The year-end vacation was a break of dreams: a few days in the middle of an Indonesian village reading books and more books, and listening to no noise other than that of birds. Well, a distant cow or two, and the rather demanding cats who made sure we shared our breakfasts, with their long, purr-ey miaows. This was followed by a lot of time with family and friends.
The last few months (years) have been a marathon of writing, editing, revising, so it felt great to just lie back and do nothing other than read. I was on the brink of a burnout before the break, but that seems to have been staved off, at least for now.
Reading for pleasure has taken on a new appeal. The month of January, I have more reading and travel planned, and same with February. I’ll let my next novel marinate for a while before getting to the drawing board and drafting ahead.
I’ve realized that even when I’m not writing, I’m still writing: filling up my well of creativity and storytelling. Not saying I’m not going to write at all in the coming weeks, but it won’t be a priority till March.
I’ll blog, of course. Next Monday, this blog turns ten. (I know. I can’t believe it either!)
What about you? Are you a writer or reader, or both? How did the year-end break treat you? What reading, writing and life plans have you made for the new year? What books have you read lately?
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