Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Little Bit Country

I am an impressionable reader. There, I said it. And I know that I’m not alone. For example, I know people who have tried the kind of Scotch or port that their fictional heroes drink. I might just take it a little bit further though. In the past, great fiction has inspired me to read poetry (Shiver introduced me to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke), t0 purchase a horse (The Black Stallion by Walter Farley), and to travel to Australia to ride a horse through the Snowy Mountains (The Man from Snowy River, both the film and poem by A. B. “Banjo” Patterson).

Knowing I’m like this, I shouldn’t have been surprised about what happened when I recently enjoyed the guilty pleasure of reading a western-themed, romancey-type book (and I’m not admitting to anyone, not even my BFF, what the book was called). But, there were cowboys. And I swooned. And then started listening to country music again (for the first time in a decade). I’m actually listening to a song by John Rich (of Big & Rich) right now... and later Garth and Lady Antebellum may make appearances.

So, addicted to country music now—check. But I wondered if my clearly impressionable nature would stop with the music. And... not so much. On Saturday, I went to a rodeo event with a friend of mine. That’s right, my first rodeo. And I loved it. The horses and bulls. Barrel racing. And—and you knew this was coming—cowboys. Eight seconds. Seriously amazing and exciting, and I can’t wait to see my next rodeo. I’ve actually considered turning on my TV (which I don’t do very often) to see if there are any televised rodeo events in the near future.

I see being impressionable (regarding healthy things, of course) as being open to new adventures. And the rodeo was certainly an adventure, though I would guess my friend and I were the only people there who dined at a schmancy vegan restaurant right before attending a rodeo. But well, eclectic is a word I like.

I’d love to know if any blog readers have gone on fiction-related adventures or developed music addictions because of beloved stories. Off to listen to more country...

Quote for the Day from Wild West Show by Big & Rich

“Only forgiveness,

Will finally end this.

There won't be a witness if we both fall.

There's never a hero,

In a battle of egos.

There's never a winner of the quick draw.

Hey yaw, Hey yaw!”


Jen said...

I'm very impressonable when it comes to reading, it takes a whole new life of it's own it seems. I like to take their way of writing and incorporate it into mine just to give it a try. I recently read a book called Alphabet Weekends (and though I unfortunately couldn't make it through the book) I wanted to try and do the alphabet weekens much like they did. I am doing H this weekend (Habitat for Humanity)

Jemi Fraser said...

I've never thought of this before, but I like it. The books I've read make such an impact on me and my outlook on people and life. I'll have to put some thought into this and see where my reading has taken me :)

Julie said...


Congrats on doing Habitat for Humanity. I've looked into participating where I live, but there aren't any events for a while (mostly because we're buried under snow, I'm sure). And Alphabet Weekends looks like an interesting concept. Books have influenced me so much over the years, I doubt I could even chart where I'd be without them. Thanks for sharing your book-related influences. :)

Julie said...


After writing this post, I really started to think about all the other things that books (and movies even) have brought to my life, and it made me smile. Books have provided so many of the shiny colors in the tapestry of my life. Love to hear what you come up with about your book-inspired adventures. Thanks for the comment.

Kasie West said...

Awesome! I love it. :)

When I'm reading I actually start to think I have certain qualities of the MC. For example, I was reading a book where she was really strong and (I'm not kidding, wish I was) I went into the garage and thought I could pull a super heavy bin off the top shelf. I really thought I could. I felt invigorated. Um...needless to say...I almost broke my back. So anyway, I've learned that just because the MC in the book I'm reading works out constantly, doesn't mean my body has changed at all. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Julie - I've got an award for you over at my blog :)