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Creativity Takes to the Road

Monday, August 8, 2011

This is going to be an incredible week filled with fun, challenges, and hopefully a lot of great memories. My hubby, and oldest daughter and I are travelling to Texas to see our youngest daughter graduate from Youth With A Mission. I'm praying that the heat will let up at least a little bit for this excursion. The house sitters will have their hands full on the home front with three cats and a dog to watch over. Hopefully, there won't be too many parties while we're gone. :) This does bring other issues to the forefront however of what happens when you have writing that needs to be attended to while traveling. I know I'm not the first to face this dilemma but I'm going to share some of my thoughts and hope I can garnish some ideas from you all as well.

I've been debating whether or not to take my laptop or just my NeoSmart. And I think I'm going to take the Neo. It's lighter to use in the car and I can download to my computer when I get home. This way I can be working on the rough draft of book three with the working title of Mystery of the Heart. My substantial edit is now in the hands of my editor and I'll soon have to attend to line edits for book two, Chameleon.

When I turn in my final edits I also have to turn in:
1) a teaser chapter for my next novel
2) an updated synopsis (plot changes frequently happen during editing) and
3) a list of potential endorsers with their contact info

These are all things I can work on and mull over while on the road.

Another thing I have to consider is checking e-mail, etc. I have an ancient cell phone and need to get a new one. It is way past time to upgrade. I also need a phone that takes great pictures. So I really want to know what kind of phones you use and what you like best. Which one is really easy to use for answering e-mail and which ones are totally author friendly. :) This phone actually looks like the phone I currently own.

I ususally post on Tuesdays but want to get as much information from you as I can before we leave later this week. So that's why I'm posting early if you're wondering. So what has worked best for you while writing and traveling? We're driving from Ohio to Texas so it's going to take awhile. :) Hey did I tell you that August 8th is my 30th wedding anniversary? Amazing! I found myself a really great guy all those years ago.


  1. I hope your trip to see your daughter graduate is lots of fun.

    Happy anniversary! Enjoy the celebration of your thirty years of togetherness.

  2. Happy anniversary! Enjoy your trip and try not to judge Texas too harshly by this heat wave. This is hot even for us!

  3. Hi Keli and Anne,
    Thanks for the anniversary wishes. Anne, would you believe our high here in Ohio is going to be in the upper 70's on Thursday this week! We haven't been out of the 90's for more than a month and I think you guys have seen triple digits. Praying for a break for all of us from this heat wave.