I am finally back into a “normal” routine: I woke up this morning, poured myself a cup of good, hot, strong coffee, logged onto blogger and began leisurely reading the new posts. AH…I have missed this simple pleasure of life (although I am not sure which I missed more — reading the blogs or having a cup of good coffee vs the hot brown water I have been drinking at school).
The final book, Poemcrazy, was the perfect book for me! This book is not as much about writing poems (something in which I feel totally inept) as it is a book filled with exercises to help your imagination and creativity bloom. The author has the same easy-going writing style as the previous authors (hmm…..maybe there is a pattern here: are all authors encouraging of one another and want all to experience the same euphoria of writing for the sake of writing?!) and I read her book in about two days time. Now I need to go back and really DO the exercises. The most memorable idea that I recall is the concept of writing from your “shadow” person. Apparently this is a term used by Carl Jung, but can easily be used as a writing tool. The concept is this: by the time we reach the age of seven we have learned what others consider “acceptable” behavior from us, and what they consider “unacceptable” Our shadow person is all that “unacceptable” behavior that has been squelched all these years. Usually our shadow person is the opposite of our public personality. So, for example, if you are normally a shy, quiet, timid person your shadow would be outgoing and boisterous. The exercise is to write from the voice of your “shadow” —- cool idea, right?
Much to my surprise (and somewhat shame) I have not picked up a book to read since I returned home on Thursday night. Now, I could use the excuse that I have been busy unpacking and reconnecting with family – but that would not be completely true. I have had ample time to read something. I have spent some time in the “nook” making room on the bookshelves for BEA books and library sale books (they were left in boxes and bags when I left home in June) and I have daydreamed about which books to begin. I could read a classic for the Everything Austen challenge; I could read a fantasy for the Harry Potter challenge; I could read A Year in Provence to complete my own Summer Vacation challenge; I could read Gunpowder Green for the Cozy Mystery challenge; I could read any number of books that I simply could not resist because of your amazing reviews (off the top of my head I can easily come up 25 or 30 titles) — and yet I simply cannot make up my mind. I sure hope this reading rut dissipates soon and I can once again be transported to fabulous literary worlds and then relive the adventures by writing the reviews.