Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Feeding an Addiction

I have a confession to make. I’m an addict. My drug of choice? Books. And I’m going to feed that addiction buy buying books with my blood money.

Okay, so according to Wikipedia addiction can be a continued involvement with an activity despite the negative consequences. For me those would be:
  • Making meals gets forgotten (made worse when I snack while reading)
  • I stay up way too late, causing exhaustion
  •  My hubby (and kids) tend to feel abandoned

And all because I might as well be inside the book because that’s how hard it can be to take me away from it. Although, given that I’ve stopped reading books, it’s probably not a true addiction. Still it felt that way for a while, but now I think I can moderate my reading so it’s time to start reading all these good books I’ve been hearing about.

And to get those books, I’m going to use my blood money. No, I haven’t turned assassin or anything like that. It’s actually all completely legal and arrives via paycheck (complete with taxes taken out) from my day job. You see, my company uses blood as part of the release testing of product before it can be sold. To obtain the blood they need they set up a blood donation program; which compensates the participants. It’s not much money, but given I’m getting an e-reader for Christmas and the price of e-books, it will be plenty.

I will also be trying to save some of that blood money to fund my publishing costs, when I get to that point. But, since I keep hearing that to be a writer you have to read, I thought I ought to start fitting that into my schedule. The most difficult question?

What will I read first?

:} Cathryn Leigh


  1. Well I tried to post a comment, but I don't know if it worked :)

    I recommend you read Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater. Lament is good and you can see the influences on Watching :) Ballad, however, made me hate Lament, because it was just so amazing that the first one paled into insignificance. It's the book I wish I'd written. And when you read the first draft of Watching straight after reading Ballad, it's pretty obvious what was the last book I read before I started writing it. Although the fifth draft was a lot more different, and the sixth will be even more so :)

  2. Thanks for the advice Miriam. I'll definitely put those on my list. I'm not sure I have the first draft of watching any more. *grin* But that's okay, I'll take your word for it. :}