My working life provides most of my entertainment. I love to tell stories and I'm privileged that people will pay me to do this for a living. But what do I do in the few hours when I'm not writing? I read. A LOT. I read all different kinds of books for all different age levels, and for those of you out there who want to pursue a career in writing, I suggest you read a lot too. It's amazing how often I meet would-be writers who never read. Since this blog focuses on teen fiction, I'll mention two really great books I've read in recent months: Harmless, by Dana Reinhardt, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick; the latter is for a younger readership but the illustrations are fabulous. Similarly, if you want to stretch to the adult shelves, you can't go wrong with Michelle Richmond's Year of Fog.
Moving away from the printed word as entertainment, either written or read, I like movies and TV, but a lot of what I get to see at the movies is dictated by my seven-year-old daughter's tastes. Thankfully, it's not only animated movies we see - not that there's anything wrong with animation! - and we've been to see "Road to Glory" (about the integration of basketball) and "Invincible" (about an older guy getting his big break in the NFL). I've found sports movies to be a big hit with my kid. Even though the language is stronger than in the G and PG movies, the theme of people pursuing their dreams comes across...and that's a favorite theme of mine. Still, I live for the day my girl is old enough for me to drag her to see more mature films where we can, oh, say, drool over Ioan Gruffudd together.
In terms of TV, we're DVD heads. We're up to season three of "Gilmore Girls" and we also are currently into "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie." Once the girl is in bed, we also like "Entourage," "Rescue Me," etc, and I'm a huge politics geek who watches all the political talk shows. (I'd probably be as excited to meet Chris Matthews as I would be to meet Ioan Griffudd.) Oh, and I put on "General Hospital" nearly every day while I'm working. And, of course, our whole family watches "American Idol" together. (Truth time: I'm starting to really like Phil.)
Finally, if I get to leave the house for my entertainment, I love to shoot pool. I don't get to do it often these days, but I still have four trophies from before my girl was born and I'm the only person I know of who received a pool cue for a wedding shower present (mine had been stolen one night). If we meet someday, I'd love to play you. Perhaps for money?
So that's me. I'm a reading, writing, movie- and TV-loving pool-hall girl. Oh, and did I mention Sudoku? I love all kinds of puzzles, proud geek that I am.
How about you? What's your favorite form(s) of entertainment?