“Why haven’t you been writing much?” I asked a many times published writer friend of mine one time.

“I need time to breathe.”


“Yes. But you have to know what I mean by ‘breathe.’ I mean sail a boat across an ocean, climb a mountain in the Himalayas, photograph lions in Africa… Something of magnitude. That does the trick. Then I’m ready again. Then there’s no stopping me.”

“Ah. I do know what you mean. I think I need to catch my breath too.”

What do you do to rekindle your artistic energy?