I remember in one early creative writing class a full time writer told me he never wrote on holiday - said he needed a break. I worked in corporate hell at the time and used my holidays to write crafted stories. Now I am a full time writer I look forward to buying a new holiday notebook and filling it with scribbles.
I spent last week on the sunny Island of Madeira. It was planned as a proper unwind from Christmas and a recharge before my book events in March and April. I have no idea what this year will bring in terms of work and events but I am prepared for a busy time.
Since the beginning of the year I have been finishing edits, contacting book festivals, writing publicity articles as well as all the other administrative tasks that find themselves on my to do list in preparation for my book launch.
I needed that holiday.
Madeira has a reputation as a bit of a Saga type holiday destination. I can't deny the demographics were slanted more towards the grave than the cradle, but it is also a place of great mountains and scenery.
|Ponta de São Lourenço|
|Santa in the Sun|
|Painted Doors - Funchal|
|Levada Tunnel, look closely and you might spot a troll!|
Even my holiday reading, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, provided inspiration for workshops I now need to prepare.
|View from my writing chair|