Thursday, September 1, 2011


Today’s world is a constantly changing, complicated, confusing place. Every day, we’re bombarded with old and new things to worry about and fear. The economy . . . well, that speaks for itself, the constant threat of natural disasters and terrorist attacks, disease, the crime rate, something we eat, drink or come into contact with that could cause cancer; the list goes on and on. And then, of course, there are the everyday personal problems that we all struggle with: aging parents, concerns about our children or grandchildren, issues on our jobs or now, more commonly, not being able to find a job. Health concerns, money worries . . . .

So, when I want to get away from it all and relax by watching TV or reading, I want something that will distract me from reality. I want to escape into a world that isn’t real. That’s why I’m not a fan of "reality" shows. I don’t enjoy watching real people struggle with real problems, publicizing their private lives in front of millions of viewers, exposing themselves to judgment and ridicule. I see and hear enough of the difficulties we all face as I go about my daily life.

That’s one of the reasons that I love to read (and write) fiction; it offers me escape from reality. I can travel to other places, learn new things and meet interesting people. The second that I begin to read, I’m immersed in a fictional world that may, or may not, resemble my own but it’s someone else’s world, someone who doesn’t really exist. And, when I finish a novel, I can rest assured that the author has resolved all of the characters’ major problems and tied up all the loose ends. If only it were that simple in real life!


  1. It is nice how all the loose ends are tied up at the end of a novel. I haven't read much lately, but have caught some sitcoms. I always think, how nice it would be for every argument, every problem to be solved in 30 minutes. Ha. I can't wait to read your novels someday.

  2. I agree with what Kelly said about how nice it would be if everything could just be resolved within 30 minutes in real life! I think that part of the beauty of any type of creative field is the ability to escape with it to some extent. Like you said, when reading a book you get to go somewhere else and meet new people and get away from everyday life for awhile. I think it's also the same way with a good movie.

  3. How true! I wish every problem could be resolved in thirty minutes - or less!