Okay, I admit it. The title of this blog is a tease. To be more accurate, it should read: "Writing and Blogging to Escape."
That is what I have been doing since I came back from my nephew's funeral. While there, I was the support system for my little sister. Although it was a sad occasion, we bonded like never before. I was able to see her new home so I can now picture her there when we talk. That makes it easier to picture her over the phone lines.
I was exhausted both mentally and physically when I came back home. My normal escape is to read. That didn't work this time. I ambled around the house, trying to get back in a routine that I really didn't care too much about. Nothing seemed to work. No amount of sleep, reading or talk was able to snap me out of the doldrums. Then, I looked at the calendar and realized that it was only a little over six weeks until I am going to be attending a writer's conference. Panic set in. I went back to my work in progress out of sheer desperation, not expecting any great miracles.
Boy, was I wrong. Within the first few minutes I found that I was transported to another setting and a different life and time. It was wonderful! Needless to say, I head back there often. I have written more this week than in the last two months. Even this blog was a nice diversion. Usually I agonize about what I am going to say. Today I just say "thanks". Thank you for making a schedule, Carla. I felt I had to fulfill my responsibilities. Thank you to all of you other bloggers who inspire, amuse and make me realize that we all have the same likes, insecurities and goals. Most of all, thank you for the power of the written word. It can transport the writer, as well as the reader, to a better place.