Report on my Mental Health Week
I admit it was kind of fun ignoring the emails and phone calls demanding I fix this or help with that for a few days. The downside, of course, is that I’ve had to face them all this morning.
I didn’t succeed in all I had hoped to do—and not do. At least not to the extent I’d planned. Then again, “planning” was one of the things I was trying to avoid.
I DID practice yoga without interruption, but only once. I DID take a relaxing walk on a beautiful early autumn day. But only once. I did put in a full day of writing. But only once.
Do you catch the ongoing theme here?
I didn’t nap, but I did read an entire novel. And I played with the cats a LOT.
Another happy diversion that I hadn’t originally planned on was a trip to Oakmont to meet the legendary Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski series. I confess, until now I had never read any of her stuff. How I managed to miss out all these years is beyond me. To correct the error, I’ve already started reading her latest, Body Work. And I’m loving it.
I started out by meeting my friends Nancy Martin and Laurie Kassim for lunch. Then we strolled down the street to the Oakmont Library to snag excellent seats for the talk.
I should mention that Laurie comes very close to being a Paretsky groupie.
(Laurie with Sara Paretsky)
She was more nervous about meeting her idol than I would be if faced with Johnny Depp.
Well, maybe not.
I also was able to visit with another writer pal, Judy Schneider, for a bit. It was a pleasant day with good friends, and provided lots of inspiration.
(Left to right: Mary Alice Gorman of Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Sara Paretsky, me, and--in the background--is Judy Schneider chatting with Nancy Martin)
Now, it’s back to real life and the usual obstacles to getting any writing done.