posted on Nov, 18 2008 @ 09:27 PM
I, too, am saddened by this. Partially because reading gives me so much pleasure, and I cannot imagine a life without books. I felt a lot of
admiration towards authors whose books provided an escape from what was a rather dismal and unhappy childhood. This provided me the impetus to write
myself. I wanted to do the same for potential readers, that others had done before, for me. To give an escape, a dream — a short time away from a
It has been more work than I had ever imagined. I occasionally flirted with the idea of writing while serving in the military, thinking it would be a
grand adventure! It's a headache most of all, quite honestly. It's a lot of research, writing and rewriting chapters (including alternative
plots), while trying to be original. But still worth it, really.
But as much as I love to write to give back what I received, money never hurts, either. People need to buy books! Lots and lots of them.
By the way, something I really enjoyed reading in my early twenties, was a series of books called Great Books of the Western World by Encyclopædia
Britannica. It contained 54 volumes at the time, but I think that number has expanded to around 60. It had a reading plan that spanned years, and
covered a diverse array of categories, such as poetry, drama, history, science, philosophy, and so on. I lost those years and years ago, but I might
get them again, it's a collection really worth having. Keep reading people! And buy books! Lots of them..