Many great things have come from “progress.” There have been large strides in education, medicine, land development and gadgets …. lots and lots of toys. But with how small the world has gotten, and how “convenient” everything is, have we traded one set of problems for another?
Here is DC Juris to talk about taking his life back and getting back to basics.
It’s the Simple Things by DC Juris
Hi folks. ::waves:: DC Juris here. I write GLBTQ and het romance – mostly fantasy and contemporary.
I’ve sat here tonight, reading a book by a Very Loved Author, in hopes of discovering just what the big deal is. I’m about 75% through the book. I’ve had to force myself to read a great deal of it. Not because it’s bad – far from it. The writing is sharp, flows well, very little telling, very little repetition, very descriptive. Very meaty. And it has occurred to me that therein lies the issue for me – description. Four paragraphs about the interior of a house does not appeal to me, no matter how many fancy words you use, or how beautifully you tell it. I simply don’t care.
This…it seems…is a struggling point in my life currently. I’m not ashamed to say I’m seeing a therapist, and the topic came up recently of personal depth. And no, I wasn’t able to refrain from a “I-write-smut-so-that-sounds-dirty-to-me” snicker.
In the past, I spent a great deal of my time trying to be a deeper person. I tried to learn to play instruments. I failed. I tried to learn foreign languages. I failed. Or as I learned to say in German, I failed. I tried to read Books of Great Import. They bored me. I kept trying. I kept failing. All the while feeling woefully inadequate. Shouldn’t I be able to speak with depth about intellectual things? And if I couldn’t, didn’t that mean I was lacking?
Turns out, I’m fine just the way I am. And I’ve stopped thinking that being Not Very Deep makes me inferior. I don’t want to play an instrument. I don’t want to speak a foreign language. I don’t want to read the masterpieces of literature, or, quite frankly, the book I’m currently reading. I don’t enjoy any of that.
Here are the things I enjoy, pretty much in the order I enjoy them:
My Husband’s company – 99% of the time
Sex – often times made better by good wine, often times not
Giving presents – I’m very giving.
Opening presents – I’m also kinda greedy LOL
Watching zombie movies
My dogs and cats
Watching football – and by watching I mean screaming at the screen
And that’s about it. :-)
And since you’ve stuck around this long, I might as well give you a little incentive. I’ll give away a free pdf copy of my m/m/m zombie apocalypse romance, “Bad Moon Rising” to one lucky winner.
Bryce never expected to find himself smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and he certainly never expected to meet the man of his dreams along the way. But there’s more than zombies in the way of his happily ever after. Richard comes with baggage, in the form of his on again, off again bipolar lover Cole, who is off his meds and descending into his own mental hell at an alarming rate. Will the three men be able to work out their romantic feelings? Oh yeah…and then there’s that little issue of the zombies…
DC is offering up a PDF of Bad Moon Rising. See request above. Open until Sunday, September 30th at 11:59 pm (PST). Winner will be selected and notified on Monday.