The week after school lets out I'm going hiking in the Smokey Mountains with my roommate, my sister, and a couple other people. We're going on a trail that should take us about a week to complete, walking seven miles each day. At one point, we're going to be above clouds! I'm really excited for the view. :) I'm really hoping I can keep up with that pace! I have two more weeks of school--one more weeks of actual classes. I can make it! (Or so I keep telling myself...)
I'm really hoping that the hike through the woods does some good things for me, in terms of inspiration. I have this vague idea that it might improve my fiction, since I tend to write fantasy (tend to? It's basically all I write!), and so a lot of what that entails is traveling from one place to another, and by non-modern means. Having to hike seven miles a day will definitely get me into my characters' heads, I think, and better understand how they would feel after a long day's travel.
Here are some writing-related concerns I have:
1. I have a really hard time keeping my world-details straight in my head, not to mention keeping my characters straight in my head. There are a lot of both details and characters, and I'm...less than organized? So I'm gonna have to bring my notebook of details with me, right? Only, a lot of the details are only on my computer, not yet transferred to a hard copy, so I should do that soonish, I guess.
2. I have a really detailed timeline that I've been using as a writing guide when I get writer's block. I want to bring that with me, but right now it's nine pages long, and I haven't even put in spaces to write notes down, which I would have to do if I were to print it and bring it with me. But it's definitely one of those things that's way too long to transcribe into my journal by hand. lol.
3. I keep a copy of my writing in a Cloud so that I can access the story and update it from my phone, if I don't have paper handy. I would love to make use of this while hiking, but part of the point is to separate myself from technology for a while--meaning, my phone's going to be off except for emergencies. So now I'm faced with wanting to go back and check on some little detail or other, and not being able to, because that does not constitute an emergency, much as I might argue (at the time) that it does.
4. I need a new notebook. I know, this one looks like an easy fix, right? But I'm flat broke. Haven't even paid my phone bill this month, and though I have plenty of food bought and saved for the trip already, I am quickly running out of other food in my apartment...and if I can't even afford to buy food, how on earth am I going to justify a new notebook, right? Both my little notebooks (the "Five Star Fat Lil' Notebook" style, by Mead) are both just about full, and so bringing them would take up valuable space in my backpack, and they'd serve very little purpose. But I have every intention of bringing at least ONE notebook with me, because on top of wanting to write fiction, I want to also keep a bit of a journal of my experience, the sensation of having to carry everything on my back, the way my feet hurt at the end of the day...all that stuff, so that I can keep those memories fresh for future writing. (I realize I have a bit of a one-track mind where writing is concerned...lol.)
So, yeah, there you have it. My recent thoughts on things. :)