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Thursday, May 31, 2012

State your View!


No, we won’t be delving into politics, religion, or even philosophy. We get enough of that stuff on the news. Instead I want to discuss reading spaces. 
Until last year I lived in a tiny two bedroom apartment with a view of the parking lot seen here. It was dull, drab, and I hated to sit on the porch because I felt like everyone was watching me. So it never got a lot of use by me at all. But last October we moved into a little larger two bedroom apartment on the first floor with a larger back porch than what we had before and can I just say what a difference it’s made. I spend my morning coffee outside on the back porch and listen to the birds. At night my husband and I sit on the porch and listen to the frogs and owls. It’s a completely different setting than the one in the city. Don’t get me wrong city life has its advantages and though we’re still technically in the city, we’re far enough out that we can actually really see the wildlife.
I saw a family of deer the other day! I was so excited to see a female with two young fawns just outside my door! It’s been well over six years since I’ve been that close to deer so you can imagine my surprise. We have a cute little mocking bird that sits on the tree next to the woodshed outside of our door and pecks away every morning. I love the tempo he makes. And a frog jumped all the way up from the creek to our back porch just yesterday! I tried not to squeal like a little girl but it was tempting lol.

Once I started writing seriously years ago, it seemed that I’d stopped reading. I could never find enough time in the day to read. It frustrated me because that was the reason I started to write in the first place. Reading was such an integral part of my upbringing that I felt as if I’d lost my best friend.  




And then I moved here. One day, weeks ago I grabbed my kindle and sat outside on the porch to enjoy the peace and quiet of the day to read. I lost all track of time and before I knew it, night had fallen like a shroud of mist around me. I realized I was squinting in the semi-darkness and I was forced inside to finish the book. But I discovered something that day. The reason I had stopped reading wasn’t due to lack of time, it was lack of comfort. With my stressful life in the city, work, kids, school, and then coming home to be mommy, all of this, combined with no place inside the house to unwind drove my love of reading out the door.
I needed to de-stress my life and find someplace I could just relax. It was difficult in a tiny apartment with a view of the parking lot where a group of teenage boys hang out on a daily basis banging their loud music. And inside the house was just as bad with the TV running nonstop, and multiple bodies (two of them teens) going in and out of the house at all hours of the day. It made relaxing in any way, shape, or form nonexistent. So I’m here to state my view— now that I have one— and reacquaint myself with reading. I discovered that in order to get in the mood for reading, it’s very similar for setting the stage for “romance.” You need to relax, unwind, and take a breath. So I’ve rearranged my porch, bought myself a nice “reading” chair and I have a wonderful place to enjoy good cup of Jo along with many great books!
I am so ecstatic to be back in my reading world, rediscovering my favorite authors as well as enjoying some many new faces, many of them here at the Lady Scribes. It’s been a blessing all around to have moved into my new place but mostly because I remember why I started writing in the first place. I think that has given me back “the magic” of writing. You know that wonderful little thrill you get as the story unfolds right before your eyes. For a minute there it was becoming a chore or a job, but now my writing has that something special in it. And I think we all need to take some time to enjoy “the view” once in awhile. 
So state your view. Where do you discover the magic of reading? In a favorite reading chair? On your porch? Maybe in the bathtub? And tell me what are you reading now? Me? I’m currently reading James Rollins Map of Bones that my good friend Catherine Gayle sent me in the mail and loving it. What about you?  
Our exciting new playground!


My youngest son, Caiden in his new pool! 
(We totally hooked up a hose to the faucet and ran it out the door!) 


22 comments:

  1. Hey Suzie, I actually do a lot of my reading at nap time and at night. I also take my iPad or kindle to the gym. I find that I get lost in the story while I workout. However, I haven't gone the gym for a while until yesterday. To be honest I love reading at the gym. Don't ask me why, but I do. I also like reading right before I go to sleep. I usually fall asleep with my kindle on and go oh oops. Right now I'm reading two books. One is a gym book, because it's on the iPad and the other is a book book. It's kinda hard to read at the gym with a book book.

    May you have many peaceful days so that you can read some more books.

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    1. LOL thanks Melody. We all need more peaceful days I think. Being mommy is hard. I'd love to read before bedtime but that's usually when my muse is awake. So there is no compromise with her, trust me I've tried lol. Thanks for stopping in and happy reading!

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  2. Suzie,

    In the last year or so I've had less and less time to read so I started listening to books as I drive. I love audiobooks.

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    1. That sounds like an excellent plan actually. A few years ago when my older boys still needed me to chauffeur for them I would be in the car all the time but not so much atm as one is driving now and the other is almost there. So I'll keep that in mind when the little one gets into school and the chauffeur hat needs to be worn once more. Great idea, Jane!

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  3. Congrats on finding your Happy Reading Place, Suzie! I have to read. Have to. Otherwise I'm miserable. My favorite spot is on my chaise, right next to the window. I don't actually get to settle there often, usually I'm reading in carpool or at lunch, but that spot is my luxury/relaxation spot...

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    1. Oh sounds like heaven. I've wanted a chaise lounge for so long now and it keeps getting put to the back of the list lol. Even the word sounds luxurious lol! It's nice to be able to read more now. I missed it and hated that I've been missing out. You've got my dream spot btw and happy reading to you!

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  4. Suzie,

    I've always loved reading in bed at night. That's when it is quiet in our house. I haven't had much time to read this year, but I read three books while we were on our cruise in January. Talk about a view! I loved reading on the balcony. Now I read in snatches of time, and I'm currently reading "Under Fire" by Catherine Mann. It's my first military romance and I picked it up at Spring Fling in Chicago. It's pretty exciting and the action starts close to the beginning. The book is easy to picture as a movie.

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    1. Oh geez, and I just told Deb that she had my dream reading spot...Okay now, I have two dream reading spots. On a cruise ship! I am so jealous lol. Now that really does sound like heaven! You know I've been thinking more and more about reading a military romance because hubby is a vet. I think maybe that would be something both he and I could read together. I may check out her books, Samantha! Thanks for the rec and thanks for stopping in!

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  5. Suzie, Ugh, it is sooo hard for me to find time to read--I feel guilty because I should be writing. And I ignore the kids. "You want spread butter on your cereal with a machete? Fine, fine, just mop up the blood." That, and my husband doesn't seem able to catch that the visual aid of my face in a book means I AM OFF LIMITS! It's safer to run your hand over a revolving saw blade than interrupt me.

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    1. ROFL! Good thing I wasn't drinking my coffee at that precise moment, it would have ended up all over the laptop. LOL Andris you're a jewel! I cannot wait for you to publish something because I know it's going to be a blast. You need a sign around your neck that says "Warning, dangerous mouth."

      Of course, my hubby would take that in a whole different direction but he's a pig lol. You should read more, I did the same thing for six years until writing became a chore. Don't do that. It'll sap the love out of your craft and make your writing flat. Take time for you that just's relaxing time. Trust me we mommies all need more of that. Good luck with mopping up the blood in the kitchen LOL!!!

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    2. Suzie, Aww, thank you for the amazing compliment. If I weren't so vain, I'd be blushing. LOL! Yeah, my husband would take it in the same direction. Dirty men. I'm trying to make a point to read more. It keeps me from dreading my own writing, but sometimes it's so hard to find the time!

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  6. I love to read, and I had the same problem as you, Suzie. Once I started writing, my reading time dwindled to almost nothing. I've been reading again, though, in the last few months and it's wonderful! My favorite time to read is during lunch. I know that sounds weird, but for many years it was the ONLY time I had, on my lunch break. I guess I got used to it. Plus, my parents and I had the bad habit, once I hit my teens, of spending many meals at the table with our noses in books and magazines- quietly eating and reading together! My husband, who is NOT a reader, thinks this is so strange, but being a fanatic reader, I appreciated it, lol...

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    1. I have done that recently, honestly. I'll have my nose in a book while eating at the table and hubby will arch a brow at me lol. I would have totally loved to grow up in your house then because my parents were sticklers for manners at the table. I literally had to take etiquette class when I was young and they taught you how to properly "sit" for dinner. That's stinks! I would have much preferred reading at the table honestly. I think I love your parents for that lol. That is truly awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love that you're able to have a quiet place to go to read. Mine is in bed before I turn in for the night. I have a reading light for my Kindle, and I turn it on, turn out the lights, and get under the covers.

    I've discovered that I read a LOT more now that I've got a Kindle. I used to read like I do with paperbacks or hardbacks, but always seemed to give me difficulty finding a comfortable position, where I had enough light but it wasn't blinding me, and where my hands and arms weren't crazy uncomfortable about five minutes in. The Kindle solves all of those problems for me. :)

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    1. Amen! I love my kindle and I think everyone in the world should have one because they simply are the best thing invented yet. It's so much easier to read now and I can take hundreds of books with me anywhere. I love it! I wish I could read at night and I do if my muse takes that night off, which she's been doing for last two nights. But I am a night owl and that's when I get the most words in. I'll struggle to write during the day and then right after dinner it's like a light switch turns on and the words just flow. Makes no sense to me and I have learned not to question it. So I write before bed and then I seem to sleep better when I get the words down on paper. Thanks for swinging by Catherine!

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  8. The only time that I read is when I go to bed. This way, I can snuggle down and enjoy reading about my heroes and heroines, and then drift off to sleep with a smile on my face. I just started reading "No Longer A Gentleman" by Mary Jo Putney last night.

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    1. Oh, it really sounds so delightful to snuggle and read. I'm so jealous lol. I must be the only weird person in the world who can't read at night lol. You'll have to let me know how that book turns out, Diane. I've been eyeing a few Mary Jo Putney books to put on my kindle. Thanks for stopping in and have a wonderful day!

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  9. I don't have a place really, but I do have a favorite time I read. Late at night when everyone ( it's just hubby and I now ) is sleeping and the house is all mine. No one to bother me. I used to love reading in the bathtub, but now that I have to read with reading glasses it is just not any fun any more.Also I live way out in the country. You can't see another house from my house and I love it. So if it is not to hot out ( I live in Florida ) I do like to go outside while the grandkids are playing and read.

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    1. Oh, I do still love to read in the bathtub but I'm like you, I wear glasses and they get fogged up now lol. I get up in the morning earlier than the rest of the house, just so I can have a few minutes alone in silence. It's so nice. So glad you shared with us today!

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  10. I read in the carpool line every day! Sometimes, I'll go early just to have the excuse to sit down and read for an extended period of time without interruption, lol!

    My other favorite place to read is the bathtub. Bubbles and a great romance novel- how relaxing!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite places, Suzie! :)

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  11. Marquita, I used to do that when my kids were younger too. I loved it. Maybe once this youngest one gets in school soon, I can do it again. Thanks for stopping in!

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  12. I either read in bed or read in my armchair in the lounge room. It's a really comfy wing chair and I can curl up with a blanky and read for hours. These days, I read more ebooks than print so I'm either reading on my iPhone or the iPad. :o)

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