Monday, January 12, 2009

So Many Books

In the process of searching for first-time authors to interview for my new blog, Number One Novels, I've been cruising through a lot of literary agency blogs. This is also good for my research of where I want to submit queries for my novel, so it's been really nice to work toward two goals simultaneously. However, I came to an unfortunate conclusion today: I'm going to have to give up my life, TV, friends, family, leaving the house, blogging, and writing, because there are simply so many books out there that I want to read that I don't think there's time left for anything else!

Okay, so maybe I won't go to that extreme, but I'm feeling a certain urgency, like a pressure or a deadline, to rush through the book I'm currently reading so I can get on to the next (and the next, and the next). This is rather ironic, because I'm currently reading Ageless Body, Timeless Mind in which Deepak Chopra discusses the perception of time. The more time you feel you have, the more time you have (one of those relativity of time things I have a hard time wrapping my mind around). So the very thought that I don't have enough time to read all the books I want is detrimental to me having enough time.

Hum, my head is spinning a little trying to follow my own logic, so back on point: I was recently perusing the Dystel & Goderich Literary Management site (which, incidentally, I learned is the agent for my favorite author, Jacqueline Carey), and I was scrolling through their lengthy list of clients. It seemed like every other author had a book out (or three) that I wanted to read. A lot were cookbooks (I was hungry, so everything sounded good). One in particular I think I might get just from reading her blog. The blog is called the Gluten-Free Girl, and she's also sold a book by the same title. Check out her "About this site" tab--I was entranced by her writing style. (And, no, I'm not allergic to gluten.)

This was only one literary agency site, though. I've been to at least ten now. I've found books, websites, and blogs that I want to read. I feel saturated with the desire to own all these books and read them all and soak in all the stories and knowledge.

Cody, however, was not pleased to hear that I thought we should give up TV and movies to devote ourselves to reading (if I'm doing it, he should be too), so I have a feeling he'll be my voice of reason, as usual.

And speaking of books to be purchased, check out today's interview with Jeri Westerson on Number One Novels.

(Only two days until National Non-Dominant Hand Day! Prepare yourselves!)

1 comment:

TikiBird said...

The Gluten-Free Girl blog is very interesting, as is the "About this site" text. Especially this, about her then-boyfriend The Chef changing his restaurant's menu for her!

"I don't want to create another dish, and be excited by it, and find I can’t share it with you. I'm just going to make everything gluten-free from now on."

That's romance.