My sister and I have both been known to listen a song to death. Not intentionally. It’s just that, when we find a piece of music that we really, really like, we have a tendency to put it on a continuous loop in iTunes. Trouble tends to follow.
Yes, I really did listen to that Taylor Swift song–or rather, this version of it–several dozen times the first day I stumbled upon it. That night, I had crazy dreams, all set to a soundtrack that seemed to be that same song on endless replay, but in the key of F# minor. Since then, I’ve needed a bit of a break from all iterations of Taylor.
But do I learn? Well, I’ve learned that Taylor Swift is not good on a never-ending loop. But other obsessions? I continue to view them as (mostly) harmless. Heck, my main obsession–middle grade and YA literature–launched a website, where I get to yammer on about books for other people’s benefit. (My longsuffering parents, who had to put up with 18 years of me going on and ON about the stories I love, are so proud.)
Not a bad rule to live by, I suppose: Obsess, but only if you can monetize it. As for everything else, share it with your longsuffering blog readers, as I plan to in this week’s installment of 5 Things I’m Obsessing About Right Now (and maybe you should, too). Here they are, in no particular order:
APRIL 24, 2013
1. I know, I know. We really don’t need any more YA dystopian fiction. But every once-in-a-while, the part of me that enjoys a juicy guilty pleasure read gets excited by the prospect of a new series that might actually be good (and by “good,” I mean “good” in a trashy way).
2. And to go with that book? How about some cookies? You had me at “soft batch.”
3. These sandwich bags. I loved the notes my mom wrote and tucked into my lunchbox as a kid. These drawings also would have been a hit. (Good thing I can obsessively look at them all, as an entire gallery, now!)
4. Just in time for the new Gatsby movie, you can set your Harry Potter specs aside and try the 1922 collection. (Side note: I’m not really convinced that these styles look great on anyone. Calling F. Scott Fitzgerald?)
5. These posters. I have a nearly uncontrollable urge to paper my apartment with every.single.one.of.them.