I am not a "write every day" kind of writer. I'm often taking notes, certainly, and thinking about my characters. But that doesn't mean that I sit down and write every day. Some writers would scold me for this - "you're only a writer on the days that you write!" But I've come to like this time off from writing; I see it as part of my process. A couple weeks to recharge, gain some perspective on my draft and, most importantly, read other books! Because if you think I can't get sick of reading my own stuff, you would be terribly wrong.
Now I'm reveling in REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly, which is wonderful. It's so liberating to just fall into a book - especially such a good book. And it makes me hungry for more: maybe I'll finally read the second book in Clive Barker's ABARAT series, or Joyce Ballou Gregorian's CASTLEDOWN, or take Margaret George's huge tome MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA down from my shelf? Or maybe I'll read more about the French Revolution, as Donnelly's book has certainly peaked my interest. And then, what about all the great authors on this blog whose books I haven't read?
I have a date coming up with my work-in-progress, very soon: we will drink tea and get to know each other again. And I have a due date to get it back to my agent. But for now, I just want to fall into a book that isn't my sole responsibility and just enjoy being a reader, for a while.