Sunday, September 15

Reading therapy?

Anyone who writes has probably heard of writing-therapy, but lately, I've discovered (or maybe re-discovered) reading therapy, because when I feel bummed out I want to escape. I don't think that makes me unique  ;-)  I usually submerge myself in a TV show or a movie or maybe in the Sims (I have to be careful with the Sims. It's easy to get lost for days...)
 
But yesterday, I tried something different. I picked a light-hearted book off my to-read list and I read. Not only do I feel better than after a marathon session of Caprica (okay, not the most light hearted series out there), but I feel more inspired to write as well--because as I've disclosed to a few friends, I've been dancing with depression lately and that makes for a very unproductive writing sessions. I'm muddling through, getting promo work done for my new book and generally trying not sink into a hole of my own making, but it's not always easy. It's even harder for me to even admit to having a problem; I was raised with notion that everybody feels down, it's no excuse, you just plug on and keep moving. Grandma didn't think "depression" was a real problem, it was just all in your head.
 
Um. Yeah. No. It's a real problem and just "plugging onward" only works for so long, then you end up on the sofa unable to move.
 
Of course it takes more than reading and writing to crawl up out of the depression-hole, but every little bit helps. And the first step really is admitting that there *is* a problem. It's not just "the blues" and yes, everybody gets stressed out and unhappy, but ignoring it doesn't actually make it go away. Fake it 'til you make it only goes so far.
 
Part of why I'm posting this today is because fall is the perfect time to curl up with a good book and I am participating in the Fall into Reading Blog hop.  :)  In addition to the awesome prizes being offered by The Romance Reviews, I'm offering up a $10 Dreamspinner Press gift certificate. All you have to do is comment on this post (and/or the post before this one--no worries, I'll gather all the names to select a winner). You don't have to, but I would love to hear what your favorite part of autumn is, or maybe your favorite Halloween costume (I talked about mine in the last post).
 
The Romance Reviews HopI love it when the leaves start to turn color--they're just starting to now. It's so pretty (and definitely makes me want to feel less down in the dumps so I actually want to get outside and enjoy it!)
 
The book I spent the last day and a half reading is called Gumption and Gumshoes and is available from Dreamspinner Press. It's a wonderful light hearted read about a were-chinchilla. Yes. Chinchilla. If anything could take the edge off a glumpy, down in the dumps sort of day it was definitely a shape-shifting chinchilla. :)

Now, off to get some work done on my *own* book.
 
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14 comments:

Michelle said...

My favorite part of fall is food, football and Halloween candy. Gotta love it :)

Sin Chan said...

I love the colors of autumn. Hope you feel better.
I've also read Gumption and Gumshoes. It's such a cute story, I wrote a review of it here:
http://onsilverwingz.blogspot.com/2013/09/review-gumption-gumshoes-by-alex-kidwell.html

Mandy said...

Gumption and Gumshoes is a great story. I know it will be on my reread list for when I need a pick-me-up read.
Glad you are enjoying it.

kali-mar said...

Fall tends to leave me with a little sadness as it signifies the end of my favourite season, but I love all the brilliant colours that are displayed for the few months before the dreaded winter months take over.
I tend to alternate my reads b/w serious and light-hearted to help keep me on an even keel. I loved Hanging by the Moment, the story addressed issues that I had wondered about and right after reading this I went back and re-read Heart's Home which I also loved and this leads me to a question for you. Will there be a story about Robin? I really liked him and was hoping that he would have his own HEA as well.

kali-mar said...

oops...I almost always forget to leave my email addy:
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Jessica said...

I love the weather in the fall.. not too hot.. not too cold. Just perfect for long walks!
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Suze said...

I love autumn, when we get a sunny but blustery day, its great to walk the coastal paths, with the waves crashing on the rocks

Suze

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Jbst said...

It's the cooler weather in Fall that I really like.

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Anonymous said...

Please pick me. Xx

gigi said...

My favorite part of fall is the cooler weather and the beautiful colors.

Loveless3173 said...

What I love about Autumn are the colors and the Scent.
The colors especially though.. I LOVE the vibrant Reds, Yellows, Orange all mixed in with some of the green still there.. It's absolutely beautiful.
And then when the wind picks it all up... The only way I can describe it as is... Halloween is coming.
It's just this scent... idk... LOL... If anyone asked me what scent Halloween had, I'd say it smells like a lung full of Autumn leaves~

Thank you so much for the giveaway~
Judi P
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Penumbra said...

My favorite part of fall is....it's no longer Summer, yay! :D

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Emily said...

That's one of the ways I deal with my depression. I carry my Kindle with me everywhere, so I always have a book handy in case I need one. Not even meds can give me the relief and joy that reading a good book can.

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Nay Nay said...

My favorite thing about fall is the changing color of the leaves; orange, yellow, red, even purple. They are so pretty. My least favorite thing is raking up those pretty leaves. LOL
Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win. <^_^>
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