Conflicted Summer

I had so many good intentions for this summer.

I was going to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight along with read more, blog more, garden more...

What I ended up doing was mostly travel -- a lot!  More than 4,000 miles by car and even more by plane.  With guests to take care of and catching up to do when ever we did manage to be home for more than a few days, I did virtually none of the things I had hoped to do.

Still it was a great summer.  I got to see family and friends I rarely get to see.  But I'm glad my summer is over.  I'm happy to be home.  And I'm hoping to get back to my good intentions.

Earlier this summer, Suzie Ivy posted My Writers Twist on Shakespeare based on the “To be or not to be” Soliloquy for Hamlet over at the “Reading and Writing Cafe” blog.  She urged other writers to follow suit with whatever issues they were feeling conflicted over — work, parenting, eating, exercise …

The temptations of “The Hunger Games” series was my little conflict this summer.  I've been dying to read them (I know, how could I not have read them already?), but knowing that they would consume my every waking hour until I finish the last book made me wait and wait for the perfect time to immerse myself.  I think I'm trying to hone my delayed gratification into a fine art.

And so, I reveled a bit in my reader’s angst and an old college course to write...

Soliloquy For An Avid Reader
by Linda Anselmi
 
To read, or not to read,– that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler of the soul to suffer
The slings and arrows of our own misfortune,
Or to take refuge in a sea of outrageous escapism
And thereby ignore our own fate.  To read, to dwell–
No more, amid imagined worlds, apart
The heartache, the drama, the knowledge
That books are heir to: ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be missed.  To read, to dwell;
To dwell, perchance to escape – ay, there’s the rub,
For in that dwell what insights may come
When we ventures forth among the dragonslayers
Must give us courage.  There’s the hope
That makes fortune in what an author long imagined.
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So what have you been conflicted over this summer?

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