Books books books cat

I have books about writing but I haven’t used them much recently.

I have been more interested in reading, escaping to different worlds or being inspired by people trying to save our beautiful planet from doom.

Tabby cat on writer's desk

Geneva takes over my desk

My writing desk is crowned by writing references.  Occasionally I will leaf through one if I’m looking for direction or ideas on what to write about – not that I lack any prompts from my busy little mind.

My two favourite writing references are:

They were published by Ottawa area writers and editors. They are also my friends 🙂  Unfortunately, I loaned these books to a writing acquaintance over a year ago and still haven’t got them back. It’s time to put aside the passive voice and use those strong action words. 

Have you ever had problems with getting something returned from a friend? How did you handle it?

One of my projects is to sort through my personal library, to prioritize which books to keep and which ones to donate. It’s not going very well.

books bookcase and a cat

Miss Geneva Tabby Cat supervises my slow progress

I chuckled with distraction when my propensity to categorize got the best of me.  I daydreamed about a time when I could work in a library or one of those rare creatures called a Book Shop. I smiled while reminiscing about a successful comic book presentation we prepared for my writing group last year.

books about books on a coffee end table

Books about books, book shops and people who like books

During my intermittent sorting tasks, I made feeble attempts at book spine poetry.

Book spine poetry attempt

Book spine poetry: In praise of slow;  Born to walk; How to save the world in your spare time; The universe and beyond

As I continue to downsize my living space, it’s becoming difficult to prioritize which books deserve a spot in my two bulging book cases. It feels like a Sophie’s Choice dilemma deciding which ones to send to the donations box.  One consolation is that each one could become a good reference, a source of entertainment or inspiration for someone else out there.

You can continue reading about Distractions and dilemmas on my Deep Blonde Thoughts blog.  Otherwise, here’s a picture of a cat.

Tabby cat on hardwood floor

“Why are you covering my soft sleeping surfaces with your books again, human?”

Thanks for dropping by.  Feel free to give this post a big, furry Like or submit an appropriate comment.



About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother, Grandmother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel in 2011 under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, community volunteer, Archives and Records Management graduate, and long-time IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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11 Responses to Books books books cat

  1. Anita Kushwaha says:

    I’m an Ottawa area writer too! Are you local, by chance?

  2. Susan A. Jennings says:

    Bulging bookcases, bulging shelves and my books have spread to side tables and coffee tables and I love it. I have a really hard time parting with any books but now and again I have to make some choices. Sigh!!!! Very nice article, I enjoy your kitty cat and musings.

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  4. shewrite63 says:

    Happy to report that my acquaintance returned those two editing books. They are back in the “writing” shelves, awaiting my attention, to accept their guidance and advice.


    • Susan A. Jennings says:

      Sometimes we need our writing brain to go fallow for a while and then we fill it with new ideas. I find reading is the best way to fill my idea funnel with ideas.

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