I have thought about this a bit lately but especially as I'm writing this post, having just seen my brother for the first time in 25 months as he was serving an LDS mission. I am very close to my brother and missed him tremendously while he was gone, but when I saw him, started talking to him, it was like it had been just days.
And then think about time with books. There has never been an author who can write as fast as people read, but when a book is well written, readers want it to speed up and slow down at the same time. There are scenes that, when I am reading, I will slow down, soaking in every single word, and others that are sometimes filler to get to the next key plot point, that I skim, getting the gist, but waiting for the meat of the story again.
One of the highest compliments I can give a writer is that their writing is so well done, so beautiful, that I never want to skim for fear I will miss part of the experience. And I have had the good fortune of reading three books (pictured) in the last month that made me slow down and savor.
I think, when it comes down to my ambition as a writer, it is that I will make people slow down, really want to enjoy and feel the language. There are not many experiences quite like reading a book that causes such joy, or makes me so happy to be giving of my time, as an enjoyable reading experience.
How do you find yourself amazed by time? What are ways you have developed to make sure time doesn't become the enemy? What books made you grateful that you gave up your time for the experience?