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Weekly Update – Reading Time!

As a writer, I don’t have much time to read anymore.  Between working, volunteering, and activities with friends and family, I hardly can pick up a book without having to get up and go.  But writing, as we all know, benefits from reading.  Not only does it allow us to study and develop our craft to make it better, but it also provides a great break from constantly staring at a computer screen and typing all day.

And so, in the midst of writing Heir of Vengeance and editing Captain Patty and Veronica’s Vengeance, I decided to set aside some time to read.  Typically it would be before bed after Bible devotions or during breakfast as I ate.  The first book I’ve set to tackle on my list is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.  Being a Lord of the Rings fan, I thought it fun to read the history of Middle Earth (and so far it’s been really good!)

It’s been nice to take the time to read, short as it is during the day.  I almost forgot how much I enjoyed the written word, how it takes me to another world and puts me in the middle of adventure.  I may not get to read as much as I used to, but I definitely want to make more time for this fun and relaxing activity.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to read more of The Silmarillion!

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Weekly Update – 07/15/17

One of the hardest things about being a writer is finding the time to just sit back and read.  I’m ashamed to admit that aside from the occasional story, I’ve hardly read any books since beginning my writing career.  That’s unfortunate, as reading was what made me realize I wanted to be a writer in the first place.

So this week, that changed.  I sat down and took the time to do some reading.  And you know what?  It was fun!  It reminded me of the days when I’d sneak in pages to read between classes or curled up with a good book while everyone else was watching TV. It felt wonderful being lost in a fantasy world with new characters I’ve never met before, as if I was meeting new friends for the first time.

It’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed when life gets busy.  Sometimes we can barely find enough time to eat or sleep, let alone relax.  But it’s always important to have that downtime…to have that time where you can sit down and enjoy the moment.  Reading is a form of entertainment that is as classic as time itself, and despite the fun found in our latest technologies, television and games can only go so far in helping us develop our imaginations to enjoy written worlds.  As you go about your weekend, I encourage you to enjoy a book or story and take some time to relax in this busy thing called life.