Weekly Recap – November 15th, 2013

My wife and I returned home from our Gold Country trip on Wednesday afternoon. I took the rest of the week off for vacation from our vacation. 🙂

Words can barely express what an opportunity it was to explore such a fascinating part of California, which prior to this year, I never even thought twice about. It was so inspiring to immerse myself in the setting of one of my novels-in-progress, generating new scenes and characters while forcing me to rethink existing ones. Forthcoming posts will highlight parts of the trip, but here’s another sneak peek:

Chinese Camp, CA

I’m sort of playing catch-up on NaNoWriMo. Luckily I was far enough ahead that I never really fell behind, but I can’t afford to slack now. From a quick check of my writing buddies, it looks like you guys are making excellent progress!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


0 thoughts on “Weekly Recap – November 15th, 2013

  1. I’m glad you had a nice trip, Phillip. A vacation after a vacation is always a must. 🙂 Good luck with NaNo!

    1. Thank you Jill! It’s nice to be back home so I can get into the writing groove again. Have a great weekend.

  2. After following along (virtually) on your trip, I totally want to do this trip myself. I love old ghost towns and I live in San Francisco, so this is something that would be super cool for me. Thanks for sharing the details!

    1. Lauren, you should totally do it. It’s not far from you at all and if you can manage to make it up while we still have great fall weather, I say go for it. Each town has its own bit of character worth exploring.

      Hope all is well for you!

  3. Sounds like the trip was a great success. We’re really looking forward to living up that way, very near Sutter’s Mill, in fact.

    Good luck with the WIP and NaNo!

    1. It was definitely a success. We didn’t get to make it up to your little bit of land due to time constraints, but we enjoyed Sutter’s Mill in Coloma. I’ll definitely post some pictures of that. I envy you and your future digs.

  4. On our honeymoon (many, many years ago), we visited Bodie, a ghost mining town near Mono Lake (one of my favorite spots in CA). The cemetery was particularly interesting and sad, so many children died while it was a boom town.

    1. I was a little upset we didn’t have time to visit Bodie this time around. I think we’ll plan another trip to check it out, along with Lake Tahoe and the Donner Pass.

      As you mentioned, there are certainly a lot of sad stories floating around those old towns. Life was rough in general back then, but living on the Western frontier made survival even tougher.

      1. Oh, Bodie is definitely worth a trip. Well, at least it was when I was there last, in 1989 🙂

  5. Glad you had a great trip. Looking forward to most posts on it. Glad also that you’re not behind. I’m semi-NaNoing, so I hope that meet my goal sometime this week if possible.

    1. Thank you Linda! It was a fantastic trip. Dreading going back to work tomorrow….

      Best of luck to you on your semi-NaNo work. I’m sure you’ll hit your goal without a problem. 🙂

  6. I received an error when I tried to respond to your “test’ post.

    1. Oh the joys of trying to figure out a new piece of software! Thanks for the quick response, Jill. 🙂 That wasn’t supposed to post anything, just save a draft… lol.

      1. You’re welcome, Phillip. Good luck, I don’t have the patience for things like that.

  7. Wow– I can’t believe you’ve made such progress with NaNo even though you took a vacation! It looks mysteriously charming and I love the idea of taking a writing-inspired trip… Sounds like a future tax write off if you make it big 😉

    1. Highly recommend the writing-inspired trip and now you’ve just given me the best reason of all to try and make it big. 😀 Forget fame, I just want to keep a little more income so I can support my reading/writing habits.

      Hope all is well with you Aussa!

      1. It is, thanks Phillip! And um yeah to the income for reading/writing habits!

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