I started up a new project this month called ThinkyRead.com. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should do so. ;)
The goal on ThinkyRead is to discuss books and things related. I’ve been reading and studying literature for a long time and I just wanted a release. But more than that, I wanted a community. So far on the site I have one regular commenter, who happens to be a good friend of mine (Thanks Bryan!), and fortunately he’s quite the talker so I do get some of that discussion that I’ve been longing for.
My fear when I started the blog (less than a month ago. Geez, I’m writing as though it’s been years!) was that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with the reading. Writing about four books a month, plus two extra pieces each week is a lot of work. I quickly decided to post about two old books and two new ones so that I didn’t actually have to spend all that time reading.
The decision turned out to be a good one because I don’t have much time in a day. But, I’m quickly learning, I have a lot more time then I thought. Right now I’m on my FOURTH book this month!
Books are kind of like TV in that once you start one you can easily get hooked. But they’re not the same in that TV shuts down your brain whereas reading activates it! The more I watch TV, the more TV I want to watch. But the more I read the more I want to WRITE! (And read… sometimes it’s a battle getting to the laptop to start composing my own piece, but it’s a battle I don’t mind fighting.)
Something else I’ve discovered, though. The more you read, the faster you get. I guess I should have figured that would happen after working on something so consistently, but it came as a pleasant surprise to me.
I honestly don’t know how I’ve found so much time for reading in my busy schedule. My roommate, I’m pretty sure, thinks I’m insane. It seems like ALL I do is read and write whenever I get the chance. I guess when you really love something so portable, it’s not that difficult to make it a part of your life.