Guess I should just knock on the door to hades then.
It was my intention to write as I rode in a car for ten hours on Friday, and 12 hours on Sunday. It was a whirlwind trip to Illinois to visit my grandmother. To make it easier I brought my lap top with a plug in for the car so I had power and I could work away.
I did not take into consideration a few things:
- I was in a car with my husband, and two children. It was a Toyota Corolla, do you know how SMALL they are?
- That a 7 & 10 yr old are easily bored.
- That books on tape, even if you are not interested, ARE still distracting. (so is music)
- The sun does shine on the screen and its impossible to write.
- At night, when the kids should be asleep, the plaintive "The light from the screen is bothering me...." will cause me to have to shut it down (its that or the wrestle off of "she's got more room then me! because they can't sleep).
- Just sitting in a car is exhausting!
- Oh, and GPS on the laptop is addicting.
- Bathroom breaks and food breaks are necessary.
- There is such a thing as too much caffeine that makes it hard to write (darn jittery nerves!)
- I should have NEVER kept Spider solitaire on the computer.
So, did I write? Yes, I did, but not as much as I thought I would. I foolishly felt I'd have twenty pages easy each day.
How many did I end up with? Well that's relative. I think I've rewritten the beginning of chapter 4 to my WIP five times. I have 4 workable pages and 11 not so good.
I learned something about travel writing--never assume you'll do as much as you think you will and have the time you want.
I have a family vacation coming up in October, this time for a week. What am I going to do? I'll write with more realistic expectations.
Do you write when you travel? In the car or in the hotel? What works and what doesn't?