My Whole Expanse I Cannot See…

I formulate infinity stored deep inside of me…

Nov 10

Notes

Category: Life

So, I’ve definitely become a Kindle snob. I do all my reading with the Kindle for Mac app, which’s getting very robust. One new feature is Highlights & Notes, basically you can highlight passages and make margin notes. It seems simple, but I’ve never been able to mark up a book before, yet I’d always liked the idea. It’s really kind of romantic, marking words that feel important, then adding your own words and creating something new. It really helps me focus on the reading too, I’m intently looking for new passages to add to my collection. I feel like I’m building something, and words arranged beautifully are valuable, I like gathering them, keeping them all for myself. I also think creating margin notes is ultimately good for my own writing, it’s good just getting my thoughts out and organized. I can’t write in a vacuum, other people’s work inspires my own, keeping notes is a good way to solidify new ideas.

Eventually, I will start writing again, it’s what I do. It’s been a long slump, and I’m honestly embarrassed, and ashamed. I feel like I’m letting people down, like I’m wasting so much. I’m better than this, I’m going to be me again. In the meantime, I have my margin notes.

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  1. Otávio Pacheco November 10th, 2010 7:48 pm

    Sometimes writing is a very tough thing to do. I’ve spent lots of times without writing, and the last thing I’ve wrote was a screenplay for a short movie that took me more than four month to finish… something that I used to spend 1 month at maximum – it was weird. But well, nevermind, let the time bring your inspiration back, think about your dreams when you’re sleeping, try to find what your unconscious is trying to say to you.

  2. Tess November 11th, 2010 1:53 pm

    I’ve bought used books before based solely on the scribbles in the margins. I’d like to see your scribbles. Probs good scribbles.

  3. Jonathan Cass November 17th, 2010 10:02 am

    I’ve been amazed at how having a kindle has gotten me reading again. I look at paper books differently now too. I don’t mind blasting through the ones I only find marginally interesting but want to read anyway because they’ve been on my shelf for so long. I don’t get so concerned about reading every word. Not sure how owning a Kindle accomplished this.

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