Have you ever gone through long periods of time when you spent most of your reading time re-reading rather than reading?
Right now I have 2 books that are new by authors I love. I know I will love the books. But instead of reading them I am re-reading Kristen Ashley's Colorado mountain man series.
Don't get me wrong, I love Kristen Ashley but it's not as much about how great those books are as it is about how I just don't have the energy for new stimuli.
Watching vs Reading:
I can take new stimuli in small doses that I know will give me a finished story at the end and not leave me wanting to know what happens next.
So some of my reading time has been spent watching the Wallender series on Netflix. Good stories set in Sweden where I want to visit someday but definitely too dark a world to live in long enough to read the books.
(Bonus - I get to look at Kenneth Brannaugh for a couple of hours.)
(All this and a British accent - Yum)
And the new season of Grace and Frankie which lightens my load.
None of which is writing:
I'm not spending any time writing. It's frustrating. I never have the time to really wade in for a day and fully live in a fiction world of my own making.
I know many wonderful writers tell you not to do this - but I'm waiting for retirement.
But I need to be building my writing muscles. I need to commit to taking some time to write everyday. Maybe not even something significant. Just a page of fiction about something.
Gonna try to set myself a course to do that.
If any of it is worth reading - I'll post it here.