Today is Family Literacy Day in Canada. This year, ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging families to take time each day to have “15 Minutes of Fun”. “Time spent following a new recipe, playing a game, or reading a story together can focus on learning in a fun way. These teachable moments at home help children learn listening skills and language skills, and develop their imaginations and creativity — and are also opportunities for adults to practice their skills to keep them sharp.” Now that doesn’t sound too hard. It actually sounds like a lot of fun! If you’d like to find out more click on the Family Literacy Day link above.
Today, I started reading Dear Life by Alice Munro. It was a Christmas gift from my mum. I received two books for Christmas this year and have already read the first one. I sometimes forget that once upon a time I wrote fiction for adults, so receiving these books was a good reminder for me.
In the beginning, I started out by writing short stories, something that I absolutely loved. Along the way, my writing seemed to fit a younger audience (although there are some adults who would disagree with that statement as they seem to enjoy my stories.) But I’m not ready to turn my back on my adult fiction writing. The truth is, I hate categorizing my writing. I know, that’s a bit impractical. I much prefer thinking of myself as a writer of stories. Sometimes those stories will have kids as a main character, and sometimes they won’t. *sigh*
But writers aren’t just writers, we’re also readers. ( That’s why things like Family Literacy day make us almost giddy. ) Most of us tend to read in the genre we write and, if we don’t, we should. I can’t stress how important that is. I’ve had people ask me how I have time to read so much, but the truth is writers have to make the time. You can’t have one without the other. I promise. My time reading is not wasted.
I’ve made a commitment, to myself, to read more adult fiction in 2014 as I seem to have been focusing on books for young people. Truthfully, I like both. But at the moment it’s important for me to balance my reading a bit better than I have in the past.
In celebration of Family Literacy Day I hope you’ll find that “15 Minutes of Fun” with your family. Remember, it’s not just for one day.
I’m open to suggestions for great reads in 2014. Let me know what you’re reading. You are reading something, right? I mean, it is Family Literacy Day.