My problem, the one that prompted my question, is that I pile 8 or 10 books onto my desk and get overwhelmed by which one to read first. Eventually I get there, but it feels like “the mood has to strike.”
Re: tv. I just got tv again after a year without. The cool part is that I don’t want to channel surf anymore. I’ll watch sports or an occasional show, and that’s it. Maybe that’ll help my reading habits.
Subway subway subway! Seriously, i find myself scheduling meetings as far from my office as physically possible, so that I can duck out of work in the middle of the day and get a solid hour of reading done in the over-air-conditioned splendor of NYC transit…
It’s not really a goal for me, I just feel super-shitty if I don’t do it.
I don’t count online reading because it only makes me feel shittier, and more depressed. Usually it’s two hours of re-reading old poems, or an Emerson essay. Sometimes it’ll be whatever fiction thing I’m reading at the moment, though usually not.
I am seriously addicted to online reading. I’ve got all these fucking blogs and news sites that I constantly check and I don’t know why. I don’t even really enjoy it. It’s like an itch. Scratch scratch scratch.
I hear ya, Ryan. I actually read at least 50 pages before writing fiction. I used to worry that doing so would lead me to imitate that writer’s style/voice, but not anymore. My facility with language is much sharper if I go to the page, or screen, with an hour or so of reading under my belt.