No reading

One thing that has clearly suffered in all of this recent flurry of writing is my reading.  I simply haven’t had time for any.  Normally, I read an issue of NEW SCIENTIST each week.  I’m 4 or 5 weeks behind there.  In addition, I’m almost always reading a book, be it fiction or nonfiction, but the last book that I completed was Caesar and Christ by Will Durant, and that was back in August.  It is unprecedented, since I’ve been keeping track of my reading, to go nearly 3 months without having finished a book.  But it is due almost entirely to the emphasis I’ve been putting on my writing.  And it’s not that I don’t want to read.  My days are long, and by the time I get into bed at night, my mind is not ready to focus on more reading.  The fact is that I do a fair amount of reading, just not the kind that I used to do.  I’m reading the stuff that I write, as well as the stuff that other people write–roughly 3 stories a week for the various groups of which I’m a member. That has been consuming all of the available time I have for reading. And the list of books that are in the queue is growing even as I grow restless:

  • All Clear by Connie Willis, which I’ve started, but have yet to finish
  • The Devil’s Eye by Jack McDevitt, ditto
  • Echo by Jack McDevitt, which I can’t properly start until I’ve finished The Devil’s Eye
  • Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
  • Robert A.Heinlein: In Dialog with His Century
  • Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear

There are others that I can’t think of at the moment. But the point is that the backlog is building and I can’t make forward progress. For now, I’m looking at it as one of the sacrifices I make spending what time I can working on the novel. And I hope that when we’re on vacation the last two weeks of the year, I can get caught up on a book or two.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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