Monday, May 05, 2008

Break Time

Yes, my life does have a rhythm to it: Write a book, take a break, write a book, take a break. Repeat. Ad infinitum.

Not that I'm complaining. I love my life's rhythm. And during my breaks from actually writing a book, I have plenty to do beyond cat napping. I have line edits and final proofs to go over. Proposals to write. My website to update. Contests to judge. Windows to clean.

I really do need to get to the windows...



But what I love best about break time is its very...unstructured-ness. It's not so much about discipline and focus as it is about relaxing, enjoying, getting all those loose ends tidied up a bit.

When I'm writing a book, I tend to get lost in it. Getting lost in the book is the only way to make it really come alive for me. When I'm writing a book, the real world recedes. It's just me and all my imaginary friends, my characters. And their journey.

Break time is about coming back to the real world. It's snoozing at odd times. And more careful attention to the universe around me when I'm awake. It's a break from the demanding focus of writing, and at the same time, it's the chance to be fully engaged in real life.

So what do you do in your break time?


Barbs said...

Belated Happy Cinco De Mayo! Did you have Mexican food over the weekend or yesterday? We did the middle of last week yummo as RR says LOL

Glad you are on break! What's next or should I ask who is next?

Enjoy yourself and maybe even take a cat nap or 2! LOL

Kim said...

Hope you are having a lovely break. My life is sort of on the "lather, rinse, repeat" just keeps getting better! :)
But my favorite thing to do when I have a break is take a nap!

Hugs to ya!

Husker Kim

Anonymous said...

Break time? What that? LOL! Enjoy your time off.


Christine Rimmer said...

Barb, I so took those cat naps. Now I'm back from CA and ready to dig into my next Bravo proposal. And in two weeks, I start The Bravo Bachelor, where a confirmed hunky bachelor falls for a widow with a little one on the way...

Hugs to you. CA was actually cool to chilly while we were there. A nice break from the heat, huh?

Christine Rimmer said...

Kim, nap? Did we take naps? Oh, yeah! I enjoyed my break so much I seem to be extending it a bit. *g*

Hugs back!

Christine Rimmer said...

Paz, I do know what you mean? Sometimes I dream of a break. But while I'm having one, I'm simply lovin' it!

major hugs to you, too!