So, yeah - I've definitely been away for awhile - I didn't mean to, honest! The last few weeks haven't been tremendously overwhelming, but they were busy enough to keep me completely distracted. I didn't expect to be away so long! But I'm back, and ready to share. :)
I've been sick, busy, and inspired - all in the span of about a month. I've also been stressed to tears and relaxed far beyond what I expected to be at this point in the year. But the last few weeks have been great; they may even be setting up an amazing fall/winter! All I can do is write, push, and keep my fingers crossed!
Inspiration arrived when I decided to hop a plane to Dallas, Texas for the weekend. I went there with minimal purpose and ended up having an amazing time - the fact that I bumped my word count up by a couple thousand words didn't hurt, either! We landed at Dallas/Fort Worth on a Friday morning, and headed straight for the hotel. The skies were blue and the air somehow managed to be crisp, despite the fact that it was about 90 degrees!
|Downtown Dallas - beautiful skyline!|
The temperatures stayed in the 90's, but the humidity was lower than I can ever remember feeling before. Keep in mind, my adventuring days only really began about five years ago... I'm sure I'll get to experience more weather just like this, but it blew my mind to walk outside and not have my curls frizz up and stand out as if I'd just stuck my finger in an electrical outlet. I swam, I explored malls, ate some amazing barbecue - and topped it all off with late night glasses of wine at the hotel's bar. I didn't get much sleep, but I didn't need it. I spent weeks before this at the end of my proverbial rope, struggling through severe writer's block and working myself exhausted. Who knew that Dallas was exactly what I needed? Not this girl.
|True BBQ - so many noms!|
Writers, I say to you - if you have the means to take a long solo weekend to write, do it. Writer's retreats are an amazing way to share the experience with writer buds from all over the world, but having the time to write and let the creative juices flow without distraction (and I am easily distracted) is a beautiful thing. In fact, I'm planning another weekend around my birthday, closer to home so that I won't break the bank while enjoying a little 'me' time!
Working to fulfill my dreams is great - but I mustn't forget to enjoy life! Same goes for all of you! With any luck I'll be finishing my next book soon, and I'll be able to spend my birthday celebrating more than one milestone. Until next time, stay creative!