No Blogging Here or What I’ve Been Doing the Last Six Months

Written By: Dawn - Aug• 01•13

Wow, I didn’t realize it’s been six months since my last blog post. Some of you might be relieved, but I’m embarrassed.

So if you stayed around long enough for all the images to upload, here’s a snapshot of what’s been keeping me away from Method to the Madness. Fun, games and travel. In short, real living, which now has provided me more fodder under the “write what you know” category.

A lifelong dream fulfilled- floor-to-ceiling bookshelves! I unpacked 23 boxes of boxes. Sometimes I like to stand in the doorway and just look at them.

A lifelong dream fulfilled- floor-to-ceiling bookshelves! I unpacked 23 boxes of books. Sometimes I like to stand in the doorway and just look at them.

 

Little Bug's lacrosse season consumed March, April and early May. Go Huskies!

Little Bug’s lacrosse season consumed March, April and early May. Go Huskies!

 

It is not summer without Phoenix Comic-Con. Big Boy and I enjoy a bit of cosplay.

It is not summer without Phoenix Comic-Con. Big Boy and I enjoy a bit of cosplay.

 

I ran into a little problem in the bar at Phoenix Comic-Con, but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle.

I ran into a little problem in the bar at Phoenix Comic-Con, but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.

 

The Better Half whisked me off to Italy. Here I am in Roma.

The Better Half whisked me off to Italy. Here I am in Roma.

 

Then we headed to Venice.

Then we headed to Venice.

Yes, that's a bottle of Jack & Coke. There's so sophisticated in Europe!

Yes, that’s a bottle of Jack & Coke. They’re so sophisticated in Europe!

 

This is THE drink in Venice, a Spritz. Hey, when in Ro.. I mean Venice!

This is THE drink in Venice, a Spritz. Hey, when in Ro.. I mean Venice!

 

The Grand Canal.

The Grand Canal.

 

 

The best way to experience the Grand Canal.

The best way to experience the Grand Canal.

 

In Sorrento we saw a Salvador Dali exhibit. This piece was my favorite.

In Sorrento we saw a Salvador Dali exhibit. This piece was my favorite.

 

Taking a dip off the coast of Capri.

Taking a dip off the coast of Capri.

 

Sunset in Sorrento.

Sunset in Sorrento.

 

Unfortunately the sun sets on vacation time, so we headed back to Arizona. I spent July working on my novel by day and coaching football at night  with one brief interlude to California to see my friend Lady D. We took San Diego Comic-Con by storm for one day.

 

I'm not sure who was more excited- us seeing Admiral Adama (aka  Edward James Olmos) or Eddie being ticked by our Battlestar Galactica uniforms.

I’m not sure who was more excited- us seeing Admiral Adama (aka Edward James Olmos) or Eddie being ticked by our Battlestar Galactica uniforms.

 

Yep, we make these uniforms look good!

Yep, we make these uniforms look good!

 

And though I didn’t blog, I feel like these last few months have been my most creative yet. I read almost a dozen books. Dressing up and going to SciFi events and being surrounded by others who enjoy or make a living in the creative arts always inspires me. Traveling to new places gave me more to think about in terms of my own experiences and my characters’. Walking through the Dali exhibit (an artist I knew little about) stretched my mind further as I sought to understand the narrative behind his incredible work. I even saw a couple at the museum who have inspired a short story.

Summer is over for me now, I’m back to work on August 5th. Writing time will drop dramatically but I’m better prepared to make and keep a realistic schedule after a such a productive and creative summer.

And boy, do I have stories to tell!

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3 Comments

  1. Dawn Simon says:

    Wow! What a great time you’ve been having! I agree–you have so much material for stories! And it’s just so important to live life, you know? I’m happy for you!

    By the way, I love the look of your blog!

  2. BFF says:

    I was just thinking about the blog yesterday! Glad to have you back!

  3. Michelle says:

    I LOVE how you spent your summer! Gorgeous pictures!

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