EXCITEMENT IS VASTLY OVERRATED
In "real" life boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated.
In "real" life excitement usually means injured or sick children, ailing senior parents, lost jobs, broken down cars, empty bank accounts and household repairs.
I'm not an adventurous person. I'm not a coordinated person. I can't dance. I can't sing. I can't ride a bike, forget a motorcycle. I tried riding a motor scooter once. Ended up in a ditch. When my friends convinced me to try again I managed to fall off the danged thing. So I don't like taking risks. They usually result in bruises and blood, and the sight of blood makes me queasy. I prefer my "real" life to be a lovely shade of boring beige with just a few sprinkles of pastel excitement - visiting with friends and family, dinner out, a movie, a vacation at a quiet beach.
That's why I adore books, both reading and writing them. In a book I can dance, sing, or roar down the road on big old hog. I can risk my life skiing, surfing, treasure hunting, mountain climbing or trekking through the Amazon jungle. I can shoot guns (without blowing off fingers or toes.) I can fight invading alien forces here on Earth or off in space. Zombies? Vampires? Werewolves? No problem. Sitting safe in my easy chair I can handle them. And in between the explosions and flying body parts, I can have sex with a leather-clad bad boy - or two. There are no STDs to worry about when your partners exist only between the pages of a book and your imagination.
In a book I can travel the Oregon Trail or the Trail of Tears and still be home for dinner. The only danger I face is burning said dinner while I'm engrossed in the story, but there's even an upside to that - ordering in pizza. Or better yet dinner out somewhere, one of those pastel sprinkles of excitement I prefer.
That's why people who tell me they don't have time to or like to read confuse me. Are their lives so "exciting" that they don't need or want to escape into another existence even for a short while?
So I'm happy to live my boring "real" life and get all my excitement between the pages of a book.
That's some interesting insight, Elysa. And to add my thoughts, that's one thing I enjoy about being a writer, and a reader. You can live your life through the characters you read and/or write about. That's why I love books! They leave so much room for the imagination.
Thanks for blogging with me today. I appreciate you helping out a new blogger.
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BIO: After trying her hand at a variety of careers: retail sales, insurance underwriter, video store owner, home day care provider, and motherhood, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader of romance, sat down to write a short contemporary romance. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places and times. Fortunately for the reading public that book remains hidden under her bed along with the evil killer dust bunnies.
After spending some time learning how to write she then penned a series of fantasy romances. GEMINI MOON, CRYSTAL MOON, SHADOW MOON and FORBIDDEN MOON are available from ImaJinn Books. She's received her rights back on her three books with Dorchester Publishing and will soon direct publish them. STAR CRASH is a sexy/sci-fi/adventure romance in the vein of Star Trek meets Planet of the Apes. THE SWORD AND THE PEN is a contemporary fantasy that combines Zenia, The Warrior Princess with Stranger Than Fiction and STAR RAIDERS is another futuristic set in the same universe as STAR CRASH.
With THE BABY RACE and COUNTERFEIT LOVE Elysa has penned two short contemporary love stories set in the real world of small town America.
While living in Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter and the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapters of Romance Writers of America as well as taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at local community colleges. Recently relocated to central Ohio she’s happy to be part of the Central Ohio Fiction Writer family. Someday she dreams of writing on a laptop while sitting on a tropical beach.
Elysa has some books out on Amazon and Smashwords. The Baby Race and Counterfeit Love (There will be reviews for those books here soon.)
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