Reading Asimov, Writer’s Digest, battling procrastination

Am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot. Funny collection of short stories. Have read about five so far, none of which seem similar to the movie made a few years ago. Maybe I haven’t reached the story yet, or maybe it’s just Hollywood for you. J.D. Salinger was said to be so furious over the butchering of one of his short stories into a movie that he turned down all requests over the years–including Jerry Lewis–to make A Catcher in the Rye into a movie. I also have a collection of Ben Bova stories I’ll read once this is done, along with a book titled The Sacred Romance.

Asimov’s style is similar to Ray Bradbury’s, but he gets into more technological info and he doesn’t get into the flowery, nostalgic language that Mr. B does.

I recently received the March/April issue of Writer’s Digest and will be perusing through that. The economic survival guide sounds like it will be very beneficial along with the formula for freelance success.

Procrastination. I hate it. But it comes very natural for me. I pray for the strength to overcome mental road blocks and blog on a daily basis. And write on a daily basis.

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Sorry it’s been a while

Lot of work going on lately, along with my chronic battle with procrastination. Am reading I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (I’ve read about five stories from it and none of them are like the movie). I’ll try to post something more substantial early next week, as I have to work at Kroger Saturday and Sunday.

Reading, reading, reading

I really should try to discipline myself to check out two books at a time from the library. Right now, I have these checked out: The Reagan Diaries, ’Salem’s Lot and Cell, both by Stephen King and Buy Jupiter and Other Stories and I, Robot, both by Isaac Asimov. Of all these, Cell is an audio book. So far, I’ve done reading on all these except for Mr. Asimov’s books. It’s more an issue of time rather than preference, since I actually love the science fiction genre.

I heard once of one amazing reader who could read seven books in a week. Zowie! I wish I had that ability. I remember from college English Literature that John Milton reached a point where he’d read everything there was to read in English. He then moved onto Latin and Greek.

This will never happen today, of course. Loads of new books are published every year. Each day, newspapers are published. Each week and month, magazines. And with the internet, there are now countless online sources. Sure you can read faster, but for me, the faster I try to read, the less I retain.

When I read, I try to keep in mind these things: what works, what doesn’t work, what’s been done and what hasn’t been done.