I’m going to talk today about literature and dance, and recite and talk about the poem, ‘ Speaking to The Universe’. If you’d like to listen to the audio click ‘play’ on this player. If you explore Sound Cloud, you’ll find it in Spanish, along with other audios.
When I first lived abroad, I made a set of tape recordings to send to them. So, do you think that reading is an elitist activity? As a child, I found reading difficult. Looking back, I think it had a lot to do with my cultural background and the fact that I couldn’t relate to the stories. Many of the stories I heard came from my parents, about the Greek heroes, myths and legends and so on. So at school I felt dumb and left out.
On my Facebook feed today I found a quote about self-care. I had some decisions to make and these helped me out. It’s hard to battle it out in your head alone, so I decided to be proactive and do something about my problem. So I read the quote’ Don’t be afraid to say yes.’ And it worked! I realised I wasn’t saying yes because I was honouring the don’t say no.
So how do you know when to say yes, and when to say no?
Listen on to learn more about this as I talk about how we are all different. So listening to others sometimes doesn’t work because they give you advice based on their experiences. You know yourself better. I go on to talk about reading comics and alternatives to reading and writing through multi-modal texts.
Now to have fun, you need to feel accomplished. So making right decisions are important to me. I’d like to meet new and amazing people. And what I like about that is that also feel brand new. There are no expectations.
So is reading an elitist activity?
I found a great blog called Critical Margins where I got some perspective on the topic. There’s a sense that literary writers look down on genre writers, and visa versa. How do you choose a book?
There’s a wonderful book store in Frankfurt, a few floors high. Lots of books are in German, and there’s a section in English. It’s wonderful because you can have a cup of coffee at the cafe there, as you read your books. The atmosphere is fantastic- lots of energy and enthusiasm for books! So almost each time I go there, I find a book.
You don’t want to buy a book, just so that it sits on the shelf. A best seller doesn’t always suite my taste. So the library is a great place to try out a book before you buy it.
Why do you write? I’m still exploring this issue. I also find genre writing hard because it doesn’t allow me to be my creative self. So is literary fiction then the way to go? (At least in my case.) If you read the definition, then perhaps it is.
If you are thinking of writing a book, looking into the categories is a good idea. But don’t be ruled by them. The problem with reading too much for those purposes, is you might compare yourself. You also want to find your own voice.
Doing these podcast episodes have helped me articulate my thoughts, and this in turn has helped my writing along. Find what’s right for you.
The challenge of blogging for me is reaching other people. It doesn’t seem to be as easy as it used to be. Perhaps because of tighter filters and now with companies who ask you to pay an amount to promote your book or blog. I don’t want to do that, and can’t afford it for that matter. And why should I? It definitely is harder. But I don’t think about that and focus on enjoyment, and the quality, not the number of followers.
Thanks for reading and listening today. If you’d like to publish your own book, connect with me on Fastpencil.
I don’t often share quotes from other pages, but this one stuck. It’s so simple to read, like a set of principles. I refer to it on my Podcast.
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