I’ve been looking forward to January/February for some time now. I knew if I made it through November and December then I would get some much needed re-fuel time. 2016 has been a busy year for me. I’ve performed in tons of improv shows, acted in a short play, my novel “Welcome to Sortilege Falls” was released and I wrote two more books and a play plus several short stories and Our Beloved Dictator. On top of that, the hubby and I go out a lot and try to see theater, do trivia, go to odd movie nights and generally be social.

But, as I found last year, it’s nice to take a break. During the coldest months of winter, I plan to slow down social time, take a break from performing, and read a lot of books, watch a lot of movies, and generally recharge my brain.

I also want to stretch myself a little. I plan to start learning German (again – I’m easily distracted) and try my hand at drawing (again). I want to engage my brain in ways that I don’t usually. Besides delving into fiction, I will also be consuming a lot of documentaries and non-fiction books. I might even try playing games–I am one of the few people I know who hates games. Don’t ask, I can’t account for my general curmudgeoness.

What I found last year is that if I take some time away from improv where I’m constantly trying to generate material and staying in the moment, and allow myself some much needed couch time with new worlds, then I tend to be a better writer. I read all year round but I don’t have the time to binge-read and momma has a lot of books to work through.

So, if you have a favorite movie, book, TV show, documentary or game that you’d like to recommend, please do! I’ll be posting a bit more regularly here, mostly about the books I’m reading.

Hopefully, it’s going to be a wonderful winter!

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