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Thursday, April 17, 2008

I have two problems.

Okay, I have more than two, but it’s a blog and a short one at that.

Problem one. I spend too much time in the car. I’d wear a chauffer uniform if it wouldn’t embarrass my kids. I wait a lot. At school, at baseball practice, at the dentist office, at soccer practice, at orthodontist appointments, at the mall. We’re still on problem one, in case you got lost.

Problem two. I really want to read good books on writing. I need to read good books on writing the way I need to eat my veges. They are my literary broccoli. They inspire me, the encourage me, they teach me.

But when I’m at home, I lack the focus to concentrate. There’s the kids and the TV and the laundry and good novels to be read and the writing and the phone calls and the durn calendar with all those appointments I must chauffer my children to.

Recently I found a way to fix both problems. I now have—ta da!—a Car Book. No, it’s not exactly innovative. But my car books have always consisted of novels so good I want to read them every spare moment. Now, I have made my literary broccoli my Car Book.

I find myself very interested in reading a book of any kind when faced with 42 minutes trapped in the confines of my vehicle. Now, I gladly put the car in park and dig into the world I love—the wonderful world of writing. Time passes quickly, I learn a thing or ten, and everyone’s happy. Tell us how you pass the time when you’re stuck waiting.
Denise Hunter  
posted at 10:04 AM  
  Comments (14)
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At 11:35 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

Read! It's my favorite pastime, and I use every spare moment (when I'm not writing) to read. The Bible, a few writing books, mostly fiction. I even used to keep an "emergency book" in the car; whenever I was stuck in traffic without something to pass the time, I'd pull the book out of the glove compartment and read.

The other thing is brainstorm. If I don't have a novel handy, but I'm stuck somewhere drear, I stare out into space and mentally refine a new plot. Of course, this isn't a good thing to do in the car. But it helps in the long line at Target. : )

At 9:45 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I would love to say I read, but I usually forget to bring any reading material I usually pick at my cuticles.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Laurien said...

If I remember to bring a book I read. Other than that I usually stare into space like Gracie. BTW, are there any good books on writing anyone can recommend? I still haven't found a good one.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

I always carry a book with me. The only challenge is then remembering which bag I've tucked that book in that I'm 20 pages from finishing. But I always carry one, so that I can redeem those pockets of time.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Reading! Making lists and planning! Saying as many Bible verses as I can remember! Daydreaming! :)

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Georgiana said...

I have the exact same problem #1 as you! In fact, I have this problem today. Ugh. Anyhoo, I always take a book and a notebook--and a video for the toddlers who sit in back, and would otherwise run wild =)

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I read or text. Usually both at once.

At 3:02 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I've always got a few books or magazines in the car, just for those lulls. I devoured and marked up Plot and Structure awhile back in 5 to 15 minute increments, and then used it to help me plot out my last book--so it was time very well spent :)

Have to admit, though, that I also keep a copy of Coastal Living in there too, just in case I don't feel like thinking too much ;)

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Leanna said...

I too cart kids to lots of places and end up waiting often. So I take a big bag with me everywhere I go. I have a small purse inside it, so I can pull that out and zip into a store. I also carry folders of things I'm working on, books, articles or speeches. I also have a novel I'm reading and often a nonfiction book I'm in the middle of reading. Sometimes I stick a magazine in the bag as well. I always have something to do! Or else there is always the cell phone to call someone and just gab for a moment or two.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

If I've forgotten to bring a book--GASP--I daydream the next scene in the book I'm working on. Or I watch people and come up with a reason for how they're acting. LOL

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Good idea, only it won't work for me. :D I don't chauffer anyone any more. LOL Somehow I think the guy behind me at the light wouldn't appreciate it if I got hooked by a good chapter. :D

However, I do read in teh line at the grocery store and anywhere else I have to wait. That's when I read writing books.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Read, read, read.

At 7:41 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

ok i dont drive so reading and biking may be dangerous. (push bike that is)
but if i go to the dentist they normally are running late so i normally take a book (after reading the latest magazine there they keep up to date and we dont buy them) the same if i go to the drs. I take a book to the bookshop when i am on as wednesday afternoon is always slow so after doing a few jobs i get to read.
when I travel its normally by bus and i will take a book to read and my mp3 player. sometimes i am to tired but i normally get some reading done on the bus.
otherwise i also gaze into the distance!
i tend to do my daydreaming on my bike or walking.

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

I do the same thing!! I love having a book in the car with me, but at times I have to make myself behave and put it down. I frequently read one while my husband drives to and from church (we have a 30 minute drive). One time I was in the middle of a good book, and was reading it on the way to a resturant. I was at an especially pivotal moment so took it inside with me. After I got through the moment, I put it down because I started to receive funny looks for other customers, not to mention my annoyed husband. I haven't stooped to that level since!!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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