Saturday, July 30, 2011

Curling Up With A Good Book

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

If you read my personal blog yesterday (and you can find it here), you know that I'm feeling a teensy bit burned out.  But work must go on.  So yesterday I tackled a scene in the new book.  Actually, I tackled two of the SAME scene.  I've been writing the book out of sequence and wrote this scene twice.  Oy!  The newer version was definitely the better of the two, but the original scene had juicy stuff in it that needed to go into the newer version.  The manuscript ended up losing words, though.  I tackled the next scene, adding another 307 words, to the manuscript and that was it for the day.

I needed a time out.

As it was raining and gloomy (and boy did we need that rain, so I'm not complaining), I decided I needed to take the rest of the day off.  What did I do?  I sat down in my favorite chair and hauled out my current read.  (The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews.  I am SUCH a sucker for DIY--and MKA does it very well indeed.)

I read for over an hour until I felt drowsy and then I took a nap.  In the middle of the day!  With the rain beating against the windows and soft "Guitar Moods" playing (on repeat) in the background.

Ahhhhhhh ... bliss.

Of course I feel guilty right now.  The deadline for that book is now a day nearer and I am only 307 words closer to the end . . . but I needed that downtime.  Hopefully when I jump back into the WIP I'll feel a bit fresher, ready with new and better ideas.

How about you?  Have you had to take a day off lately?


Lori Cimino said...

I am glad you listened to the needs of your mind and body. It is so important to do so and I hope you come back refreshed and inspired. I have decided to take the day off before my surgery so that Anthony and I can spend it having fun.

Aurian said...

I am taking today off. There is nothing I have to do today. I celebrate my birthday tomorrow afternoon, and did all the shopping yesterday evening. For once no plans, no have to do things for this saterday, so I slept almost the clock around (that has also been ages ago), and now I am still very slowly reading some blogs and stuff. I have a cup of tea and some chocolate covered cakes to enjoy. My boyfriend is out shopping, which I hate, so I have some nice quiet time for myself. Tomorrow morning the work has to be done, making all kinds of different snacks, cleaning up the living room a bit, but today, today is for being lazy.

Booklady said...

I'm an elementary school librarian so I have my summers "off" and my friends often say I don't need a day off because of that. However, this summer has been anything but a vacation. I took 5 professional development classes, hiked the Manitou Incline twice, did the Rocky Mountain Avon Walk (39.3 miles) and just as I thought I had a few days of nothing going on, my husband had two surgeries - one that resulted in his foot being in a cast and then our youngest son broke his wrist on Monday of this week. (Of course all that sitting around in hospitals did provide some reading time). I am ready to go back to school to get a vacation from my vacation.

Beverly aka Booklady

Dru said...

Yes I've taken days off and they re-energized me to deal with day-to-day life.

Vickie said...

YAY you for taking the downtime! We neglect ourselves and we need that refreshment.

I loved THE FIXER UPPER!! HISSY FIT remains my absolute favorite of Mary Kay Andrews books, but THE FIXER UPPER was fun.