Saturday, October 12, 2013
Read-athon: Hour 1
I will not read for 24 hours, I know that going in, but I if I can read for about 4-6 hours today that is about five more hours than I have read in a single day in months. I am hoping that this is what will finally jumpstart me into a reading routine again.
The opening meme asks us to answer a few questions:
1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I hail from the "Heartland of America" -- a suburb of Kansas City.
2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I do not have a photograph of my stack, but it contains several books in a variety of genres. There are two fictional stories that I would like to read in preparation for NaNoWriMo, The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, and Dancing for Degas by Kathryn Wagner. I would also love to make some headway in the 2nd Harry Potter book, The Chamber of Secrets.
I just returned from a HUGE used book sale (which I will write about in the Sunday Salon tomorrow) and I bought several books on writing that I will probably peruse, and a number of books on poetry that I hope will help me overcome my fear of the genre.
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Well, since I didn't decide to join until late last night, I have no special snacks in the house. That is fine though... I have some pita chips and hummus, which is a favorite go-to snack for me, and this evening I will relax with a glass of chardonnay.
4. Tell us a little something about yourself:
I am a semi-retired teacher at a small private school. I have cut my schedule WAY back this year (I only teach Brit Lit and English Comp on Tuesdays and Thursday) in the hopes that I will increase my devotion to writing. I love to travel and I am interested in photography with the hopes of pairing pictures with words to create compelling essays of my travel experiences.
5. If you participated in a past read-athon, what is one thing you will do differently today?
I have participated in past read-athons, but the last time was probably in 2010. I really do not have a strategy, except that I am not going to sweat the details. I will read today, and that is the point. I am not going to focus on number of pages read, number of hours read, number of posts written... that will detract me from the pure pleasure of uninterrupted reading... something that I desperately need and want to do.
Ok - so one hour into the read-athon and I have yet to read. So I am going to pour myself a cup of coffee, head to the nook, and escape into a book.
I wish all of you participating in this event, wonderful reading time... and those who are not, a fantastic fall Saturday.