I woke up today kind of just wanting to take the day off writing (since this is a writing day) and curl up with a blanket and a book. And hot chocolate. Maybe a cookie. Mostly I think I'm in need of a reading day when I don't have to do anything except sink into a book - a new one or an old favorite - or when I don't expect myself to do anything else. I used to have a day, or at least an afternoon, of that most weeks, but I can't remember the last time I took one. I really can't remember the last time I took one without feeling guilty. Which isn't good. We all need to relax; it's part of taking care of ourselves. (Something I fully admit I forget sometimes.) Today isn't going to be my day to nothing except read, today I really do have to get some words of my own on the pages, but I'm going to have to take one soon. Find a book that I'm excited to read, or pull out an old favorite. Try to turn off the part of my brain that reads critically as a writer and just enjoy (definitely more difficult than it should be). Escape into another words or another time in someone else's story.
For now I'll plan to stop writing a little earlier today and steal some time with one of my favorite comfort reads: Widdershins by Jordan L Hawk. I'm in the mood for a reread. What are some of your favorite comfort reads? What are you reading this weekend?