Thank you for visiting my blog. This is the third installment in a series of blog posts about me as an author. A friend of mine (also an author) had sent a bunch of great writing prompts around via Facebook post one day so I saved them and decided to take a stab at it. The prompts have definitely helped me to figure out what might be interesting to write about for your entertainment. In case it’s not obvious, most writers are introverts and can’t figure out what could possibly be exciting or original to share about themselves. But, you know what? Today’s writing prompt struck home in my nerd-girl heart!
These days, there is simply no limit to where anyone can read. Let’s hear a squee of happiness! And, if you are like me, then you have the Supergirl power of hyperfocus, which makes it even better. I am so good at shutting out the world when I’m engrossed in a good book that people can stand right next to me and talk to me but I won’t hear them at all. And, with the development of ebooks and audiobooks, the reading possibilities are endless. (Squee!)
So, where do I read? I have a day job where I spend a great deal of my time driving around in a car, so I listen to a ton of audiobooks. Sometimes, if the book is really good, I might stay in my car after I have parked just to hear a few more minutes before I get out. I often will also listen to audiobooks while I preparing dinner, gardening, putting on makeup, or folding laundry. I find that most of the time, even if my hands are busy, my ears aren’t, so why not keep reading?
Not having a great deal of patience is a weakness of mine, so having access to ebooks on my iPhone has saved my sanity on more than one occasion. Standing in line at the market, waiting for my number to be called at the DMV, and sitting on a long flight are all places that I have read books on my phone or tablet. If it’s somewhere I’m going to be stuck for a bit, like the bathroom, why not set my mind free with a good story? Why waste valuable time being bored? That’s my philosophy, anyway. When reading a book, I forget about time, stress, and hurry and just relax into it. Somehow, it makes the time go faster. It’s always when I am getting to a good part that the line finally moves and it’s my turn at the checkout counter.
In bed at night, I’m still most comfortable with an actual book made of paper. I think most of us are. It’s so much easier to curl up on your side with a paperback. But I’m starting to get used to using my phone or tablet there, too. Plus, with ebooks I am spared the pain when I have to drop off old books at the library. I get so attached to them. And who can say when I will want to read them again? But with ebooks, I can get them pretty much instantly, I can carry around as many as I want without being weighed down, and I can keep them as long as I like without being labeled a hoarder. So that’s the upside.
In summary, I say there’s never a bad time to get lost in a good book. When it comes to reading, this is one area where technological advancements have served us nerd girls well!
About the Author:
Jewel Quinlan is a bestselling paranormal and contemporary romance author. Since her debut in late 2013, she has published fourteen stories and has many more to come. Restless by nature, she is an avid traveler and has visited sixteen countries so far. Lover of ice cream, dark beer, and red wine, she tries to stay fit when she’s not typing madly on her computer drafting another romance novel. In her spare time, she likes to do yoga, hike, learn German, and play with her spoiled Chihuahua, Penny.
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