In my post last week, I spoke of my intention to camp and work on the final edits on my work in progress. I’m delighted to report that, while I did not reach the finished goal I had set, I actually did work on the manuscript, and worked well. I edited what I intended, as well as saw and edited some pages that I had not before seen that needed it. I enjoyed being absorbed in the process. I learned this trip that when I go camping alone, I will write. And I am reminded once again of the power of setting an intention. I set myself up to write, and so I did.
Now, there is the idea, put forth by John Steinbeck, among others, that intention is not enough. As they say, the road to hell is paved… But perhaps a key is to state your intention to others. That certainly must be a first step in the right direction. I have joined a group of writers who share their editing goals and progress each day, and pray for one another. I find this public sharing helping me greatly.
I camped at a wonderful Corps of Engineer park, Prairie Creek Campground. Delightfully peaceful, spacious, and very easy to back into. This park is south east of Selma, Alabama, so while there Faith and I went into Selma to visit the historic Live Oak Cemetery and pay our respects (yes, I take Faith with me everywhere). Since internet service was poor at the campground, I took my computer, and right there in the cemetery from the 1800s, in the generous shade of an old live oak dripping with moss, I was able to upload files to the Cloud, via my phone hotspot. It felt eerie, like being inside a Ray Bradbury novel.
Camping and writing and visiting a fascinating cemetery–all my favorite things!
Blessings from me and Faith.