I actually got some writing done (not just beach-walking, sunbathing, colouring, eating, drinking) so I consider my vaca-time to have been rather productive. Ten poems and the start of a difficult Y/A fiction piece is nothing to sneeze at, but mostly I'm thrilled to have managed 2 infinity scarves and one cardigan (crocheted) while watching 'cowboy' movies with my Dad (who's spending his winter in FL). It all requires the same planning, patience and stitch-by-stitch work (word by word in writing's case). I believe that whether you're crafting with needles/hook or with a pen, the brain-muscles are the same. For some, the requirement is a silent, solitary space; for others it's all about ambient noise (John Wayne dialogue, in my case lol). Whatever the needs, as a writer it's your job to make sure the atmosphere is right for the production of quantity-over-quality and bang out a first draft.
I'm pleased to back to the Land of Ice & Snow (really) since this is where my desk resides. In other news, I have just locked in place a full roster of authors for ONTARIO WRITERS' CONFERENCE'S Festival of Authors (April 6th in Pickering, ON) and you'll see announcements start to flow. In case you haven't yet entered their Story Starters Contest (free on the Blog at www.writersconference.com), it's not too late to plunk your 100 words down before end-of-month. Prizes are awarded! And did I mention that it's FREE!