Still plenty of tea, coffee, ginger beer, and lemonade. The fruit cake has all gone, but there is some apple cake instead. And the sea view is equally relaxing.
Indeed, sometimes the view is so relaxing I sit and watch. Which is about the extent of my spare time activity. Once upon a time it was AmDram. Later, I used to do tapestry until I found it too difficult to hold the needle. I also enjoyed long walks (which I often found inspiring), but health (or lack thereof) has put paid to that as well. I still enjoy painting, but we don’t have the room here for me to set my stuff out. So, when I’m not writing, I read. And for a few hours a week I watch the television and listen to the radio. And to wind down last thing at night and switch off that bit of the brain where words spring from, I do a couple of killer sudoku puzzles (and as soon as I switch off the light and get into a comfortable position find words popping into my head, but that’s another post). Heady stuff, as I’m sure you’ll agree.
So, do you have any spare time? And if you do, what do you do to unwind and get away from writing?
Do you hang about like Mike Harrison?
Perhaps you turn to other artistic endeavours: music or painting, for example. Do you do something with your hands (building a boat in your cellar, gardening, throttling the noisy neighbours)?
Or do you just like to get out and socialise with friends?
And do you find that getting away helps you when you get back or do you get withdrawal symptoms once you are more than ten feet from the nearest pen/keyboard?