I haven’t finished a book this week. Not even one. I’m working my way slowly through The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny in one big omnibus from the library. I believe this is actually only the first five books of ten, but I read somewhere that the second five aren’t as good, so I decided just reading these was good enough.
That’s not really the source of my distraction, though; it’s really because I’m obsessed with Final Fantasy IV. I’ve been writing an essay this week and every time I give myself a break, I don’t want to deal with more words, even fun ones. I want to kill endless rounds of monsters instead. Yes, the game has a story, but I can also run around leveling up and collecting items, so I am hardly engaged mentally yet still accomplishing something.
This just reminds me of the phases I went through in high school. I used to alternate between being really interested in video games and really interested in books. I would always do both, but one seemed to take prominence over the other and every so often they’d switch. I don’t think I’ve had a video game phase since high school, so perhaps I am overdue by a number of years. Or I’m just reacting to all my required reading and taking a much-needed break.
Do you ever experience these phases away from reading? What do you do?