kit (mizkit) wrote,

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I used to like reading big fat books. The bigger and fatter the book the better, because it took me that much longer to read it. I deliberately picked up WISHSONG OF SHANNARA when I was 12 and we were driving up the California coast, because my parents told me, "Find the biggest book you can," and it was not only big depth-wise, but it was also trade paperback, making it definitely the biggest book I could find in the SF section at the time*.

Not so anymore. I'm reading msagara's SUN SWORD ... sextet (had to see how many there were), and while I'm *enjoying* them, I'm also finding myself stopping to read shorter books between chapters and sections, because my God, it's just too much commitment. These days it's hard enough to talk myself into starting *short* books (AUGH, somebody SAVE me!). I never used to be a read-multiple-books-at-once person (mostly because I can blow through five or six 100K word books in a day without a problem, if I'm having a day committed to reading and nothing else, so I never needed to), but now it's the only way I can manage big books. Some awful thing has happened to my brain. I feel like I'm wasting time, or something, if I commit myself to reading That Big A Book. Time in which I Should Be Writing.

This, in fact, is a real problem for reading books at all. *Especially* if I'm actively working on something, but apparently even if I'm not. I stand in front of the TBR shelves, stare at them, stare some more, and eventually wander away to play on the computer or do something else equally brain-rotting that does not require any mental commitment. Or any time commitment beyond the immediate sink. The fact that I could just as easily be reading as playing City of Heroes and the same amount of time will have passed after 2 hours of doing that...doesn't seem to make an impression. :)

So I'm really actively trying to stay away from the computer so much and spending time reading right now instead. It's a terrible thing when reading takes an active act of will. Nobody mentioned this aspect of being a full-time writer...!

*It also scarred me for life as a reader, because I read it, wept (silently, and to my huge embarrassment) over the death of a major character, finished the book, then turned to the back cover, where it said, "Don't miss the first two books in this exciting trilogy!" *AUGH*! I have, ever since, been obsessive about reading series in order. O.O

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