Exercise 3: Here and Now

Exercise 3: Here and Now
Writing Your Self by John Killick & Myra Schneider
Chapter 12
Section 1: Getting Started
Monday, May 24, 2010


There is a stack of fourteen books sitting here by my laptop. These are mostly books I have purchased over the last few months. One is a book Mom bought me and two are books I bought a while back. I want to read these books or I would not have gotten them, but I check out so many wonderful books from the library that these are neglected. Most people may consider this a crazy way to conduct my reading, but it is an old habit. I must have hundreds of books I purchased but have not read. I always tell myself I will get to them, and I do from time to time. However, I am much more likely to read a library book.


I have already read fifty-three books this year. Most of that number has been library books. I am hoping to read more than one hundred books this year. I wish my reading speed were faster so I could read even more. I am keeping a list of the books I read in one of my journals that is specifically for that and I enter them on GoodReads.com. Next year I plan to note a short review of the books in my book journal. I have only been listing title, author, dates read, and number of pages in my book journal. On GoodReads.com, I have been writing a short review so I do not know if one in the book journal might be redundant.


Saturday afternoon I told my niece, Leigh, that the only thing I did not like about my laptop was I often do unexpected things by touching the touchpad while typing. She told me on most laptops there was a button above the touchpad that would turn it off. I found it and now I am very happy with this computer. I wish I had mentioned that problem sooner because since August I have had some terrible incidents because of inadvertently touching the touchpad. Sometimes although I have been using computers over twenty years, I do the stupidest things with them.


Mom is not feeling well today. Her chest is tight and she is coughing rather badly. I encouraged her to take Maximum Strength Mucinex and Loratadine and already there is an improvement. She is sleeping on the couch and I suppose that is the best thing for her. I am always trying to help her feel the best she can.


I did not wake up until 9:00 this morning. Sleeping that late is becoming less frequent for me even though I am staying up rather late. I like the quiet after Mom and the puppy dogs have gone to bed. I usually read or compute during those peaceful moments.


Today I decided to concentrate on this exercise. The instructions were rather long and I do not really like copying them from the book anyway so I did not include them at the beginning. The instructions said to concentrate on your surroundings and write in detail about something there then move on to writing about yourself or other things. The book I am getting these exercises from is a very good one. I enjoyed reading it and think the exercises are very useful. I often need some prompt to get me writing because my natural inspiration seems to have disappeared. I hope to begin writing more. I find that if I write my creativity begins to stir. I guess I should try to write a journal entry every day, but often I am not motivated to do it. I like reading too much and I have a daunting goal for how many books I want to read this year. Writing simply takes up so much time. I am not a fast typist, nor am I quick with a pen. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I am writing and how I am expressing myself. Although most books encourage disregarding spelling and grammar I do not like to do it. I am too much a perfectionist to allow myself that leniency. I have written more here than I ever expected. Producing even a page is usually difficult. I suppose I am in a verbose mood today.


Last night I registered for an email account at Google.com. I do not intend to stop using my current account, but think having another one might be a good idea. I set up my homepage on Google and found it fun. I added Hangman to the page and wound up playing the game repeatedly. I won, most of the time. I always loved playing that game. I do not have any games on the laptop except the ones that come loaded with Windows, but on the old desktop, I have many games. I rarely use the desktop anymore; it has mostly become file storage. I did clear out the desk chair so that I could use it more easily. Since Leigh brought the executive chair from Alex’s room to the table where my laptop is located, I have been much more comfortable using it.


There are only five years of blog entries listed on my MSN Spaces blog now. I guess the service has been deleting them to conserve server space. I am very upset about this policy because back when I started my blog in 2003 I was not saving my entries anywhere else. Now those are gone forever. I wish they had notified me that they were going to limit the blog so I could have copied what I had stored there. I really thought the internet was forever, bad mistake. Sometimes the way Microsoft does things irritates me very much. Right now, I cannot use the MSN service because it conflicts with Outlook so I called MSN and asked them to suspend my account until the new version of the software comes out. They told me they could not do that. The only way I can stop paying for something I cannot currently use is to cancel my account. I really want to continue when the new version comes out, so I am stuck paying. It seems very unfair. I guess when a company is as big as Microsoft they can get away with treating their customers poorly. The thing is everything is so Microsoft dependant that I cannot stop using their products to show my displeasure.


I finished two more books since I wrote my journal entry yesterday. They were:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a very good young adult novel that should appeal to most adults. It tells an interesting story set in the near future. I liked the characters and the challenges they faced.
Blockade Billy by Stephen King is a very short book. It is interesting and the narrator’s voice is compelling. The story is trademark King.


I guess I have written enough. I need to eat lunch and change out of my pajamas. I have been lounging around ever since I woke up.


Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

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