Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Play Games, Anyone?

There used to be a saying that, "You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the books they own." When I peruse my own bookshelves I can see this certainly applies.
Today, even more than books, I think a movie or video game collection reveals something about character. Want to sneak a peek at some of the favorites on Sharona's or Frannie's shelves? Or how about Jason's?

Frannie gets absorbed in hypnotic 3-D worlds like "Myst" and "Riven." She's got every edition of the former (Myst III: Exile, Myst IV: Revelation, Myst V: End of Ages, Masterpiece Edition, etc. etc.!) Uru, and more. By getting her head surrounded by sound and wrapped up on the screen, she "forgets" the silent aching way deep inside that's making her unable to eat. And lots of times she won't even hear when her mother knocks on her door or calls her. (On a good day, she remembered to lock her door, earlier.)

Sharona does not, as a rule, play video games. She makes up for it by getting lost online for hours at a time, though. When she's not researching a topic for a book, she's getting side-tracked on sites for writers, email with colleagues and friends, and numerous chat groups such as, "prayer and share," "the Jane Austen list," "daily devotions" and "Fitness Guru." Her only news source is an online digest from a Christian newsgroup that recaps major headlines and directs grassroots lobbying efforts--which she participates in often. She edits and critiques for her online writers' group, as the others in the group do for her. But TV? or Video games?
Sharona would say, "Who's got time for that?"

Well, Frannie does.
Anybody else in the Club?
Stay tuned, and find out next time!

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