What are you reading then? • The Really You!

The really me

Rory, a.k.a. A Guy Called Bloke, in his The Really You series this time wants to know ‘what are you reading then?’ Among two other things. Here’s the Q & A:

Q: What are you reading then?

Currently a wide array of books (fiction, but mostly non-fiction), short stories, blog posts and the like. Newspapers I only read on weekends. And two Dutch monthly magazines featuring short stories and excerpts novels.

When it comes to books I’m currently halfway through ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck‘ by a blogger called Mark Manson. Quite entertaining. I’ve been known to live up to this…at least to the second part of Manson’s title. Have to work on the ‘subtle” part though…according to someone who’s quite dear to me. But hey, I’m only halfway through the book.

Another lovely book is Most people are decent by Rutger Bregman. Which subtitle translates into A new history of the human being. If you’ve never heard of him, please click the link.
I’m trying to improve my writing and am currently also reading Stephen King’s On Writing and a book by one of Holland’s renowned novelists Renate Dorrestein which title translates into something like Under the bonnet of writing.
Furthermore I dip in and out books for – and some by – Parkinson patients. Especially the mental effects. I deliberate dip in and out of them since PD is already noticeably present a lot of the time.
But currently I’m engrossed in Susan Sontag’s Illness as a metaphor / Aids and its metaphors.

Q: What prompts you to respond to prompts?

I mostly responds to photo-prompts. They need to trigger something really in order for me to go out and shoot photos with that prompt in mind, or go look through my old photos. A few prompts that have captured my attention to do so are Monday Window, Thursday Doors, Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Tuesday Photo Challenge and of course Cee’s Photo Challenges. Writing challenges just are not my thing to participate in them, although I love to read them.

I tend to be rather wordy, which makes my writing less suitable for a blog post. A comment on a blog post I received is that posts are rather superficial and tend not to have a long shelf-life.

Q: What is your favoured style of writing-genre?

Don’t have one really. As long as it’s well written, offers me new ‘things’ or a perspective on things I’m game.
Oh, I generally hate self-help books. Be it physical or spiritual self-help.

3 thoughts on “What are you reading then? • The Really You!

  1. Blimey the comment you received was a tad harsh …. l am wordy and a long content writer – people who read long content appreciate LC writers like short content readers appreciate SC, but many people read from both. As to blog posts not having a long shelf life, l might differ with that as well as being superficial sounds like the commenter may have been having a bad day sadly, it can happen.

    Many of my posts receive viewings long after they have been written, many are book marked and returned to later – my friend, it’s your blog, you pay for the space and the write to occupy your space with your words – write as you see and feel fit to do so 🙂

    I hope you are keeping well and your health is not causing you too many sleepless nights.

    1. Sorry for the slow response Rory…thx for the heads-up. Found this stat just now:

      According to GrowthBadger, there are over 600 million blogs online today. Over 31 million bloggers in the United States post at least once a month. Over 2 billion posts are published each year worldwide.

      600 million blogs online today! Which roughly means 600 million people who have something to say. 600 million people trying to share ‘relevant’ (at least for them) information with people like you and me in over 2 billion posts annually. Makes me feel if I wanted to get heard/my message across, I might as well use a soapbox to stand on at the local shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon.

      1. Everyone gets heard my friend – the secret is getting heard by the right people – that is made easier by those who follow you and your writing with deliberation and not just through an automated programme – therefore by following you, your mind, your writing they have made the conscious decision to listen to what you have to say 🙂

        Writers are not here to speak to every person, only those who want to hear what we have to say 🙂

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