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But What About Professionally?
- 3 UVM alumni magazines
- 3 back issues of Writer's Digest
- 1 back issue of Carve
- The new issue of Seven Days
- 30 pages of A Room of One's Own (I forgot I planned to read it during Retreat Week until Thursday.)
- Maybe a third of Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer (Hey, it's a big book.)
- The last few chapters of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- All of In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (My purchase at Bear Pond Books where something almost always jumps off the shelf at me.)
- 9 short stories (4 in that issue of Carve)
- 4 essays (2 in Carve)
Again, What About Professionally?
Well, I also generated 9 pages of journal notes. Unfortunately, many of them related to a new project that's not part of my goals for this year. But I also got a few ideas for agents to research as a result of reading all those Writer's Digests. I've also got some lengthy notes for an entirely new essay and came up with an approach for another subject that could result in both a short story and an essay. Maybe flash.
So I guess I could say my reading-retreat week fired up some creativity. I've had similar things happen on just a regular vacation. The extra reading and the removal from my usual environment and the next thing I know I'm writing something in a journal.
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So if you go on a personal reading retreat, it jump starts your creativity, and you go home all excited because you have a handful of ideas and a book buzz on, how can that be anything but worth the effort?