You may have noticed that I haven't done very much blogging in the last little while, and perhaps you're wondering why that is. The short answer is that I'm bored.
I'm not exactly bored with stories and ideas, but I do feel a bit of ennui with some of what comes as part and parcel of writing: being sedentary, being solitary, being silent.
Don't get me wrong: I do have several works-in-progress, and I will indeed finish them sooner or later, but for now I need a break. The break isn't just from writing, but also from the auxiliary tasks that writers must attend to, such as tweeting, promoting, etc. In short, I've been spending too much time chained to my desk/smartphone.
So, what I plan to do over the next while is try a whole bunch of stuff/do a number of things that are new to me, or that are different from my usual routines and milieux.
A few years ago, when I was going through some big changes in my life, I decided to try something new. I took Fencing lessons, Belly Dancing classes, and I did several courses in Improvisation. I had a lot of fun doing them all, but what I particularly liked was waking up a different part of my brain, tapping into different talents and skills (or lack thereof.) I may do them all again someday, or not - who knows? And maybe some of the things I try out over this summer will eventually work their way into the next Sasha Jackson Mystery, or will provide inspiration for a short story.
* Apropos the above: Two weeks ago, I broke my foot and sprained my ankle, so methinks Fencing is not in the cards for the time being.