Blogging, Writing, Planning

This doesn’t seem to be a night for writing a blog — I’ve been sitting here playing games for the last hour with a totally blank mind — and yet, I hate to break the habit of daily blogging. It’s one of my few creative disciplines, and generally, if I let myself take a night off, the next thing I know, weeks have gone by without a single post.

To be honest, I already broke the string of daily blogs at about day 101, but since it was a mistake — I thought I posted something but didn’t — it didn’t affect the habit. But I suppose that raises the question — is it better to blog with nothing to say, or is it better to keep my computer closed?

Well, since I’m here, I might as well bring you up to date on the plans for my May trip. So far, I haven’t done much except schedule visits with friends on my way to Seattle. I had planned to camp at the Carrizo Plain National Monument, but the roads to campgrounds and dispersed camping areas are not paved, and I’m not sure I want to risk getting caught on muddy roads, especially since I would be there in the middle of the week when there would be no park personnel.

I’m thinking now I’ll drive in to the plain as far as I can on the paved road to see what if anything I can see — last year there was a super bloom of wildflowers, but this year, because of the lack of precipitation, they are not expecting much color at all. (Same with the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve, but one can hope! I sure would like to see those orange fields again.)

I might end up spending that first night in a motel, which doesn’t seem very adventurous, but I’m not sure I’d make it all the way up to The Pinnacles National Park, which was to be my next stop. (My map says it’s a national monument; apparently, somewhere along the way, it got a promotion.)

I still have weeks before I go, so I’m not particularly concerned about not having any plans yet. I wish I could be totally spontaneous, just take off and see what happens, but I know what would happen. I would drive until I couldn’t keep my eyes open, get a motel room, then finish the drive the next day. Admittedly, that sort of trip is its own form of adventure, but not the eye-satisfying, spirit-expanding commune with nature that I crave. And anyway, I might have to do that sort of drive on the return trip to get back before the Memorial Day weekend, and I’d prefer not to do it both ways.

Well, what do you know — I wrote a blog tonight after all. Now let’s see if I can manage to do my novel writing stint, too.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels UnfinishedMadame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Light BringerMore Deaths Than OneA Spark of Heavenly Fireand Daughter Am IBertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.

4 Responses to “Blogging, Writing, Planning”

  1. Kathy Says:

    How’s your thigh pop? These days it seems I can’t even do my measly 1- or 2-mile walk without hurting the next day or 2 or 3. Sheesh! As for spur-of-the-moment travel plans, just be careful when you do that. I’ve gone up the Oregon Coast in summer without a reservation and almost didn’t find anything – only because of a last-minute cancellation did I luck out.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Oddly, even though the pop was in the front of the thigh, I felt it in the inner thigh today. Or it could be from something else. Like you, I can’t seem to do anything anymore without hurting. But not doing anything hurts almost as much because muscles stiffen. Lucky us!! I will be visiting the Oregon Coast at the beginning of May, and people assure me I don’t need reservations, but I might make them anyway. There will be just one night camping in Oregon; the other nights will be spent with friends. Still, even if I don’t make reservations, I will have alternate plans. Coming back through Oregon will be later in May, and hopefully it will still be early enough in the season that I can sort of wing it.

  2. LordBeariOfBow Says:

    I’ve had a totally blank mind for yonks now Pat, don’t know the last time I did a post, must try and find something to ramble on about

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