I have an addiction: Author’s life

 

I have an addiction. In fact it started early on as I was growing up. It has continued to grow within me. To make it worse I married someone who has the same addiction.

Books.

My husband and I love books. We love going to used book store and scoring the deals and also books we been looking for. In fact one of our moving trips from one home to another involved a U-haul van that had only books in it.

The shame of it all. But we are shameless. One of our problems is we rarely give the books away. I did purge about 110 books years ago by getting rid of 95% of my James Patterson books to a battered women’s shelter in town. I have donated a bit to the local libraries. I have placed some on my book swap site online.

I alone have nine bookcases. Six of which are large-sized. And while that might seem a lot it does not come close to my husband and his own bookcases. We are addicted. Again we are shameless about it.

It doesn’t help that companies have asked me, and yes I have accepted, to review for them meaning free books for Sharon and hubby.

It’s a disease. It is. I don’t try anymore to explain it to non readers. There is no point. Either you get it or you don’t. Either you love it or you run away from it.

This is my addiction. I might need to purge some more to make room for the others I am more than sure to bring into the house.

But this an addiction that we are glad we have.

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My birthday week: It’s all about me like it should be all about you on your birthday

My birthday falls this week. I am fortunate to have people in my life and around me that will give me gifts, cards and feed me to celebrate my birthday. But I take it a step further.

First of all I won’t do any chores at home on the actual day. I will do the basic but not anything heavy lifting or time-consuming. No, not doing it. I will do things that I normally don’t do. Things that through the year I find excuses to say I will do it next time.

I will always go to the used book store and hopefully find a Stephen King book I may not have. Granted I go to this store a lot but it is still something I do. I will also go to the big named bookstore and buy me a King book. Granted his books are ridiculously priced, yes he has earned it, but doesn’t mean Sharon has to pay full price. It is my treat to myself. And by the way I have just about all of his books so it is not often I find one.

I will always go to Olive Garden for I love their Zuppa Toscana soup sooo much and their tiramisu cake is the best in this area. The refillable soup bowl fills me up leaving the main meal for another day.

I always try to buy something new or try something different if I can. Discovering two beauty schools in town, and having their list of what they offer, I will drop in and pick something.

A movie is usually on tap. I have no problem going to the movies alone I just as always don’t make time for it like I use to. But this week I will.

I always take my camera out and go somewhere in this area to just walk and take pictures. Happily one of my friends from LA bought me wide lens for my camera so this puppy needs to be tested.

Yes, it is all about me. But it is more about me making time for me. Once this week is over I will go back to how I am making time for everyone and making reasons why I can wait to do something for me. I hope you all do something similar and that is make time for yourself and if you don’t at least do it around your birthday.

This is a great week. I may be older, slower and x and y and z but I am still moving forward for at least once this year thinking of me.

Sports and being an author: It’s related

 

Being an avid sport fan in a number of sports can be: amazing, frustrating, exhilarating, maddening, sad, fun, incredible and so much more.

But do you stop rooting for your time when they do poorly? Ahem, bandwagon fan. Do you continue to watch the games and root, root, root for the home team? I am the later. My teams since 2000 have done amazingly well. Prior to 2000 two of them did amazingly well. But the others were bottom of the barrel, trying your all but failing kind of games. My football team had one and two win seasons which was hard. But I stuck by them. I stuck by all of them. Because to me that is what a true fan is.

Being an author is the same mentality. You will have ups and downs. You will have periods of incredible highs and periods of incredible lows. Do you stop or do you continue? Do you keep at it knowing that with a bit of time, okay a hell of a lot of time, hard work things will start to look up? I know I do.

It is not easy. Just like sports you have to put in the time and effort to get to the end game whatever your endgame is as an author. If you are going to be a bandwagon kind of author than you shouldn’t be too surprised at the end results.

But if you want more than do it like your teams do it and the fans of the team. Give it your best. Put in the work and time. Do it. Because at the end of the day regardless how it ends you can at least say you gave it your all.