|Thanks Google images.|
My juggling act started this week with 4 TBR piles: book club, books from the library, books for my students, and professional. I finished reading: The Center of Everything by Linda Urban and I had my first dilemma. As I was reading, I wanted to annotate in the book. I loved her analogy with using water throughout the language of the story, and I wanted to highlight my favorite lines. I also got confused with characters, so I needed help with organizing character traits. My dilemma was to write in the book or not write in the book? I want to book talk it in Sept. so I don't want to write in it. I tried post it notes-not so good for me. I tried my reader's notebook-not so good for me. I tried my iPad and taking notes/photos of pages better but time consuming. What do you do when you have this problem with juggling your thinking and connecting it to your book. I know one suggestion: purchase two books ;)
Next I want to read all the time but I want to blog, work on articles and start thinking about next year. I was doing well until I started reading my book club book from March. I didn't quite make that dead line. Gone Girl is suspenseful and long, and it was hard to enjoy the adult book with the nag that I should be reading other books. I also knew I had several other books that I needed to start for twitter chats that I wanted to participate in. I missed my first twitter chat for Teach Like a Pirate but I hope to catch up this week. Does anyone else struggle with which book pressure and trying to let go and just enjoy the current book that you are reading?
Finally I have 4 journals: probably too many. I have my reader's notebook where I keep the list of my books I am reading, want to read etc. Next I have my writer's notebook that holds all my writing ideas. Third, I have my technology notebook which I jot down all the apps, ideas etc. Finally I have my iPad, which I am beginning to learn more about, and enjoying the digital east of bookmarking etc. Once again, is anyone else juggling too many places to hold their thinking?
|Maybe if I look at one big pile, it might help?|
Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
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