Readers live vicariously through books, traveling to exotic destinations without ever leaving your home (or your pajamas!). But, in addition to books, we love to live through our friend’s adventures meeting authors, traveling to interesting places, having fun at conventions and other events.
Close your eyes and imagine a book in which you wished you could live inside that story. Where would you be? Who would you be? What would you be doing? For me, I’d be Jane Eyre, but in the 2006 Masterpiece Theater version which was pretty sexy, but still remained true to the story.
Books offer mind-travel, which is like a time machine for some, or out-of-body experience for others. We’re whisked away and it’s magical, romantic in its own right. Those of us who read understand this experience. It’s what creates a bond for us, not just to the author or characters but to each other.
Have you ever been reading late at night and worry that your laughter will wake someone, significant other, dogs, neighbors? Or you find yourself in your favorite chair, your favorite blanket tossed across your legs, your favorite drink next to you, so engrossed in the lives of the characters you don’t realize the sun has started to peek in the window and you have less than an our to get ready for work or school? Ever needed to stop reading long enough to find a tissue? You are transported into the lives of others and you feel it. You care about those characters. But, explaining that experience to someone who is not a reader can be difficult to adequately convey. But, if you’re able to get someone else excited about that story then they are living vicariously through you. You’ve become a bridge between story and experience. What a wonderful gift to give someone! I love to get someone else excited about a book I love because I know how they are going to feel when they read it. I want them to feel that. That feeling is my gift to them.
I travel a great deal and I go to a lot of conferences meeting a lot of amazing people. I blog in order to share my experience hoping that excitement will bridge over to whomever might read my blog. I want to share those feelings as a gift to those who are not able to travel with me.
This is my first official blog with Magical Musings. I’ve been a guest blogger, but now I’m all official and so excited to be part of this. I love to share my experiences and I love to read about the experiences of others. I’ve just attended RT in New Orleans and am about to be in New York City for BEA. I would love to know what you’d like to hear about most. Travel? Meeting interesting people? Finding out about amazing books? Where shall I take you? What shall we share together? Who shall we be today?