Hey everyone—as you may have noticed from recent likes and comments on some posts, I’m back home and into the daily routine and grind after a great vacation. My husband and I took a trip back to Illinois and Wisconsin to see family and friends and had a wonderful time. We drove rather than flew, so we broke up the trip by first visiting this place.
This is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. We spent a fun day wandering through the exhibits and enjoyed them. We did think we would have set up the exhibits differently, though. They seemed to be a hodgepodge of items thrown together without much logic behind the groupings.
Then it was off to Chicago for a couple of days of sightseeing and visiting some of my family. There are so many photo opportunities in this city, it was hard to choose a single shot for this post. But I decided on this one.
And since one photo isn’t enough to do the city justice, here’s one more.
Then it was up to Wisconsin to see my husband’s family for a few days, including a stop in Milwaukee.
While I’m fond of my old Midwestern cities, nothing beats nearby Washington, DC, for me. There are no skyscrapers in DC (since no building can be taller than the Washington Monument), but that provides a distinctive feel I really enjoy.
After wrapping up the trip back in Illinois to see more of my family, we headed home to Maryland. Amazingly, there were few traffic delays from road construction. My US readers know that’s rare during the summer for most of us!
What’s more surprising to me is that my blog withdrawal symptoms weren’t too bad. We lost internet access for some of the trip when my husband’s computer decided to take its own internet vacation on the third day into the trip. Fixing that one is turning into an adventure that might result in a new computer for him. Still, seeing so few views on some days for this blog was a bit of a shock. But the breakdown also meant I just couldn’t keep up with many of your blogs. And while I admire those of you who can go back and catch up on every single post, I’m afraid I’m not that talented. So I’ll be picking up from here.
I took a complete break from the two WIPs while I was gone, and I should be able to attack them both with a fresh eye now. Draft 3 of Death Out of Time is again with a beta reader, so I’m working on Summer at the Crossroads while I await comments. Some significant revisions are in store for Crossroads, and I hope the characters are ready to tackle them. (Katarina O’Donnell, I’m talking to you.)
The break is also a good way to change my blogging habits. Except for posting days and Sunday, you’ll only see me commenting during my evening hours. I need to save my most creative times for writing and revising. Since later evening isn’t good for those tasks, that’s when I’ll be reading blogs and commenting. The WIPs must come first. I’ve told that to more than a few fellow bloggers, and I need to follow my own advice.
It’s great to be back, and I hope you all haven’t forgotten me during my absence!