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That reading thing, pt 2

Under the principle that the only way to do something you have a hard time doing is to carve out space in your day to do it, I am going to try to read just a little bit every evening before I go to bed. And not in the blue chair devoted to writing and television viewing, those monstrous time-suckers, but in that other comfy spot in my house, my bed. Now, my bed isn't really conducive to reading. The headboard is one of those metal curly-cue things which was really fashionable last year. And my two big oversized pillows that could prop me up nicely are covered in cat hair 'cause I just haven't taken the time to wash them...for a while. Also, the bedside lamps are small and have dim bulbs in them.

Now, this is the kind of thing you have to enable in every way possible, so last night I loaded up on proppy pillows and found my extra pair of reading glasses to keep by the bed.

And then I found something good to read. It's a book that every other human person on my flist has read except me because I was behind several books in the series and this particular one doesn't come out in paperback until 2010. So I have a used hardback copy to read. It's 419 pages, and I read 13 of them last night (then I got sleepy, and insomniacs just don't mess with sleepy):

13/419    3.10%

Go, me.


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 23rd, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
looks like you found your own doit yourself accountability
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Although it would help if someone else also noticed. ; D
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
well i noticed you found a meter than worked
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I found a meter that doesn't say "word count", so I can use it to count other stuff.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
i might use it since so many of the others are preset at 50,000 nano words...
Jul. 23rd, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
You can enter the numbers here


and it gives you the code to copy
Jul. 23rd, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
cool thanks. the one i was using was workin then suddenly decided I was at nano%
Jul. 23rd, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Which book are you reading?
I always read a couple of chapters or ten of the current book before I turn out the light, it helps me relax (except when I read until the wee hours 'cause I need to know what happens next..)
Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
I can't read too long or I catch a second wind and just cannot fall asleep at all the rest of the night. So I only got up to page 33 last night. I am capable of consuming entire books in one night if I let myself.

I'm reading Turncoat by Butcher.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
TV addiction is the worst enemy of reading books. Especially, if you have the entire seasons and you end up watching several episodes in row because you *just* must now what happens next. Latest case in point: Torchwood. And afterward you must go feeding your addiction even more with fanfiction...

A counter for book reading is a great idea. I think I will gank it and use it in a private entry.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
It's very sad and pathetic, though, that I need to count pages and cheer myself on when the number goes up. It's reading, and I'm a nerd!

*a failed nerd*
Jul. 23rd, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)

You're preaching to the choir! I have co-workers who read an average of 3 books a week.

I have problems with sitting down and actually starting to read, because, if I know I will probably like the story I want to have a day off to read it as long as possible (a novel of Michael Chabon is waiting for me at the moment). And the opposite, if the story/characters don't engage me after the first 60 pages it will be almost impossible for me to finish the novel. Reading fanfiction is so effortless in comparison as you already love the characters and have already emotionally invested in them and don't have to spend several hours before you can form an actual picture of them. I'm lazy and impatient, that must be it.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Well, in my case, I think it is having a borderline obsessive/addictive personality where I seem to be able to do a lot of one single thing, rather than dividing my day or my week between a variety of activities. If it ain't writing, I don't seem to be able to do it.
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