I’ll tell you my guilty pleasure when it comes to reading, if you tell me yours…
Now that I’m writing full-time, a daily routine of reading, writing, revising and digital upkeep, I really crave unplugging my brain at the end of the day. I suppose if a day of hiking leaves me bruised, blistered and aching, then this repetition of read-write-revise leaves my brain a gooey, vegetative mess.
So… What then, you ask, on this Manuscript Monday, is Traveling Marla’s guilty pleasure for unwinding her brain?
These aren’t travel guidebooks, which I include in my list of professional reading. Nope. These are guidebooks on birds, wildflowers, insects and butterflies, trees and plants.
There is something completely relaxing about reading the differences between a Village Weaver and a Southern Masked Weaver; about never feeling bright enough to know African clover from Burchell’s clover; or daydreaming, over a page of dwarf chameleons, about a road trip to hunt for the critically endangered, possibly extinct, Tsitsikamma Dwarf Chameleon.
Okay, maybe I don’t exactly feel “guilty” about my reading pleasure, the way I do about my affinity for watching “Pitch Perfect” ad nauseum on a day I’m feeling nostalgic for singing to a crowded gymnasium, but maybe just like a bit of a nerd.
How about you? What’s your “guilty pleasure” of reading?
More posts from Manuscript Monday:
Is the Muse Blowing Kisses on Your Pencil?
Before and After Room Challenge
Dead Body Management
A Poem Forthcoming
I’m Proud to be a Rhinoceros
The Hue of You
Mrs Kurt: Identity Struggles
I May be a Nudist, But I’m Not an Exhibitionist
The Great Divorce
The “W” in My Wrollercoaster
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