Literary Pursuits and a Search for Sunshine!

January 17, 2010 Life Well Lived 0

I am planning a trip to Bradenton and Key West, Florida leaving from Atlanta on February 5th. It is time to search for warmer, dryer weather. I type this as the rain just pours outside, slamming against my window so loudly that at first I thought it must be the wind. Whew….it is definitely time for some palm trees and sand between the toes!

During my travels I plan to conduct a literary adventure….I’m going in search of all of the independent, used bookstores between here (Atlanta) and Key West, FL. I’m also in search of literary festivals, author’s homes and any readings that I may come across. This is all in planning my wonderful, beautiful, perfect bookstore! So, my sweet friends and lurkers – does anyone know of a place I should not miss during my travels? I almost feel like the crazy Sandra Bullock character “Mary” from All About Steve although I’m following the sunshine and the books so maybe I’m not quite as unique as “Mary!”

So as I was looking up bookstores and literary adventures I came across this great place in Canada that does these fantastic trips all around the world http://www.classicalpursuits.com I am definitely saving up for the trip to Egypt!

And definitely not to be left out, “Bookstore Tourism” started by Larry Portzline in 2003. Mr. Portzline started the bookstore tours as a grassroots effort to assist independent bookstores with tourism as an economic development tool. He wrote a how-to book and started a website all to promote bookstore tourism. Mr. Portzline has the bookstore tours on hiatus until the economy turns around. But what a trip that first one will be I bet!!! I want to be on that bus!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

January 14, 2010 Book Review 2

Do you like fiction? Better yet, do you like a good mystery? One that grabs you from the very first sentence and makes you hold your breath throughout until the last word?  I recently read one of those.  And if you are a mystery lover then you know those kind of books are few and far between.  I had seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson in the bookstores, online, just about everywhere but had resisted the urge to pick it up for some reason.  When I finally gave in to all of the hype about the book, I was so glad I did.  I could not believe a flawed hero and kick-ass heroine with too many problems to count could become the greatest crime-solving team in recent history.  I have been telling everyone I know to RUN, don’t walk, to get this book.

So after I read Mr. Larsson’s first book in what is called the “Millenium Trilogy” I had to know more about this author. I wanted to read everything I could get my hands on of his.  Unfortunately, he passed away of a sudden heart attack in 2004.  His whole trilogy is being published posthumously.  Not only did I discover he was from Sweden, but he was the chief editor of Expo, an anti-fascist magazine published in Sweden.  His life reads like a James Bond movie; it’s no wonder he could write Lisbeth Salandar’s character with so much life!

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Late Night Reading

January 13, 2010 Life Well Lived, Uncategorized 0

Do you remember those nights when you were younger, hiding under the covers with a flashlight and the latest, bestest book?  Ahhhh, those were the days! Now it’s propped up on the pillows with the latest, greatest booklight and whatever book I can get my hands on! I’m still reading until 2 in the morning (or later….I just don’t want to admit it, my mom might read this – LOL) and I’m still reading everything from the backs of cereal boxes to the 1,000 pages of The Pillars of the Earth.  What is it that creates us readers? Those of us who are so consumed and needy when it comes to books? When I finished the novel I was reading last night that was only minimally entertaining but I needed to read so I read what I had in the house at the time; I lay there thinking and wondering why I did it. Why waste 3 hours reading a book when I could have been sleeping or playing with my blog or the cat that is in my hair right now as I write this or even throwing the “lil buddy” for my standard poodle….does anyone else have this problem? this almost obsessive desire to read, to escape for just a few moments that only a book can satisfy?  Aaargh! And I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not use a book as an escape, or entertainment, or for research, etc. etc. but for purposes of this blog I guess what I’m talking about is books as an escape. 

I wish you could see me right now, or someone could take a picture but no one is here and if I move then the cat will move.  I have this gorgeous black cat that I rescued and I’m sitting in my orange “mama bear” chair with this black cat perched on my head purring and my laptop in my lap just typing away.  This has got to be the funniest picture!

Sorry to digress, I simply had to share that with someone! It was too funny not to!
So, let me know – do you ever stay up late when you know you should not reading a book that only half-way captures your attention just because you need something to read? I’d feel so much better if I knew I wasnt the only one out here who does this craziness!

Happy Reading!

Stacy

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The Source

January 12, 2010 Life Well Lived, Uncategorized 0

I love the symbolism of the well, even the wishing well. Anytime I see a well, one of the really old ones that I know came from the 1800s, it’s such a powerful reminder that even time cannot erase the stone, the stature, the absolute integrity of the well.  It’s waters run deep and their is a mystery to the darkness inside the depths of the well. The same can be said of everyone of us.  We each have inside of us such tremendous depth and power to tap into.  The resources that are at our fingertips should we delve into ourselves are beyond imagination.  I am learning every day more and more that I don’t have to throw a penny into that wishing well. I can simply rely on myself, do a little research, and voila, I’m well on my way to opening my bookstore!

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Dreams….or Wishes?

January 11, 2010 Life Well Lived 3

I have a dream. We all have dreams, even those who have become bitter and think they’ve lost their dreams. We all have dreams. My dream is to own a used bookstore. Some think I am crazy with the onset of the Kindle and the Nook; not to mention the economy. Some think I should never let go of my dream, keep pursuing it until I have it in my grasp. I eat, sleep, dream books and how I would run my shop, interact with clientele, where the books would be placed, how the children’s section would look, taste, feel. Where the big comfy chairs would be so people can just relax for a moment while selecting just the right book……Oh in my mind’s eye I have the bookstore all laid out, the people coming in, the requisite cat in the window and the dog behind the counter, and the smell of books, ahhh, what a wonderful dream.

Then thinking about dreams this morning I also just said in passing, to myself, “well, I wish just the right location would open up. and the rent would be just the right amount. and i wish….” Well, of course, then it immediately comes to mind the old saying my mom would spit out if we ever, ever let it the word “wish” fall from our lips “well, if wishes were horses then beggers could ride” Ok, I have to admit, I still don’t get it. And it still drives me crazy that I can hear my mom in my head every single time I say “I wish” Aaargh!!!

So it got me to thinking, what’s the difference between a wish and a dream? According to www.dictionary.com a wish is “to want; desire; long for” and a dream is “an aspiration; goal; aim.” Only a slight difference in semantics but a huge difference in real life. To have a dream, one sets goals….steps to achieve those goals, with a tangible reward at the end. To have a wish is just to want something handed to you without the work necessary to achieve the goal. Thus all the personal satisfaction of achieving is not there as it would be if you had achieved your dream. Such deep thinking for a Monday morning!

So I’ll go back to my drawing board today and work on those goals so I CAN achieve my dream in 2010!

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