The last couple days, I was unplugged. I had no internet. No TV. Here is what I did:
I finished Joshilyn Jackson’s THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING. (I liked GODS IN ALABAMA much more than this one, but girl can write.)
I talked and talked and talked to Oldest Junior Hall who accompanied me on the trip. (Except for the hours he was sleeping, he talked. Boy can talk.) I can’t remember when I’ve spent so much time with just Oldest Junior Hall, talking. And you know what? I rather like the man Oldest Junior Hall has grown up to be.
I visited with the parents and learned that my mother thinks a lot about Barbara Bush. (“If I were Barbara Bush, I’d have people doing everything for me. Tying my shoes, everything. I wouldn’t have to do anything.” My dad would probably say she doesn’t have to do anything now. But I just laughed and commiserated with her. Though honestly, Barbara’s fine and all that, but I rather like my plain-as-dirt mom.)
Here is what I didn’t do:
I never quite got around to writing. Which is very odd indeed because I’m almost always writing something, even if it’s just to scribble notes. And if I’m not actually writing, I’m thinking about what I will write.
Apparently, when I unplugged from the Internet and TV, I unplugged from writing as well. But I’m fine with that, because in the end, I did make a connection. It just happened to be with people instead of words.
(Oh! I almost forgot! The winner of Eric Trant’s WINK is GAIL! Thanks to all who left wonderful comments, and Gail, I’ll be in touch!)
Love it. Sounds like wonderful connections made! A break from being ‘plugged in’ is always a good thing!
Agreed, Kelly! 🙂
Your subconscious was probably thinking about writing even if your conscious mind was busy chatting and enjoying your boy (and your mom), which means now that your plugged in again the words will probably flow from your fingertips like sparkling water . . . refreshing and cool, just like you. 🙂
Well…okay. Let’s go with that, Lisa! 🙂
It sounds as if you needed a break from writing, since you didn’t feel that urge while you were unplugged. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Now you’re revived and revved again! Happy writing!
Thanks, Suzanne! I *hope* I’m revved in a good way. 😉
BACKSEAT SAINTS is my favorite Joshilyn Jackson book…so far. It might be because it was the first one of hers I read. 🙂 She’s got a new one coming out this Fall, along with an e-novella.
Glad you had a good trip!
Ooooh. I’ll have to keep an eye out for her latest–thanks, Madeline!
I looked on your “to be read” shelf—“When Good Bras Go Bad” sounds hilarious. I hope it lives up to its title.
And I’m glad you did some chatting and relaxing and connecting. Now get back to writing.
Sioux, it’s on my laptop to read–and my laptop won’t hold a charge much so I haven’t had a chance to read it. BUT I’ve read other books from Gayle Trent–she writes cozy, funny romance/mysteries and I’m expecting funny stuff from When Good Bras Go Bad (I also LOVE that title!)
So, um, yeah. Back to writing…:-)
Ooh-ooh! That book winner is ME! Thanks so much! I can hardly wait to get my eyes on it!
Welcome back, Cathy. Sometimes, a break from writing serves to recharge the batteries. Isn’t it great to make such wonderful connections with others, though? That, too, will enhance your writing.
Oh, and congrats on your first place win, too! 🙂