My latest novella, Painted With Good Intentions, is in the hands of my editor now. So, in the next few weeks, my story will be edited, and book cover created, along with a tentative publication date of May 3, 2022! This story is fantastic. I love the characters – Christina, Nathan, Becky, and George. Hope you’re looking forward to getting a copy when it comes out and reading it. A great summer/beach read, too.
Do you have a hard time getting back into your writing after you’ve been on vacation? Do you get totally and happily lost in trekking in the peaceful, scenic, and rugged landscape of the Rocky Mountains for two weeks?
(Long’s Peak seen from our adorable cabin)
(One of the trails we trekked in Rocky Mountain National Park)
Maybe hung out at an absolutely gorgeous lake?
(Hubby and I)
Okay, maybe you spent your holiday on the beach or zip-lining through the rainforests of Brazil.
In any case, when my family left for our vacation to Colorado (once again. Our last vacation there was June 2017), I’d left my computer at home but brought along a small notebook in case I wanted to jot anything down regarding the experiences I encountered on my trip. And I did. I also wrote a page and a half of a story I’d written notes on a few months ago. The latter was done on the train ride back to Chicago before we picked up our car that had been sitting in the parking garage and headed home.
But still, my mind, body, and spirit absorbed the beautiful surroundings of Colorado Springs where we caught up with dear friends, but most especially, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. We walked four trails while there, and it was exhilarating.
(Hubby walking ahead of me on our second hike, just me and him)
(Canopy of pines and aspens)
(Mid to lower section of Alberta Falls in RMNP)
(Small bridge on one of the trails on which our boys joined us)
And had visitors right outside our cabin.
(A doe about 30 feet from our cabin)
(Buck right near our cabin, as well)
For a little while those first couple of days back home, I worried I’d not want to finish my WIP, but by the third day home, I was finally able to focus and re-immerse myself in my story and others’ stories via my online critique group.
I think what helped get me interested again in my story was submitting the next chapters and reading the ones already in the queue. My characters and the storyline drew me back in. Whew. Thank God!
So, it’s back to the story-creating world for me, while keeping the memories of my favorite place, Colorado, always in my heart, for we want to return to Colorado in three years, after our youngest has finished high school.
When you return from a well-needed and relaxing vacation, how do you get your mind and fingers back into your writing?