I have a dictionary that may or may not have been borrowed from a branch of the US military service (depending on who asks), and was published before anyone could find Viet Nam on a map. Ironically, this book of words came out just as I was learning to read.
When speaking, I often use Google words—the kind that leave people running to the internet to see if I’m just making them up. I love words, and have a very extensive writery vocabulary, but I go through periods where I don’t like to read them. A writer who doesn’t read—impossible! I’m a painfully slow reader, and if you saw me moving my lips, while pronouncing every word (in my head) you might agree that reading can be as much fun as cleaning the toilet…with your tongue.
Fortunately, I’ll occasionally find a book that carries me to a place where I have to remind myself to stop and pee. I’m currently reading Chasing the Wind by our own Norma Beishir. Normally, I’m reluctant to read books written by friends, lest I long to poke my eyes out by the third chapter. What do I tell them then? “Your book held all the excitement of a 1.000 piece jigsaw puzzle.”
Happily, Norma’s book is five star all the way. I can heartily recommend it as one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Am I shamelessly pitching my friend’s book? Duh! But I would just politely pretend I had an aneurysm and wasn’t able to finish the book if I didn’t like it. I can guarantee that you won’t want to poke your eyes out or clean the toilet. If you’d like to find out for yourself, you can find her book at Amazon.
When I find a good book, it encourages me to read more. Next, I’ll be moving on to more books written by my friends. To Mike, Beth, and Rob: if I have an aneurysm in the next few weeks, please don’t take it personally. I’m just a tough audience. No pressure.