Posts Tagged ‘reading’

Too much learning. Not enough doing. My passion rut.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

I’ve fallen into this crazy passion rut. I accumulate and hoard information like a frantic knowledge pack rat. My kindle app is stuffed yet I subscribe to more magazines, buy more books, and download more PDFs.

My camera hasn’t been touched in days but I check out Clickin Moms like its my job. I’m enrolled in Souvenir Foto School but am a week behind on my assignment. The ebook I’m writing isn’t finished yet I’m working on a proposal for a nonfiction book. I could go on for days.

Why do I do this to myself? Am I the only one?

In an attempt to diagnose myself I’ve reached the conclusion that my compulsion stems from my lack of free time. I have little time and too much I want to do. My refusal to admit to myself that it’s impossible to accomplish anything if I’m always bouncing from one interest or task to another like a ping pong ball is crippling me. Well, crippling is extreme but it is preventing me from striking out lines on my to-do list and that is annoying.

This morning I found this post in my inbox. YES! I am a craft junkie. A junkie of the crafts of writing and photography. I adore them both equally and strive to improve daily. It’s finally sinking in that I will never improve if I do not devote equal time to doing as I do  learning. It’s a hard habit to break. I’ve been this way my entire life. I’ll easily devour thousands of pages of the thoughts of others on whatever topic I am passionate about at the moment. It’s fascinating and much less time consuming than, you know, actually doing…something.

Motherhood might be to blame as well. It’s much easier to read on my phone while the kids eat, nap, or sleep than it is to sit down at my laptop when they are awake or my eyes are glazed over from the exhaustion of a long day spent alone with toddlers. Toting a DSLR and playing soccer at the same time isn’t a good idea. My kids win. My camera gets dusty. Hobbies, passion, and interests take a backseat. I am okay with this. Childhood is fleeting and such but I can make some changes.

No more:

  • new books or e-books until I finish at least five (this might kill me)
  • photography classes until I finish up the two I have in process
  • new lenses until I complete a portfolio review with an accomplished professional photographer
  • writing classes until I finish my e-book

There you have it. I am a knowledge hoarder and a craft junkie. I am holding myself accountable and devoting the little free time I have to doing versus obsessively learning. My guess is that the time I spend working on my writing and photography skills will teach me as much as the gazillion resources I have been electronically horading. At least I hope so.

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Are you a knowledge pack rat?

 

Elphland Elves Book Review

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I have looked forward to this Christmas for what seems like an eternity. Pweezy is finally old enough to grasp some of the concepts surrounding the holidays. I am having the best time telling him stories about Santa, his elves, and reindeer. When I was approached to review Elphland Elves I was beyond excited. I knew Pweezy would be into the story.

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BlogHer Book Club: Slow Love

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Slow LoveIt has been a long time since I have read some fun and light-hearted fiction. I was very excited to read Dominique Browning’s new novel, Slow Love for the Blogher Book ClubIn 2007 Browning was a happily fulfilled career woman working as editor-in-chief of House & Garden magazine. Unfortunately her dedication to the magazine did not prevent its demise. The magazine folded and Dominique was sent into a tailspin.

She became a lonely, unemployed, empty-nester with far too much time on her hands overnight. The lack of daily structure left Dominique more time than she had ever desired to obsess over her off and on again ambivalent lover. In an attempt to break her previous off and on again relationship cycle with the man she calls Stroller, Dominique devotes time to pursuits that had never been available when her time was occupied with meetings and deadlines.

Dominique even considers blogging. I can relate to that. Dominique had invested so much time in her career and placed so much value on her contributions to the magazine that she needed to step back and find her true self again. Her journey was both relatable and amusing.

Slow Love was an entertaining end of the summer read. Grab a copy or read the excerpt and then be sure to stop by Blogher for some interesting discussion.

This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own

Barnes & Noble Nook Color & $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I have been majorly slacking off.

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Capture The Everyday: Books My Kids Won’t Let Me Read

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

I love participating in Melissa of Adventuroo weekly meme ‘Capture The Everyday’. Melissa has a knack for choosing topics that make me nod my head vigorously in agreement or jump up in down in my head in participatory anticipation.

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This week’s assignment is books you are reading or in my case ‘Books My Kids Won’t Let Me Read’.

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. I absolutely love it. It is one of the very few things I miss about my prior child free existence. I don’t sweat it too much since I know someday my kids will be out in their hover cars running around and having a good time, while I sit at home waiting for them to come home I will have nothing but time on my hands. THEN I can read. Anyway I do miss it and still make feeble attempts. Here are the five books I am currently attempting to read:

 

Little Stranger by Sarah Waters: I started this book when I was pregnant with C last year. I do not even remember what it is about. Something about a creepy house and a doctor. Maybe some eccentric once wealthy people living in a beat up old mansion. I have no idea. I really need to pick this one back up.

Teaching Montessori in the Home: The Preschool Years by Elizabeth G. Hainstock and Lee Havis: I am about two pages deep into this one. It seems like a decent read with some creative information on keeping a toddler entertained. So far all I have digested is “give kids pots and pans / their own special drawer or cabinet” Done. Easy. Now if only I could finish the rest. Seriously the book is like two pages long. It is absurd that I cannot get a second to read it.

Positive Discipline: The First Three Years by Jane Nelsen Ed.D.Cheryl Erwin, & Roslyn Ann Duffy: I was really enjoying this book. Lots of wonderful tips. Something strange happens every single time I try to read this book: P rips out pages. There is something in this book that he does not want me to read. I am thinking of buying the iPad version just so I can finish it.

Dishing up Vermont by Tracey Medeiros: This is a beautiful cookbook my friend Susan gave me for Christmas. I haven’t been able to try a recipe yet since my toddler won’t keep his grubby little mitts off the lovely pictures of food long enough for me to decide what I want to cook. Sigh. Someday.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel: This is the book I would most like to finish. I am a HUGE fan of Elizabethan era historical fiction. Wolf Hall centers around Henry VIII’s right hand man Thomas Cromwell. I have always been interested in Cromwell. He was one of the original political geniuses. Very intriguing man. I am looking forward to seeing how Mantel weaves Cromwell’s personal and political lives into a work of fiction. (Don’t make fun of me. I already told you I have Elizabeth I motto tattooed on my forearm. I told you I was a HUGE fan.)

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What are you reading right now?

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