“Do something amazing every day.”
Sign, Golden Lion Riverside Inn
I’m just back from a restorative sojourn to the Green Mountain State where I watched my son Alex climb mountains and scorch some rubber around the heart of Burlington on his bike. In between bike races and handing him water bottles by the side of several country roads, we enjoyed some great meals and the beautiful green rolling hills and misty mountains of Vermont. Just seeing the countryside roll by dotted with red barns, horses, and cows was so peaceful and relaxing! I left my book project at home and just soaked up some R & R — what a pleasure!
Still, it was a bit of a bus man’s holiday. I visited one of my favorite ndie bookstores called “The Tempest” and picked up two books that should be very helpful as I begin the next novel I’ve been playing around with to follow my first foray into fiction. I also grabbed a Clive Cussler novel from an old stash of Alex’s — sort of a “beach read” with no beach — and spent the evenings enjoying the adventures of Dirk Pitt — a dashingly resourceful fellow who’s given me some dashingly resourceful ideas.
As we were toodling around, ever the wordsmith, I also fell in love with some of the entertaining place names and inspiring phrases we came across on our rambles. I like to collect these as we travel and jot them down on envelopes and receipts for fun and future reference. You never know when one of them will prove handy in a story or play — I’ve found that great writing fuel is everywhere. Here are a few of the gems gathered on this trip:
“Know your power” — painted on the side of a barn.
“Simplicity Farm” — a hand-painted sign with a cute cow (I think I want to live there!)
“Always be ready to have the time of your life” — great advice printed on a gift item.
“Texas Falls” — road sign in the middle of Vermont, how wild is that?
“The Elusive Moose” — a café where we enjoyed delicious meals and saw nary a moose.
“Trouble’s End Lane” — just caught this sign as we drove by; hope it lives up to its name!
“Destiny Books” — indie publisher in Vermont; sounds fatefully intriguing.
“The Flying Pig Bookstore” — indie thriving near Burlington (love that name!)
Hope you had as much fun reading these as much as I did — write on!