I enjoy reading. I really enjoy it. If I didn’t enjoy it, I would never have started writing fiction. If I find a good book that grips me and I do nothing else but read for a few days, I can blaze through it without much effort. The same goes for writing a good chapter; if it fits together nicely, it goes down on paper/screen very smoothly and quickly. It’s like a well-made flat-pack chest of drawers; it takes some time and effort, but eventually you’ll end up with something good.
At the moment, I’m kind-of reading two novels: The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and Moonraker by Ian Fleming. I am enjoying both of them a lot, though I will say that Dr. No, in my opinion, is a better Bond novel than Moonraker. However, the problem is arising that I never seem to have time to read them. I have the stories stored up in my head quite nicely, so I can grab either of them and read a few pages when I fancy. The other day, I managed to read about 30 pages of The Wise Man’s Fear in one evening (which is a lot by my standards). A few days later, I managed to read 1 page.
The cause, I think, is that I have too much ‘stuff’ to do. Currently, I’m in the process of preparing for my wedding this year. I also recently purchased Star Wars: The Old Republic for the PC and Alan Wake and Sonic Generations for the Xbox, which now sit atop the stack of uncompleted games left from before Christmas (Skyrim, AC: Brotherhood, Orcs Must Die! etc.) On top of this monumental stack of gaming gold, I’m also trying to write a novel and short story. This is all on weekends and after work. Sometimes, I feel like going for a walk or heading into town for a look around and all of the above gets neglected. Most of the time, I’m enjoying time with my wife-to-be (arguably the best use of my time). It’s a lot of ‘stuff’, I know, but it’s all what makes life interesting and keeps it fresh.
So, my (belated) new year’s resolution is to make more time for reading. There it is. If I don’t finish at least one book this year, then I fear all hope is lost. That’s all for now, thanks for reading.