Thursday, January 07, 2010

Weird? Am I really? (and blogging elsewhere)

Current work: French duo book 2 (deadline at banshee pitch)
Listening to: Corelli (essential for driving on bad roads)
Reading: Lucy Dillon, Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (enjoying)

Snow overnight. Not anywhere near as much as they’ve had in other parts of the country, but enough that school is closed. I am SO relieved, because I looked out of the window this morning and thought, nope, don’t want to be driving in that. Yesterday morning was bad enough. (Also v glad shopping delivery was yesterday so we’re stocked up!) Hope everyone stays safe in these icy, nasty conditions.

I’m over at the Pink Heart Society this morning on the ‘What are you reading?’ Thursday slot – and confessing that I normally have more than one book on the go at a time. (Do go over and talk to me there.) Someone told me last week that I was weird. (Hmm. I think I prefer the term ‘eccentric’. Though I think I’m fairly normal, as writers go. Middle-aged mum of two who has a too-sedentary job.) So today’s question is: is it weird to have more than one book on the go at the same time? Daughter - who is, admittedly, a writer in training – usually has one in her room, one in the car, and one in her desk at school. But is that because she’s normal, or because she’s my daughter and therefore has the genetic propensity to do this, or because she sees me as ‘normal’ and is therefore following in my footsteps? (Nature vs nurture…)

17 comments:

Caroline Storer said...

Well if it's wierd to have more than one book on the go then there's no hope for me! Not taking into account the 3 books I am currently reading, I am also juggling with three books I'm writing; the current wip and I'm dipping into and editing the other two. I just think we are book lovers not eccentric's!

And it's so lovely to hear that DH is a book lover and would-be-writer as well. What a CP she will have! Super mum at her beck and call. Wow! Take care. Caroline x

Jane Holland said...

Reading or writing? Neither is odd. I often read in a dip in and out way, like Caroline above. I toss one aside if bored and pick up another, then go back to the previous one later.

Surely, only non-readers would think that odd, since it takes all their effort just to read ONE book, let alone several at once!

Jan Jones said...

I don't think it's weird at all. I have one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in the car.

Diane said...

I have at least a novel and a non-fiction on the go at a time, and often many non-fictions if I'm working on anything in particular. Can't keep more than one fiction going, though.

Maybe we're all weird ... or maybe it's them (aka the others) wot don't wot are. ;o)

Michelle Styles said...

No not werid. I often have more than one book on the go at the same time.
With writing though I am monogamous.

Jane Holland said...

Ah, unlike Michelle, I'm completely promiscuous as a writer. I have now learnt how to write not only two fiction books at a time, but poetry and non-fiction too!

There's probably a very special Hell reserved for people like me though. ;)

Caroline Storer said...

Yikes just realised that I typed DH instead of DD! Sorry! Caroline x

Donna Alward said...

I'm writing monogamous and a total slut with reading. LOL. I always have more than one on the go. Right now it's India Grey's latest in my purse, The Lost Symbol downstairs and a Georgette Heyer upstairs. :-)

Kate Hardy said...

Caroline - phew, I'm normal, then!

DD is like me at that age except not a pushover. I think she could end up running the universe :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Jane - great argument :)

Kate Hardy said...

Jan - absolutely normal, then.

Hmm. Why didn't I think about one in the car? Oh, yeah, because I have my PDA and I'm usually writing. ;)

Kate Hardy said...

Diane - so writers are weird, huh? ;)

Kate Hardy said...

Michelle - have to admit, am not completely monogamous when writing. I scribble notes... and there's the nonfic...

Kate Hardy said...

Jane - I think I'm in there with you, then! (So our poison of choice is chocolate, right?)

Kate Hardy said...

Caroline - it's the snow causing you to mistype. (Right, who's going to start singing Snowblind, then? You or me?)

Kate Hardy said...

Donna - a reading slut, huh?

India's is on my pile as a carrot for finishing the WIP. I had to move it from my desk because I was starting to give in to the lure...

Diane said...

Gosh, if we're talking about writing, I must be a total whore. :o) Mind you, mine aren't all book length, although I do have one of each of those on the go too ... the majority of mine are magazine requirement length.

And yes, if it keeps "the others" happy, writers are well weird (as my nieces and nephew would say).