September 7, 2010 § 9 Comments
“Unshelving” is a little like “unnerving” although “unshelving” is a verb and “unnerving” is an adverb. In this case, the former equals the latter. I’m unshelving.
I’m taking all the TBR books off the bookshelves near my writing desk. Yes, all of them. All my little friends, all my little look-forward-tos.
Can I do it? Can this TBR book collecting/reading addict clear her shelves?
I’m putting them elsewhere, even in a shopping bag in my closet if I have to.
I am unblocking my writing chi.
I am putting my writing notes, works in progress, pens, pencils, etc. on the bookshelves in place of all those books, instead of crapping up my desk, my writing space.
I have entirely cleared my desk except for this laptop.
The next thing that lands on it will have to be pen and paper, if anything, used in working on my writing.
Enough with being surrounded by other writers’ stuff.
It is not working for me.
Time to fill the shelves with my own work, one way or another.
I’m just taking a break in the action before running downstairs to find some bags to render order out of this book spillage mess.
And time to stop boring you with “I” “I” “I.”
Although Elizabeth Gilbert got away with it in EPL.
I recind that.
I just finished the book the other night.
Here is my review, even though I know most of you read it already or have perhaps “talked” it and gone on to see the movie.
OH”S REVIEW ON EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert:
First 40 pages: “ok, fine. I get it. You’re in pain.”
Page 41 (or so): “Can we move on now?”
Page 42 or thereabouts: “OK, I”ll keep reading this because the book was a gift. And that, in itself, is reason enough to continue. Out of some kind of demented ’50s Donna Reed etiquette – I must enjoy this book because someone was thoughtful enough to give it to me.”
After Italy section: “Gilbert can write, self-indulgent though she may be. But hey, food, as in eating her way around Italy, is therapy.”
During India section: “The entire section is saved by the character “Richard from Texas” who nicknames our narrator “Groceries.” And for some reason, this turns everything around for me. I am reading the book in any spare moment.”
End of India section: “Well, I’m curious. About what happens in Indonesia. As was predicted to happen. Will it? And btw, I’ve learned several things along the way and have grown accustomed and even very fond of Gilbert’s voice. And, she can write well. Really well.”
In the Bali/Indonesia section: “I’m learning a lot about the people and feel that it’s true. I feel like she’s telling the truth. And I continue to get little insights, things that make me think about my own life, and other people’s lives. And I love hearing about the culture. There’s plenty here. She takes her time in the telling and there’s just so much here.” (Where does Gilbert get her money, though? What is she living on?)
End of Indonesia section: “Yes, I will read her next book. No, not like ‘gobble it up’ or anything. I just…really liked this one. I am curious about the next. I mean, really, does she honestly move to New Jersey? Gotta know. Looking forward to it.”