So there I was yesterday, pondering my life (yes – very deep) when Simon came home early enough in the afternoon that we were able to go to Bannock Point. Luckily, I had just received an email from Sheila explaining where I could find new flagging leading to a much higher viewpoint. Well – there’s hardly anything that will get me more excited than a new trail and exploration.
Luckily, Simon was amenable and off we went with dogs in tow. It was sooo fun, following snowshoe tracks, watching for flagging, finding new routes – routes we took and still more to explore at some future date. The trail went up, which of course was good and the viewpoint – yeah – it was pretty darn fine.
And so we had a good two-hour outing (hike). I believe it may have been the impetus for my idea late that night after I had gone to bed. The idea has been simmering for quite a while – totally in my subconscious mind of course.
I’d talked about it more than a year ago with my hiking buddies on the island – a hiking book, but rather than the same old dry information, I wanted to fill it with stories, fun, adventures and misadventures. And goddess knows, I’ve done enough hikes on the island to fill two books! And then there are all the stories from people I know.
And I have photographs. What I knew for sure was that my former publishing house loves these kinds of books! So – a proposal, a chapter (write one immediately) and an in – they already know me. What I saw was a winning combination.
You can likely see where this was going. Yeah – not what you’d call a restful night. My mind was just pumping away.
So, as soon as I got up and had breakfast, I was in front of my computer, writing like mad. By lunch time, I had the proposal and chapter done and ready to mail (now mailed!) and Simon’s last chapter edited.
And there’s the other very exciting news: Simon has completed his book that has been ten years in the making! And it really is a very, very good book. I imagine the first fantasy fiction agent he sends it to is going to grab it. It’s much better than he thinks it is.
So we both have reason to celebrate, which we will do by snowshoeing up Mount Crowe tomorrow morning. This, of course, is far more up my alley in the world of celebration – I think Simon would prefer to sleep in, stay home and drink beer.
I also submitted my manuscript again today and wrote another page. I don’t have to have hope of success to be damned stubborn.