So I got married two weeks ago. In Costa Rica. (!!!)
My incredible wedding photographer-slash-good friends (a married couple) took this photo. They came over last night to hang out and show us the slideshow.
After the wedding, we went to Nicaragua, and on a jungle river cruise (where we saw 30-40 crocodiles). We hiked behind a waterfall. We laid by the pool and read, where extremely polite waiters served us free drinks (“free” in the sense that it was an all inclusive resort.) We lounged in the hot tub on our patio (which had a view of the ocean). We had fabulous dinners every night with copious amounts of wine, and room service delivered bottles of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.
Now it’s back to “the real world”… finishing up our apartment, going back to work, and finding new routines together. (Oh yeah, and I found out the day before we left Costa Rica that my office hard drive crashed ON my wedding day…! My wonderful mom and brother somehow managed to set it up with minimal effort on my part by the time I got back to the US, though. I’m so grateful!)
…So a lot of authors recommend writing every single day, even on their birthdays or on Christmas because it keeps them “in the groove” (Stephen King apparently does this). Many other authors pre-program social media accounts with tweets and articles before vacations so that they never miss a beat. Podcasts I listen to on publishing and platform building recommend engaging with readers’ comments, commenting on other people’s blogs (which means setting aside time to read other people’s blogs)…
Me? I haven’t even written at all since we left the country, much less the rest of that stuff. We’ve been back for a week, and I’ve been working on the revised outline to “The Liberty Box” sequel, but haven’t penned a word. I’m trying to remember who the heck my characters are… or where they were…
Isn’t it interesting how the hardest part of any habit is getting the momentum going in the first place? Once it’s there, it’s self-perpetuating… but if you stop for awhile, it takes like three times the energy to get going again as it does to just maintain it.