I read a book! (Cue the sparklers and kazoos!)
Ya, I get that puzzled look. You're thinking, "Whaaaaat the heck?".
You see, since the time I was old enough to read, books have been my best friends. An addiction, really. Yes, I was one of 'those' (obnoxious) children who tried reading at the dining room table or surreptitiously under the bedcovers.
But following events of early 2013, like someone turning off a light switch ... I couldn't read anything longer than 4-5 pages. No, there was nothing amiss with my vision. Simply I couldn't focus.
Oh, I tried surrounding myself with my favorite authors' best sellers ... from gritty thrillers to soft-serve, 'bubble-gum' reads. Nothing took.
Then, not long ago I just gave myself permission. Permission to step off the carousel for a little while. After I got over the initial guilt and resisted the impulse to jump up and do something else, the hours flew by.
I don't know. This may be a process. Like a confirmed anorexic, I'll stare at a best seller on-line - but I'm not drawn to engage. Maybe it's like getting back up on that horse after you find yourself unceremoniously sprawled on your ***?
This may sound really silly, but here goes.
There was an old mind game I used to exercise to help fall asleep. In keeping with 2015's theme, I've a hunch this might help me RELEASE the irrational thoughts and fears which keep me awake. Perhaps it might catch on? (This is particularly helpful if one's inclined to be a control freak ... smile!)
Once immersed in a work of fiction, my mind's eye has this crazy need to visualize a character's face, his surroundings. So, come bedtime my imagination goes into overdrive ... allowing me certain luxuries. Holding the book's film rights, 'my' cast of characters is made up of anyone I fancy -- a bona-fide movie star, an old classmate, even a co-worker. Nothing's impossible!
This sounds like a huge contradiction, but personally - and especially since seeing "The Notebook" - I'm not fond of film adaptations. I once had occasion to meet a well-known author and ask, had she ever considered selling the rights to one of her books to a film-maker. Without batting an eye, the answer was a swift and unequivocal, "No!".
PPS - ... and a bit of levity.
Have you ever uttered something so out of place, it left you shaking your head?
Just yesterday as DH and I were leaving the grocery, a gentleman coming in the door spotted the lettering on my hoodie and remarked, "Go Auburn. Good school."
... and darn if I didn't reply, "Thank you."
Seriously?!?!?!?! Like I'm on the Board of Trustees or something? (Banging.Head.Against.Wall)
Have a great week, everyone!
Hugs from Phoenix!