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Summer is here

Yep, the summer solstice and a super moon are coming up.  Kids are out of school, people are taking vacations.  What are you doing?

I have a break from college classes right now.  I’m trying to catch up on reading, writing, craft projects, movies, friends.  My OCD is still keeping tabs on me, though.  I have a to-do list.  Coming up I have a book review, a couple of interviews and a friend is guest blogging for me at Voluted Tales.  I’m editor for nonfiction now.  Should be fun.

I’m stuck trying to figure out what to do next.  I want to read but I also want to write.  I have movies to watch while I work on my craft projects.  Yesterday I ended up just taking a nap.  Sleep is very underrated.

Whatever you end up doing as we head into summer, be sure to share some happiness with those around you.

I dare you…

Do you challenge yourself?  Is it a good challenge?  Or something silly?  Harmful?  There are many ways you can challenge yourself.  A dare to finish a monster ice cream sundae.  Outlasting your friends in a drinking game.  How many books can you read during a week’s vacation.  Go a whole week without speeding on the drive to work.

Some challenges are easier than others.  But which ones do you really gain from?  Let’s face it.  There’s not much to gain from being able to out-drink your college buddies or from eating 2 gallons of ice cream with toppings.  Reading a dozen books in a week will at the very least give your brain a workout even if they are romance novels.  Even doing the crossword puzzle (do it in ink, smarty pants) will help you work your mind, maybe even gain a bit of knowledge.

Sometimes we do things because it’s something we haven’t done before.  Or it may be something we said we would never try.  Perhaps it’s something we said we did not want to do ever again.  Conquering a fear can be a good challenge, whether it’s to get over a physical obstacle or an emotional one.  What do I mean by that, you ask?

A physical obstacle would be getting over a fear of heights.  What happens with vertigo?  Each step higher makes you dizzy, break out in a sweat, anxiety climbing faster than you are.  But the euphoria of reaching the top of whatever molehill scares you is worth every step.  I’m not afraid of heights, just the sudden stop after I fall.  That’s the part that hurts.  Which brings me to the other type of challenge.

An emotional challenge may be letting go of an old hurt, conquering a body image issue, silencing negative self-talk.  You could wear something more form-fitting than sweats and a baggy t-shirt.  Tell yourself you are beautiful/intelligent/sexy every time you walk past a mirror every day for a month.  Maybe the challenge would be to date someone with the same body type as the ex that ripped your heart out.  Or putting yourself where you’ll be in close proximity to someone who resembles somebody who hurt you.  You’ll experience some of the same symptoms: anxiety, cold sweats.  But the euphoria afterward, when you realize you survived the encounter, may be just as sweet as climbing to the top of the mountain.

Let me ask you again.  Do you challenge yourself?  Do you push yourself outside of your comfort zone?  Don’t you think it’s about time you did?  Even if you don’t reach the goal, you will have had the experience.  You will have faced that fear.  You can do it if you try.  Go ahead.  I dare you…

A new day…

Yep, it’s Saturday.  lol.  If you’ve been reading (and it looks like you have) I hope you enjoyed meeting Fran Metzman during her stops here in support of her new book The Hungry Hearts.  I will have more book reviews coming soon along with blog tours in April with Karina Fabian and her latest title, Live and Let Fly.

So….. what shall we talk about now?….. Why do I hear crickets?…… Do I always have to start the conversation?….  Okay, fine.

How many books do you have?  Format doesn’t matter, print or e-book.  Is it a lot?  How do you keep up with what titles you have?  Do you have any duplicates?

I’m asking because I doubled up a couple days ago.  Found what looks to be an awesome anthology of urban fantasy, Strange Brew.  Since I tend to be writing shorter pieces I am often found in that section at Barnes & Noble.  I got home with the book and was looking for a home for it on my overcrowded shelves and realized that I already own this antho.

I lost a lot of books in the split with my ex.  I’ve been slowing building my collection back up but I’m limited on space.  And trust me, I have weeded through a lot of stuff to get to the size it is now.  I will need to thin out what’s on my tablet soon.

The point is finding I had bought a book twice made me realize that I don’t read as much as I used to.  I had chronic eye strain by my junior year of high school from all the reading.  Now I seem to be collecting books more than actually reading them.  I am dreadfully behind on reading.

The sad part is I found an amazing used book store last year.  It’s ran by two of the sweetest & craziest senior citizens I’ve come across in a long time.  I love used book stores.  Libraries, too.  lol.  I still remember a new librarian at my hometown library.  I had walked up to the counter with a stack of romance novels about a foot high.  She said they wouldn’t be seeing me for a while.  Another lady laughed and told her not to worry, that I would be back in a week.

I used to devour books.  Of course, I’ve spent a lot of time discovering who I am.  I guess I don’t need the escape like I used to.  My mother used to fuss at me, called me antisocial because I always had my nose stuck in a book.  It was usually her I was trying to escape from.  But life is much more interesting now, calmer, more fun, more productive.

Maybe it’s time to rediscover my love of the written word.  To be a good writer you have to read.  Not just in my genre, either.  I have several classics on my tablet, several of my writer friends on Facebook have sent me books.  I have a few I’ve won in my online writer’s chat group, as well.  And I can’t forget the anthology.

I guess now the only question would be what to read first….