One of the things I learned early in my career was to make sure I left time between books for renewal. Slipping back into normal “no-deadline” life means cooking and cleaning, going out with friends, and this week, having my youngest son and his family, complete with my two young grandsons–here to enjoy our Florida sunshine and surprisingly warm pool. In a minute I’m going to join them on our community playground.
While I’m focused on renewal I also find myself plotting new books. Not in a rush, but just letting ideas flicker by. This weekend I even took the time to listen to two of my 2016 brainstorming sessions so those ideas could percolate slowly with any others that want to join them.
Jobs that delve deeply into our creative selves require a lot of thinking/dreaming and resting/drifting/renewal. So that’s my plan for the rest of the week and the next weeks, too.
What do you do to renew your energy and spirits after the completion of a long project, or even a tough time in your life? Care to share your secrets?
For fun, I’ll give one blog reader an Audio CD of When We Were Sisters, which just arrived on my doorstep. All you have to do is comment on this blog by March 17th, and tell us one thing you like to do to fill your well when it’s depleted–metaphorically, of course. What is your favorite way to recharge when you’re exhausted?
All comments that meet the criteria will be entered in the giveaway. For this giveaway you must have either a U.S. or Canadian address. The winner will be chosen at random.
**As I wrote this, my ARCs for The Swallow’s Nest arrived on my front doorstep, too. I love seeing the first copies of a new book. Now that’s renewing.
***Today (March 18th) Random.org chose commenter Pat Wallace–see her comment below–as the Audio CD winner. Congratulations Pat, and your CD will be on the way to you next week.