By Mageela Troche
As a writer, reading is the second most important habit I can have.
Libraries have always been a safe haven for me, where the various worlds awaited me to discover them like a modern day Columbus. When I step into a bookstore, effervescent bubbles fizz inside my head and I don’t know where to look—this way or that way, left, right and back again until I’m a little dizzy.
I love everything about books. The weight and texture of the pages help draw me into the author’s world like Alice when she falls down the rabbit hole. The smell of the pages, both fresh and crisp from being newly printed, or musty from age, start a swirl around me. The cover and black print sharpen my eyesight and I can’t look anywhere else. Before reading the first word, the book, no matter the subject, is already luring me in, and pushing this world to the fuzzy far edges of consciousness. Yeah, reading a book is proof that magic exists. And to give that up—Never!
I wonder will an e-reader change the magic spell that happens. Living in Manhattan, I could use the apartment space since my cramp Big Apple closet is bursting with books, including A ROGUE’S PLEASURE, written by our own Hope Tarr. Will the sensations change?
Instead of paper that soaks up the warmth of my hand, my fingers will curl around a plastic piece pretending to be a book. Instead of me breathing in that special book scent, I’ll breathe in the cold fragrance of technology. Instead of the bright colors that play with my sight, I’ll only see black and white and grayscale.
There was a time when I thought shopping on the Internet was not the same as strolling through the stores, stroking the fabric to spark a reaction or even to get a little exercise. Those two activities are not the same, but that doesn’t make one worst or the other better. Christmas shopping on-line certainly has saved my sanity. Will an e-reader, whether Kindle or Sony, save my space? Will the magic still swirl around me? Any one have any advice?♥
Mageela Troche has sold two stories to Dorchester’s True Love Magazine, and is most likely banging her head against her desk as she figures out ways to make things worse for her hero and heroine.