It’s hard to believe it’s that time of the week again. I’m beginning to feel bad that I’m not getting all the reading done these days that I want to so my blog is filling up with memes and other type things. I’ll get back into it once I’m fully settled in the new surroundings. I’ve been working a couple of books for quite sometime and I would just like to get them done. That’s not to say I’m not enjoying them because I am it’s just that it feels like it’s taking forever to finish. Part of that is because both Oil! and The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear are both over the 500 page mark. I hope to finish at least one by this time next week. And I have one review in the works. It’ll get posted today or tomorrow so be sure to keep your eye open for that.
And now for something completely different…
Following up last week’s question about reading writing/grammar guides, this week, we’re expanding the question….
Scenario: You’ve just bought some complicated gadget home . . . do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
Do you ever read manuals?
Anything at all?
When it comes to manuals and the such I don’t take much time looking at them. I have a tendency to play with my new gadgets to learn how they work. Only if I’m frustrated, and that will often take a number of days, will I see what the manual has to say. I do this because I know I’m more likely to remember how each feature works by find it out myself, if I consult the manual I find I must do this for quite a number of times before I remember how to do it with the aid of the manual.
When it comes to how-to guides I never even look at them. I tend to associate how-to guides with doing repairs and other “mechanical type” endeavours. I know that’s not the only kind of how-to there are but that’s what often comes to mind when I hear those words. Given that I’m not a handy guy, if you want something in need of more repairs than when I started. I just don’t have the skills to do repairs. So, I tend to leave those books on the shelves.
I did go through a big self-help phase. But I’m not sure you’d classify what I was reading as self help though, but I would consider them self-help. I live with depression daily and there was a time in my life when it got really bad and I needed to be medicated for the problem. At this time in my life I went out and got all the books I could on the issue in hopes to find different ways to deal with the problem. I’m not a huge fan of being medicated but I realized at the time it was needed. I still have a few of these books that I haven’t read but would like to. And I probably should read them before I’m in that place again. Aside from this time I really haven’t had much to do with self-help.
I’m interested to see what others have had to say about this. So, off I go to read you have had to say on the topic at hand.