The Best Laid Plans for a 6 Week Summer Road Trip
If things had gone as planned, I’d be writing this post while sitting in a motel room on the Big Summer Road Trip of 2015 that my hubby, Larry, and I have been looking forward to all year. We intended to leisurely snake our way along back roads from our little burg in Texas all the way up to Washington State in time to attend a big family party. If things had gone as planned, my biggest complaints right now would be feeling bloated from eating road food and struggling with poor WiFi at our motel.
Fate, it seems, had other plans!
Shortly after our writing research/ghost hunting trip over to Mineral Wells, Texas, (where I may or may not have heard “giggling ghosts”) Larry and I found out he has a dangerous blood clot in his leg. One of the caveats from the doctor is that Larry cannot travel to any remote places until the blood clot dissolves. Until then, he needs to be within a short drive of a hospital in case the clot moves to his lungs or, even worse, causes a heart attack. The good news is that he doesn’t need hospitalization. The bad news is that his leg hurts so much he can barely stand. While I can’t think of anyone who actually enjoys being bedridden, it’s especially tough on Larry because he is a go, go, go kind of guy. Basically, he’s a mad scientist who loves to make and do. If Larry could recuperate by quietly tinkering in his lab right now, that would be one thing. Instead, he’s been in bed for two weeks – which in Larry-years is at least a decade.
As for me, in those idle moments when I normally daydream about writing projects, I now find myself playing out horrific “what if” scenarios in my head. These scenarios get really bad in the middle of the night, sometimes even turning into nightmares. In one of the most over-the-top scenarios, I thought about how awful it would have been if Larry had dropped dead of a heart attack while we were ghost hunting at the Crazy Water Hotel. Since Larry does not even believe in ghosts, I can only imagine how pissed off he’d be, especially if his demise became fodder for an urban legend and the facts got all garbled. In my demented daydream, I imagined that he would be so annoyed that he would find a way to haunt the place. That scenario, at least, spun off into the ridiculous, but most of them have been more realistic. Needless to say, I’ve had a hard time sleeping lately!
Prior to the clot, my days were a whirlwind of road trip preparation, but now… while I know I need to switch gears and focus on other things, I feel adrift. I’m usually the queen of to-do lists, but right now… I’m still making the lists, I can’t seem to regain my focus. Frankly, I’m frazzled! Hopefully, I’ll quit spinning off into ridiculous “worst case scenarios,” start sleeping through the night, and to get back into the swing of things again before the next IWSG check-in. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for getting back on track, I’m all ears!
What is IWSG, anyway?
IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this:
“Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh
To read other people’s IWSG posts, Insecure Writers Support Group.
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