Three Things…

Reading, looking, thinking

Three Things PicI know how much pleasure book bloggers and literary folk in general derive from evaluating on page or screen all that has inspired, gratified, frustrated and annoyed them during the course of the day, but I often wonder why we tend to attain such satisfaction from creating journals, memes or basic lists outlining our favourite or least favourite this or that (novels, book covers, quotations etc.), which we might share with our readers in the form of weekly or monthly posts.

Perhaps this continual summing-up of all we see and hear, like and dislike, is merely our way of maintaining a sense of purpose in an otherwise chaotic existence. We carefully catalogue our lives as if they were books, so that we might feel as if each chapter has been neatly bound and shelved in chronological order. It’s such a human compulsion but it seems we need our enthusiasms and memories filed away for further reference.

Since I class myself as a habitual life-listophile, I decided upon the following:

While perusing the Internet for items of interest, I came across a recurring feature in Granta entitled Five Things Right Now, in which authors (mainly) are asked to share the five things they are β€œreading, watching and thinking about right now.” For instance, the Welsh novelist, Cynan Jones, wrote about seeing a pair of seagulls on his way into work each morning, and shared his thoughts on Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Eli Goldstone, on the other hand, chose to riff on a film called The Duke of Burgundy before moving on to diseases trapped in ice.

It’s a simple concept, but one I immediately had the impulse to swipe and adapt for my own self-indulgent purposes. I have, however, altered its structure slightly, so we now have Three Things… It’s my intention to include:

Reading: Every Saturday I publish a post called Winding Up the Week, which details my latest book reading schedule (the titles I eventually review for Book Jotter), so I would like, in this section, to cover the reading of anything other than the titles mentioned in my existent feature, i.e. articles, periodicals, other books, blogs, letters, e-mails, maybe even catchy advertising hoardings. Anything goes, with the single stipulation that it must involve the written word.

Looking: I seldom watch TV and only occasionally pay a visit to my local cinema, therefore, under this heading I will include anything of interest I have watched, giving my undivided attention. This could be a theatre performance, exhibition, rare butterfly sighting, memorable incident or whatever passes before my eyes and remains fixed in my mind.

Thinking: This category is limitless because the brain never ceases to contemplate, reason and reflect no matter what we are doing. Here I may record a brief thought, evocative memory or opinion held on just about any topic. The only rule is that the thought must be immediate or one that is currently ‘on my mind’.

Does this make sense? I hope so because you are invited to participate should you so wish. Please half-inch (pinch) this idea, as I did, and go with it in its current form, or adapt it to suit your personal interests – you may prefer to include a heading like Doing, if you’re a doing sort of person, or compile a list of Ten Things. There are choices galore. My only request is that you link back to this page.

Look out for the first of what will hopefully become a regular feature: Three Things…

The First Three Things… (in order of appearance):

Three Things…Brunching Bookworms

Five Things on a Friday –Β A Corner of Cornwall

Three Things…Thoughts Become Words

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  1. The notion of rounding one’s focus to incorporate more than just books (as if that were not enough) seems worthwhile. For myself, I am reading The Book of M and The Traitor’s Niche, (with considerable stacks on hand waiting their turn) worrying about how an arsonist is running a fire sale of our nation’s security and treasures, watching the news obsessively in these days of peril, and becoming more actively involved in the political process.

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  2. I think it’s a wonderful idea, Paula, and I look forward to reading it!

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  3. This sounds great! I look forward to reading it with great interest. πŸ™‚

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  4. Paula, you are the most inventive blogger I know! This ties in with a July writers workshop I’ve just signed up for and the blurb reads “Find new creative inspiration through transforming or responding to existing narratives, genres, research and lives”. But first, looking forward to Three Things πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m looking forward to your Three Things, Paula πŸ™‚ Do you plan to do all three simultaneously in a post, or one at a time? πŸ™‚

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  6. I love this idea! I’m looking forward to your post and definitely would like to join in with it, will be a nice change from writing book reviews πŸ€—

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  7. Looking forward to this one πŸ™‚

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  8. Oooh really interesting! If I was more organised, I might have a go!

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  9. Ohhhh, love it! Perhaps I’ll give it a try!

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  10. I am tempted – very tempted, Paula! I do journal, make lists, do all the things you mention and have done for years. For me the journalling element is in part a capturing of the memory and in part a way of getting the experience twice. Often, at the time of something happening, I’m too wrapped up in the thinking and the doing to actually just ‘experience’. Afterwards, I can reflect and savour; it’s almost like getting to do a thing twice πŸ˜€ Something I’ve done for years is a sort of gratitude journal; an accepted practice in positive psychology for example. So – if I give your lovely idea a go, I might also include a gratitude item. And I liked Brunching Bookworms ‘doing’ item too. Which gives me 5 things already and brings me back to whether I can sustain it. I seem to be falling short on blog posts at the moment! I’ll look forward to your getting started and try to follow suit! πŸ™‚

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    • Go on, Sandra. Give in to temptation. You know you want to! 😈

      Seriously, it’s something you can adapt to suit your frame of mind (as Katie at BB has done) and you’re under no obligation to post it every week, month or whatever. Occasional is fine. Whenever the mood takes you. It should be fun not stressful. Hope you join us, but no pressure. Honest! πŸ˜‰

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  11. This could be dangerously fun……I afraid!πŸ˜‚

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  12. Great idea – I look forward to reading more!

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  13. I love this concept so will put it on my owwn post. The Penguin and I will let you know how we go.🀠🐧

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  14. Super post, Karen. I find myself nodding at much of what you say. What’s to be done with this crazy world? I too feel impotent and often despair. Janis Joplin was special. That Southern Comfort soaked voice was like no other!



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