On Thursday, I loaded up my Subaru and hightailed it to the mountains of western North Carolina. This place used to be my home and whenever I return I feel at peace. I’ve been recharging a long burned-out brain: trail running in the morning, writing in the afternoon, and visiting old friends in the evenings. It’s been a wonderful step off the whirling merry-go-round of my life; but I miss my family. By my next blog post I’m be back in the middle of crazy everyday life, but hopefully approaching it with a refreshed heart.


My Writing This Week:


A few weeks ago Denise D. Young posted about Murky Middles, and I’ve found myself crossing a similar landscape. I’ve laid out all my characters’ motivations and inner workings, and now things are about to drastically change for each of them. Sometimes keeping track of where each character is in their arc, and how it aligns with the progressing plot leaves me with a headache. So, I’ve been taking breaks to watch films with similar character arcs to get the “full picture” effect and identify what each person looks like at the point of their paradigm shift. Since my characters compare with roles played by Katharine Hepburn, Ricky Gervais, Danny Kaye, and Dustin Hoffman, it’s brought some fun to what is typically a grueling part of the writing process for me.


  • Blogging: Didn’t hit either goal this week, but I sacrificed this to meet other goals. Ditto on commenting on other blogs.
  • Writing: Yes! I made up for a lousy week prior. 8 scenes. 5370 words.
  • Reading: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress; finished The Magician Trilogy by Jenny Nimmo. Found The Chestnut Soldier a little disturbing, but it was a helpful look at another author’s interpretation of the same myth and characters with which I’m working.

3 thoughts on “SOLO EXPEDITION

  1. It seems to be that time of year where we all need to take a little vacation, get back to nature, get some rest and then be ready to return, rejuvenated, to the real world – ready to attack those goals. It sounds like you are in a good place.

    I also love the idea of watching old movies to get a better sense of character. I may have to try that.

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