Although I haven't been able to write much for the past couple years, I have continued to read nearly every day. Most of what I read comes from the genres in which I write--westerns, middle grade, and children's books. Reading fuels the desire to write that burns inside me.
I recently finished Zorro, by Johnston McCulley. I have seen most of the movies based on this thrilling adventure, but the book was better than many of them. If you can find a copy, read it. I've also read Gary Paulsen's Tucket's Gold, Marian Flandrick Bray's The Bounty Hunter, and Andy Thompson's Sheriff at Waterstop. I regularly read articles from True West magazine and Roundup, the monthly publication of Western Writers of America. Last month I finished The Adventures of Ben Gunn, an interesting and entertaining story written as the narrative o a character fro Treasure Island.
I have dozens of stories locked away in my head. I need to make time to let them escape onto paper. Meanwhile, I'll at least keep reading.