Diving Back into Reading and Writing


As I waited for inspiration to strike about a topic for today’s post, I realized that I have been horribly disconnected from the reading and writing world this year. I don’t know when any of my favourite authors are releasing new books. I barely know what books were released this year—thankfully I subscribe to a number of book emails so I am not completely in the dark. I only know about big writing related scandals because of my Facebook feed. And I haven’t really spoken to anyone about writing except for the conversations I have about Anxiety Ink topics.

The course finally wrapped up this week after a slightly mind-numbing final assignment and I’m more than ready to start diving back into reading and writing, but I don’t really know where to start.

My manuscript is calling my name. My to-be-read pile is out of control. My to do list is so long. My cats are desperate for my undivided attention. And I’m about ready to hide under my covers.

Yes, I’m still in the post-completion exhaustion wave and I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed. And yes, I’m definitely over-thinking things. It’s what I’m good at. Right now, I think my best course of action is to re-visit the goal sheet and see what I can do before my next check in.

Read more often? Without the textbook staring at me from my desk top, this one should be a cinch. I just need to get to bed a bit earlier than I have been lately.

Find a community? My Google search was interrupted today, but at least that’s a start.

Finish projects? The want is there—finally!

Like I said the week before last, I’m ready for a mental break after the months of going full tilt with deadlines. At the same time, I like to be relatively busy and my creative drive is in desperate need of an outlet. While I’m playing in the garden this weekend—desperately hoping something sprouts soon in the terrible dirt I didn’t nurture prior to planting—my mental gears will be turning.

Now I’m off to read—and think about writing. Do you have any recommendations concerning either?


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  1. I’ve recently realized that I’ve pretty much taken a hiatus from my to-read list for the last four years. I have sooooo much reading to do! But relearning the habit and how to manage it with a baby? Well, we’ll see…

    Another writer-friend recently told me she’d been told that comp titles, as used in queries, generally should be titles that have come out in the last three years. My only comfort is that I can never figure out comp titles anyway!

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