Days 4 - 6: After a refreshing couple days spent celebrating my father-in-law's birthday, catching up on laundry, and grabbing some groceries, we are back on the road! I know it might seem odd to go back to Independence when we technically had moved past it, but I simply had to try a tour from… Continue reading Pioneer Camping Grounds and Stops
A full day of jumping off spots, historical sites, camping areas, and trail ruts.
Visiting the Gateway of the West, and Arrow Rock, MO.
Day 1: Driving from VA to St. Louis. By car, not steamboat, with a celebratory stop at a distillery.
The first order of business once we finally finished the interminable task of unloading the car and setting up the tent was finding firewood before it got dark. I might add that one of the only things I was actually looking forward to during this camping trip was sitting in front of a fire and… Continue reading Camping Practice: Part Two
I AM SO EXCITED! Okay. I tried typing the opening to this post like five times yesterday and I couldn't figure out a sophisticated, professional way to open it without being boring and still expressing how I feel right now. So, I finally decided to just be honest, even if it looks too sappy or… Continue reading All the Details
I think one of the least talked-about trials of a writer is figuring out which WIP to actually work on. I've been intending to work on Picture of the Past (PoP) for the last three weeks, but in reality, I've mostly worked on some research. . . and Drawn Into Love. This week, though, I… Continue reading Bloomers and Perspectives
I had SO MANY good intentions last week! I was going to read three books on the Oregon/California trail, prep Drawn Into Love (DIL) for additional submissions, AND begin editing Picture of the Past (PoP). Would you like to know what I actually accomplished? One short California trail book, looking over the first two chapters… Continue reading Avoiding Writing – Again
I don't remember when I first became fascinated with the Oregon/California trail, but it has been an ingrained interest for possibly decades. One of the very first full book ideas that I came up with after I decided I wanted to be a writer (around 8-years-old) was that of a rich, entitled girl whose family… Continue reading Traveling the California Trail
Today - or rather, this afternoon - was spent at a coffee shop writing. A perfect thing to do on a holiday. Well, more research than writing. I finally reached that point in my book where it was hard to proceed without an actual timeline for the California/Oregon trail. So I spent hours trying to… Continue reading Writer Envy