Maybe he’s at The Grand Canyon, or taking a break from the see-saw weather by enjoying the warmth of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Or perhaps he’s enjoying the seasonal perfection of fall in the Smokey Mountains, with the joys of the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas in Tennessee, where we imagined the adventures of Obsidian in the fictional town of Tanger Falls that I created in that area. Maybe he decided to skip the crowds and head to Myrtle Beach, or to enjoy the history of Charleston or Savannah. Maybe he really wanted an adventure and jetted to San Francisco. Or maybe he was content with a peaceful day hiking one of the nice state parks here in town. I like to imagine that he’s enjoying an escape to a place that I also liked, whether near or far. The world is full of wonders, and I know I’ve only seen a small fraction of them – but what I have seen is amazing. And, of course, there’s no place like home too. Who knows? My muse may well have skipped the adventures and wonders of the world and decided to go into hibernation instead. I certainly worked him hard with Nonstop to Nowhere, Obsidian, Fracture, and a host of other short stories, articles, and blogs over the past 10 months.
As for me, I also spend my time on break with other pursuits. The major fall housecleaning has taken priority over the past week. Next week will no doubt see me returning to writing promotion and reading. I’m considering a return to some crafting projects, too – it’s been a while since I had time for that. I seem to find ways to fill my time when my muse is on vacation, but I guess that’s a good thing. Sometimes, the best way to feed inspiration is to take a break from the writing and to just live for a while.
That’s all today. I hope you have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend.