Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Goal. New Year.

This was my inspiration for today's post.

I haven't been to the library in months. MONTHS. Like, since August before we moved. I haven't gotten around to getting acquainted with my new local branch and I feel very bad about it.

Call me a lazy and stressed out mom, totally up to her eyeballs in unopened boxes. Lame excuses, I know. How long does it take to unpack your craft boxes anyway, Veeda? (Answer: my yarn and knitting needles are still unaccounted for. And it's the end of December.)

While I still haven't dragged myself over to my nearest library location, I did manage to make a quick trip to one today while out with the entire family. This particular Las Vegas branch supposedly has a better selection. Indeed, when I went on the Las Vegas library web site today, some books I have been curious about were in fact on their shelves. Last year's popular books available for my immediate gratification? I figured it was meant to be. 

The library was fun. The perfect way to spend the day after Christmas. Forget about your new toys and shiny new things kids, we're going to check out books! 

In actuality, my kids were really stoked. They've become very acquainted with all things books this past year. During our very first blistering Las Vegas summer, we found that there was nothing like spending the day cooling off indoors reading when it's a sweltering 110 degrees outside.

In total, we walked out of there with almost 30 items checked out -- at least 10 of which are Pokemon DVDs my children picked out. Oh man, my kids love those magical Japanese creatures.

And wow. For me, it was like coming home again. I forget how much I miss reading till I plunge my nose into a thick book and don't surface again until hours later. I totally zone out. Luckily, my husband has today off from work so I was able to lose myself in a fictional story without any child neglect guilt. (Now, house neglect reproach . . . entirely different story.)

I managed to finish Cinder by Marissa Meyer this afternoon and it was a great read. When my husband asked me what it was about, I took a lot of glee in saying, "Oh, it's take on the Cinderella story, except she's a cyborg set in futurist China." 

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of sci-fi, robots or dystopian fiction, I've read a lot of buzz about this book and thought it was perfect thing to check out. I'm glad I did. 

This is what I like about a good book. Even if you aren't the most comfortable putting yourself in that particular genre, if it's well written you've like the characters and the story regardless. 

I like how the main characters were introduced right away, there was lots of high stakes and risks and hey. It's a fractured fairy tale and I have soft spot for fairy tales. Even if they involve androids and such.

If anything, reading Cinder had me thinking again about writing. It's always in my mind, but one of those things that takes a lot of time and discipline and I'm horrible -- just horrible -- at being organized. Just look at my closet. No, not really. It's scary. My regular jeans are still laying right next to my maternity ones. (And really, why haven't I put them away yet? It's not like I'm going to fit into those anytime soon.)

But a new year is coming up and as cliche as it sounds, January 1st is the perfect time to start a new goal. So, here goes. I'm going to write this year. Blog a bit about it too. Even with everything going on, I know that if I stay disciplined it can -- and will -- happen.

I'm optimistic about this endeavor. 

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