It was unusually quiet at our house tonight. There was no loud noise coming from the TV, no sounds of war coming from the computer games, no barking from one spoiled Beagle looking for attention and no shouts of “Get out of that fridge-you just ate!”
Instead soft jazz music played in the background and the gentle snores from one (or both) of the cats were what could be heard. Each of us were in our own worlds (or to be more literal chairs). And what were we doing that kept us so occupied that we did not need any electronic entertainment? READING!
My son has recently re-discovered Steven King and was engrossed in a book of the writer’s short stories. My husband was reading a non-fiction about Tuxedo Park and I was finishing up a book about writing: Authors in Bathrobes (Lauren Carr).
We all took a break at the same time, and each declared they were reading the best book. We even took time to talk about each of the books and have a conversation. (Do you have any idea how hard that is when you have a teenager?). When we had finished, we each went back to our book to become part of the story once more.
Before I knew it, my husband was heading off to bed and my son to the shower: the evening was over. It was a wonderful evening too. We survived a night of being “unplugged” and would live to brag about it.
As a new writer, I have been pouring over author forums on the internet, trying to absorb as much information as I can. One word of advise that was repeated over and over was to READ other author’s books. No problem for me; I’ve been known to read a book a day. But I was surprised at this advise. I find that they are right, you know. When you read as an author, the written word is viewed with different eyes. Little things grab you, and you see different styles of writing to tell similar stories.
So I will continue to READ, Read, Read and Learn, Learn, Learn.
And hopefully, as a family, we will share more peaceful evenings like tonight!