I read (and by read I mean listened to the audiobooks of) Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay and The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley over the last few months. While both amazing pieces of feminist literature that should be read by the mass public and in sociology and media critique classes, I think there is something to be said about timing.
I have been thinking a lot about this concept lately. I have been reading and rereading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and she talks about this concept in her book, that the years will go by so fast, but the day to day feels like it drags along.
I have been a reader all my life, but as a child I read so much more than I do now. Part of this is because I know have a full time job, part of it is because I can’t seem to find books I love the way I did when I was a kid, and part of it is just the world we live in now. Social media is a total time suck, and while some of it is valuable, you have to wade through a lot of dirt to get to the gold.
I recently took two 12 hour plan trips over the span of 4 days, flying from Orlando to Sacramento in two to three hour bursts. This, along with the fact that I wasn’t going to pay $12 for access to wifi bred the perfect conditions for reading. So I read, and it was amazing. Over these flights, I read some amazing books. I don’t have expansive thoughts on all of them, but I do have a few things I want to talk about, so here is goes:
I’ll admit it. I love Quvenzhané Wallis in just about every movie she has been in. I loved Beasts of the Southern Wild more than I can say. I saw Annie TWICE in theaters. I read Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet so I could go see the movie. I have loved watching this kid act since she was tiny, and when I heard it had been announced that she had been cast in Counting by 7’s, I knew I had to read the book before the movie came out.
I recently read (well, listened to) The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Mari Kondo. People across the internet have reviewed this book, and I am not going to sit here and review the good or bad things. It’s been said, I don’t want to say it again. There have even been NY Times think pieces about her new line of organizing items from Target, which talked about the hypocrisy of selling organizing bins when the book advocates for using basic shoe boxes to organize.
So I am not really a book buyer. If I buy books, they are usually used or on super duper clearance. So I tend to rely on my library for books. So, I want to start talking about what I get from the library, what I actually read, what goes back unread, etc. Hopefully this helps me(and you!) in figuring out what’s good, what isn’t, what you should request, etc.
So let’s get to it:
Do you have a story inside you that is dying to escape, but you just don’t have the time, or energy, or you get discouraged? Maya Angelou once said “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” When you are holding on to that story, waiting for the right moment, then you are wasting time because you are carrying the burden of your untold story.
I have a weird publishing history. I have always wanted to write and have that be my job, but as I have grown older I have become a bit more realistic. However, I love writing and am happy to do so and work with small publications.
So I have moved out of my apartment in the town that I live in for college and to the state capital 2 hours away. Due to having nothing in this town except for a suitcase filled with clothes, I don’t really have a desire to spend time in my old apartment. I stay with friends in the same complex when I am here. Continue reading “Welcome Home”