I've been a little MIA around here the last few days due to a family reunion in Yellowstone. It was quite a trip! I haven't been since I was a child (and honestly remember very little of it), so going back to the Park was a great experience and left me feeling very rejuvenated and full of writing "juices." (Of course, then I got home and had to get back to work... :)
Aside from seeing some great wildlife (a mamma grizzly and her cub, a bald eagle, and baby bison--and so much more!), the hot springs and crazy boiling water spewing up from the earth was crazy! Watching Old Faithful was just incredible. It left me wondering what the first explorers, and native people, thought about that part of the country. I mean, it's not every day that the landscape is doted with little jets of steam. Did they think the place was holy? Or an extension of hell? (With the smell and deadly pits of water--I'm going for the latter.) It certainly got me thinking about how I would depict the underworld, and left me with all kinds of images to take back to my work.
Maybe it was all the people watching, or the landscape, or awesome sunsets, but getting away for a few days left me hungry for getting back to my WIP (I just hit 40k!). Anyone else planning a vacation? Going someplace fun that will get you in the mood to write?