There are not many downsides to living in one’s head all the time. Balancing the different elements of one’s life–friends, family, work, fiction–can be a challenge, but all in all, the payoffs are worth it IMHO.
I have come across one thing I miss: spending more time outside. When I first joined the Navy, I worked as an aviation electrician’s mate (this was before I got picked up to be a pilot). This meant I spent tons of time out of doors, and that was one of my favorite parts of the job.
But I am starting to see a trend here with writing fiction, especially if I am ever fortunate enough to be able to do it full time. I have this image of myself, several years older, emerging from the dark cavern of my office, pale-skinned, eyes round and white like teacup saucers, after having written fiction for three days straight. Sunshine? What’s that?
So I’m taking a breather this afternoon. Maybe I’ll go outside, live in the sun for a few hours. Who knows what might happen? The sky’s the limit!
And what kind of music best captures that ray of sunshine optimism, the best anthem for stepping out a bit? How ’bout a little shot of Britpop for starters. Anyhoo, enjoy this video, and I hope, wherever you are, you’re having a blast!!!