300//\\365//\\300 (#21)

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Painting A Picture

I’m a professional, so you can trust me on this one: reading and driving do not mix. I have tried. This would be the time where I’d say do not try this at home to placate the legal department, but I have no legal department, so, right. Anyway, audiobooks are a life saver for me while I’m on the road. I’ve heard a lot of people say that listening to narration puts them to sleep while they’re driving, but I can honestly say that this has never been the case for me.

I love listening to a book that paints a picture in my head while I’m on a long drive. That’s the most magical thing about a book– its ability to transport you from whatever comfortable chair you’re sitting in straight into its pages, as if you’re actually a part of the story. When it comes to audiobooks, two things are key for me– firstly, you need a good narrator. A narrator whose style doesn’t fit with the content can ruin, flat out ruin, a great work of art. Secondly, it’s the content. Those two things might seem out of order, but this is where audiobooks differ from the physical books themselves– if you’re reading, you’re the narrator, and you always do a great job for yourself, right? If someone else is reading the book to you, they really have to work to get you into the story. It’s akin to acting in a play.

I love trying to paint a mental picture in my songs, so it’s probably no big surprise that I love to have a picture painted for me while I’m driving. I rarely get lost on the road, but if I’m on one you can bet I’m probably lost in a book.

time: 2:11 pm
date: Friday, May 16th
place: home, New Braunfels, TX
words: 298

300//\\365//\\300 is a writing exercise– 300 entries over 365 days, each no longer than 300 words (I’m not so hot at sticking to the last part).


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  1. Larry Hooper says:

    the one you recommended to me a while back, “American Gods” was incredible. George Guidall should read everything.

  2. Derrick says:

    Working my way through every Cormac McCarthy novel. Just incredible. And I’m not trying to kiss ass, but your novel was pretty good, too.

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