For the most part, I’ve had a “staycation” kind of summer (who invented that word anyway???). Other than a trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island in early July, I have been firmly planted at home.
It’s not that I didn’t want to go somewhere — I would have happily visited Haida Gwaii, the Great Bear Rainforest, Desolation Sound, the Saskatchewan prairies where I was born, or even Newfoundland! All of these places have great appeal for me.
It’s just that the sun was shining brightly in our fair city, the sidewalk patios by the ocean were inviting, the garden was in full bloom, and visitors were arriving in town to see us. So, it became a summer at home.
Added to the list of reasons to stay put were a series of small but necessary projects including: updating my website, writing a teacher’s guide for my latest book and re-organizing my computer’s filing system.
But there is satisfaction in getting these jobs done and looking forward to the fall where I will spend most of my time (I hope) writing something new. I have cleared the decks! No excuses now.
And with thanks to my dad, who is also a writer, here are two great quotes. The first is from C.S. Forester, who penned The African Queen and many other titles. He said, “A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.”
And the second quote (again via my dad) is from William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize winning author and stay-at-home writer, who said, “I have travelled far in the town of Oxford, Mississippi.”
As I’ve discovered over the years, we writers can easily wander in our imaginations. No need to book a trip anywhere!