Friday, September 2, 2016

Reading Guilt?

Between client deadlines and self-imposed manuscript word count minimums, I could literally spend all of my waking life typing into a keyboard.

But I don’t.

Sometimes, I step away to do a bit of yoga or, less often, to take a rainy stroll around the block.  

Other times, I take a break with a book.  Even when my own words feel far from perfect, I find solace and inspiration in the work of others. I know that, despite that nagging feeling that I should get my nose back to the grindstone, I am doing something important to hone my craft—to keep growing in my mind and my heart.

This week, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is tucked into my purse and Jennifer A. Nielsen sits on my end table. 

And I won’t feel guilty because none other than Virginia Wolf has given me permission!