This is such a strange time for me, this in-between stage. I’m in between the completion of one book before I start writing another. I’m still thinking about my characters as they were but also planning ahead to what they will be doing.As much as I want to continue from where the story left off, I just can’t quite get serious about writing again - even though I really want to.
But it’ll only be a short break while I wait to review the proof of Best Kept Secrets and then I really need to focus on some marketing for the second book before I bury myself in writing the third. While I wait for the proof to arrive, which may be next week since this is a holiday weekend, I have no other choice but to find other things to do.So I’m just hanging out.
Even though I said I needed to learn to relax more often, it’s still a strange feeling when I take on the task of just staying put. After dinner this evening, I was sitting in my favorite comfortable chair, a blanket over my lap and my legs curled up under me as I watched one of my favorite shows, Project Runway. Unless it has to do with cross stitch or embroidery, I hate sewing and I’m admittedly not into fashion much but for some reason I like this show. I think it’s fun to watch what the contestants can create when they are given such unique projects with such a limited amount of time.Anyway, I haven’t spent regular time in front of the television lately so I shouldn’t have been surprised when my husband teased me from the other room as he asked, “Are you really just sitting there doing nothing?”
Yeah, incredibly enough, I was just relaxing. I wasn’t also writing, cross stitching, reading a book, paying bills, organizing paperwork, journaling or anything else I might normally do while I watch television. Instead, I was just watching television.What a concept.
Okay, I’ll admit, I did end up making some chocolate chip cookies while I watched my show but my son made the cookie dough for me…I only had to bake them. And eat them. While watching my show.Still, making cookies and watching television – not something I’ve done a lot of lately. It’s kind of nice and I’ll take advantage of the free time during the weekend and into next week until I focus completely on reviewing the proof my book. I’m taking a long weekend for the holiday weekend and while I will hang out and relax during some of the weekend, I’ll probably also use the time to get other projects done so I can focus on writing again without any to-do-list distractions. What are your plans for the long weekend? Whatever they are, I hope they are productive, relaxing or just plain fun!