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Filling the well

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After working hard revising a manuscript in July, I'm taking this month off, mostly, from writing. I still have business stuff every couple of days I have to attend to, and I'm doing some research for a middle grade idea I have. But not a lot of writing happening these last days of summer, and it's been really nice.

I think it's so important for authors to take time to fill the well. To get out and do things and become inspired in whatever ways work for them. I do spend a lot of my free time reading and watching movies, because as I told my husband the other day, even when I'm taking a break, I love stories. Well-crafted stories inspire me. Always have, always will.

But I also love to get out and see the beauty that's in the world. Last weekend, my family did a fairly easy 3.5 mile hike that's about an hour from our house, in the beautiful Columbia Gorge. I'd heard about the hike from Eagle Crest to Punchbowl Falls, but we'd never made the trip, and I decided it was time. Wow, so glad we did! We'll definitely be back, and maybe go even further next time. Here are some pictures, for your viewing pleasure.
















Hope you are having a great summer!

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sheela_chari
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
You must have sixth sense. I wrote about the very same thing, but not as poetically or as pictorially as you. Truthfully, I was more whiny.

I like the last photo esp, of you looking up (what could you be looking at we wonder, but you are obviously delighted).

I like to think you are looking at a rare bird.
christine444
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Wow, that IS beautiful. :>)
ex_kmessner
Aug. 17th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures! It looks like it was a magical, well-filling hike.
authorwithin
Sep. 13th, 2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE it!! Those pictures are inspiring--and I'm sure the hike was too! Thanks for the reminder to get out there and have some experiences to fill the well. I think mine dries up WAY too fast. So I guess that means I need to get out more than other people, right? ;-)

Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!
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