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“Spatter Don’t Matter”

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   7 Comments | Posted in books
As if life isn’t complicated enough, I’m juggling the reading of four books simultaneously.  I pondered slapping the “multitasking” label on this effort, but it would be a big, fat lie.  Mostly the problem is that middle-age dropped a hormone bomb smack in the center of my attention span.  My focus is so kaboomed that CSI would have to invent new technology to analyze the spatter.

Although I’m on my second read of Write in Style by Bobbie Christmas, I took the blog recommendation of my writing Yoda, Cathy C. Hall, and hightailed it to the library to borrow Mike Sacks’ And Here’s the Kicker, a book on humor writing because, hey, I’ll take all the help I can get. While at the library, I nabbed J.D. Robb’s latest, Fantasy in Death, because J.D. Robb is really Nora Roberts and who doesn’t love Nora?  (Also, there is Roarke, the hunky hubby of the the In Death series’ protagonist, Eve Dallas.)

At the drugstore a few hours later I spotted Janet Evanovitch’s newest Stephanie Plum escapade, Fearless Fourteen, and it was on sale, y’all.  I picked up the hardback for $5.99! Woo-hoo!

Which of these wondrous books should I read first? How to choose?  I feel like a Labrador Retriever in a field full of tennis balls!  Which is to say, buttercup, that if I had a tail it would be wagging. My only potential problem is that whole attention-span-spatter thingy I mentioned earlier, a condition likely to send me hopping from book to book with eager disregard for organization and order.
You know what? The “spatter don’t matter”, ’cause I’ve got books, y’all! Books!

Lovely, lovely books!

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7 Responses to "“Spatter Don’t Matter”"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    April 29, 2010 at 7:36 am  

    Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one who read multiple books at one time. When we used to go camping, I had a book for outside, one for inside and one in the bathroom. This weekend I bought a third book and yes, I am in the midst of all three. Spatter! I like that.

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 29, 2010 at 11:39 am  

    That's a good idea, to keep them in different places. I tend to stack my books on top of the fridge and rotate, but I like your idea better. I'll try that! As long as I don't forget where I've put them. LOL

  3. Comment by Lynn
    April 30, 2010 at 10:46 am  

    I have different books in different places too! I'm trying to avoid the huge used book sale just up the street as I have a pile a mile high to read as it is. And then when I'm reading, I'm wanting to write. Ahhhhh. I'm spattered alright. I'm going to use that word from now on. 🙂

  4. Comment by BECKY
    April 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm  

    Lisa, looks like you've created a "scathingly brilliant" new word for us gals who love to read and write. I've decided it's not my age that makes me so "spattered" ….it's my creative brain…always zig-zagging in different directions…write about this, about that…read this book, that book…Huh..who said there's no clean towels?! 😮

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm  

    From the looks of things I'm in great company. Maybe this predilection really is a "writer thing" and not a "middle age" thing! I like that idea, especially since this whole spatter situation looks to be permanent!

  6. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    April 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm  

    Thanks, as always, for sharing that linky love, Lisa! :-)I'm always reading lots of different things at one time…just picked up David Sedaris' latest book (It's HI-larious)but then I thought I'd better start reading the best-seller I brought home ('cause the library won't let me renew those best-seller books so I end up paying HUGE fines so I can finish it) and then I've got this book I just won that looks swell ('cause isn't anything free ALWAYS swell?). And that's just the top three books next to my bed. Which should tell you all you need to know as to why I ALWAYS have huge fines.

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 1, 2010 at 8:06 am  

    You're welcome! Me, too, on the fines. At my worst I owed $50.00. Me & the 3 young 'uns borrows a ton of books for summer reading and, well, it took all summer, all right. That was about 13 yrs ago before computers made renewal a breeze. I never did that again!

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