If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed I’ve been gone for a while. If you haven’t, :-)) … you’ll still get to hear about the grand adventure!
I believe most writer’s have a natural curiosity. Although the adage is “write what you know,” many of us enjoy burrowing into a field we don’t know, or seeing a place we know with a new perspective. In my case, I also inherited a strong dose of wonderlust from my mother’s side of the family. Taking off across the country with my DH didn’t seem like a stretch. And now, three weeks and 7,000 miles, we’re back! (Our own bed feels so yummy.)
We inadvertently went to Sturgis, the great motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This was the 75th anniversary and there were reports of over a million bikes. We were so overwhelmed by seeing Mt. Rushmore in the middle of roaring, we stopped on our way back to see it again. That time we added the Crazy Horse Monument.
Our main destination was to see my son and his family on the Jersey Shore. Now, I grew up in New Jersey, and a week was long enough for my Jersey Girl attitude to start creeping into my personality! My husband was grateful when it started drifting away again halfway through Illinois. More relatives in North Carolina, where I kayaked and watched the Great Blue Herons come and go.
The result of this long and somewhat arduous trip, was firming up a new direction and resolve for my writing life. I am able to focus more and prioritize better, including leaving my laptop in the office at the end of the day. Things have become so much clearer.
I’ll be focusing more on this blog and moving away from doing reviews. While I’ll read just as much (books were a great relief from cornfields!), and tell you about books I discover, I won’t be doing blog tours with a few exceptions for my fellow Montana writers. While I’m on the subject — I did plow through four books of Sherryll Woods Calamity Janes Series.
From time to time there will be contests, teasers from my latest books, cover reveals–the stuff of most author’s sites. But I also hope to give you something to think about, the effect of the seasons changing, the beauty around me in Montana, maybe even something controversial now and again. I welcome your thoughts and opinions on this blog, as well as my books.
For those of you, like me, returning from vacation … Welcome Home!