Lolling about with an Agatha Christie novel, mindless and unhurried shopping errands (the car has new! wiper! blades!), and absolutely nary a thought about any of my stories…
So that's what a couple of days off, guilt-free, are like.
On the whole, I approve. Once I fought my way through the restless jitters, and the belief that I really should be doing something, turns out it is possible to relax into the flow of things. I should do it more often.
Mind you, I didn't manage the "nary a thought about any of my stories" part quite so well. One day, in fact. One day without needling at plot issues for the next novel hiding in the back of my brain, and then yesterday I was back at it, plaguing myself with questions. (The "why?" game is quite tedious when played with a child; when played with your own mind, it can be just as tedious.) Still, a day off is a good thing.
In the meantime, I think it's time to read some more awesomeness. I have a brief window of opportunity before whatever I write next rises up to consume me and demand I read nothing, and my to-read shelf is bereft of novels.
So: suggestions? What is awesome? What should I read next?