It was so long ago, those twenty days of reading bliss.
On Christmas Day 2014, I set aside my writing and took a vacation. For me, a vacation from writing meant I wrote every day, but instead of working on my novel, I wrote in my journal, sent letters and cards, created character sketches and scenes, and wrote short stories. I even spent a day going through photos of beautiful actors and actresses, casting the movie that will be made from my unfinished book. I certainly hope Liam Neesen will be available to play Clare’s father, Avery. I think he’d do a bang-up job.
But what I really did during my twenty day vacation from writing, was I read from my backlog of books. For twenty days, the books were in every room, in the car, on my phone, on my Kindle. I traveled from space to space and absorbed the wonder of words.
- Listening to Innocence, I was awed by Dean Koontz’s ability to describe scene and setting and paint fascinating characters.
- I chuckled reading Rebecca Rule’s Live Free and Eat Pie. Note to my kids: sorry, but six more generations have to be born in NH, then die, and be buried, before any of our descendents can claim to be natives.
- Stephen King’s On Writing inspired me to continue to read and take a break from writing. I’m not sure that was his intention, but I was looking for any excuse.
- Insight into epidemics was explored by Malcolm Gladwell in Tipping Point.
- I powered through excellent books by New Hampshire authors. There was Eggplant Alley by David Cataneo, J.E. Seymour’s Stress Fractures, Live Free or Die by Jessie Crockett, and Equilibrium by Lorrie Thomson.
Then my vacation was over. The books I had not read were stacked high and set aside. Once again, my early mornings and after-work evenings are being spent at my computer, typing words into paragraphs, paragraphs into scenes, and so on, and maybe, someday soon, I’ll be done.
And when I’m done, I’ll start it all over again. First, I’ll pick up my books and read…
My stacked up titles include:
- The Audible Titles, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, and The Time Traveler’s Wife By Audrey Niffenegger.
- These Twitter Authors are waiting on Kindle: Thomas Holland and the Prophecy of Elfhaven by K. M. Doherty, and Sciron by David Rashleigh (@DavidRashleigh)
- And then there are the real books; the paperbacks and hard covers. When I read from them, their edges dig into my ribs, and the pages, suspended in my fingertips, wait to be turned. These are the titles that call to me every day while I work on my second draft of my book:
A strange set of titles, definitely. I can’t wait for my next vacation!