Category Archives: Misc

I will not finish books I don’t like

Until recently, I finished books I didn’t like. You see, I have this weird affliction where I’m afraid I’m going to “miss something good” if I stop reading a book (or watching a show) before the end. I say things to myself like:

  • You might miss out on a fantastic character.
  • What if the story gets REALLY good in the next chapter?
  • You paid for it. It’s wasteful to delete it without reading it. (This contributes to my pack-rat-ness, too. “Don’t throw that away! You spent good money on that! It might be useful some day!)
  • The author put a lot of work into the book. It would be disrespectful not to finish.

I say “until recently” because something happened a couple of weeks ago to change that. While I was reading a book that was pretty terrible (in my opinion), I heard a voice inside my head that sounded a lot like Christopher Titus.

Titus Voice: Hey, Idiot. Why are you wasting your time on that awful book? Don’t you have a lot of other unread books that might actually be good?

Me: ((blink. blink. shrug.))

Titus Voice: Wouldn’t it be a better use of your time to read something you LIKE?

Me: ((wipes drool from chin and nods madly)) Uh huh!

So, I stopped reading and deleted the book from my Kindle. Amazingly, NO BAD HAPPENED. Thank you, mocking Titus Voice! (Ok, maybe the voice really sounded like me. Whatever. I’m a writer. I embellish!)

I now have a rule. I give a book a couple of chapters (or less if the writing makes me cringe) and if I couldn’t care less what happens to the protagonist, I delete it from my Kindle. I don’t close it and leave it on there to taunt/guilt/seduce me into giving it another try. I just nuke it. I’ve discovered that I’m actually okay with that.

Now, I just have to use that same philosophy on my Hulu queue.

Do you nuke books you can’t get into or do you continue reading? If you continue reading, what makes you feel like you have to finish?

Is it Fate?

I recently read a quote from a famous pianist who said that he believed that because he desired to play the piano, then he must have been given all the tools he needed by the divine to make his dreams come true.  That’s an interesting thought to me because I enjoy thinking about free will vs fate/destiny as the ruling factor of our lives.

What thing is it in your life that you feel you are “meant to be or do?”  Is there something that makes you uniquely qualified to do it?  Or something that has made it easier for you to realize a dream or desire?

Hello WordPress

Hi there!

If you’re reading this, then I’ve successfully posted my first blog post on my new WordPress site.  That’s probably not all that exciting to you, but I can barely hold back a girly squeee. For the longest time, I’ve put off updating my website even though it desperately needed it.  I had created my previous site in Photoshop and Dreamweaver and was rather proud of the design.  It was artsy and pretty.  The content management part of it left much to be desire, though.  In fact, there was no content management.

If I wanted to post something on my front page, I had to break out Dreamweaver and edit the page.  If I wanted to post new pictures, I had to break out Dreamweaver and add more code to the gallery page.  It was painful.  But the site was pretty.  It was my baby.  And as much as I wanted an easier way to update the world about my life and my art, I just couldn’t stand the thought of using WordPress and having my site look like every other WordPress site out there…boxy and plain.

At least, that’s what I thought every WordPress site looked like.  Then I happened to stumble upon a place called Theme Forest (themeforest.net) and a theme named Slash.  My opinion about WordPress themes changed instantly.  Here was a theme that allowed me to show my artwork in a big bold slideshow right on the front page.  The menu system was simple and elegant, no looking all over the place to get to where you wanted to go.  And while there were still boxes in the theme, they were slanted and shadowed and SEXY.

I became a believer.

So…hello, WordPress!  I think you and I are going to have a beautiful love affair.  And hello, World!  Hopefully, you and I will get along just as nicely.

 

-pj