Books read on vacation recently:
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins (ARC)
Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White (ARC)
Firelight, by Sophie Jordan (ARC)
The past two weeks have been some of those weeks where I haven’t done a lot of writing but I did do a lot of living. Cleaned out some messy closets, hosted two Fourth of July barbeques, had two sets of family come to stay, went running with my sister, shuttled Boys to swimming lessons, made lots of cookies, read a bunch of great books, wrote a letter to my grandmother, spent summer evenings out in the backyard pushing kids on swings and soaking in summer, went on vacation. It has been lovely.
Usually, it’s a little hard to let go of the routine for me. I’m really disciplined about getting the writing time in every day. I haven’t had more than a couple days off from writing/editing since last year at this time when I took a step back from MATCHED. But this time, it’s felt really good, and it hasn’t been hard to stop writing at all. I think it’s because I needed it so much. Needed a break. To recharge. To get some distance.
It’s a fine balance, isn’t it? Because discipline is what gets the books written, but so is inspiration.