Tuesday, July 11, 2006

BEHIND

Our vacation ended last week; we arrived back home around 6:00 last Wednesday after a car trip of almost 13 hours. Vacation was good - lots of time with family and some interesting sights and events - but it is always good to get back home to your own house and routine and (especially) bed. I've been having a weird transition back to regular life, feeling like my person in somewhere behind my body. Like I'm still in Ohio or something, traveling to catch up with myself. Every day hasn't been like this and Sunday was definitely the worst but I still feel like I'm missing some part of myself. I'm doing my best to get fully locked in to the here and now and expect it won't be long.

I am also behind on other things, including this blog. It's funny, I had the energy to devote to it when we left on vacation but I had limited internet access. Anyway, I know I've hardly written anything in the past few months. I've thought about plenty of posts - reviews and "Year of 35" updates and cool things around the net and more on 52 and so forth - but they existed only in my head. The thought of trying to catch up on them makes the prospect of picking up the blog extremely daunting, so I'll probably just leave all of that behind and just forge ahead with the new (and maybe doing some catch-up along the way).

And you want to talk about being behind? I'm waaaay behind the pace for the book-reading goal for the year. My goal for 2006 is 40. We are now more than halfway done with the year (and about halfway done with July!) and I've only managed to read 17 books so far. 17. Yikes. I took 3 books on vacation and only read one - Paragaea by Chris Roberson, which I liked well enough. I did start a second book - Grab On to Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way by Bryan Charles - but gave up after 40 pages. You would think a rock'n'roll coming-of-age story couldn't go wrong with me but there you go. I do have the third book left to start, Hal Duncan's Vellum, and the new T.C. Boyle (Talk Talk) is out too. Yet I've been reading through the current issues of Asimov's and F&SF before starting on those. And maybe making up for those weeks of lost internet time a little too much. Obviously, I'm going to try and get back on track. I'll let you know how it goes...

3 comments:

Little Toy Robot said...

You could always do what I used to do and count graphic novels in your "books read" sum. :)

Welcome back.

Justin said...

I've lost complete count of the graphic novels I've read this year, so that wouldn't work even if I were so inclined. :)

I did read the latest Invincible trade and the trade debut of DMZ on vacation, though. I would have knocked out the new Fables collection too, if only my comics shop had gotten any copies for the shelves...

Okay, now it's your turn to post!

Trevor Jackson said...

Welcome back! Funny thing about time and the internet, when you come back it's like no time has passed. We're just glad you're back. Whatever part of you that is back.

And if it makes you feel any better, I'm barely in double digits for books read this year. Websites read? Countless. (puts head in hands)