Reading Perceptions

Hello Fiction Lovers!

So lately I’ve been thinking about all the different ways we can read and experience books now. I have physical copies of books, three different reading apps (Kindle, Nook, and iBooks) and I listen to books on Audible. For Kindle I can either read the books on my phone or the reading tablet that I was given as a present. Considering all the different ways I can access and experience books now, it got me wondering if those ways affect my reading or my perception of the books I’m reading.

I know that for the apps many of the books I have on them come from the free or 99 cent books I find on BookBub. Because of that I tend to think of those books as more superficial; I don’t expect them to be as well written as the books that I invest in getting a physical copy of. Many of the books I also get from BookBub are romances and the predictability of many of the books’ story arcs also lend to that impression, I believe. I still enjoy them, but I also tend to pick them because the books I just have on the apps I tend to view as lighter reads, where I don’t have to put as much effort in as reader to understand the book’s world and story. I also get books on the apps because of the convenience of it, and sometimes I will get a more fantasy heavy book or one I’ve been looking forward to on there so that I can read it right away and those I’ll read on the tablet instead of on my phone. However, I’m more likely to get a book on Audible for those reasons because I have more time to listen to a book lately than to actually sit down and read one. I also enjoy what a narrator’s voice and inflections can do to add to the experience of reading, though there are times when I’ll prefer to read the book with only my own take on the words. Using Audible also helps stop me from skipping forward in book when I can barely stand not knowing what happens at the end/how everything gets resolved or if the characters I’m shipping get together. It makes me experience the book as a whole and I am grateful for that because that also helps improve my appreciation of the books.

I do have a goal of getting a physical copy of every book I enjoyed reading and creating my own library, whether or not I already have those books on Audible or one of the apps. Sometimes I need the weight of a book and the feel of actual pages to ground me in the fact that I’m reading an actual book, and I’d like to have that experience with all the books I’ve read and enjoyed. I do still tend to refer to physical copies of books as actual books and I think that’s why I also tend to view the books I have on the Apps–other than Audible–as fluffier books even thought I know they are all actual books in their own right.

Have you noticed if your perception changes depending on how you read books? Let me know down in the comments or if you have any questions. I hope you all have a fun reading filled week!

The Difficulties of Writing With a Cat

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So today I thought I’d write about how difficult it can be to write (or simply be productive) when you have a cat. I love my cat, Carmel, but she seems to have an agenda to keep me from writing. She’ll ignore me when I’m seeking her out to pet her or when I’m procrastinating, but as soon as I’m ready to be productive there she is, ready to be petted and generally admired. So I thought I’d share some of the common scenarios that seem to happen and see if any of you had similar experiences.

The most common is when I’ll sit down in a chair and start pulling out my laptop. Suddenly, she’ll be in my lap, purring, and begging to be petted while taking up the room where the laptop was supposed to go. Since it’s almost a crime to push a cat off your lap or get up once they’ve chosen you I’ll typically end up having to put my laptop off to the side on the armrest and type one-handed. If I try to type with both hands she’ll generally get in the way even more until I actually pet her with one hand. So writing is still feasible when this happens, but a lot slower and a little tedious.

Another scenario is when she’ll actually sit or lay across the keyboard to stop me from writing. That’s typically a progression from the last scenario because I wasn’t paying attention to her enough. Given that Carmel is adorable and that writing is next to impossible when she does that, the best policy is to pet her until she has enough and leaves. A bittersweet moment, but then I can do what I set out to do.

The last situation I’ll mention is when the weather is nice and I’ll have noble intentions to write outside so I can also feel the sunshine. I’ll get outside and set up my writing spot–whether that’s a blanket on the ground or in a chair–and be already to write, but she’ll conspire with my dog to be as cute and needy as possible. Pictures will need to be taken, bellies rubbed, and some failed attempts at fetch with the dog before writing can occur. However, by that point I’ll tend to be too hot or realize I can’t see the computer screen in the sunlight and I’ll have to retreat inside before the writing actually happens.

Do you have stories of trying to write but pets getting in the way? Let me know in the comments! Also feel free to let me know if you have any questions and I hope you all have a great week!

NaNoWriMo

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Since it’s been about a week since NaNoWriMo started this year I thought it’d be good to talk about it this week. For those of you who might not know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it occurs during November every year. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to writing 50,000 words by the end of the month. It also has a website that has forums that give advice on many different topics such as characters, plotting help, and naming things and they send out pep talks to help writers keep writing (https://nonowrimo.org). Through their website you can also join a regional group that helps give encouragement and that you can connect with though you don’t have to do so. NaNoWriMo is good at making the act of writing a more social thing–if you go to the website–and that can help make those 50,000 words seem a little less daunting because you know thousands of other people are trying to reach that goal as well and that makes their encouragement a bit more meaningful.

I like NaNoWriMo a lot, but I have to be truthful and say that I haven’t yet reached the 50,000 word goal in the years that I’ve done it. However, I did write more in a more consistent manner in November than I would have otherwise, so I would still recommend participating even if you don’t think you’ll reach the goal or think it’s too late to try since you missed the first week. It also opens a good way to get in contact with other writers to make friends and possibly get feedback on your work in the future. They also focus a lot on putting aside your inner editor and just getting words on the page, which I’ve never been as good at, but even if you do still edit some it can still help you focus more on the story than what it looks/sounds like. That can help you write more and make it so you don’t spend more time editing that writing when the first draft isn’t even finished.

This year instead of working on a single project I decided to count any words that I write for fun and that aren’t part of a school assignment or other required activity, only what I want to and because I feel the need to write. If you want to find me on the NaNoWriMo website my username is Corinelle.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to post about your own NaNoWriMo experiences in the comments and I hope you all have a fun writing filled week!

Story Prompt #52

Song Prompt:

“King” by Lauren Aquilina

You’re alone, you’re on your own, so what?
Have you gone blind?
Have you forgotten what you have and what is yours?
Glass half empty, glass half full
Well either way you won’t be going thirsty
Count your blessings not your flaws

You’ve got it all
You lost your mind in the sound
There’s so much more
You can reclaim your crown
You’re in control
Rid of the monsters inside your head
Put all your faults to bed
You can be king again

You don’t get what all this is about
You’re too wrapped up in your self doubt
You’ve got that young blood, set it free

You’ve got it all
You lost your mind in the sound
There’s so much more
You can reclaim your crown
You’re in control
Rid of the monsters inside your head
Put all your faults to bed
You can be king

There’s method in my madness
There’s no logic in your sadness
You don’t gain a single thing from misery
Take it from me

You’ve got it all
You lost your mind in the sound
There’s so much more
You can reclaim your crown
You’re in control
Rid of the monsters inside your head
Put all your faults to bed
You can be king

You’ve got it all
You lost your mind in the sound
There’s so much more
You can reclaim your crown
You’re in control
Rid of the monsters inside your head
Put all your faults to bed
You can be king again

I was watching AMVs and thought this song spoke about an interesting character. What character comes to mind for you from this song? Is the narrator “you” from the future or another character? Just some questions I had; it can be fun to come up with your own as well based on the song.