Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Nothing like a little action to keep you sane

As you all might know, I've had a busy year. I've finished a masters degree, written a book, and got a new day job all in a matter of three months. Its been crazy. I barely had enough time to eat and yet still managed to gain seven pounds (but that's a whole other blog for another time).

After the last paper was turned in, after the last of the copy edits was emailed, my life came to a grinding halt. There wasn't a deadline. My time was my own.

And that's when the crazy set it. See, there was no reason to keep going, and as much as a life on the couch with a free subscription to Netflix sounds good, you can only watch Sherlock  so many times before you start to go a bit mad.

Some people might say I can't relax, can't just be still. Some people might have also said that I should take up a relaxing hobby that has nothing to do with shooting guns or calculating a lion's bite force.

I like to think that I grow restless easily because I am the heroine of my own story. I've just completed a pretty intense journey and am settling back into my ordinary world, which I'm finding was not as fun as when I was plotting demon demises. And yes, that's what I call fun.

Most good stories start out with a character who needs adventure, whether they want to admit it or not. Granted, thanks to the new day job, I can't actually jump on a pirate ship and sail off for foreign lands, I can at least read about it.

And as I fill my ereader with sample chapters from every genre, I'm gearing up for my next adventure- reading, another activity that I haven't been able to do for two years. We all know that if there is no action in a book, it gets boring. This is more than just our need for swash-buckling and espionage. If there is no action, there is no opportunity for growth, for the characters and for us. The mistakes that we learn from do not have to be our own. There is no shame in living vicariously through a character on a page. I did not need to experience Bridget Jones' embarrassment to learn a lesson.

I'm looking for my next lesson in life, and if I have to learn that on an airship with a corset and a crossbow, so be it. I'm ready.

So, my dear adventurers, I offer you a chance to learn through another's mistakes. Tell me about a lesson you learned from a book and I'll send a random commenter a copy of Diaries of an Urban Panther so you too can learn the struggles of a single girl in the big city without all the messy shapeshifting stuff getting in the way of your real life.


Amanda Arista
Author of Diaries of an Urban Panther, Claws and Effect, Nine Lives of an Urban Panther (out Aug 21st ).


SandyG265 said...

I learned that you should never ignore the warnings of the local people and go to a castle inhabited by a mysterious Count.

bn100 said...

I learned how to properly address nobility.


Barbara E. said...

I learned when you kill something bad that's attacking you, don't turn your back on it until you're sure it's completely dead. And keep the bad guy talking to buy yourself time to figure out a way to defeat him.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Amanda Arista said...

I love it! I think that our adventures probably ensure our survival when the zombies come.

Beverly said...

I learned that you should never get so drunk in a bar you go home with a strange man, you'll end up pregnant or married or dead.

Amanda Grinstead said...

I learned that being compassionate and saying "yes" to taking risks makes the best characters and best adventures.

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Amanda Arista said...

Awesome lessons.
The winner is Barbara E.
See you guys again next month.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun - enjoy the new adventure that awaits!

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