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Saturday, June 20, 2009

After A Long Rest

Whew, it's been awhile since I last wrote. I've been in and out, first to Puerto Rico for a long weekend then to Indiana for a couple of weeks. While I know I can write anywhere as long as I have internet capabilities, I just haven't felt the inclination. Sometimes, right after a semester ends, I turn everything off, including my computer. I just need the time away to regroup, gather myself together. Now, after more than a month away, I think I'm ready to begin writing again.

Though I haven't written much during the last month, I have been reading. I read all nine books of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, and now I'm on book five of the Lily Bard series by the same author. The Lily Bard series was written before the Sookie Stackhouse series, and it shows. The author certainly matured while writing the Sookie series. While I like Lily and all her quirks, sometimes she gets on my nerves. She isn't one of those character who grows and changes in a positive way, at least not in a clear, perceptible way. Sookie, on the other hand, is a very likeable character, a young woman who grows and changes as the series continues. The reader gets to see her go from an innocent, naive young woman to a more self-possessed, intelligent mature person. And since TrueBlood began again last week on HBO, I'm really looking forward to seeing how they handle the second book of the series.

It's been good to read as much as I have the past month. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed both series, but I've felt inclined to begin working on my own writings once again. The inclination to write has seemed all but lost to me for quite some time. It feels good to actually want to write, to sit here at my computer and try to come up with scenarios for my characters. My imagination has been in overdrive, keeping me from falling asleep at night, but I'm okay with this. If it means having something well on it's way before I have to return to the classroom in the fall, then losing some sleep will be worth it.

Now, Charlie, my main character I've been working on, is asking me to come play. I think I will.