Wednesday, July 1, 2009

still. not. reading.

So.  I'm still not reading.    No blogs, books, magazines, on-line articles, newspapers.  Nothing.  

Gotta say it's pretty weird.  

No I don't feel like I am having an amazing, cathartic, artistic awakening.  But I do feel like it's kind of been a good thing for me to do. 

I've been working on my quilt.  This is kind of a big deal for me because it was this thing sitting on a shelf in my office/sewing room. I walked by that quilt every day and every day thought to myself, "I need to get started on that."  It really bothered me that I wasn't working on it.  Now I am, and that feels really good.

I also played the piano.  First time in months.  Also another one of those things I walk by every day meaning to get to, but never quite do.

The thing about the quilting and the piano and even writing here is that when I don't get to them because I'm so busy with life I convince myself that those creative outlets are really not that important to me.  That I don't need them.  That they are not part of me, an important part of me.

But they are and I do need them and somehow this setting aside reading, making some space in my brain has given me a little time to think about that, get comfortable with the fact that I need those things, and to look for places in my day to fit them in.

Tomorrow I get on a plane for four hours -- yes, I am breaking the reading fast for that.  Trust me.  I have a brand new copy of The Monsters of Templeton which I can not wait to start.

10 comments:

thecheekofgod said...

I admire your persistence! I might have to try this soon . . .

thecheekofgod said...

For the record, I'd have given up after about ten minutes . . .

AnastasiaSpeaks said...

I can't even imagine how I could go that for a month. I love that you're doing it, I can imagine that it opens so many other creative channels.

the mama bird diaries said...

I did the Artists Way. it was amazing. But I sort of failed at the no reading thing.

flutter said...

wait, are you not reading comments, either?

phd in yogurtry said...

Bravo to you. You're amazing! I can see myself giving up computer reading. Well, maybe. But definately it would do me good.

But books? They are my bedtime insomnia cure. But when I think about it? It might do me good to see that yes, I CAN sleep without reading (or slurping margaritas) first.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Hmmm . . . do you proofread as you post?

La'Tonya Richardson said...

Wow, no reading! When you get around to reading comments, you're the woman! I don't think I could do it. That means I couldn't read text messages either... that's a negative! And I'd have to take a vacation from work... a positive!

Louise said...

My excuse for stamping is that I need the creative outlet. Don't ever let yourself believe you don't need it. I need to read, too, but I DO get a lot more stamping done with something is wrong with my internet and I can't visit blogs!

Vodka Mom said...

no reading? I might have to shoot myself.