Taking Stock

{Blogged over reruns of RHONY #TeamBethenny}  Something occurred to me as I was yet again berating myself for failing to squeeze in a few minutes for a blog post--this is not what I envisioned.  When I first came up with this idea (in collaboration with my friend Jen, now at @crystalsandcrunches), it was to create a space for working women-- with posts about things to wear to the office, things to do on the weekends in Orange County and Los Angeles, especially for families, beauty tips, recipes, book reviews-- just topics that interested me, with the hope that it would interest others too.  Overshadowing all of this was my eagerness to write.  I love to write.  I have written in journals my whole life and even though I write for a living, legal writing is nothing like the writing I enjoy.  Legal writing is where creativity and free flowing prose go to die :)  What I never factored into this grand idea is the time it takes to plan out a post--and then the time it takes to actually sit down and write it.  Lots of time. I usually do my social media browsing at night after the kiddos are in bed- not what I would call my optimal creativity zone.  Actually, I don't even know if I would call it my awake zone.  So while I haven't given up on shaping this blog into that dreamed of space, for now-- when I have a few moments-- I am going to do what I first set out to do.

I'm just going to write.

Tonight, I'm going to give you a quick book review of a book I just finished this morning before work- its called Exit West.  I had read recommendations about it everywhere and I thought I'd try it.  It was a fast read (I think it took me about 3 mornings before work-- I read while I'm getting ready) and I'm not sure how I feel about it.   It was described as an adult The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but it didn't have any of the magic and whimsy, which might be why I am lukewarm about it.  Its also about war and refugees and what happens to the common person -- not just the loss of daily necessities (like food, electricity and the internet), but things that provide identity and structure (like one's country).  These are heavy topics and ones that are on my mind anyway because of what is happening in our world.  And it stuck with me, each chapter that I read.   The way human being sometimes treat other human beings is horrifying at times.  So while I think this was a good book, and a thought provoking book, I'm not sure I would wholly recommend it.  I might give it a 5 out of 10.  I think you have to be in the mood for a tougher read.   If you do read it, let me know what you think.  I am in a book drought but looking for some recommendations!! Sweetly, Michelle