Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation after your vacation? I’ve just returned from a week-long trip to Colorado that I started planning back in 2016. A college friend of mine lives in the Springs and it has been FAR too long since I’ve seen her. The trip included a spontaneous DnD game where I played the villain, a trip to the ren faire, several shopping tours, a trip to the Zoo, and more than one birthday BBQ, It was a whirlwind of busy and now that I’m back I might need to sleep for two days before I get back on my feet.
Total breaks away from creative work are necessary, though. It’s easy to get into a rut, or even a block, when faced with the same tasks day after day. I’m also a workaholic. It takes a lot of effort for me to put down the computer and pick up a paintbrush instead. So an entire week off? That doesn’t happen.
However, in the middle of my break I started dreaming about writing, and the idea fountain that had lessened to a trickle, came back at full blast.
I had a chance to watch tv shows I don’t normally sit down to see. I read six books. Six! I even had pet therapy with my friend’s dog. We took naps on the couch together after busy days. There was a hail storm before I left that threw golfballs at the house 0.0 And for years now, my friend has been trying to convince me to move out with her; since the cost of living is so much cheaper, we’re seriously considering it.
I’m ready to dive back into projects, though. I have a list of art I’d like to work on, and I’m currently outlining book 3 of An Act of Piracy. Mr. V and I are going to start a Pirates of the Caribbean marathon tonight.