Although I knew traveling with our two large dogs on a 5 hour road trip would be a trying experience, I was hell-bent on making sure it was the inspiration I needed to finish my second book. There's been a few storylines that I haven't been happy with and I just felt like I needed some time to roam north. There's nothing like the open highway to get my mind flowing. It was intended to also allow the hubby and myself a little romantic time and test out my material. (Ughmmmm...) Needless to say, the trip accomplished my goals eventually, but served up continuous challenges of patience every step of the way.
From the monumental tantrums of overstimulated dogs to GPS detours that landed us on less-than-friendly private farming property in the middle of nowhere just after sunset...
We had to grasp for every shred of holiday spirit to keep us from killing one another. In the end we did end up stronger somehow though. As if we made it through some sort of battle for a good time. Looking back I hope to focus on the happy stuff. The gracious people we encountered at each stop that were warm and welcoming to our entire family, the huge happy tongues flying at all six dog parks we visited across California, the incredible pizza that surprised us at Frankie's, the jacuzzi in the water tower (ughmm...) and the whales migrating each day along the coast. The weather was warm and beautiful, which normally we frown at on our holiday trips, but this time it was a delight.
Above all, on the last leg of the trip, during the drive from Mendocino back down to Monterey I came up with solutions to the problems in my story. That night, in a victorian bed & breakfast next to a fireplace I rewrote the outline of the second half of December Rain. I'm much happier with the direction the story goes and I think the readers will enjoy a few unexpected twists to the plot. I'm feverishly writing now to get to the meat and I think this will go quickly to finish my rough draft by mid January. I'll keep you posted on progress. In the meantime, I just saw that most eBooksellers do have August Fog up for purchase. It looks like the iBookstore will have it in a couple more days, but it's available on Amazon, Sony and most of the other sites listed in previous blog posts. Again, if you have trouble, contact me. I'll make sure you get a copy of my book. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Special Thanks to the Schoolhouse Creek Inn Mendocino, Frankie's Pizza & Ice Cream, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, The Tuscan Best Western San Francisco, Cioppino's Italian Restaurant SF, the Pacific Grove Inn and the wonderful folks at Dawg Gone It in Monterey who welcomed our pooches so we could have a few hours to hit the aquarium and a nice lunch "indoors" for the first time in a week.
Did You Know?
I like to build things. Like decks and furniture.