So I've been thinking about ways to flex my creative muscle and shake off the boredom that comes with editing a novel. Writing is where the fun is, as you might know, and staring at the same words I've written for hours on end, tapping the delete key occasionally just starts to wear thin.
Of course reading is on the list, but during my recent move I've misplaced my copy of Queen of the Dead. I suppose I can find something else to tide me over, but I hate having more than one book open at a time. There's movies, of course, which I've been expanding my general field of interest in. I know it might not make much sense, but I was watching There Will Be Blood to help me get in the proper mindset for writing the short story I have on the side (getting closer!)
Video games are certainly a source of creativity, but I have to be careful. One, research and inspiration can quickly dissolve into just wasting my day away. Two, I don't want to get too enthralled and then see it start showing up blatantly in my writing. I'm looking at playing the Bayonetta games right now because, believe it or not, she is an EXCELLENT depiction of a witch. And by that I mean accurate not... well... I suppose she is a pretty excellent depiction, but... anyway, I'm getting off track here. Point is, there is a shocking amount of research and old lore woven throughout her story and if you pay attention to it for more than the titular character's looks, you'll find something amazing.
One last option I'm feeling out is running a tabletop RPG campaign, à la Dungeons and Dragons. I kind like this one because I'll have to think on the fly. I've done a couple RPG games before and I know the game master usually has a heck of a time keeping things together and adlibbing new story line. This could be a neat chance to try something new and see how it goes.
In any case, these are all on my To Do List. Oh, and, you know, get my novel published. That too.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.