This has been a bad week, for reading and for writing. I left home on Monday and did not return until Friday night late, having covered about 550 miles to Wales and Warwickshire. Not for fun, for sheer hard work! I did a lot of writing, but that was writing up interviews, making connections for a project. Part of the problem was that once in Wales there are communication black spots so that one day I found myself in a boardroom interviewing people all day and realised that there was neither connection to internet or e-mail, nor did my phone pick up signals. A strange and unsettling feeling in this day and age!
So apart from posting a blog that had been pre-written I had little opportunity to keep in touch with you, myself or my blog – well, you know what I mean.
As far as reading and writing are concerned – most of the time I was too exhausted; my brain was unprepared to either take in anything else from what it already had to cope with during the day, or to produce anything remotely creative. So, that was the week that was.
It’s lovely to sit in my Sunday Salon now, out in the garden, with newspapers strewn around me and feeling that you can catch up with yourself again. It’s a very hot Sunday Salon but it reminds me of the now seemingly distant past when I was in Crete. It’s hard to imagine that that was only three weeks ago, as work has leaped on me with a vengeance and I really have to earn my keeps again!
I am halfway through Kate Atkinson’s One Good Turn – yes, I did manage to read a couple of pages here and there, usually before going to sleep. However, it is not as satisfying to read books only a few pages at the time and this has been lingering now and sometimes I need to remind myself who Gloria is, and what Jackson is doing and who is the seemingly nasty guy. Nevertheless, this is probably one of the better books to just persevere: it is well written and Atkinson knows where she wants to take you, so you’re in safe hands.
Do you sometimes read books at such a slow pace that you forget what you are reading and who is who? I really prefer to get on with books, live them.
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Nick Hornby’s comments on the i-Liad (the e-reader) https://51stories.wordpress.com/2008/07/13/the-sunday-salon-still-grey-but-its-stopped-raining/ . Today’s Observer (The review section) has some more on this: I have read the future….. with some comments in favour (e.g. by Naomi Alerdman, who won the 2006 Orange Prize for New Writers with Disobedience) and others very much against: e.g. Peter Conrad, the Observer Columnist who is the writer of Creation: Artists, Gods, and Origins. There is a debate on this subject as well at blogs.guardian.co.uk/books. But, what do you think? I can see there is a point in storing books and needing less storage space if you have an e-reader. However, I still like the physical feel of books and just cannot imagine what it would be like not to have these shelves full of treasures…..
Happy reading today.