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All Work and No Play…

…makes the editor/author/publisher cranky. About three weeks ago, when I was feeling so overwhelmed by all that I had on my plate, I made the conscious decision to play more even though I had "so much to do." That "playing more" included making time for "just-for-fun" reading. Not reading slush. Not reading to give a blurb or a review. Not reading with the editor's hat on. I decided I needed to get back to reading what I wanted, when I wanted. Otherwise, I was going to get to the point that I hated half of my job.

I'm really glad I made this decision. I've recently I read "Dune" by Frank Herbert (an old favorite) and "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi and I enjoyed both more than I expected. I forgot what fun it was to read just for entertainment and enjoyment without having a running editor/reviewer in the back of my head making notes or taking them. I'm all excited about getting my reading list that includes more Scalzi, Anton Strout, Jim Hines and Jeff Carlson. It looks like I'm going to get to them all before the end of the year – despite my crazy writing schedule.

Also, interestingly enough, I'm a lot more relaxed about the writing I'm doing now. I think it's going to show in my work.

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bondo_ba
Nov. 14th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Totally agreed. Reading for pleasure is the reason we all got into this in the first place. I find it energizing just to kick back with a good book once in a while.
kmarkhoover
Nov. 14th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I so very rarely get to read for pleasure nowadays. I'm always viewing it through a "writer's lens" so to speak.

It's a rare story indeed that sucks me in completely and makes me leave that critical eye behind...but it's awful nice when it happens.
xjenavivex
Nov. 14th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I want to see your comments on what you read if you don't mind. Som of those people are on my to-read list, maybe.
jennifer_brozek
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ok. My comments will be short, most likely. "Dude! 'Old Man's War' rocked!" That sort of thing.
xjenavivex
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
good enough for me dude!
spencimusprime
Nov. 14th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! I had to stage an intervention with myself for this very reasona few years ago.
jennifer_brozek
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
And I understand it so well. :)
fixnwrtr
Nov. 14th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
This is a really good idea. I've gotten to the point that I dread receiving a box of books to review and feel like I'm slogging through quicksand with ankle weights. I'd like another go at Dune and the rest of the Herbert universe and I'm due for another reading of The Stand by Stephen King, but I think I'll settle for something light and frothy for a change.
jennifer_brozek
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I switch off between "The Stand" and the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. At this point, both are pleasure reading to the point that I can pick up any of the books, randomly open it and fall into the story wherever I start.
macklinr
Nov. 17th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I don't do much reading or gaming for pleasure these days, and it's been showing. Unfortunately, my current schedule doesn't allow for the time for that until probably the new year.
jennifer_brozek
Nov. 17th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Give it 30 minutes before bed. Just something you WANT to read. That's how I do it.
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