Monday, December 6, 2010

Running on No Sleep but A Little Praise...Which Works Just Fine...

One thing about kids - cousins, especially - is how generous they are.  AND, it seems what they're MOST generous with is stomach bugs. SO, it's been little sleep and lots o' puking here at Casa de Lucia, first Friday night and now last night.  I'm running on maybe an hour of sleep, while my poor wife is probably running on less, all after working the evening shift at the hospital last night.  In any case, the blog shall be short and sweet this morning.  

I'd had something else planned for this morning's blog - a kinda insightful retrospective on Christmas growing up and my Dad and I - but not sure what the day's gonna bring.  Zack's sick, I'm probably calling in to work, and I can barely see straight to write this.  So, I decided to save that blog for later this week, and thought I'd share this instead...

We read for lots of reasons.  We should ALWAYS read for enjoyment.  But, we should also read for enlightenment, edification, fulfillment...we should read to get in touch with our fellow humans and their experiences, to be well rounded people.

Writers, however, read on an additional level. At some point, we chase after authors whose styles we want to emulate.  We read works that challenge our own perceptions of the craft, teach us new things.  

We go through phases in this, too.  I went through the obligatory Stephen King phase.  A Lovecraftian phase. A Bradburyian (?) phase.  I flirt with Koontz over and over.  Right now, I'm looking to writers who do things differently, who set out on clearly predictable story paths  but then veer sharply off the road to normal.

I always want to read authors who manage to entertain me AND teach me new things. However, I never thought I'd hear someone say that I'd done that for them with one of my stories.  Author Lincoln Crisler has posted a mini-review of my recent short story for The Bag & The Crow, "As the Crow Flies". He says some nice things, and the best part?  He picked out some things that I love about MY favorite authors.  Gives me a nice glow inside.  Almost enough to run on after getting only an hour or two of sleep...