Learning to Read Again

I noticed something during my winter break. Classes had ended, my final papers and projects were all turned in, graded, and forgotten about. I had roughly a month of free time in which I could do just about anything I wanted. I had decided that I would finally tackle the small (well, not so small) pile of books that had been accumulating, literally since my freshman or sophomore year.

I used to be an avid reader, and I still like to think I am. During my summers I would sometimes read entire books, more if they were short, over the course of one day with almost no breaks. I have shelves and stacks back at my parents’ house of books that I’ve read two or three times over.

Here in my lovely little apartment, many of the books have been unopened.

So what happened?

Being an English major happened. Having to read droves of stuff that I appreciate from a literary standpoint but wouldn’t pick up otherwise happened. At some point the 60-80-100+ pages of reading assignments got to me and I began to associate reading with work.

So I’m slowly teaching myself to enjoy reading again. I’m almost done with the fabulous WOOL Omnibus which may deserve a review here at some point, I’ve delved into a few fantasy novels I got years ago (including the novel adaptation to the MYST games, if anyone has ever played those. Not bad so far.) I edit and give feedback to a few fellow writer friends, whose works may also merit a shout-out on this blog at some point. I even sat back and let myself get lost in my own novella the other day. It’s been a slow process, but I’m healing.

1277

Yesterday was a roller coaster. 1277 people took a free kindle version of Children of Fire. That blows my 50 sales out of the water. It feels like I’m holding my breath now, waiting for some sort of feedback – a review, a Facebook like, screams of anguish in the streets, something. Even if only a fraction of those 1277 decide to read it I’ll have expanded my reader base dramatically. It’s unreal to think that the story I was scribbling down on notebook paper in high school now has that many potential readers out there who think the stuff that comes out of my head is worth space on their kindle. If any of those people ever read this: I am honored, truly. Continue reading

Ch-ch-ch-changes

New blog title, new stuff happening!

Okay, first of all: I’m a published author! Yay! It is honestly one of the most bizarre feelings I’ve ever experienced. I’ll post more up tomorrow or Friday when my print copy arrives, but seeing my pages on Amazon’s website is really strange. I don’t know that everything has sunk in yet. I will say that my friends have shown incredible support, and I am truly grateful for all their efforts, from buying my book to plugging it to others to leaving awesome reviews. Thank you, everyone.

Just over three weeks of school left. Ever. I don’t think that has sunk in, either. My plans and ambitions have been all over the place the last few months, but I finally feel like I have some sort of direction. My apartment is officially subleased for the summer and I (hopefully) have a place to move to at the end of May. My biggest concern is that it has been a real struggle to keep myself involved in my classes. At this point I feel like I’ve gotten started on what I hope will one day be my career, and honestly school has just been getting in the way lately. I’ve promised myself that the last three weeks won’t be that way, that I’ll participate in class and do all my homework and all that jazz, but we’ll see. I think it was like this during my last month of high school, but I don’t really remember.

What else… I’ve been keeping up  with my artwork lately, which I love. I feel like I improve a little every time. I’ve rediscovered charcoal as a medium and I’m starting to like it a lot more. I was first formally introduced to using charcoal in a drawing class I took here – incidentally the class that led to choosing Art as a minor. I didn’t think I was very good at it and stored all my pencils and such away. For whatever reason I dug them out a couple weeks ago, and now I’m not sure why I hated using it. Most of what I’ve been drawing is character sketches and concept art for my writing, and I hope the folks who liked my Facebook page don’t mind the spamming.

So that’s all for today, but I will try to be better about posting updates again – especially once I reach graduation. Counting down the days!