Living Vicariously and Other Random Thoughts

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?

About Sheila Clover English

International speaker, business woman, author, mother, wife and owner of seven dogs. I love people, am an advocate for animals and stay up too late at night reading books.
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12 Responses to Living Vicariously and Other Random Thoughts

  1. Hi Sheila! Welcome to MM! It’s so awesome to have you here!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Let’s Get Wild + A Giveaway!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Sheila, we’re so happy to have you at Magical. 🙂

    I love to read historicals and be taken into their worlds – but to be honest, I would hate to live in an era where there aren’t flush toilets. lol Still, it’s fun to live vicariously through the characters for a short time.

    • Sheila says:

      I am currently on a historical kick and reading any historicals people recommend. Just finished a Tessa Dare historical and it was so fun! But, I’m with you, I’d rather read about those times and not live in them. lol

  3. Toni Sue says:

    I adore medieval England as a setting, but I have to agree. Flush toilets would be a necessity before I went for a real visit. 😉

  4. Mary Hughes says:

    Welcome, Sheila! I married a reader, so if I wake him laughing, he gets it. We read to each other sometimes. On family vacations where we drove, I’d read out loud until I was hoarse and the switched drivers with my husband.

    I love to hear about everything and anything book related 🙂
    Mary Hughes`s last blog was …Unforeseen Obsession–Guest Valerie J. Clarizio–Plus Giveaway!

    • Sheila says:

      My husband and I have read to each other as well! It’s so nice when your significant other gets you! 😛

  5. Amy R says:

    Hi Sheila – it is great to meet you here! I love the adventures books take me on. Such a cheap way to travel! Since I do not get to attend many conferences or conventions I love hearing about them. Anything you want to share is great. I love pictures of people and their adventures (like the one of you above). They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, right? I look forward to learning more about you on the blog!

  6. Sheila, so, so, so thrilled to have you here at MM.

    I wish I could go to more conferences, being in Australia makes it a little difficult, but I always love to hear about great books.

  7. You hit it on the head with your blog today. I love getting lost in a good book. Conferences pump me up to write. I love meeting new people, and other authors because I am curious to know, HOW their mind works, because mine is always spinning. Love you tons, I’m about to start reading your book today. Time out of Darkness!!

  8. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Sheila!

    Welcome to Magical Musings! I’m buried in home renos so have been absent for a few days! I really miss conferences. I haven’t been for several years now. 🙁 Maybe next year! 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Broken Protocols is here!

  9. Sue Peace says:

    Hello! Lol, I just finished a book where I was constantly laughing out loud and getting some odd looks, lol 😉 I love losing myself in books, always have for as long as I can remember! Love ‘meeting’ new to me authors, finding their books, and getting to know a bit abou them!

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