On Books

Books were my main form of therapy and escape growing up. In fact, my mom (who rarely placed any restrictions on us) GROUNDED me from reading, insisting I needed to “go outside and play”. At the time I thought she was being unduly cruel.

I like a lot of books, including nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi, erotica, and good old fashioned fiction. I often have to avoid reading nonfiction because I get so amped up and reflective that it’s hard for me to relax and not want to work or write.

I’m not a book snob; I think Stephen King and Jackie Collins have written some fucking brilliant books (and also some complete SHIT).

I enjoy reading books on Oprah’s book list and then ranting about how pornographic they are, railing against housewives and mothers who are anti-porn yet litter their living rooms with socially-acceptible tragedy-smut like Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. It’s not the books I have a problem with, it’s the bizarre double-standard women have regarding the pictureless porn of the books they enjoy and the image-heavy porn they oppose.

If I ever get rich I want to have a special room in my dream house: the BookWormHole. I envision it being a small, cozy, space-age cave-like room with rounded walls and a futuristic feeling that I can burrow into and be transported by while reading. It’s a soundproof room, and there’s a splendid little system to enjoy music, white noise or guided meditations. With a simple adjustment to the lighting scheme and various peripherals, the BookWormHole becomes the interior of a tiny spacecraft with programmable visuals simulating flights through different imaginary solar systems and, OF COURSE, wormholes (though I’m not sure travel through a wormhole is technically referred to as “flight”, but I digress)! Maybe there’s a vibrating captain’s chair in there, too! And speaking of vibrating chairs . . .

I debated whether or not I should post this particular fantasy fearing that it’s so nerdy it might turn off potential members, but then I decided that anyone who reads the last paragraph of the “favorite books” page on a porn site is probably someone who will think the idea of a BookWormhole is pretty fucking awesome!!!

If you want to see what books I’m reading now and share your own book reviews, lists and/or ratings, check out my GoodReads profile.

2 Comments

  1. Liam

    Like so many of your blog posts, this one touches on so many different ideas that I feel an urge to comment on, that actually trying to address them all in a single comment is ‘counter productive’

    Since this isn’t the first time I have read this post, and failed at trying to type out a satisfactory comment before, I will adapt my strategy and bust it up into as many ‘comments’ as required!

    Your BookWormHole fantasy is cool stuff. It is very similar to some of the ‘safe zone’ type places I have imagined. It doubling as a space ship is nice in a Dr. Who sort of way….:)

    I use my overactive imagination to dream up all kinds of stuff when developing story outlines. On occasion, some of the outlines actually get the full fantasy treatment and are turned into short stories / novelettes.

    I have day dreams about time manipulation more than wormhole travel. The idea of time dilation in either direction from ‘normal’ time fascinates me. Picture a special room that presents you with a Virtual reality that runs 250 times faster than real time. 1 Minute of real time in the room gives you four hours and 10 minutes of reading time, movie watching time, or whatever time inside the room.

    Some of my other dream space ideas are based upon folding space. Turning a small closet into an airplane hanger, stuff like that. I hate throwing stuff away that is still usable, even if I haven’t actually used it in ten or twenty years…:)

    My big goal for a ‘retirement career’ is writing books (primarily fiction) that actually get sold in the land of Amazon. They aren’t over generous with their self publishing systems, but there are some authors who have been able to break into the traditional markets by starting with self published books on Amazon.

    Genre’s being targeted by my need to write are Sci-Fi, Historical-Fiction, and Utopian/Dystopian/Political Drama.

    The reason ‘erotica’ or ‘raw smut’ wasn’t tossed into the list of genre’s as if it were a topic of it’s own is that I’m not that interested in trying to write ‘porn without plot’ with the intent to sell it.

    Explicit sex as a theme is likely to show up in some degree in most of my novels. Most of my work isn’t as steamy as the average Harlequin Blaze book, but some of it paints Blaze out to be the basic vanilla stuff that it is.

    I’m not saying there is anything wrong with vanilla, just that vanilla only does not a meal make….:)

  2. Liam

    My current in progress reads are:

    Patriot Games – Tom Clancy (7th or 8th time through) (reverse engineering his story flow)
    The Anatomy of Story – John Truby (Outlining is huge in creating entire fictional universes)
    Welcome to the Universe – Neil deGrasse Tyson et al. (I love using real facts in fiction outlines)
    On Writing – Steven King (trying harder to write using the aspects of his style I admire)
    Men Trapped in Men’s Bodies: Narratives of Autogynephilic Transsexualism – Dr. Anne Lawrence
    (self psychoanalysis)

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