What did I do before the birth of the internet? I spend all stinkin day on the internet…reading friends’ blogs, researching my “real” work, building my websites, feeding my own blogs so that they grow big and strong…
I once spoke to a writer friend of mine about her work. She told me that she moves in cycles in her writing. She finds that there are times when all she does is write and then there are times when all she cares to do is read; one activity feeds the other.
I find that through this rise of “blogging” I am writing much more frequently, finding my voice, finding my people and for that I am thankful. At the same time I’m seeing that I spend less time with a good book. Most of my reading these days is “work” related. I am currently reading two books about Somatic Awareness (which is absolutely awesome…lovin it) and several books in the Theological realm, which also, I am digging. It’s creative writing I’m missing. I don’t even have time (make time) to pick up my Sun Magazine which is sad considering it’s like a Vitamin B-12 shot to the creative soul. I leave it to gather dust on my nightstand.
The last fiction I read was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in July. Just to give you an indication of how much I dig Harry Potter I’ll tell you that I stood in line with my 10 year old daughter, dressed as Tonks the night it was released….and I also had already pre-ordered a book from Amazon.com juuuuust in case something came up. So Riley and I read our books, side by side from the early early morning til the late late night. I think she finished first, around 10pm. I was up til 12 I think.
I’ll take the opportunity to say that I get some grief from my Evangelical friends about HP. Someone recently even said to me that considering what she has known of me and the way I express my faith she was SO suprised to find that I would read HP and even LET my children read it. This bugs me on so many levels it would have to be a whole post of it’s own so we won’t go there.
Here is why I love reading Harry Potter. I read the first book a few years ago. My daughter had been pestering me to let her read it. I wanted to peruse it first to make sure it was cool and I devoured this book. It is extremely well written. The characters are multidimensional and complicated and intruiging. After I read the book I was hoping I could get a letter from Hogwarts, you know?
But what made me value these books even more is that after my daugher read the first book she talked non stop about the characters and the plot to anyone who would listen (still does….) and I guess SHE got some grief from a couple of her friends about it. So she came in to me one day and said, “Mom, did you know some Christians don’t like the Harry Potter books? They say that it makes kids want to be witches and wizards” to which I asked, “Well, does it make you want to be a witch?” She looked indignant, “No way! It makes me want to be an author!” I think I almost cried right then and there. So I send blessings to JK Rowling. Thanks Jo, maybe Riley would have ended up wanting to be an author ANYWAY, but for a book to speak that to her at this tender age, that is immense. That, is the work of God.