The Trip of a Lifetime

We have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in the USA. Our son, Paul  and daughter-in-law, Marian arranged everything. All we had to do was front up and enjoy the experiences laid out before us…Driving from Yellowstone National Park, via the Grand Tetons snow capped mountains to the elk antler arches in the town of Jackson, followed by Lake Tahoe and Yosemite all the way down to Santa Monica Pier.

1 book cover jackson view grand teton 22-may  23 Lake Tahoe 2 27-may 35 pier

 

 

 

 

 

We experienced the fun of a Los Angeles baseball game, whale watching, and kayaking.

baseball field  1 glen 7 Al whales 26 kayak monteray bay

Walked in Yellowstone National Park  and marveled at geysers, fumaroles, hot springs & mud pools.

1 yellowstone mist  13 paintpots 19-may  11 book saphire pool 20-may

Observed baby bears, bison, wolves, otters &  elk.

5 book cubs P   2 book bison & calf 19-may   27 sea otter

14 book elk 17-may

 

We lived life to the full with snatches of these experiences captured in photos or scrawled into an exercise book always in my back pack.

 

 

Sometimes we need to leave our computers, blogs and everyday routine behind and live in the moment. And that’s my excuse for being absent from my blog. However, with help from Paul and Marian, via my ipad and emails I was still able to remain connected to others. Now I’m home I’ve had time to think  about why it meant so much to me,

It helped me to remain connected to friends and to my writing community.

Every writer at some stage needs inspiration, enlightenment and to feel connected to others writersNow I’m back home, when I feel down in the dumps about my writing, burnt out and depleted, or my manuscript has been rejected yet again I always turn to my wordpress writing family for inspiration. It never fails.

To read the blogs of others revealing how they have struggled makes me feel I am not alone. Their solutions to their writing problems give me a good shake and sits me back in front of the computer again. If they can do it, I can. They inspire me. By the time I leave the computer I’m back in the saddle again. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Reinvigorated, I tap away and before long have at least two pages. Crisis over.

Recently I had such a glitch and decided to make a list of some of the things I have enjoyed reading.

Up the Creek with a Pen by Mairi Neil

ANZlitlovers Litblog by Lisa Hill

Planning to the ‘Nth’ by Coral Waight

All posts at Charles French Words Reading and Writing by frenchc55

Also
Why read other authors?
You know your a writer when…
Finding time to write
Why we write
What an editor will do to your manuscript
What to consider before giving your manuscript to an editor

And so many quotes from people living now and long gone. Quotes that inspire, persuade, demand and state the obvious.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wordpress community, especially the bloggers I like and follow. You all help maintain and sustain the urge to write. Your thoughts, dreams and struggles can often motivate me to even post a comment.

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6 responses to “The Trip of a Lifetime

  1. Such a fabulous trip, Glenice, especially having it all organised for you.

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  2. Inspiring Post Glenice, encapsulated so much what many writers (bloggers) feel. I’m living in the moment too, working with young people on a fantastic film project – still connected reading other writers but only worrying about one deadline! Hoping to get back to my blog soon but c’est la vie – having so much fun … However, your photos and experiences give me itchy feet and I can’t wait to read what’s in those exercises books:)

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  3. Thanks for always being there for me, Mairi, Coral and Lisa. We all know intimately the ups and downs of this writing life.

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  4. Glenice, this is such an inspiring post. You have written the words that I feel. All the quotes and stories fill me up, especially those from Charles French (as you mentioned) and Robin at witlessdatingafterfifty. Thank you for this excellent post; it means a lot. -Jennie-

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  5. Lovely to see you here, Jennie. I wish you many hours of happy writing

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  6. Ironically, we seem more isolated WITH the internet than before it. Maybe we substitute online communication for that intimate risk of person-to-person contact because we confuse rejection of a piece of writing with the rejection of ourselves… and this way we don’t have to stand too close to the judge!

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