Yesterday, hubby and I planned to hike up to a local waterfall. But the site is so popular that when we got there in the mid-morning, the small parking lot was overflowing with cars.

Fairy Stone 2Our well-laid plans thrown aside, we decided to go for a little drive and wound up at Fairy Stone State Park, where we hiked for a couple hours. We didn’t make it to the waterfall there (that was a black diamond hike, and by the time we reached the trail that led there we were already exhausted), but we still had a great time. The air smelled of pine and ferns, and we spotted a few large fish in the lake and plenty of squirrels scurrying through the forest. Overall a good day.

I think that as writers we need days like that, days of leisurely hikes through pine-scented forests, or even rainy days of quiet contemplation. I don’t know about you, but I spend at least part of my downtime turning stories over in my head and getting to know my characters. So I come away from days like that inspired and itching to put some words down on the page.Fairy Stone 3

Lastly, today’s ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Wrote openings for two books—a novelette, Winter Faerie, and a novella, Blessed by Magic (part of the Cabot Sisters novella series)—and a synopsis and some world-building for Winter Faerie. I’m 2,040 words into a short story/novelette, Goblins and Grimoires, the sequel to Spellfire’s Kiss.

Reading: Currently reading How I Sold 80,000 Books: Book Marketing for Authors by Alinka Rutkowska and Moon Coven by Conner Kressley and Rebecca Hamilton, although most of my time has been spent doing a critique, so I haven’t been reading as much as usual. Read How to Write Fiction Sales Copy by Dean Wesley Smith. I’d recommend it to indie authors who really want to make their book blurbs catchy. According to Goodreads I’ve read 26 out of 65 books so far this year.

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What about you? How are you spending your Memorial Day weekend? How do you fill the creative well?