Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG---I'm Not Reading Fast Enough

This is my second post for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group.  From Mr. Cavanaugh's blog: "Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!"

I am currently subscribed to three magazines: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact.  There are 56 books on my Reading List.  That's not inherently a problem; however, it is a problem that new fiction I want to read is being written faster than I can read the old stuff.

I should probably not subscribe to any more magazines right now.  With football going on right now along with schoolwork, I hardly have enough time to blog let alone read enough to not fall behind.  It isn't exactly a problem to have a backlog of stories to read when new issues are released, but I'd like to feel as if I'd been lying in wait for another monthly/bimonthly dose of fiction.

My novel-reading is at a trickle.  I'm currently working on Elantris and Children of the Mind.  Neither have I made much progress in the last couple weeks.

With the days racing by, I'm not sure if I'll get all the fiction I want to read read before I start applying for editing jobs in less than six years.  That may sound like a massive amount of time, but if you account for the size of some of the books on my List I'll need every second to come into the job market having read enough and studied my craft enough to succeed.

The simple answer is to pick things up, give up otherwise free time to read.  In many cases I don't have much of a problem with that once I've settled in.  However, it's really hard to pick a book over television.



  1. Time to read is a premium. Every week my blogger buddies publish new books and I download them. I have enough reading material for the next ten years!

  2. I know what you mean, Patrick. Watching TV requires little or no effort. I just have to keep my eyes open. But I do love how my mind can slip me into the magical land a good book offers. We need more hours in a day, that's for sure.

    1. Definitely. And speaking of little effort, that reminds me of

  3. It is hard to find the time. I try to find moments of waiting in my life and fill those with reading. If I have to go to the doctor, or pick someone up or am about to go to sleep. I pick those times to read.