Sep 162011

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I used to be one of those writers that never found the time to read books. No, it’s true. I would write, revise, write, revise, and wonder why my stories weren’t turning out quite how I wanted them to. I soon realized that it was because I never read books! Books do more than entertain, they teach.

Not to worry though, I’m reading again and making up for lost time. My goal this year is to read at least forty books and I’m more than halfway through. Next year, my goal will be eighty. As I’m trying to reach my novel reading goal, I’ve noticed that I’ve been neglecting one of my favorite pastimes – reading magazines. That used to be my thing. I used to be all about magazines. I still am, but my time has recently been occupied by reading novels, articles, and blogs. This is in addition to re-writing and revising my short stories and novel while spending time with my family.

What’s a writer to do? I’m not so sure. I was thinking that I could dedicate one big block of time once a week to reading magazines, but I’ll have to test that out.

What’s on the roster?

1. The New Yorker
2. National Geographic Traveler
3. Prevention Magazine
4. Writer’s Digest
5. Chicago Magazine
6. Good Housekeeping
7. Entertainment Weekly

And I’m thinking of subscribing to The Technology Review. That’s a lot for me to read considering that some of these magazines come in weekly. When do you fit in time to read your glossies?

In other news, I got two awards. One was the Liebster award from Marie of First Draft Café. Thanks Marie!

“The basic idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to showcase bloggers with less than 200 followers.” When you get the award, you keep the love going by giving it to 5 3 other bloggers (I’ve changed this to three) who have less than 200 followers.”

Here are the bloggers I’m passing the award along to:

1. Brittany of @Brittany1159
2. Roger Eschbacher of @RogerEschbacher
3. Dawn M. Hamsher of @DawnMHamsher

The other award was the Versatile Blogger award (which I’ve gotten before) from Elizabeth Varadan of Elizabeth Varadan’s Fourth Wish. Thank you!

The rules for award recipients of the Versatile Blogger award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to them.
2. Tell seven things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to 15 1 (I’ve changed this to one) recently discovered blogs and let the blogger know.

I was recently tagged to reveal 10 random facts about myself, so I’m going to skip telling seven new things about myself. If you’re into learning 10 random things about me (and I know you are :p) you can read all about me here.

If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably noticed that I changed the number of bloggers to give these awards to. Why? Because even though I appreciate getting blog awards, I just don’t have the time to seek out twenty plus bloggers that don’t already have these awards. Also, I need to spend more time on my current WIP’s.

I pass this award onto the following blog owner:

1. Ashley Davis of @ashleywrite

I wanted to leave you all with this awesome video I saw today:

Now back to my regularly scheduled novel.  :)

 Posted by at 1:11 pm

  8 Responses to “When Books Trump Magazines: One Woman’s Quest to Read Everything & Other Stuff”

  1. IN New York such crazy stuff happens. I love that city.

  2. Congratulations on your awards. I am not very good at time management. I either get in one thing and let the others slide; or I try to do them all and don’t enjoy any of them.
    I am trying to work on that.

    Pamela Jo

  3. Congrats on the awards! It can be hard finding time to read in between all the writing – my mind gets so focused on what I’m doing I have to make myself take a break and read. Now I have reading time every day. I don’t tend to read magazines either, other than fiction ones, but then I’m not interested in writing non-fiction.

  4. Coming through on the campaign. I’m in the adult fiction group. Congrats on the awards. They take some time to do what the awardee is supposed to, which is a bit of a time suck.

  5. I actually gave you the Liebster award too, congrats!

  6. Congrats on the awards! I know what you mean about reading – there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day! If only we didn’t need to sleep :)

  7. @Mike – I love NYC. It’s a great place.

    @Pamela – Thanks! I know what you mean about time management. I just keep wishing for more time.

    @Cheryl – Thanks! Once a week I’ll get this feeling that I need to be reading a novel, so I’ll force myself to read for a block of time, usually between three and five hours. Then I’ll push myself to finish the book within the week. I have this crazy goal to read one or two books a week and it’s working. I do love a good magazine though.

    @J.L. – Thanks! I love the awards, but I wish I had more time to spend giving them out to everybody.

    @Susanna – Thanks! I’ve thought about giving up sleep, but that’s as far as it has gotten. LOL!

    Have a great day everybody!

  8. @ A.E. – Oh wow! Thank you! I went to your blog to thank you, but I couldn’t enter my name and blog address. :( In any case, it is very much appreciated. :)

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