Monday, February 15, 2010

Favorite Activity in Spare Time?

What is yours? Do tell!

I have not been sleeping well at night. I was involved in a writer's conference this past weekend and, really, it was just 2 days of auditions and my mind is a pinwheel caught in a hurricane. Well, I haven't done an audition since my 20's (okay, I guess I have applied for a job or two, which is, of course, an audition.) But, as in theatre....that kind of audition. The New York Writer's Workshop sponsored a Pitch Conference this past weekend. You pay money to go and pitch your book idea. It is rather terrifying. But, we had lots of support and plenty of female bonding and it was quite worthwhile. I actually learned a mountain of things about agents, and editors, and pitches and proposals.

I am working on a memoir - that's really all I have to say about it now. And I am inspired to work very, very hard in the next few weeks. Because, I know, that is what a writer has to do.

But...anyway....when I don't sleep, I read. Now, I read anyway. I love to read. I read about a book each week. But, when I am not sleeping, I can read a book in 2 -3 days. So, since I am not sleeping, I am flying through books. I have to change the line item in my budget because I am hitting my local bookseller every few days for a new read.

I just read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls in three nights. I cannot believe how long it took me to pick that book up. What? It's been on the NY Times bestseller list for 3 years? Well, it is very, very good. And makes me truly appreciate my dull, but loving parents.

I am also reading Them by Francine de Plessix Gray. Great historical biography / memoir - Europe early 20th Century - into World War II - then an emigration to New York in the 1940's. Fabulous!

Anyway, the point of this is that last night at 2:00 a.m when I was getting ready to turn off the light after reading for the past 2 hours (this after sleeping from 9 - 12), I thought..."Is there anything I enjoy more than reading?" I really enjoy cooking. I like walking. I love looking at my magazines. Of course, I love talking to Lee more than almost anything in life. But, as a solo activity....reading wins, hands down.

So, tonight...talking to Lee...I asked him, "What do you enjoy doing more than anything else in your free time?" (Besides making love with moi, of course.)His answer?

"Well, I love reading."

We are a match. I am so happy to know that.

Happy Valentine's a day late.


  1. to be honest...looking at blogs! i know that is not a great answer, but i went through some serious insomnia a couple years ago and thats when i started looking at much inspiration! but when i'm not having those sleepless nights....LOVE going running and reading magazines. can't get enough!

  2. me too! reading, walking & cooking (and listening to music while doing all 3!)

    just read "So Brave Young & Handsome" by Leif Enger - loved it. wish I could read more than 3 pages before falling asleep at night though!!!

    Karmen in Minnetonka