Writing Prompt: What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

Jun 23, 2016 by

My daughters gave m300 Writing Prompts Icone a book entitled, 300 Writing Prompts for Fathers Day. I intend to do as many of them as possible and post them here.

The first prompt: What is your favorite way to spend a lazy day?

THE ANSWER

Maybe it is because of the way I was brought up, but I seldom allow for “lazy days” in my life. One of my old girlfriends said I needed to find a way to relax.

The way I see it, there will be plenty of time for lying around doing nothing once my earthly race is over.

THE ACTUAL ANSWER

If I’m having a “slower day,” it will usually begin with cooking something for breakfast, putting something in a crock pot for later on in the day. I have recently learned how to make beef ribs using the crock pot for a couple of hours and then baking them to completion. They’re not like going to Pappa’s in Irving, Texas, but they’re half the price for a lot more opportunity.

I regret greatly these days not having spent more time as a child, teen and young adult reading fiction. In those days, I couldn’t sit still very much to read.

At 50 years of age, I realize that life would have been greatly different had I taken time to read more. Now, as often as I can, I’m reading multiple works of fiction. Presently I’m working through The Old Man and The Sea by Hemingway. I have volumes I and II of the complete works of Sherlock Holmes handy. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy is on the desk next to me.

This summer I have completed Twain’s End, and The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson. I also devoured The Great Gatsby in a weekend.

I used to say the best way to get better at writing was to write. I’d amend that these days to say that the best way to get better at writing is to be reading as much as you can, and writing as well.

What are you reading? How do you spend a lazy day?

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