As you probably have guessed by my unexpected hiatus, I’m currently on-assignment exploring the world while I still have time.
Last September we talked about the options a travel writer has for staying fresh and current on the web: either wait until after a trip to write to gain perspective, blog from the road, or find a balance between the two. And as I’m sure you can see, I’ve been leaning towards the first option thus far on this current (and quite extensive) tour through various cities. This hasn’t always been by choice, but equipment occasionally fails at inopportune times.
Believe me when I say your positive thoughts and intentions toward my travels are greatly appreciated and truly do help!
Touching Down to Write
During this current hiatus, I’ve gained some new clarity toward those three options mentioned above.
When I wrote about the options a travel writer has, I was not in a travel mode of thinking, and I didn’t realize I was actually looking at the scenario from the outside looking in. When I wrote that article, my life was physically, mentally, and spiritually “on the ground” in the metaphoric sense, but now that I’ve “taken off” into a mode of long-term travel, I realize more and more the importance of finding a place to “touch down”, a place to allow my mind to become quieter and ease into more of a reflective, writing mode. I don’t expect this is true for everyone. But as for myself, I find that I’m able to reach greater depth of reflection and objectivity when writing about a place when I’m able to transition, if only for a while, into my writing mode.
When I look at the time that has passed, I see that this hiatus is giving me a new perspective on this weblog, and I sense a turning point is approaching. And I suspect this hiatus will be a catalyst for more than just new photographs. Beyond that, we shall see.
Many Stories are Ahead
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to sharing my explorations of cities such as Denver, Portland, and San Francisco with all of you. Many photos and many stories lie ahead.
All is well. I leave you now in love and light of the Infinite Creator.