On the road with Al Paradise and Dave Moriarty

Today we stayed overnight at Travelers Campground in Alachua, Florida in the very last space available. The hosts were VERY kind and they even showed Alice the animals they keep there. The camp was totally packed, and the little family and I went for a walk, a few laps around the park with Alice and her trike. We looked at the vibrant moss, the beautiful species of trees and vegetation that was new to us, and all of the charming little setups of all the full-timers. Some people had signs outside of their RVs with their name, welcome mats, astroturf laid out under awnings with grills, chairs, everything you’d imagine for the perfect home away from home.

We put 625 miles behind us today from Florida to Tennessee, and I’m hoping we make it all the way home to Omaha tomorrow so I can do something social for New Year’s Eve. If we find some good antique stores or get otherwise sidetracked I could be ringing in the new year with my family in the motorhome! And that’s fine too!

I’ve been working on my manuscript a lot on this drive. Sitting at a little table and watching the cars and trees pass out the window next to me, with a Diet Coke and a few snacks. I’m agonizing over this like I used to languish over my homework assignments, not because I don’t want to do it but because the pressure of deadlines makes me doubt the quality of my work. Ughhhhhh I need another month. But I’ve had so long already. But you can’t force the process. But at some point you have to. But but, hem haw. My friends who have written books before say that at a point you just have to decide what you’ve done is good enough for now and let the editor get into it. All of this work is going to be so worth it. I can’t wait to finally see this bad boy in print!

xx
meg

Comment View All


four + = 5

One thought on “On the road with Al Paradise and Dave Moriarty”

  1. Jillian says:

    That Airstream with the Christmas lights!!! That’s my dream camping experience.


seven + 9 =

What would you do with a billion dollars?

Lately Sarah and I were talking about how much a million is, how much a billion is. The most striking thing I read recently that put it into perspective was that a million seconds is about a week and a half, but a billion seconds is nearly 32 years. Sarah asked me, what would I…

2014, in list form.

Wise people always say not to focus on the negative. It turns out that that's good advice, because there's a lot of positive out there. I was in a depressy mood last week depressing to my friend/advisor/midnight oil hero Jason about something I typically depress about, and when we started talking about what was good this year instead of bad, it felt like a much more successful year. Wildly so. Adventurous. Daring. Extraordinary. Fortuitous. And not nearly all work-related. My intention for 2015 is "less surviving, more living," but I sure did squeeze a lot of life out of the past year or so. 2014 is going down in history. Why not make a list? Here's mine.

Know that the next year will surpass all others.

"Oh passion-filled days, all steadfast and young, know that the next year will surpass all others, because it is new, and because it will be filled with moments that will remain unspoken of harsh and light, right along with your steady heart.
When we allow ourselves the sweetness of now, we may have all of the adventures that life has to offer in the coming year—if we are so fortunate as to have one."

Alice Elfie’s Day Off

Alice and I stayed home today so we could start making presents for our family. It's hard to find much time to be together and do any of that between getting off work and bedtime, so we both took a day off! We listened to the Mariah Carey holiday Pandora station all day and had personal pan pizzas delivered for lunch, and ate all the cookies we wanted from a cookie exchange we went to last weekend. Here's what we made, including links!

OOTD: Clothes to covet

Today Alice and I are staying home to work on all of our Christmas gifts together! With my new work schedule, there isn't a lot of time between work and bed to finish any meaningful projects together, so we both took the day off to make and wrap all of our gifts. One thing on my gift list is this outfit. If we don't sell out of my size before the holidays, I'll definitely be buying it from the store. Usually I just buy whatever I want as things come in or order extra for myself, but during the holidays I want to give all of our extra inventory a chance to sell at full price before I snatch it up.
View All