Sometimes I make time for book reading… and sometimes I am too busy making things (and WRITING books) to stop and turn the pages.
This is entirely of my own doing, of course. #MyBad
I’ve been merrily making and writing and not doing very much reading over the past month. Something must be done.
I’m setting myself a challenge for September (which is almost upon us!) I am enforcing ten pages a day. At least. Yep.
Okay. The word enforce? Yeah. Ugh. It’s a little hardcore, let’s be frank. The thing is, for ME, I NEED a bit of an enforcer type attitude at the moment.
I am a bit caught up with the ‘but I need to finish making this shopping bag that says ‘TATERS’ on it’ or ‘but I want to work on my year-long embroidery project’ or ‘there is a baby waiting for a blanket I have not even started’ sort of things.
And THAT is before I even think about the VERY VERY LOTS OF words I’ve been thwacking out on the keyboard, writing for myself and others.
Those are GOOD things to be sure… but the make and write should not stand in the way of taking time to read things that are a) offline and b) able to be held in your hands and c) wont to end up with dog-eared pages or accidental crinkles from the time you fell asleep with them clutched close to your dressing-gown festooned chest.
If that makes sense. Okay, you can’t festoon your chest with a dressing gown, but golly it felt good to write that.
What I am TRYING to say is that life should not get in the way of something as important as reading. But sometimes it really does. Dang.
Maybe your getting-in-the-way things are not writing and making stuff, like mine. Maybe your things are trying to keep small humans alive or trying not to get sacked from your job that you’d rather not be doing or trying to manage your health or trying to stop watching A LOT of really corny TV shows. I get it. I do.
The thing about being a human, though, is that it’s very, very important to be gobbling up words and ideas and dialogue and thoughts and views. This helps us make sense of our own stories, fuel our daydreams and find our place in the world.
I need to give myself a bigger dose of that sensing and fueling and finding. Maybe you do too?!
Or maybe YOU are a more evolved time-manager than I, and you are page-turning like it’s nobody’s business. GO YOU! (Maybe you’d like to take things up a notch?! See below!)
If you are a delinquent like me. If you are not turning as many pages as you would like, perhaps you would like to join me in my super-hardcore (except it’s not) ten pages a day reading reprogramming adventure. (Also see below!)
Here is how you can do that.
Ugh. I hate rules. Here is a loose framework instead.
The Loose Framework
1. Beginning 1 September, read 10 pages a day of an actual hold-in-the-hands book. Or more. But 10 is the minimum we are going for.
2. If you already read more than that, ADD 10 EXTRA pages a day to your usual reading routine. Too easy.
3. Share your books and thoughts on Instagram or Twitter if you like via #tenpagesaday – or in the comments here.
4. Have fun reading!
5. That’s it!
We begin on the first of September! Let me know if you plan to join in! COME ON! Do eeeeet!