I just returned from Portland on Tuesday, a weekend trip filled with family, mostly, and not an insignificant amount of wine.
I took a few photos while I was there of the beautiful country—and the wineries, of course.
It was relaxing and fun. I got to read a book and a half, and see cousins and aunts and uncles I haven’t seen for years, and unplug for a little while.
These grasses abound. The nectar of the gods fills those golden barrels to the brim.
I haven’t written much fiction since my last update. Tinkered on short story revisions and procrastinated like a champion on novel edits. But my time was not wasted.
I spent most of my creative energy at the day job getting money to pay the bills. The rest of my time went into hunting for a new house in Austin, exercising and stretching to keep the back pain away, and–today–hosting an Indie Author Society meetup and setting up a future workshop on author branding. More on that soon. I’m really excited as this is the first workshop I’ve organized and I think it could help a lot of authors.
All that extra work last week was necessary because we leave for Seattle on Tuesday for a family getaway.
And, if I’m being honest, I think I could use a little vacation.
I will be working part time on the trip (of course), and doing a little writing too, but also trying to enjoy the downtime and soak in the atmosphere. We’ll be spending a lot of time in Capitol Hill, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle, so that part will be easy.
I’ll leave you now with one more photo, which I took last time we visited Seattle.
I’ll try to post some new photos while we’re there later this week.
Until then I’ll be carving slices of time out of the day to write. Don’t need much, just need it to be focused. That’s the real trick to being productive.
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