Monday, January 17, 2011

Mind like a sieve

I have a terrible memory. For facts and faces and names. Truely terrible. When I was at school, I coped by rote learning over long periods and did quite well until the amount of information became too much to learn off by heart. I make lists all the time to cope now and because I don't HAVE to remember stuff, it's not such a problem. Though it's costing me money. I can't tell you how many books I've bought, read, passed on and then bought again because a quick read of the blurb convinced me I hadn't read it. I wish, wish, wish, I'd started a list of books 'wot I have red' when I was younger. Of course it would be a huge list by now and I'd probably have forgotten where I put it.


Arlene said...

Then how do you manage to have scene you've written, in every book with distinctly different characters, so unique?
I think its only the written word of others, and boring grocery lists that get lost in the shuffle of your mind. Your brain's overflowing with such delightful plots all the time. Never. Change.

Leanne Dyck said...

Buying the same book over and over--I've done that.
Your list of books read is a very good idea. And there is a safe place to put the list. I highly recommend Goodreads. It's fun and very helpful.

Penny Brandon said...

I know what you mean. I've just received a comment from a fellow author but couldn't for the life of me remember what her blogpage address was. Most embarrassing because I had to e-mail her to ask her. I'm going to start making lists. Thanks for the congrats on my novel, Blind Passion. Like I said, first of many I hope. By the way, I was born in Wolverhampton, England, but moved to Australia in 1982 which is where I still live. I'm also trying to network. Would you like to swap links?

Barbara Elsborg said...

Leanne- yep Goodreads is a good idea for keeping a list!
Penny - my kids were born in Woverhampton!!!! How about that. I've added your link!