Journal

After a hard days work . . . .

. . . . I just want to curl up in a ball and sleep.

But, I’m not.

It’s 10.37pm and I start work again tomorrow at 10.30am. My feet are hurting and my left contact lense is getting blurry. Time to get new contacts (or just wear my glasses). I’m eating a semi cold lasagne topper for dinner and two chocolate kisses biscuits.

I had a dream last night that I was hanging out with one of my best friends from school, Katie, and I told her she could be a bridesmaid at my wedding if I ever got married. It was wonderfully that we were hanging out again (even if it was just a dream). Then I woke up and realised Katie’s been gone since April 2013. She died of stomach cancer.

My reading challenge is currently non existent. I haven’t read a page of Catching Fire since I first blogged, so yeah. I am going to remedy that though. I’m taking the book to work tomorrow and should be able to read some of it at lunch break, then I’ll finish it in the next two days and post a review on Wednesday.

I recently purchased two new books for my collection. They’re both Penguin Classics, Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov and Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I got LITTOC by accident as I thought it was One Hundred Years of Solitude. Same author wrong plot line. I think I’ll give Lolita a go as my second book. I’ve read the first three pages and it comes across as very lyrical and poetic. Not that I’m trying to soften the content of the book, just the way it’s written.

I’m off to see The Fault In Ours Stars movie on Tuesday afternoon. I’m going to be taking an extra set of tissues because I know I’m going to bawl my eyes out. I saw the trailer last week on the beginning of Maleficent and shed a few tears over that. There is no hope for me during this movie.

Haiku

Tiredness creeps in
to my eyes, hands, feet and soul
waiting to drown me.

 

 

 

The Reading Challenge

As I start my journey towards my dream of becoming a writer one of the things people say is read.

Read what you like, read what you don’t like, read to the end because it will make you feel better that you finished. Read broadly and widely and without fear. Read what scares you, read what makes you cry and reduces you to a shell of yourself. Read because you want to be a better person, not because someone told you that this book was the next “Harry Potter”.

Read the Classics like they’re going out of fashion. Read poetry you don’t and likely never will understand. Read the Bible. Read about what makes people hope and fear and wish upon a star. Read when no one else is. Read at 3am in the morning when you know you should be sleeping and you’re almost to the end. Read in paperback, in newsprint, on you phone, at the doctors, in the lunchroom, under a moon lit sky, when it’s raining and your protecting your book by putting it under your raincoat.

Read when you break up with your long term partner and take comfort in the knowledge you are never alone with a book. Read when there is nothing else to do. Read where you stand.

Above all else: Read.

So, as an aspiring writer that is what I am going to do: Read.

I will attempt to read one book every week until the end of the year.

It’s Wednesday 4th June today, I haven’t picked up a book in about 6 weeks.

My first book I will read will be Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I’ve already read The Hunger Games and thoroughly enjoyed it, so the second book should be good as well.

This should in theory help me with my writing since it is exposing me to material I would not normally read or write about.

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I will also be posting a short review of the books I read so watch this space.