I can only write for so long. And, unfortunately, I'm struggling to meet the number of hours I once spent at the computer. I'm still meeting deadlines...we do have to stay professional. However, any thought of a new project has gone the way of saddle shoes and rotary dial phones. (Yes, I'm that old!) So what does a writer do when she has less interest in writing?
For me, I turn to other media. In the past couple of months, I've revisited a number of old favorites. For instance...
On my trusty DVD:
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The writers of this series did a brilliant job of building and sustaining sexual tension between the two main characters. The "will they or won't they" dynamic was evident in every episode and paired perfectly with family-friendly Superhero action for a very entertaining program.
The West Wing. Probably my all time favorite drama, political or otherwise. The characters were so well formed, so cohesive...even when they were at each others' throats. Actor Martin Sheen's absolutely stunning performance as President Josiah Barlett was a perfect representation of an "imperfect" man striving to do the right thing. Sometimes he failed, and sometimes he succeeded beyond what you thought was possible. The revolving door of impressive guest stars only added to an already stellar cast. With three more seasons to go, I'm hoping we get sprung before I get to the end. However, I'll watch it anyway.
On my full bookshelf:
While I still have a number of newer romances to read (quite a few by our Romance Gems authors), I took comfort in revisiting a number of my older favorites.
Chain Lightning by the amazing Elizabeth Lowell. Now here was an author who knew how to write steamy love scenes BEFORE they became the norm. Combined with a heart-tugging plot with tortured heroine, it is the ultimate hero/heroine escape.
I've had my autographed copy of this book for over thirty years and I still read it at least once per year. It's become a birthday tradition.
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. Another writing masterpiece, this perfect mix of time travel and history takes me on a great ride every time I re-read it.
If you're a fan of hunky historical heroes and feisty heroines, this book has it all.
And, on my Bose speakers:
The Beatles 1. This album brings back memories of the first concert I ever attended at Detroit's Olympia Stadium. I rode three city buses to get there and three to get back. And it was worth every minute. However, as big a fan as I was, I still didn't understand the screaming, crying and fainting.
A bit more modern, but equally enteraining, The Classics, by the amazingly talented a capella group, Pentatonix. One of the tracks from this album ties in perfectly to that trip down memory lane with their rendition of the late John Lennon's Imagine. It speaks to me specifically because it deals with the issues of acceptance despite our differences and our need to come together in times of stress.
I'd love to hear from our readers as to what you're doing to stave off boredom. Or, if you're one of the few who have plenty to keep them busy, what you're doing to maintain your sanity.
For those of you who are essential ... you have my undying gratitude.
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