It’s been kind of a struggle to get back in the swing of things, especially writing. Post-holiday blues can be partially to blame. What has helped me, though, is to allow myself a bit of the ridiculous or frivolous:
AWARD SHOWS: Yes, I’m a sucker for the award shows and January is the start of awards season.
The Golden Globes basically launched awards season last Sunday and I enjoyed every minute of it. The Oscars is like my Super Bowl. Maybe it’s because I live in L.A. but I set aside that entire Sunday afternoon to camp out in front of my TV and watch all the stars parade by on the red carpet and then later watch the catty gossip of who was best dressed and who needed help.
But I also love to see which film won and if it’s a small film that managed to defy all the odds and win Best Picture, I love that even more. I need to catch up on my movies but so far I’m rooting for MOONLIGHT, FENCES, and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA over the more popular LA LA LAND.
Okay, Chinese New Year (January 28 this year) isn’t what I’d call ridiculous (I know my dad and stepmom wouldn’t) but not everyone believes in astrology. I read it every now and then for fun but I do appreciate Chinese horoscopes and for 2017, it advises the Pig (that’s me) to avoid Rooster chaos and take care of myself which I find encouraging. http://astrologyclub.org/boar-pig-horoscope-2017/
It’s also a year for quick wit and practical solutions after the chaos of the Year of the Monkey that was 2016 http://astrologyclub.org/chinese-horoscope/2017-year-rooster/
READ, READ, READ: Reading is most definitely not frivolous but I’ve found myself reading much more than I usually do. It was how I escaped when I was little and it still works. I usually read a book a week but lately, I’ve been reading a book every 3 days as well as short stories. The Great Jones Street app is awesome for reading a quick story on your phone while you’re stuck in line at the grocery store or the post office. And I’m not just saying that because I have a story with them, along with fellow Wrangler, Travis Richardson, who has three stories.
Check them out here: https://www.greatjonesstreet.press/
I’ve also decided that I will write more reviews of books on GoodReads and Amazon, especially if it’s a book that has less than 20 reviews and I really enjoyed it. It does make a difference and writers appreciate it. I know I do.
I think we all need to allow ourselves the luxury to do something frivolous without the guilt. What are your guilty pleasures? Or as I like to call them, just pleasures because life’s too short for guilt!
Sarah M. Chen juggles several jobs including indie bookseller, transcriber, and insurance adjuster. She has published over twenty crime fiction short stories with Shotgun Honey, Crime Factory, Betty Fedora, Out of the Gutter, and Dead Guns Press, among others. Her debut book, Cleaning Up Finn, is available now with All Due Respect Books. https://sarahmchen.com/