April 26, 2014

Readathon: Midway!

Hour 12

Wow! Has it been 12 hours already? Guess I'll post a little recap.

My husband made me a delightful breakfast that has pretty much carried me through most of the day. Anything with eggs in it will do that for me. Some mid-afternoon beer and dark chocolate wasn't the best lunch, but hey, it's Readathon right?

I've read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. This is more or less a companion book to Steal Like an Artist. I loved them both, but I think that Show Your Work has provided me with more to think about and will be most useful to me in several areas of my life including my professional life. The two books are primarily about the creative process and sharing that process. And lest you think you aren't creative, think again! We are all creative in some way.

Mid-Event Survey
1. What are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

2. How many books have you read so far?
Um, one. I've spent a lot of time chatting online and doing some rogue cheerleading.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Fables by Bill Willingham!

4. Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day?

5. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

6. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
That I'm not tired!

7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
Not really. I love some of the changes from previous readathons (which I thought went quite well) and I think those have mostly come out of the growth of the event and building on previous experiences. For instance, the cheerleading seems nicely organized and I think that having prizes available for international readers is awesome!

8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year?
Not be quite so rogue! I think I need a little more structure in order to actually get reading done.

9. Are you getting tired yet?
Not yet! *crosses fingers*

10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or Cheerleaders, something you think is working well for you that others may not have discovered?
Reading shorter books, essays/short stories, and graphic novels has helped me deal with my "bouncing off the walls" lack of focus. I'm not always this way, but I know from past experience that I get overly excited and chatty during this event and that affects my ability to read longer pieces. This way I also get a sense of accomplishment since I finish something!


  1. Yum - that breakfast DOES look delightful. I've been wanting to read something by Joan Didion. Hope you're having fun!

  2. Keep up the great Rah Rah Reading!!