My Memorial Day weekend was one of those times when I was able to escape from the city and spend time in nature, writing. After hiking ad canoeing with the dogs, Alex and Finnigan, the few hours of rain we had allowed Drake to come out and play while I sheltered in the cabin... he loves the water, you know. And after working with pen and paper, and then editing my work on the laptop, I was able to bring the word count for my Political Thriller, American Plague, up to over 75,000 words. I've still got a lot of polishing and hole-filling to do, but I'm pleased with how much I was able to accomplish in just four short days.
I was further inspired... and a little freaked out... by a visit we had from a local black bear. Usually they tend to shy away from the cabin when there are signs of humans nearby, like cars and dogs... but this one was either brave or stupid... either isn't a good sign, and now he's far too unpredictable. He came about looking for food, I'm guessing, just skirting our front porch, a mere ten feet away. I'm happy he's nocturnal... but still, we're now on much higher alert. No more tent camping, it's become too dangerous; the dogs stay inside after dark, and midnight walks to the outhouse will be accompanied by a side-arm.
That all being said... there is a certain grace to be found living so close to nature... and that is indeed fuel for my writing. When you come this close to raw nature... and have the stark reminder of just how tenuous your life can be... it tends to seep into your imagination and infiltrate your writing. I was able to take those characteristics of courage, stupidity, unpredictability, brutal strength, and surprise, and weave them into my novel. Both my villain and my hero are better - there's more depth to their personalities - than they were before we realized the bear was so close... But that doesn't mean I want to encounter him face-to-face! I'll keep that distance, thank you. I can get what I need for my writing by watching from afar.
Now, after returning to the city, my batteries have been recharged and I'm again approaching my work and my writing with a renewed energy. Getting away from the norm, stepping aside from the daily grind, and allowing the ease and comfort of nature to soothe into my writing allows me the freedom to create really wonderful stories... And even better... Drake approves, and because of that, he's much more helpful!
Diana Kathryn Plopa
I love being in love; writing; reading; mammals of nearly every kind, and especially micro-humans! Come enjoy my world with me - Secret Decoder Ring not required!!