Plane trips, extreme heat, living out of a suitcase, eating junk food and visiting old friends. This summer proved to be a necessary "break" from being cooped up all winter.Last month's jet ski ride helped to slough off the trials of the winter. While a trip to Houston and a friends wedding recharged me for the new opportunities opened up for this fall. Now sitting in the Space Center in Houston Texas it hits me why as a writer I need to "check" out of reality and explore to help the creativity flow. From the dolphin adventure on the Atlantic Ocean to our visit at the N.A.S.A. space center we'd pretty much covered the scope of things.
“Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”~ Carl Sagan
Just like the astronauts on the screen in front of us, we as writers need to explore the unknown of the imagination to place it on paper for others to enjoy. It's an"idea" kind of thing. The thoughts never stop flowing, bursts of creativity interrupt even during the night hours.
Kathryn Sullivan was the first female astronaut to walk in space. Sometimes I feel like Kathryn...somehow a pioneer in the field of writing always ready for the new but exhausted by the mundane discipline of learning the craft. I mean aren't we all explorers? There are new ways to innovate even the most common activity. Look at the technology of cell phones, 3D movies, now sending astronauts to walk on Mars. On vacation my family and I went to see "Ant Man". Excellent movie by the way :-). Anyway, while leaving the theater, my husband and teenage daughter sat on movie seats that mimicked the action on the movie screen. Wonder how expensive those tickets will be? While the world's technology gets more sophisticated and advanced, well, we writers will be sitting at our computers pounding out adventures for the soul. Stories that have no physical limitations, no concrete "place" to land. Scary isn't it?
While it's exciting to explore the depth of the fathomless oceans or even deep space~ how much more the length and breadth of our imaginations.
Next week I'll talk about our new puppy, Layla. Who is on an adventure right now by the way, climbing over the obstacles we put up to keep her safe from the unknown...Adios and happy travels.