Reading, Reading, Always Reading

We will NOT discuss the failure to make progress towards the stickk.com weight loss goal.

Read a couple of books this week. I liked Doomsday Book so much I got Lincoln’s Dreams from the library. It was equally superb, and triggered some possibilities for a project I’m working on at the moment. I’ve been on my library’s wait list for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for a couple of months, and that arrived on Tuesday. That was awesome, a really fantastic read, and nicely complicated – a serial killer thriller mixed with sharply drawn character analyses. I read it in one night – good stuff. I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Girl Who Played With Fire.

Speaking of the library, my city councilman, who has suspect politics to begin with and is clearly not a reader, actually questioned the necessity of libraries, “given that pretty soon everyone will be reading everything online”. I have two problems with this statement. First, we’re doing all right financially, but there is no way I can afford to buy all the books I want to read in a year. Low income students for whom books are a true luxury need the library even more than I do. And second, as an e-pubbed author, the councilman’s statement smacks of a misunderstanding I’ve encountered all too often, that “online” = “free”. Yes, you do have to pay for books you find online. If you’re downloading copies from file sharing websites, you’re stealing (and I’m guessing this guy is “hard on crime”). I was waiting for my son after school and got to talking with another mom about the Kindle. She said she thought about buying one (kind of like it was the latest fashion accessory – did it come in pink?) but didn’t when she found out she still had to pay for books. I wanted to say, “Yes, you do, because even if you read them on an ereader, I still had to work to write the book, as did Dan Brown and Nora Roberts and everyone else who writes what you like to read.”

/end rant

What else? Hmmmm….trying to write, be with my kid, deal with the Incredible Snapping Garage Door Spring, read, feed people, the usual. Yeah, the writing thing. I’m working on it. Working, reading, working, reading, always working, always reading.

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