A few thoughts about Lent and asceticism, from Kathleen Norris (Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Page 23):
Asceticism "is a way of surrendering to reduced circumstances in a manner that enhances the whole person. It is a radical way of knowing exactly who, what, and where you are, in defiance of those powerful forces in society - alcohol, drugs, television, shopping malls, motels - that aim to make us forget."
It is the function of poetry to remind us of exactly who, what, and where we are; and literary discipline is often related to spiritual disciplines. I have not written seriously in some years because I do not want to be reminded of who, what, and where I am; I have not wished to look too closely at my life. Genre fiction and games have been a welcome hole in the sand where I could bury head and heart.
One day without games or supernatural thrillers, and already, I feel that I am waking up.