Summer is just gorgeous here in Oregon. So gorgeous in fact that I am finding so many things to do that I have not been focusing on writing as much as I had planned. But I have taken a few odd hours here and there to revisit some of my “old” stories. Now that it has been a few years, I am reading them with new eyes and finding that I like, for the most part, their nuts, bolts and flow. So I have started to revamp to make them fresh, with more twists, and more highs and lows. I am also researching illustrators – as a couple of them are definitely picture books, via the website FIVERR, where I am finding some amazing artists.
But no worries – The Jade Serpent is still happening. Apparently I need(ed) to work on something fresh for a bit. I’ll return to fleshing out the parts that have me hung up once I have a couple other stories out on the market.
But as we move into July, I am determined to carve out a daily routine of writing. And can you believe I am going to start by taking off on an adventure? For eleven days I am going to be exploring two beautiful parts of Oregon, one in the mountains and the other at the edge of the Pacific ocean. And to top it off, I will be with my mom and three cats! Ha! No, I’m not crazy. I expect it will be full of hilarity more than anything.
First stop: Sisters, Oregon for the 4th of July (US Independence Day) weekend. We will be hiking in the glorious Deschutes National Forest and wandering the adorable town of Sisters.
I’m expecting the winding rivers and tall trees to breathe creative, new story ideas into my head.
Then we head over to the coast for a a few days for long walks along the endless beach. I’m thinking eleven days of fabulous hiking, writing, painting and relaxing.
I can’t wait!
So, with determination as my companion, I will be writing to you next with when, where and how my next book(s?) will be heading out into the public.
Happy end-of-June to you all!