If you've read Fathom Lines somewhat carefully, you'll know why I have this picture as the header on my blog, and an automatic ten points goes to you! (Don't ask me where you redeem these points.) But before it was one of the settings in my novel, it was (and continues to be) the view from the dock at my family's cottage. I've looked out across the lake at those barns for a good portion of each summer since I was born, and apparently, it's had a bit of an effect.
This year was no exception. My quietness here on the blog is at least in part because I wanted to be "away" up there. In the physical sense, it's easy to be away when I'm there--It's a 7-hour car trip from where I am now. But in the state-of-mind sense, you have to turn things off and assume the pattern of life that works best there: early mornings, daily walks down the dirt road, lunches on the deck, late afternoon swims, barbecues, and lots of books.
At first, I thought I'd get a lot of writing done for my next book. And I thought I'd post things to the blog at least occasionally. I had the picture and title picked out for this one a couple of weeks ago, with the intention of calling it "Here I Am." But there were other, better things going on.
So, I didn't get any writing work done. But I now have two happy city kids that don't scream about bugs quite as much as when they arrived at the cottage, who know what a loon sounds like, and who won't grow up to be afraid of swimming in a lake. Happy summer to you.
Photographer Krista Long took a bunch of high-speed photographs at a water park, and called the series I Love Summer. See the whole project here. It's wonderful fun.
And, if you need some good short reads for your long weekend, here are a few articles I really enjoyed this week:
A first-time skydiver lives to tell the tale of a jump gone wrong and the hero instructor who saved her. (Sports Illustrated)
Surviving 12 hours alone in the North Atlantic. (The New York Times)
Amy Boesky simultaneously worked on a PhD at Oxford and ghostwrote the Sweet Valley High series. (Kenyon Review)
Erin Bedford, writer.