Thursday 24 April 2008

Expanding TBR Piles & Things You Can't Explain

It's the official UK publication today of Rowan Coleman's, The Accidental Wife. I can't wait to read this and shall have to add it to my ever increasing tbr pile(s). The husband will have a fit as I'm taking over more and more space in the house. "It looks like a damn bookshop in here," he said the other day as one of the piles collapsed as he dared to stroll past it. What can I say? There are far worse compulsions than mine for buying books. It could be shoes, they're far more expensive, or even handbags.

I've been tagged by the lovely and talented Lane to list three things I can't explain to my mother. This was actually far harder than I thought as she seems not to need any explanation from me and we can be scarily similar sometimes. So having given this a little thought, here goes.

1) That despite her assurance, not everyone can draw/paint (she is a great artist, I would like to be but am utterly hopeless).
2) I can't help finding her funny even though sometimes my amusement annoys her slightly (my daughter is now doing this to me and I'm beginning to see how it feels).
3) Why I don't possess her incredible energy even though I'm twenty years younger than her.

Well, that gave my brain a bit of a workout. So now I'm going to nominate Tom Foolery who has awarded me my lovely 8-worded award; motherx and yvonne


Yvonne said...

Thanks for the tag, will really have to think about it, a really hard tag! Heard great things about the Accidental Wife.

DAB said...

Debs, will give this one a go. Glad you like your award TFX

Denise said...

Books are a real problem to store aren't they? I remember a time when all mine fitted on book shelves, long, long ago! E-books could solve this problem, but I'm just far too attached to the feel of a book.

Oh, and thank you, thank you, thank you for talking about "Writing the breakout novel." I bought it at the weekend and it's amazing. I've only read half of it and the advice has already transformed my opening chapter!

Karen said...

That's funny, I've got a similar mum who can't understand why I'm so tired in the evenings. When she comes to stay she keeps me up 'til all hours talking. She's full of blimmin' energy while I'm ready to drop!

Hilary said...

I actually agree with your mother about anyone being able to draw or paint. Being someone with no interest in pictorial pursuits, I had to learn to draw in my architecture course and, while I found it tedious, my attempts look OK. You just have to learn a few tricks of the trade and you'd be amazed at how quickly you can draw a recognisable face.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

yvonne - it is quite hard and certainly gave my brain a bit of exercise.

tom foolery - I loved the pic and think I may get a sign like that for the shed, though it would make the family laugh.

denise - I know what you mean. However convenient ebooks are, I can't imagine being able to give up actual books themselves.

Isn't it great, I'm slowly working through it too.

karen- I've no idea how they do it. My mother exhausts me just by watching her racing around and she has a far livelier social life than I've ever had.

hilary - I shall work at painting/drawing at some point because I really like the idea of being able to master it in some way but it certainly doesn't come naturally to me.

HelenMWalters said...

I'm so glad your tbr pile continues to expand. It makes me feel better about mine!

Anonymous said...

May i be excused from this tag as my mother is dead?? and my fathers a dirt I have no answers...sorry.X

Lane Mathias said...

One of the best things about tagging someone is that they call you nice names:-)
The other thing is that we get to know a bit more about them. Great answers Debs:-)

Jill Steeples said...

You've obviously inherited your mum's creativity, it's just that yours is in a different area. I admire anyone who can draw, I'm in the utterly hopeless camp too!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

helenmh - it is good to know that I'm not alone with my book buying addiction.

motherx - oh sorry about your mother (and your father too). Of course you can be excused. X

lane - thanks. It was harder than I had originally thought it would be.

maddie moon - I would love to be able to draw. Maybe sometime in the future I shall take lessons or something.