Revisiting the classics when I should be writing

The last two chapters of my work-in-progress have taken me forever to draft, and I’ve got three short story ideas singing like sirens and luring me toward the sharp rocks where novels go to die. Add to this my latest distraction:

Judith Adam’s adaptation of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness on BBC Radio 4 is fabulous! I often listen to short stories online, but this is the first time I’ve listened to a novel in installments in a long, long time. I first found LHD in the Rolla Public Library when I was 10, and it was just too much for me. It went back to the library when we returned to town, and I somehow never got around to checking it out again even though I raced through the The Earthsea Trilogy just a year or two later. If I’m distracted, you should be, too. Go. Listen to it. Read it. There are worse ways to procrastinate than catching up on the classics you’ve missed.


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