It’s cold, it’s cold, it’s cold where I am. Excellent stay-inside-and-read-a-book weather. What are you reading?
Last May, Psychology Today published an essay by Susanna Newsonen discussing why chasing happiness was a bad idea. Newsonen describes herself as a Happyologist, aka a happiness coach, which would send me running in the opposite direction except that she went on to talk about the three myths of happiness. They are:
- Happiness is the absence of negative emotions.
- Success fuels happiness.
- Happiness fuels success.
Okay, two and three are obvious non-starters, but I found the first one interesting because it seems to just make sense. Negative emotions make us unhappy, therefore getting rid of negative emotions would lead to . . .
This week I read a lot of old drafts. Why I have forty-six version of the first two scenes of You Again, I have no idea, but I’m skimming through all of them trying to figure out what I was thinking. Mostly, I’m thinking I wasn’t thinking. I may need to step away from the drafts and read a good book.
(I know that image isn’t technically about reading, but it sums up my current state pretty well.)
I’m reading old drafts of You Again, searching desperately for big chunks of the book that I’ve lost. Damn it. This afternoon I do one more pass at Nita and send it to NYC. And then I think I’m going back to the Zo stories. I have a lot of those done. I’m suddenly getting into finishing things, which is a good thing, if I could just find all of the stuff I need to finish. ARGH.
So what did you read this week that was good? Or not?
I’m re-reading this book about a cop and the dead guy she loves. It needs work.
What are you reading?
I had a rough year last year. Many things imploded on me. So at the insistence of my daughter, I went back into therapy, except I went for the wrong reasons and ended up with the wrong therapist, and that became another implosion. I was not happy.
However, half the job of becoming happy again is recognizing you have a problem and doing something about it, so I found another therapist, a great one this time. And she gave me a terrific coping strategy.Continue reading
Welcome to a brand new year of reading. And god knows what else, of course, but reading will get us through it.
So what was your first book of the new year? And what else have you read this year, huh?