Hello out there. Remember me?
If your memory stretches back far enough, you'll recall that in my last post, I announced my intention not to focus my attention on this blog over the summer.
"I still expect to post at random intervals," I wrote. "To be honest, you probably won't even notice a difference from my usual sporadic posting." Well, as it turned out, I haven't posted a thing in the last eight weeks. And many of you did notice and mention it to me, which I appreciate.
While I was away, I traveled to what felt like everywhere, even if it was really only a few U.S states. I had a whole lot of wonderful quality time with relatives from many branches of my big old family forest. I got to play for hours with my amazing little nephew and help put together his second birthday party.
I had adventures. I rode the Coast Starlight train down the California coast. I saw the northern lights from an airplane. I watched a lightning storm from a Manhattan high-rise. I learned to rewire a light switch, comprehend the Tour de France, and play the ukelele. I suffered through what seemed like more than my fair share of airline ticketing mishaps (though I didn't get stranded in an airport overnight again, happily).
While out of town, I didn't do any work on my novel, and I only managed a little writing in the gaps between the different trips. I definitely didn't spend any of my travel downtime on blog renovations and planning, the way I tried to convince myself I might. I did read a bunch of books, which I'll post about soon.
In short, I had a lovely summer vacation, and now it's lovely to be home. And I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging as a nice balance to the novel writing sessions I'm even more eager to resume.
Good Stuff Out There:
→ Sunny Chanel asked her six-year-old to guess what classic novels are about based on the covers: "It looks like a book for kids. I think it's about a donkey and a pig that do not like each other and they both live on a farm for animals. The same farm. It looks like it would be a funny book with a good really nice ending."
→ Gabe Habash at PWxyz does a roundup of Ugly Covers for Great Books: "I'm not sure Faulkner’s had a good cover printed since he was alive."