Scooting right along

An American coot (Fulica americana) walking along a creek bank (2010_03_06_050379)

It’s not always easy letting go, to keep life moving, to keep scooting right along, but sometimes we can find something to help.  For me, at least for the past many months, that’s been books.

I’ve been on a real literary tear, in point of fact, reading at least one book each day for about three months.  (Though I admit it took me two days to get through Stephen King’s Under the Dome with its 1000+ pages.)  Usually I read three or four books a week, give or take depending on length and content, but lately it’s been like drinking heavily, only in this case drinking from words, not bottles.

And while I won’t delve into it here since I want to spend more quality time putting into words what I think, I do know consuming some 90-odd books in less than three months has done many things, not the least of which has been to rekindle my writing passion, but also to help me see that I truly despise certain kinds of literary devices that some authors use.  (Let me add that calling some of these “literary devices” is being overly generous.)

But let’s not get bogged down in details right now.  Let’s save that for later, shall we?

For now, since silence becomes exponentially more difficult to break the longer it goes on, I figured I’d post something to say life’s going on and I’ve been occupied in the now too-often-ignored offline world.

That’s right, I’m scooting right along, albeit quietly.

Now back to another book.  Maybe you should try it, stepping away from the internet, I mean, so you can remember what it feels like to have sunshine on your face, the touch of type and paper beneath your fingers, the only images those your mind creates from the words you consume.  It’s quite rewarding if you’ve forgotten what it feels like.

A rock dove (a.k.a. common pigeon; Columba livia) walking by (2009_03_07_011976)

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Photos:

  1. American coot (Fulica americana)
  2. Rock dove (a.k.a. common pigeon; Columba livia)

3 thoughts on “Scooting right along”

  1. Maybe the next generation can call a Kindle a “book” but as for me, give me the paper, ink and heft of a good tome. I’m with you on the reading; if you haven’t read at least one book this month you are so missing one of life’s simple pleasures.

  2. Wow, this is super timely. I just spent a LITTLE time reading a book last night before bed and thought, hm, I need to make this happen, more.

    Then this a.m. I thought hm, I really need to work on editing my (super drafty draft) novel. Which I’ve abandoned & for some reason totally ignored.

    I agree with you & must say am TERRIBLY interested in the devices that make you nuts. Really, really wanna know.

    =)

    Oh, and SUPER nerdy note, was informed by co-workers (who are real bird people, I’m not), that it’s been changed back to rock pigeon (I double checked here, http://www.aba.org/checklist/)

    Anyhow, I am not up on what you’re going through, but I wish you the best.

  3. oop, btw, SUPER charming photographs and WOW is that a STUNNING red eye. wow. I love when people see stunning beauty/charm in things people ignore (like v. common species). Nicely done.

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