I finished my 15th book 13 minutes into June. I’m going to be bold and go ahead and say I DID IT!!!!! 15 books read in the month of May! Hooray!
If you’ve no idea what I’m blathering about, here’s the post where I publicly committed to putting aside the keyboard and doing nothing but read, read, read in the month of May: https://jessigage.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/may-read-o-thon/
Here’s May’s reading list (omitting the 2 books I attempted but just couldn’t sink my teeth into):
Book#(Date) Title (Author) Goodreads Rating
1 (5/2/12) Twelve Sharp (Janet Evanovich) 5
2 (5/3/12) The Darkest Lie (Gena Showalter) 4
3 (5/4/12) His Mortal Soul (a.c. Mason) 3
4 (5/6/12) Kara’s Wolves (Becca Jameson) 5
5 (5/8/12) Unveiled (Courtney Milan) 5
6 (5/12/12) The Blind Side (Michael Lewis) 4
7 (5/15/12) Branded by Fire (Nalini Singh) 4
8 (5/18/12) Destiny Calls (Samantha Wayland) 5
9 (5/20/12) Miranda’s Viking (Maggie Shayne) 5
10 (5/21/12) Tranquility (Anya Bast) 3
11 (5/22/12) An Uncommon Sense (Serenity Woods) 5
12 (5/24/12) Stranded With a Scotsman (Serenity Woods) 5
13 (5/28/12) Touch of a Thief (Mia Marlowe) 5
14 (5/30/12) The Summoner (Alisha Steele) 4
15 (6/1/12,12:13a.m.) Morning Man (Barbara Kellyn) 5
I charged my Kindle roughly once a week and changed the batteries in my Verso kindle light once.
So, did I accomplish what I hoped to, mainly recharging the old creativity and clearing out my Kindle’s queue? Yes and Yes, though, my samples collection is astronomically huge!
I wasn’t sure whether I’d go insane or not without writing for a whole month. I am pleased to report that I have not gone insane. I wasn’t even cranky very often. I think I owe my sanity to the massive amount of critiquing I undertook in May. Between judging some contest entries, participating in my wonderful crit group (#Cupcakecrew), and critting a full manuscript for a dear friend and critique partner, I was able to employ enough critical thinking and literary judgment to satisfy the old writing muscle.
June is looking like a great month to do some edits on two completed manuscripts, get out some queries, and hopefully get at least 10k new words on the page for a new wip. If you could see me as I write this, I am literally toasting the month of June with my short half-hazelnut latte. I love being a writer, and I’m so excited to be getting back to the keyboard.
If you’re a writer, have you ever taken a break from writing, voluntary or otherwise? How did you maintain your sanity? What did the break teach you about yourself?