Someone had an awesome post about balance, and I'm sorry, I thought I bookmarked it, but I can't find it. Please let me know and I'll link to it. I'm embarrassed, because it brought up some great points about finding one's balance.
I keep trying to cram everything I love into every day, to live the perfectly balanced day. But maybe I need to take a longer view: to live the perfectly balanced week, or month, or maybe even year.
I've been reading like mad. Obsessively. Everything. I'm currently in the middle of (no kidding): Shakespeare's Sonnets, Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (which hardly counts as I've been reading it over and over this year), Charles Dickens' Hard Times, Mark Terry's Angels Falling, Mary Reed and Eric Mayer's Two for Joy Johann Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werther (relying more on memory than reading it; my German is rusty), Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Not to mention a bunch of wonderful unmentionables. ;-)
I've never read Hemingway. I was completely surprised it's good. No one ever told me he was a good writer. I just heard he supposedly portrayed women badly and that he killed himself and that he was depressed.
I didn't expect to be met with a character who just turned thirty-five (like me!) and who wants to take his life's bull by the horns (like me!). I didn't expect this awesome quote:
I could read forever. I have a hundred other books piled up on my Kindle, just waiting to be read. I'm also dying to write, but I can't stop reading. It's terrible.
But as far as balance goes, why not spend a month obsessively reading? Then a couple months obsessively writing? And just alternate? I've never tried that.
How do you balance your life? By day? Week? Month? Year? How do you balance reading and writing?
I sure wish I could read faster. I feel like I've missed too many books I should have read.
Will you give me a few ideas? What must I read? What can't I go another year without reading? What books do you read again and again? What are the best books you've ever read in your who life?
I'm not picky about genre at all. Which reminds me: I haven't finished The Stand. Just let me click a few buttons on my Kindle...