Taking July off presents me with a lot of challenges. For one thing, I'll lose momentum in my writing (I know from experience that when we are on the road, I do well to keep my journal/trip log up to date, let alone any other writing). I hope to have Return to Skunk Corners ready to go before I leave, so that I can plan on a publication date in early August, when I'm back to manage that. And I've starting plotting and planning and scheming a sequel to Murder Stalks the PTA, even though I haven't finished that one yet. So I'll keep working on that if I have time (though as about the only thing that would give me that kind of time would be illness, I hope I don't have time! I've already done that, coughing my lungs out in camp while the rest of the family hiked all over Glacier National Park).
If I could work in a moving car this would go a lot better! But except maybe on some stretches of freeway (and we won't be seeing many of those), I'm apt to puke if I try to do much besides stare out the window. And I will NOT haul a fat MS along when backpacking, though I always carry my journal, so I can keep working.
So when you wonder why I'm not posting, just bear in mind that this is my idea of a vacation:
A relaxing day in the country:
New heights of inspiration:
A family meal:
(All three photos copyright Dave Dempsey; used with permission)