When I'm working, I always have my iPod playing. I fill it up with Podcasts -- such as the Craftcast -- that feature artist and author interviews. And I always have an audiobook or two loaded, too.
This week, I have Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor ready to play in my studio.
The story follows the two authors as they travel through Europe together while also embarking on separate emotional journeys. When they left the States, both women were at milestones in their lives. Sue Monk Kidd was turning 50 and felt that her youth was coming to an end. Meanwhile, Ann Kidd Taylor was 21 years old and struggling with passing into adulthood--finding a career and a romantic relationship.
It's intriguing to see how differently they each experienced the vacation and see that they both wondered why it was so hard to connect even though they we so close--physically. The reader, or listener, quickly realizes it is because they are both so preoccupied with their own "big questions."
I have a long way to go before I finish listening to the book--and I'm looking forward to seeing how they manage to break down the walls and achieve some intimacy with one another.
Unfortunately today, I had to put the audiobook on hold. I spent the afternoon adding pieces to my Etsy shop, so I wasn't able to focus my mind on a story. I look forward to getting back to it tomorrow, though--when I'll be making soldered marble charms for an event my friends are hosting next weekend--the Charming Day at Plantique event in Newport News, Virginia.
Well, that's it for today. I hope you have good music and maybe a good book keeping you company this week!