My friend Elissa and I were chatting today – and by chatting I mean we had a long text message convo while I was at the office trying to re-enter life as a working woman as opposed to a woman of leisure, fishing, and enjoying the sweatshirt weather. For some perspective, this is what I was looking at a few short days ago:
Far preferable to a computer screen and fluorescent lights. It was a long day of trying to be productive and not necessarily succeeding. I did manage to submit an expense report which only took me about 3 hours. I have been submitting expense reports since I was in my early 20s, and the process always annoys me. That didn’t help my back-to-work mood in the least.
As you might imagine hearing from Elissa was a welcome break to this particularly rough day. She wanted to talk about writing and books – two of my favorite topics. She asked if I find writing to be A) Cathartic B) Invigorating C) Frustrating D) Fulfilling or E) Worthwhile. Well all of them, sometimes at the same time. It is also a method of discovery for me – there are many times I don’t know how I feel about something unless I write about it. Thus, the title of this post. Life is crazy, and confusing, and so I write to figure it out.
Which may sound a little silly when I write a blog mainly about living in Phoenix and going out to eat (a lot). I get that.
So then we switch to books, because it’s a natural progression from one to the next. She asked if I had read The Outlander series, and I have not. But I started reading about Diana Gabaldon and she has become my new idol. She lives here in town. Elissa and I must find a way to meet her. She wrote her first book when she was about my age, and it appears she had small kids running around at the time. She decided she wanted to see what it took to write a novel, not intending it to ever be read, and came out with over 800 pages. And there are now 7 books in the series, which apparently are all impossible to put down.
I intentionally keep my blog short so I don’t lose the attention of my readers. Can you imagine being able to keep someone riveted for 800 pages?
So I will read The Outlander, after I finish The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. I have to be done by next Monday (!) for a book club I was invited to join. I am so excited to talk about writing with a group of people again. I used to belong to one when I was much younger, and they kicked me out – I might be the only person I know who has been kicked out of a book club. I will try to be on my best behavior this time around.