Every once in a while, Vince and I go to the bookstore and go on a shopping spree. No, we don't do it every week or even every month because then we'll just end up buying lots of books and then have no time to read them.
To be honest, we haven't even opened the books we bought on our last book-buying spree. That was in July. Vince and I have been up to our eyeballs in work and parenting duties. Actually, Vince does find pockets of time to read. I haven't been able to. At all. So I figured we won't visit the bookstore until I finish at least one book from the July shopping.
But then came Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover of InStyle's October issue. So off I trooped to National Bookstore, dragging Vince with me of course!
This dream has a deadline, by the way. I really only want to do this while the kids aren't in school yet. I can't imagine staying home forever. I need something outside the family and home to live for but, while the kids are tiny, I'd like to be there for them.
I'm already plotting what I'll do next so I bought this as research:
On one hand, she made it look too easy and by easy I mean she made it look like a magazine or, in her case, a blogazine—short articles, mostly street photos, no-brainer instructional guides on how to, say, paint on nail polish ("Apply on the center of the nail first!")—so why should I pay almost P800 for it??? It almost reads like a school project, a very slick school project. Well, she complained constantly on her blog that the book was such a difficult thing to do so okay, cool, I applaud her efforts. But, kids, I've been making magazines for 7 years. I can do this in my sleep. I have to step up the game. Or not!
So on one hand, I think if she can get away with it, I pretty much could do the same thing. Lift stuff from the blog, post photos you've already seen, add a few articles and photos you've not seen to justify your purchase, and make you buy my book. Easy! Or I can actually write a damn good book with really great photos/illustrations about making motherhood work with grace and style! Which is not easy at all. So do we do easy or do we do difficult?
But writing a book is something I really want to do. And a book on mommyhood is perfect because it is what I love best! I just don't know if I can actually do it. Or if I do do it, if anyone would actually publish it! Time to start praying!
I have a lot to read! I should have lots of free time soon so I'm looking forward to curling up in bed with my bookstore goodies. Actually, I've already started (hooray for long weekends!). There's not much you can do when you're breastfeeding except Tweeting, texting and reading a magazine and a book! Enjoy your holiday!