As we spin around the sun from year to year, our hobbies or tastes may change, our evolution in certain areas may increase, or we may feel drawn to new areas, while our skills in other fields get rusty from lack of use or flagging interest. Sometimes just as we’re feeling proficient and strong in one topic we may start out as beginners in another.
For me? I’ll be spending a lot more time with Tarot books, as well as trying to find the time and energy to pursue a “home schooling masters degree,” as a friend of mine put it. What she does is look up university courses in subjects she’s interested in; most professors put the syllabus, including reading list and sometimes even homework, on their courses’ websites. Then, she simply follows along, does the reading, and pretends she’s in class with the rest of them. True, no one will earn a real graduate degree this way, but if you’re a lifelong learner, it’s definitely a lot cheaper than enrolling in school – especially if it’s a degree (or just a topic) that does not hold any strong career potential for you, but is just a raging interest you have. So I’d like to try that for Sumerology.
What will be falling by the wayside? I’ll probably give up reading all the young adult books that our imprint Flux publishes. Some of them are really interesting, but I think I’m done reliving (and reimagining) my high school years and I don’t have a high school aged relative yet that I can “screen” the books for. So ultimately they are just a time-sucker.
Now then, to mark the change in the Gregorian calendar (don’t forget to write 2011 on your checks from now on!) I would like to put the question to you, dear readers – what are you looking for in 2011? What books do you think will help your progress, or are you pursuing an interest that does not lend itself to book learning? Are you shifting gears, deciding to read more romance novels, or buckling down to hit the textbooks? Also, I’ll happily field any requests for recommendations if I can be of help. And if you are looking for a book that hasn’t even been written yet, so much the better. They don’t call me an acquiring editor for nothing!