Last month I wrote this blog but forgot to publish it. That’s my life in the constant ebb and flow of travel. Also I’ve been editing my novel Outback Promise when we’ve stopped long enough to set up my computer for more than an hour at a time.
Here’s what I wrote in June. I’ll write this month’s and put it up later in a week or so. It’s important to stay in practice. But more about that later.
June 8th, 2015: I’m in Australia for five months. In the past week alone my husband and I have driven over 1,800 kilometres, visited a dozen national and state parks—more or less—and spent nights in five different locations. This is a holiday right?
Yes and no.
Yes because I’m seeing exciting places that I may never see again.
No because I can’t stop working. My work, of course, is writing.
Writing is also my obsession and compulsion.
And here’s what happens if I let it slide for a day or two: I lose track of my characters. They wander off and have conversations without me. When I get back to the keyboard, they’ve clammed up.
“You weren’t here to listen? Did you expect us to wait until you were ready?” they ask.
Then I have to tease them back to life, work with them until they’re ready to share their secrets again.
They don’t arrive on the page, fully formed. It’s up to me to perform the small acts daily that bring them to life.
What happens when you step away from your keyboard? What takes you away from your work? What brings you back?