I’m very proud of my fellow Idaho Author Community member, G. S. Wright, for continuing to doggedly get those words out there. He has an unparalleled drive I’ve not seen in many other authors in that he is keeping, and posting, his total daily words. No, Garth is not writing a book (he’s writing several). Garth has a number of projects going, including series installments and short stories.
I admire his dedication and keen ability to keep all his plots separate in his head. It must be a youth thing, as I feel accomplished getting out one blog post a week. Back during the Blog Challenge, I took on writing a blog a day for five weeks. Thank heaven for the writing prompts, as I am slow to initiate when forced to originate. For me, writing comes so much easier and more natural when inspired.
My inspirations often hit when walking the dog and I walk her several times a day. Impossible to stop and make notes, I begin dictating thoughts on my handy-dandy cell phone which is also keeping track of my steps, miles, and route.
Last week during a visit with my hikin’-lovin’ cousin came a crash course in writing prompts, inspirations, and blog post ideas. Lost! Difficult to dictate when hiking with someone and gasping for breath. Fortunately, the hiking trails themselves were inspirational and apparently something this area (Phoenix) excels in providing. Who would have given serious thought to a desert, which may exceed 120o in the summer, would discover the winter-long pastime of hiking?
Can you believe Phoenix is home to more than 40,000 acres (and miles and miles) of desert and mountain parks/preserves and is one of the country’s best hiking cities (according to National Geographic). Well…..who knew?? I’d wager that figure has changed with the recent addition of Skyline Regional Park out of Buckeye. I took my Bichon Frise for the hike last Thursday. Frosty seemed to take both the length and rise of the trail in stride, while the switchbacks had both my cousin and I stopping to get our breath (ostensibly to take pictures–uh huh).
Still, I prefer Skyline Regional Park to both Estrella Mountain Park in Goodyear and Lookout Mountain Park in Phoenix. If none of these tickle your fancy on a beautiful late winter day of blue skies, light breeze wafting the scent of desert blooms, sand and sage, you could consult Arizona Hiking online or the AZ Foothills online magazine.
Either way, the fun is in discovering new trails and finding writing inspiration along the way. Amazing what a little break in the grind will produce. Looking for writing inspiration? Grab your hiking boots! © 2016 Virginia Williams