Do you need time to recharge and find new inspiration?

I did.

Setting up my blog to continue without me for a few weeks was time-consuming but worth it. Automation is a wonder thing. Knowing my blog could continue, even in my absence, made letting go easier.

I want to thank everyone for sticking with me during my break. The time with my family was precious, and I can’t wait for our next visit to Paris.

My daughter is a great hostess although she almost walked us to death. She filled our days with seeing the best of the city, good food, and great wines. There is so much to see and do we needed another couple of weeks to see it all.

Chateau_De_Vincennes Photo by JM Cogdell
Dancing Horses at Chateau De Vaux-le-Vicomte  Photo by JM Cogdell

Want to see more lovely Paris pictures, you should check out my daughter’s blog, A Francophile in France.

After a few days, my husband and I gave her a break and took a quick hop, on Eurostar, over to London.

St Pancras International Train Station Photo by JM Cogdell

I’d never been and loved every minute of it. London is a lot bigger than I expected and as we wandered the city had a tendency to get lost. But that only made the adventure more fun.

Powering down for three weeks is not easy for this type A writer. Internet access was spotty at best, and I must admit to feeling a bit of withdrawal the first few days.

But letting go and just being in the moment with family was wonderful. Plus filling my time with reading books instead of writing sparked inspiration. I recommend everyone take a bit of time to recharge and enjoy life.

So how did you recharge this summer?

Did you take time away from writing and blogging to enjoy life?

Do you find it hard to let go and unplug?

I’d love to hear from you! Click the “write me” tab or contact me on Twitter @jeancogdell,Facebook at jean.cogdell and, stop by and say hey! The lights are on, and I’m waiting.

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5 thoughts on “Do you need time to recharge and find new inspiration?

  1. I moved from Istanbul to The Hague this summer so not much time for recharging 😦 My husband just found out he HAS to take vacation in October or November, though. We’re looking at Buenes Aires or Panama in November. Now just to finish this pesky little manuscript 😉

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  2. I took some time off from my WiP this week, two days worth. I was feeling stuck. Each sentence I pulled out of me was sluggish and I seriously wondered if my WiP was making any sense at all. I hadn’t a clue as to which way my story should go either, despite the scene summaries I had written. I’m back at it again. Still way too slow but at least I know where the story is headed again.

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