Monday, July 29, 2013

Not Your Average Scavenger Hunt

Vacations can be wickedly wonderful but also leave you a bit wonky-wacky.

When I first got back from vacay last Monday, I was still giddy with excitement from all the fun of Disney, Comic-Con, family fun and meeting friends...though my body had already declined into total exhaustion.

Tuesday hit like a sledgehammer to my writing mind. Only half my brain returned with me to Texas. Somewhere between San Diego, CA and Temple, TX, remnants of my brain hung out, probably stuck on party mode from all the fun. Can't say I blame them.
Look at that brain nugget all smiles, shaking and jamming :-)
Wednesday, I went back to the paying gig. I had just enough brain power to take care of it but little left to properly write in the evening. Thus, the hunt began.

Thursday and Friday, I sent out mental vibes, calling the slivers of imagination back to me. I'd gotten great feedback on a pitch I shared on Susanna Hill's blog and had spectacular feedback waiting for me for TAFD.
Go! Brain vibes! Go! Find those wayward nuggets of imagination!
By Saturday, the more willing parts returned to me, just as excited to get back to work. The other rebellious bits and pieces, I do believe, are hiding out in downtown San Diego clubs or searching for celebs that attended Comic-Con. The hunt for them will continue. Maybe they'll return??? (if they don't can I really blame them lol!!! not really.)

My writing life is slowly returning to normal, or whatever form normalcy desires to take this time :-) Whatever happens, I'm so glad that I'll have awesome writerly and readerly friends like all of you with me to take each step on this path.

How are things for you when you return from vacation?

29 comments:

  1. It's been several years since my last vacation, but I tend to like to sleep in the first couple of days back.

    It takes time to convince your brain to go back to work. Brains just wanna have fun. :)

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    1. LOL! I guess they do just want to have fun cause mine sure proved that to me :-) Guess if I get a chance for another real vacay, I better plan time to just sleep a day or two then get on the thinking train :-)

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  2. Sleep, yep, that's usually my top priority returning from vacation. The brain always seems to be the last to get back to work. I do hope the bits still partying in San Diego return eventually. Functioning on half a brain is so much harder, LOL

    Cute post Angela :)

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    1. Thanks, Raelyn. I'm hoping they'll dance a jig back to me much sooner than later. It was pretty hard before so I know I need all the brain power I can get lol!!

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  3. I'm usually super busy just getting things done around the house and at work to have much writer energy or time. July in general has been one of those months. I'm hoping soon that life slows down enough that I get some time and energy to sit and write.

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    1. You know, with all you do, Natalie, I'm in awe of how you stay afloat. You do so much for other authors as well with your contributions to Literary Rambles.

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  4. I haven't had a real vaca in a while but I don't usually have a hard time getting back into the writing. Usually it's harder for me to get back into the work week and the mindset that goes with.

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    1. I wish it could've worked that way for me :-)

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  5. Maybe you can bribe them into returning? Tell them you have Johnny Depp hidden in your closet or something.

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    1. Ha! That is a great idea, Alex! Those partiers would huslte back to me quicker than a mongoose on a snake. Now to send out the brain vibes.

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  6. So disorienting! I always need a day to recover from vacation. Ha, my first world problems!

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    1. It's funny because I had a feeling I'd need some time to recover...just didn't know I'd need much more time than I gave myself lol!

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  7. I love your posts. They're always so creative and funny!
    I haven't had a vacation in a couple of years, so I'm not really sure. I know I venture back there in my mind when I need a break, though.

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    1. If I can't fool the "brainy others" to return with my Johnny-Depp-is-in-my-closet scheme (thanks, Alex!) then I may have to venture far for whole reminisces lol!

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  8. Vacations always take some recovery time. Like you, I feel a lot me stayed behind. Perhaps that part just needed more vacation. Oh well, glad you're finally back in one piece and moving on.

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  9. I always suffer from some sort-of post-vacation withdrawal, too. It's less missing brain functions and more "Oh, it's over!" *sad face*. Glad to hear things are slowly getting back to normal.

    Looking forward to reading your contribution to the Tree of Life.

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    1. Yeah, I must admit. I was sad to see the fun come to an end.

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  10. I always try to plan at least a couple of days of rest post-vacation for this reason. It takes me way too long to recover from fun these days. :)

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    1. Times like these remind just how far from age 20 I really am lol!!!

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  11. Vacation? What's a vacation?
    ;)

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  12. It depends on the type of vacation. Glad you had fun and don't worry you're going to be in full swing soon.

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  13. I'm with Melissa. What's a vacation? LOL

    Glad you're back! :)

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  14. Hi Angela,

    Yes, I'm finally here. After much travelling the blogger highway, I arrive at your delightful site at three in the morning. Bonus chocolate chip cookies for me! :)

    Whenever I've actually gone on holiday, well it isn't really a holiday. It's more like trying to keep my adoring fans at a safe distance. Yes, I made that up.

    Seriously, when I do get back from a holiday, my surroundings seem different, if that makes sense. I look around my home and it appears to have taken on a whole new perspective. This eerie feeling lasts for a couple of days.

    Lovely to see you, Angela.

    Your starstruck fan,

    Gary :)

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  15. First off - I am WAY jealous of your vacation! Sounds like a blast! I've had a few very short, small vacations where I played very hard and it took me a day or two to recover from it.

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  16. Oh heck, I got as far as Maria's comment and now I've got that stupid song stuck in my head - Brains just wanna have fu-un. Brains just wanna have fuuunnn.

    Well, there goes my afternoon.

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  17. ugh - it definitely takes me days to ramp back up after vacation. On vacay I typically relax and act like a bum (dinner out all the time!) so it takes me awhile for my motivation for doing everything that's required in a day to return.

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  18. Angela, one word. Trepidation. That's what I feel when I face a blank screen after a holiday. For all I know my muse might still be out there, somewhere, partying and stuff.

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  19. I always feel so overwhelmed by how behind I am when I return from vacation that I either don't want to go away to begin with or I want to completely give up the internet :) Welcome back :)

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