send birthday presents late and don’t call my mother. I can ignore a certain level of bitching, but when the volume gets loud, something has to be done (and we all know I’m not going to call my mother).
So, to recap some things I’ve read lately – that I’ve decided in my all-powerful position as The-Boss-of-Me do not require a full write-up on this here fabulous blog:
I read the entire series of The Chronicles of the Cheysuli by Jennifer Roberson, borrowed from a fellow sci-fi fan and infinitely enjoyable. The books tell the story of a magical race (the Cheysuli, of course) who have been persecuted and lost many of their powers. If they can fulfill the multi-generational prophesy, there will be peace and a return of powers they’ve lost. No deep-thinking required here – like dessert for the hard-working brain. The first book and the last two books were the best (there are eight total).
I re-read Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint. This is a two-book compilation of Jack the Giant-Killer and Drink Down the Moon. JoK is a fun re-telling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale in a modern urban setting. Not his greatest stuff, but – again – a good read.
I apologize to those oodles of faithful readers out there who have come recently to BoB and been disappointed – but I can’t promise it won’t happen again. I may be a slacker, but I’m not a liar. Happy Reading!