Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Guess I Really Do Have Free Time - IWSG Post


 

I hope when the groundhog pokes his head out tomorrow he won’t see his shadow so spring will be on its way. I’m tired of the cold. Hubby on the other hand wants it to stay chilly. On the plus side, it is the first Wednesday of February and that means it’s time once again for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.



The last few weeks have been touch and go on my writing. I’ve been writing, but not doing much for my books. I’ve been writing more for my program and a bit for the groups I volunteer for.  Add in work and migraines and that doesn’t leave much time for my novels.  I’m not worried though. Again, no deadlines in my world. I write because I like to, not because I have to.



The question of the month is: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?



I wish I could be profound and say something like, “Well, I find that characters don’t have enough depth.” Or, “I figured out the twist in the plot one quarter of the way through the book.”



But really, the biggest change has been my decrease in time to read for pleasure. The spare time I have, I prefer to write than to read. Sure, I carry books with me. Yes, I’m that person…the one who likes a paperback over a Kindle….but I’m not out and about that often or in long enough spurts to knock out an entire book in one sitting.



And unfortunately, with my migraines, most of my downtime is spent watching mindless television. I joke about reality TV but the reason I watch it is because it takes zero effort to understand it when I’m in pain.



My biggest change the last several months has been a direct result of what happened with my youngest child last summer.  In an effort to help them get through the bouts of depression and to help manage the anxiety, I’ve read several books on PTSD (who would’ve thought the person who wrote a book on Relational Trauma would now be reading even more books on PTSD for teens?) 



This has proved to me that if I want to make the time to read for pleasure, I can. That I really do have free time. It’s a matter of shifting my priorities around and figuring out what’s more important? Writing, reading, blogging, etc.



What about you? Are you hoping the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow so spring is on its way? How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?



Scheduling Note: I’m working today so I’ll be by to visit either this afternoon or tomorrow. Happy IWSGing!

This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
 
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our fantastic co-hosts: Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Buter.

And a thank you to: sitehoundsniffs.com for their kind shout out to my blog. Muchly appreciated. 





39 comments:

  1. Free time to read for pleasure? What is that? I know, it is about making time. Right now, I'm trying to make time for reading submissions and writing my own story.

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    1. I know, reading for pleasure? It's crazy talk! I just finished the last PTSD book and decided that's the last one I'm reading. Time for some lighter reading!

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  2. You know, writing has actually increased my reading time--because I decided I needed to do it for "research." Good excuse, eh? Poor hubby.

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    1. I think that's a great excuse. What I really need to do is turn the TV off before I go to bed. That'd free up some time for sure.

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  3. Yes...making time. But I agree I have to choose between writing and reading and for many months now, the choice has been to write. I'm sorry to hear about your pain and hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you for the well wishes. They're greatly appreciated. It's funny how many of us are in the same boat, huh?

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  4. It's true - we don't have time, we make time.

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    1. And we need to figure out what's more important...family, writing, reading, playing video games, napping, cleaning, the list goes on and on.

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  5. The time is there is one wants it. At least you don't think when you watch that mind numbing crap through your one eye haha Pffft to the rodent.

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    1. True, the time is always there to be seized, it's what we make of it and I don't make much of it when I'm laying about watching Real Housewives through my beautiful eyes!

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  6. I've had trouble making time to read for pleasure too. I find myself watching more tv because it is easier when I am feeling anxious and stressed. But I do still love reading and you are right about making time!
    I admit I like the cold so I hope the little groundhog sees his shadow! Don't hate me. ;)

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    1. I couldn't hate you, but I can adamantly disagree with about the cold! Hurry up spring weather! Very true, TV is an easy pass time when things in our world are chaotic or stressful. A good book is also a great way to pass some time too...if I'm not too tired because sometimes it can put me right to sleep. ;)

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  7. Hi Elsie - we have time ... there's always spurts here and there that could be speeded up, not done for a while longer ... but I must say once i'm in a book I don't want to stop reading: it's a good book - the duffer ones get out the door quickly ... I know our tastes change and I'm somewhat surprised at what I'll read ... still can't really do the classics though! Cheers and enjoy how you learn and develop ... which you are - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! It's so true. I do find that there are times during my day that if I had my book, I could read that and not be on Facebook or on Instagram...or even Blogger. I have also been known to sit in my comfy chair on a rainy day and read a good book. There was one book that I got for Christmas by Nelson DeMille that I read in two days, it was so good!

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  8. Sorry about the headaches. Yes, I never say I don't have time, I have plenty, the same amount as everyone else, but it's how I use them, or don't use them.

    Cheers to you and boogie boogie.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy. I appreciate that. Funny how the tick of the clock can be managed so well by some and not so well by others. Some days I do so great, and then other days I'm like, "How is it 2:00 p.m. and I've done nothing to show for it?"

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    2. That's understandable though. Some weeks, I'm like, "How is it such and such a day, I thought it was a different day."

      Have a great weekend, Girl.

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  9. I only read at night b/f bed but I'm out of new books so I'm re reading Harry Potter for the millionth time. It's my go to whenever I'm out of new stuff.

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    1. I used to read thirty minutes before bed but then a few years ago I noticed I got super sleepy about ten minutes in. Now I can't do it. I just can't stay away. I love that you can.

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  10. I carry physical books with me when I go places because, if I end up outside, the Kindle can just be too difficult to read. Ironically, my Kindle is my "at home" reading.
    heh

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    1. I have an older Kindle (I think it's called paper light? paper white?) and I can read it at the beach. But I still love the feel of paperback. I know, I'm old-fashioned, huh?

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  11. Reading for pleasure. I stil make Tim o I, but not near enough

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    1. I feel like most of us want more time to do it. Life can get too busy.

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  12. That's actually a really good point that I haven't seen anyone else bring up yet - with limited free time, I just don't read much anymore simply because when I have free time I'd rather spend it writing. My reading time has definitely suffered, too. Oh, and hey, expect an e-mail tomorrow! It's been too long!

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    1. I used to get a ton of reading done in my massage chair (remember me mentioning that thing a couple years back when they thought I had fibro?) But now that I don't spend as much time in it, I don't get as much reading done. Maybe that's a good thing? Means I'm healthier...at least on the muscle side. hahaha Looking forward to that email!

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  13. It is hard to find the time to read and I totallly get what you mean about just having the boob tube on because pain takes so much energy. I don't suffer from migraines but I can be in pain where it is too difficult to hold on to a book or even magazine.

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    1. I'm so sorry you're still dealing with pain, Birgit. I'm so happy you found that new doctor though. It can be hard to find one that is a good fit for us. That's why when I found one, I kept her. She may be a four drive away, but she's well worth it! I hope you'll find some relief soon, my friend.

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  14. Several writers have mentioned having too little time to read for pleasure this IWSG round. I still read at least a few pages before going to sleep each night, but if that's all the time I set aside for reading, it'll take me a long time to finish a book.

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    1. That's exactly how I feel, Rhonda. It can take me forever and a day to read one book at that pace. My kid gave me a book for Christmas last year and it was by that massage chair I mentioned above and it took me until the summer to finish it. Of course, I was reading those PTSD books and some graphic novels too. ;)

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  15. I also discovered I have more free time to read - sort of. I've discovered books on CD, and now take my Kindle with me for my long long drives. I prefer to actually read the written word as opposed to listen to it, but its still "reading" to me.

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    1. My oldest child listens to audio books all the time. He has to do a lot of traveling for work so he knocks out a ton of books that way and it also keeps him occupied while driving. Glad you get your "reading" done that way.

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  16. I'm so sorry your migraines continue. )=

    I can totally relate about reading for fun. I miss having more time for that.

    Love you, hon.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. Migraines suck ass but it's better than having other diseases. Love you too!

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  17. I was hoping that rodent wouldn't see his shadow, but now have to endure a few more weeks of cold. I am counting the days on the calendar. I don't get migraines (TG) but I do get stress headaches, and on those days I just want to keep my eyes shut and not face anyone or anything. My personal reading has dwindled to nothing and of course I have a few close friends who say they are worried that I am depressed. I try to reassure them it is just so much all at once. I have to remind myself often to take a couple steps back and regroup. :) Thanks for sharing your story.

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    1. Tell me about it. I'm so looking forward to spring, and then summer. Sure, I hate pulling weeds and it's kind of annoying when I sweat right after taking a shower, but I love the beach during the summer. To me, there's nothing like it. It's my happy place. I'm so sorry you get stress migraines. They can be very painful too. Enough to make you curl up in bed and just pull the cover over your head. I hope they pass.

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  18. I do have plenty of free time but I restrict on reading as I have other things to do and I wasn’t book -aholic after all. But I always believe and feel inspiring to write only if I get to read much.

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    1. You do a lot of traveling, Jeevan. I enjoy seeing the photos of your trips and especially enjoy seeing the drawings your mom does.

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  19. I hope so, but only because I wish winter would come my way. ;-)

    I'm sorry to read about your migraines. They suck.

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  20. What? A decrease in time to read for pleasure, Elsie? That can't be good.

    I can't even imagine what it's like to have those horrible migraines. :(

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