Down from the mountains

I’ve just returned from Utah where I visited my son Michael’s family, newly increased by the birth of his daughter. eli-and-katMy grandson says his teacher tells him he’s gorgeous—no argument from me—and so is the place where he lives. The mountains are awesome, as in awe-inspiring, or awful, in the true sense of the word. They could be awful in the adverbial sense, as well, if you were stranded in them.

I often wonder: would my writing be more inspired, if I lived in the mountains … or at the shore … or in a little cabin in the woods? Maybe so, if I wrote poetry, but I write character-driven fiction. Beautiful scenery might serve as background in my writing, but wouldn’t likely inspire character motivation or dialogue. When I’m deep in my writer’s mind, I could be anywhere. No, I can’t blame my physical location for a lack of inspiration.

roses2And besides—my roses are in full bloom right now and the spring bloom is the most fragrant. So, I’ve brought in a few blossoms to set beside me as I type and see what they inspire.

I have no excuse for not writing.

8 thoughts on “Down from the mountains

  1. beautiful pictures!

    And you’re right – though we’d love the cabin or the seashore or even the writers’ retreat, a table and a typewriter should work just fine.

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  2. Stephen King may be successful because of all the cramped and dingy holes he had to write in. He had nothing to distract him. If I lived in the mountains, I’d go hiking. The beach, walking–all healthful distractions that would take me away from my hip-spreading-so-far-unpaid career of writing.

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    1. Yeah, well, I’ve been in the cramped, dingy holes, so does that mean I’ll end up a mega-successful writer? Oh, hey, does that give me an excuse not to clear off these piles of paper, dishes, and soda cans that pile up around me as I write? Too bad I no longer writer horror! 🙂

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  3. welcome back! Life can be distracting. Maya Angelou once said she sometimes checks into a hotel room and works, works works. I love hotels, but them I’d probably sleep and swim all the first week…mmmm hotels, room service and fluffy towels.

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