I’m returning from two weeks in Kauai; about that, I have no complaint. How dare I? My topic is mixing writing with vacationing.
Okay, before I go into the vacation issue, I’m saying right here: I miss sun tanning. When I used to go to a beachy climate, I’d spend many hours in the sun, often with minimal sun screen. Within days, I looked so healthy and my brown skin clearly stamped me with a nut-brown ‘she’s on vacation’ look. When doctors screamed at us to STOP lying in the sun, the joy went out of the whole endeavor. I mean, why slather myself up with #50 SPF to be sure I won’t go toasty, then go lay out under a palapa IN THE SHADE, just to be sure those little melanomas and basal cells don’t get a grip on my skin? In the end, I order food and drink, gaining pounds and liver problems in place of skin cancer. Geesh! (Just so you know, I’m in the airport now, waiting with other vacationers, to board a plane to San Jose. Not one of them has a tan except for one surfer dude. Seriously.)
I digress. How many of you write when you’re on vacation? I do. I rise in the mornings to put in some hours and I also push out a scene in the afternoons after a nice glass of wine. In short, I’d say only two days out of seven of my vacations days are completely without writing time, and every day, I do some marketing, at least checking up on Facebook and if I’ve got a blog out, advertising the entry.
My question: How good are you at taking breaks from your work?
As you contemplate the question: here’s a picture of Koi in the pond at Duke’s an old surfing hangout near the Lihue Airport. We had beverages and calamari here; the Koi waited for a handout. Nope!