Tuesday, May 17

The Neurotic Bat

Yesterday and today I have felt really wonderful, and it is all your fault. 

I have had so much encouragement from you, my dears, and it has been very uplifting.  Right now, however, I am once again swamped with assignments and annoyed that my room as turned into a study-cave in which I am the lording bat.  Being a bat, great hearing distracts me constantly with squeaks, creaks and squeals produced inconsiderately by the stairs, the doors and my sister.  I am also drinking plenty of water. 

Mignon McLaughlin in The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966) said: "There's only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that's a writer sitting down to write", and well, what can be added?  This is so ridiculously true!  I am using it as sustenance, hydration, avoidance, denial and entertainment all in one.  I just NEED it for study, and writing etcetera etcetera.  I feel like a drunkard.  But it's water, so as long as I don't start to rinse the sodium from my brain, I'm safe.  (I'm not drinking half as much as I would need to start rinsing sodium out of my brain!  Rest assured.)

I'm dissapointed to have to inform you I haven't read since Sunday morning because every single moment of my life has been studying and then stealing fifteen minutes to blog.  I feel like I have to blog.  It's just not an option not to.  But I'm missing having the time to read.  If I sit and read, I immediately feel like I should be studying instead, and who can concentrate on a tangled plot line if they are battling a nagging guilt?  I really can't.  And what's more, I have a cute and totally like-minded friend who wants me to read their book.  To do so I will have to do two things:
  1. Finish The Woman in White
  2. And wrestle with Jeffnaboots to the death over it (she has it, but isn't reading it!)
After that, I would really like to read The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Mmmhmm.  I know.  It isn't really my style, being less than a hundred years old, but I feel the need to detox my reading life a little.  Uuugh!  I just hope I can get to it withing the next decade. 

On the bright side, I'm reading plenty of poetry as I search for sustainence for my new assignment, so hopefully there will be some fuel there for sharing.

Oh, by the way, I have come up with a concept for the process drama I am trying to create.  I was thinking of using the concept of the Lost Boys from Peter Pan.  So hopefully that's sorted. 

How is your reading life?  Is anything new or exciting?  How about you share a quote or a chapter number?


  1. I totally know that feeling. I used to NEVER read when I was at uni and then it would be a semester break and I'd consume books like normal people eat food, I couldn't stop myself.

    During my Masters degree I got a little better.

    I'd go to borders and pick a book off the shelf go to a corner and spend an hour or two reading it. It was a great study break and then I'd put the book down and go home. And a few days later I'd go pick up where I left off.

    I am not really into my book at ALL at the moment. It's nonfiction about a penguin rescue in south africa and it's not particularly well written.

  2. I relate to your water addiction, but for me it's cups of tea. When is it time for a cuppa? When the last one is finished! Love to here some poetry - have you got any favourites?

  3. Hi Deidre. You know what, I have done exactly the same thing myself. Borders is pretty well my favourite place, especially when I have plenty of time and money to burn! I actually even went there on my birthday, so I could spend time just enjoying myself around books. I was enjoying myself so much that I ended up buying F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Beatufiul and Damned' for way more than it's worth! (It was such a spirit of the moment thing!)


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