careycarey Posted February 19, 2010 Report Share Posted February 19, 2010 What are you reading... Hold up. Why are you reading that garbage? Now don't get offended. I mean, I don't know what you are reading. See, that's where I am at today. We read what we read because we like what we read, right? Did that make sense? Well, over the 10 years that I've been posting on this board there's been all types of discussions. Not drive-by tweets or pat on the back comments like those at blog sites, I'm talking about bare knuckle, no holds barred discussions. Ouuuuweeee, we've went there. *LMAO*... what about the time someone started a thread (I think ABM or Yvettep) in which Troy had to jump in and delete a few pictures? Come on, yawl know what I'm talking about. Well, if you don't, let me remind you in a subtle way. It had something to do with gigantic BOOTIES and LOOOONG loins, okay? Troy has said that he's never had to bar anyone from the board but he wiped that mess off the face of the earth *lol*. Anyway, I asked the question "why are you reading that?". Over the years there has been many debates/discussions on good books vs bad books, right. Well, in another thread I was asking for advice on how to write a decent book. A few brave souls jumped in to share their words of wisdom. All of the advice was something I needed to hear, but something in particular caught my eye and led me to this place and the title of this post "What is everyone reading? Why do you read that crap?" First, strike out the CRAP part. The question is or should be "Why do you read what you read?" The other day Ferociuoskitty was giving me a little advice. I was taking it all to heart, because, for one thing, she knows some things about me that only a handful of other people have ever heard. She's not only a Ivy league grad, a mother, a good writer, and an excellent editor, she knows how to keep a secret. Well, I think she does, because it hasn't come back to me. Well, it's nothing that I am not open about, it's just that I haven't shared many things of my life with a hoard of individuals. Take for instance the short story she let me write for her wonderful site. See, that's a classy place and my writing can get a little ugly, but she guided me through it. The story centered on a double life that I was living. *I'm getting to the meat of this post * Anyway, as I said, it was a short story but it was actually a part of a bigger story. See, the woman in that story (Baby Mamma Drama Parts I II & III) is the same woman in this little piece: "The US military is one of the largest vehicles for drug smuggling in the world. Rita was my friend ....my lover and my company. She agreed to come along on a trip after receiving a promise of adventure. She was very attractive ....stunning ....movie star quality ....she liked me. While passing through the gate Rita's face showed the look of impending doom. The officer ordered everyone out of the vehicle ....a search was about to begin. Earlier we were in a village ....it was called the jungle ....an area frequented by blacks who were accepted by the locals. It was a humid day ....the sun was bright ....Rita and I were filled with excitement. She was from Virginia and had not traveled much ....she trusted me. We were free and fear was not our enemy. Prior to our journey we talk about the future and the dangers of our travel. I carefully questioned her on the what-if's ....the possibilitie of roadblocks ahead. The officer again said to vacate the vehicle ....Rita went to work" See, I was a drug smuggler for many years. Looking back, it's nothing that I am proud of, it's just what it was. Hell, I've done a lot of dumb sh*t that I'll never do again. So anyway, there's a lot more to that story (it's on paper). Re: The advice Ferociouskitty gave me the other day. She told me to read something that I like, to find out how something is written. Okay, I went to my little library of books to see how conversation is written and how other writers "show" a scene. I wanted to get an idea of how I would re-write the above passage and the rest of the chapter. Well, here's what I found. I found out that I read certain kinds of books that all have a common writing style that I wasn't even conscious of. I mean, I've never paid attention or analized my reading pleasure. Sure, there's subject matter that doesn't ring my bell, but I am talking about a writing style that suits my taste. After thumbing through a few of my favorites, I went to my top shelf. I pulled down a book by an author that I don't believe many have read. Well, she's sold millions of books but I don't hear her being discussed anymore. The author's name is Ann Petry. She wrote The Narrows, The Street, Miss Muriel and Other Stories. Well, because I am a rookie, I don't even know how to describe her writng style or the styles of all the others that I like, but they are all very similar. What are you reading? I mean, why do you read what you read? Do you know why you read what you read? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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