“Bookworms will rule the world – as soon as we finish one more chapter …”
The above message and the lovely drawing that accompanied it was one of those that made the rounds on Facebook a week or so ago, and I’d like to thank whoever it was that put it up there in the first place, because it really resonated with me!
I’ve been a bookworm ever since I first learned to read and I can’t count the number of times I’ve said to someone, “Hold on, I’m just going to finish this chapter” (and then gone on to read the next one as well, and maybe the one after that …). Whenever I’m into a story, that is all that matters – the outside world and everyone around me fade into the background and I couldn’t care less about anything other than continuing with my reading. For a long time, I wasn’t sure if that was normal behaviour, but thankfully I now know it is – for a bookworm.
But what about ruling the world? Or doing lots of other things for that matter? There were so many things I should have been doing, like more homework, study harder for exams, decide on a career and so on. I wanted to be an archaeologist, or a diplomat, or a professor of Old Norse or … well, something interesting! Instead, I immersed myself in the fictional worlds of my favourite authors and the fact that I never really had much of a career didn’t seem to matter. Still doesn’t. Only now I have sort of stumbled on one by mistake, as a novelist, but at the same time I CAN continue onto the next chapter – my own! How brilliant is that??!
And if I want to read other people’s books along the way, well, that’s research, isn’t it?
So maybe this won’t lead me to ruling the world, but to be honest, I was probably never quite cut out for that anyway. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a chapter to read … er, I mean write …