Saturday, March 7, 2009

Fantasizing about vacation

For a couple of weeks now, I've been thinking about taking a vacation—a real vacation. Most of the time I've taken off from work in last couple of years has been time I needed to catch up on writing the various books in the Draconic Prophecies trilogy. I started writing Storm Dragon in June of 2006, so they have been consuming my life for a while now. I've been dreaming about going to the beach somewhere and doing nothing at all for like a week.

Then Amy points out that I can't do nothing at all for more than like three days, tops, before I start going batty.

Earlier this week, I was thinking that I'm not really a workaholic. I mean, I work a lot. But not compulsively, you know? I work a lot because I have a lot to do. As soon as I don't have a lot to do, I won't work as much any more, right?

Well, here's how I've spent the roughly 34 hours since I finished Dragon War:
  • Went to lunch with the family, browsed Best Buy (bought a video game for my son), had dessert at Cold Stone Creamery.
  • Took Amy on a date—Thai food for dinner, a brief stop at Barnes & Noble where I picked up a fairly mindless read (Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore), then Inkheart at what has apparently recently turned into a second-run theater near my office.
  • Read the whole book I bought last night.
  • Played some of the Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels game we bought yesterday, as well as some Mario Kart and some Wii Play.
  • Went to Ikea and bought a dresser, then cleaned our bedroom and put away all our clothes.
  • Slept about 11-1/2 hours last night, with some interruptions.
Now I'm getting antsy. Shouldn't I be, you know, frantically writing to try to get something done?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. I'm still behind at work, and I should be working this weekend to catch up. So the question is, will I get my work computer tomorrow so I can do that, or will I force myself to relax for one more day before plunging into another long work week?

But unfortunately, I think this proves that even three days is optimistic, and maybe I am just a little compulsive about work.

But for now, bed and another book.


David Silbey said...

One more day! One more day!

James said...

Yes. I think I'm going to play some World of Warcraft now. :)

Anonymous said...

James! Come for holiday in England. It isn't the beach, exactly, though there is one near us (bit too cold for swimming, though). Come and let us show you and the family around!!

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