Wow. I got home tonight and read the comments on my last post. I am a bit teary and touched to see how much you all care, and I am really appreciative of all the great ideas. Your opinions and suggestions make great sense and I want to try and implement them. Here is what I am going to try.
1. Prune the tree. Obviously I am picking up too many books. Several of them are mediocre and/or late and it is making me very jaded. I am also suffering from crossover-itis. The sheer thought of picking up all those damn Countdown tie-ins pushed me over a very fragile edge. The solution is like you said: prune it back and start anew. If I miss out the first time, there is likely to be a trade in the future. Excellent idea!
2. Find the joy in back issues. Rather then dwelling on new books, go and explore the back issue bins. I need to make myself remember what has kept me so interested all these years. I also need to get out my old comics and re-read them. I have over 40 long boxes, and they are not current in their order. Also books have not been sorted in. It is a mess. Obviously I need to spend my time there instead of trying to keep up with the Jones's.
3. Pick up trade paperbacks and graphic novels. There is a lot of good stuff I missed out on, I am sure. I need to get my hands on the Diamond back catalog or just simply go to the local shop or make a road trip and pick up some new stuff. I love trades, and they are more instant gratification.
4. Quit living for Wednesday. This one is a problem because my retailer tends to misspull if Jim and I aren't right there. I don't know how to solve this one without missing several titles a week. I am torn by my longterm loyalty to them but am pretty upset at how my stuff gets missed. This is the toughest one for me to resolve.
5. Take a mini break. I am pondering this one pretty hard. There are still a few books I want to get like 100 Bullets and Y the Last Man. Both are finite, and I don't want to miss the end. I also can't imagine missing out on Wonder Woman. Besides that, I think I might be ready.
6. Try a new genre like Manga, or read books again. Confession: I have never been a fan of manga, but I don't know if it is because I don't know what to look for or if what I have picked up is for kids instead of for me. Help me with this one, please! I read constantly, and just got done re-reading the Harry Potter series, so I am also at the juncture of picking up a new book. What would be good there? I was thinking of picking up Warren Ellis' new novel. Has anyone read that?
Thank you so much for the caring and consideration. I feel a lot better tonight. My hubby also thanks you because you helped me climb off the ledge I was on. I think he was pretty sure I would still be perched there for a few more days. With your help, I feel a bit renewed and feel like I have a sense of purpose. I just need to implement it. The new Previews next week will be the test. I am already resolving to not read all the Countdown crossovers, but I really wanted to get the Kyle/Donna/Jason Todd one, so I am not helping myself. It is time to take a strong stance and pick a number of books to max out at that. "
Hello, my name is Heidi and I am a comic book addict."
Thank you again! You have made this crazy lady a much calmer one tonight!