Sunday Salon: Vacations and motivation

Just returned from spending a few days with my folks and hanging out with my sister in Arizona. My brother, whom I haven't seen in what seems like forever also drove down to visit.  James and I went while father stayed home with the cats.  Two were on medication for various illnesses so instead of canceling the whole trip, he elected to stay home.  He managed to surprise me by repainting our master bathroom and replacing the cove while we were gone.  He's usually not to good with keeping secrets but he got me on this one.   It is beautiful, clean, and very bright.  Now I just need to find a new picture to put up on the wall.

Our flights were relatively uneventful except for some turbulence going into Las Vegas.  Southwest has worked out many of their bugs and I'm sure we'll be using them again in the future.   I was surprised, yet relieved, to discover TSA doesn't make kids go through the ultra x ray machine so we went through the regular metal detectors.  James, being the gregarious kid that he is, thanked each of the officers as they assisted us and you should have seen the looks of surprise on their faces.  I don't think they are used to getting thanked.  

I didn't get any writing done whatsoever the past week but what can you expect when you are on vacation.  I haven't made much progress with editing Blue Steel lately so going to figure out daily goals and set up a schedule for getting all done. Plus I'm feeling the need to write so going to brainstorm some ideas for writing short stories so exercising my left brain and right brain.  Either that or write back story scenes that will never go into the book but will satisfy my urge to create. 

I love this quote by Ray Bradbury: 

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.  ~Ray Bradbury
Speaking of writing - K.M. Weiland shared her Wordplayer's Manifesto which everyone needs to check out. I downloaded it to my desktop so it's the first thing seen when turn on my computer.   We're past the halfway mark with the first round of ROW80, click here to see how everyone else is doing. 

Lent is coming up and going to use it as incentive to help with writing and editing. Also, rather than giving something up will be taking something up with James such as studying certain books of the bible.  Will brainstorm and figure out which ones within the next few days.

Starting reading Moby Dick and I can tell it is going to be slow going.  Ishmael is an interesting character to say the least but after 50 pages my brain gets overloaded.   In between that will be reading for my A to Z challenge by title and author: Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline and Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron.   Plus the 2nd book in the Prime Suspect series A Face In The Crowd which will be reviewing on the 28th.

Off to get drunk on writing!  :) 

The Sunday


  1. Sounds like your vacation went smoothly!! I'm glad that the hubby was able to surprise you..that's nice! Hope you were able to get drunk on writing!!

  2. I'm glad you were able to enjoy your vacation and recharge a bit. We all need that from time to time.

    Have a great coming week, Robin :)

  3. good holiday - good post and a surprise from other half - great stuff I say:) Moby Dick is worth the effort - loved that link have printed off to stick on wall thanks for that - keep smiling

  4. My dear Rowing Friend,
    I love your plans for the next few months. taking on book of the Bible with your husband will be enjoyable. I lead a classical literature club for home schoolers. Last year we read Melville's, Billy Budd. We haven't tackled Moby Dick but I want to. The literature professor at Moody Bible Institute said it is the book that made her want to be a Christian. That intrigues me.I would love to hear from you after you read it. You can email me from my site.


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