After Lighting Candles in the Snow came out, it was impossible to draft another novel. I had two in mind, neither of which came to anything. I loved the people in Candles too much-- Karoline and Jeremy and Mrs. London especially-- to easily transfer my affection to new characters.
So I began work on a cookbook, a really enjoyable process. Writing is fun-- cooking and eating! Revising is even more fun-- cooking and eating some more! I'm also working on a selection of essays, another welcome departure from fiction. As they say "A change is as good as a rest."
And I challenged myself to immerse myself in reading. REALLY immerse myself, meaning to read 100 books before beginning to write another novel. This challenge has led me to read books outside my normal choices, like science fiction, novellas, books that have been on my to-read list for ages, YA and MG books (they're short LOL).
I review each one on Goodreads because it makes counting down easy. To see where I am, I click My Books on my Goodreads profile-- right now it shows that I've read 265 books. My goal is to get to 350, since I was at 250 books read when I began the challenge, which makes 85 books yet to go!
Have you set yourselves a reading and/or writing challenge for 2013?
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf