I haven't been writing very much lately.
That's a lie.
I haven't been writing at all. Not for several weeks. Months.
I'd like to give you a laundry list of excuses, but the truth is that the excuses are only that. Excuses. The real problem is me. Not my busy schedule. It's not work, school, housework, or the boys' sports schedules. No, I'm the problem. Instead of pulling out the new laptop, which I so desperately wanted because I was certain it would motivate me to write, I've been flipping on the TV and checking out the DVR list.
Or grabbing a book and finding a comfy place to sit and chill for an hour or so.
Not that I'm complaining about all the reading I've done this summer. I'm not! I'm loving the fact that I've actually made a small dent in my to-be-read pile. I've read a variety of genres already and it's only mid-June. Young adult fantasy, historical romance, thriller, bizarro, post-apocalyptic, and magical realism have all had a turn.
So far, there's only been one book that I had to force myself to finish. Winter's Tale was not at all what I expected or hoped for, nor did it live up to the positive reviews posted on Goodreads.
While reading these books has definitely cut into what writing time I could have carved out for myself, I can't say I regret the decision to read them. I've missed my bubble gum reading for far too long. After slogging through literary theories and analyzing Literature for months on end, I must admit I was craving some mindless entertainment, books that don't require deep reading.
And these certainly haven't. Or maybe Winter's Tale did and that's why it was so dang hard to power through.
Long story short, though, I don't intend to change my current reading habit. I won't pick the writing over the reading. At least, not right now.
And since I'm being honest here, I have no intention of picking writing over video games or my favorite television programming. At least, not right now. Right now, I'm indulging, not working and since writing is work, I'm not writing.
I should feel bad about that, but I don't.
It's summer. It's vacation time. And I need a vacation, a time to recharge the creative batteries, if you will.
How about you? How's your creative battery?