For someone like me, who cannot find enough to read in this lifetime, there is always the hope and prayer that I will be allowed to continue reading in the next...my idea of Heaven is to be able to do what I love to do......
And besides being allowed to draw pictures, I would hope to be able to read as many books as I like!
Of course, being a Roman Catholic, I know in truth that Heaven does not consist of paper and pencil, books and other such materials, but I can certainly dream, can't I?!? These pursuits have been, for me, all my life, the perfect ways to spend a bit of time, whether or not I really have the time is irrelevant.
Being an Artist, my Muse is always turned 'on'...and being an avid reader as well, I constantly feel the call to hold onto any books I can find ~ those about Faerie Tales and Fantasy, my favorite genre, and also those by such authors as Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. There are even times when I am torn between the two activities, so now that my children are grown and no longer need me to be constantly at their sides, I usually divide the time in half...so I can satisfy both cravings.
For example, the other day I posted here that I had started a new Blog for myself ~ an Artist's Blog, if you will ~ where I will post various drawings in progress and my journey with my Muse. That Blog has already been alot of fun to go to, but I am keeping it strictly about my Art.
Here, I can post whatever else I like, other than what I write about my Faith ~ which is my other Blog ~ and the subject of reading has come up more than once in the recent past.
A member of a Group to which I belong had asked what the other members are reading at this time and I answered that I was in the middle of several different things...two or three Catholic readings, and also various magazines to which I subscribe.
There are also, two or three books that I mentioned and those are The Real World of Fairies, by Dora van Gelder/ Summer with the Leprechauns, by Tanis Helliwell/ The Complete Works of Jane Austen, by her...
The book about the Faeries is a delightful romp through the world of the late writer Dora van Gelder, who believed with all her might in the Little People...seeing and hearing them all her life, being in constant touch with them through her gardens, the woods near her home, in her travels all over the globe...and her writing of her experiences with those whom she met. A real treat, if taken in the right context...belief, I assume, is up to the individual reader!
The second book, I admit, has not really been too deeply delved into as of yet, but I intend to get more involved with this novel as soon as I finish the former...I may have to begin it again, but that's ok!
I cannot even remember how many times I have read the works of Jane Austen ~ in my humble opinion, one of the world's greatest authors. The understanding and methods of this woman, who never married in her lifetime, but whose sole interest through her heroines was the state of Matrimony 'and all its diversions'...a true observer of human nature!!! Every time I read one of her novels, I find myself rooting for the boy to get the girl...and I hold my breath until it comes to be.
And that is about it, for now...I shall be 'into' more reading, I'm sure, as time passes ~ I am seldom without something going on where that is concerned ~ but I find that there are not enough hours in the day for all that I wish to do.
So, as any faithful Artist/avid Reader can say ~ I will simply carry on, pencils in one hand, a favorite tome in the other ~ and always the twain shall meet!