I like to multi-task. So this morning, knowing that the French Open was on and having already walked the dog and watered the pots by ten in the morning, I could reward myself with a little TV time. I parked myself by my computer and turned on Channel 4, thinking I’d I’d clean up my e-mails during the commercials. Well, it just so happened that Roger Federer was playing somebody or other and I knew that it wasn’t going to be much of a match … Federer has been thought of as being the best tennis player of all time … so I got started on my computer.
The e-mail were disposed of quickly and I started to work on a list of books that will be put on the internet on a site I discovered on Twitter. What the site does is ask authors to create a list on a topic and submit a list of books that are about that subject. In exchange, the author gets his own work listed on the site. Fair deal, I think. Oh, the site is http://www.flashlightworthybooks.com
The commercial time for the French Open is really long … I don’t know how many minutes but it feels like about five minutes. So I had time to come up with a theme behind my own book, Becoming Alice and using that as the topic for the list I needed for FLW Books. I mean the theme, not the story.
Federer won handily and then Serena Williams came on to play her match. That is always worth watching, especially since she lost the first set. Even she had to stop for commercials. That is when I came up with some books I’d read by other people who had to face some pretty interesting challenges. How about Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker? Or, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Or, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. The Story of my Life by Helen Keller. The list goes on and on. It made me think about how their challenges made my challenges seem so insignificant. Exept if my family and I hadn’t overcome those challenges, I wouldn’t be here to tell you about them.
P.S. Serena Williams won, as expected. And you can find out more about Becoming Alice on http://www.alicerene.com.