The countryside? It must be nice if you're retired … or dead. If you want to have a semblance of a social life and like to do wild things like, oh, going to the cinema on a Monday night, the city is for you.
Since I like to feature a different writer's blog every month, and in a gesture of gratitude for all the wonderful places to which she's transported my novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, photographed it, and forwarded me a host of pics, I wanted to take this month to recognize her work. No, her artistry.
Welcome to Scrivengale, Linda. When did you begin documenting your travels on "The Distracted Wanderer?"
"The Distracted Wanderer" began its journey in May of 2011 after I was encouraged by several friends to separate the travel posts that I was doing on "Are We There Yet??" to a blog specifically dedicated to travel. I hesitated doing that for the longest time but then decided why not?
Has your traveling become more meaningful now that you are scouring for details and reporting them?
I don't know if it's become more meaningful per se so much as it gives me a very good excuse to try to go to as many new places as possible. Not that one needs an excuse to travel, of course!
Did you used to drag your girls along on your travels or is this an empty nesting sort of pursuit?
A lot of my travels were actually because of the girls; for example, my trips to Baltimore were made because Amanda wanted to see Poe's grave or had a convention to go to while my trip to Canada was so that Jamie could visit a friend of hers up there, that sort of thing. Lately I seem to prefer to go solo as it gives me more time to explore the things that I really want to see which are more history-related and perhaps somewhat boring for the girls. I'm not adverse to having someone else along, but I do enjoy it just being myself and my Nikon sometimes. That way there's no one asking, "Good Lord, don't you have enough pictures already?"
How did you become such a good photographer? Classes or just natural talent?
Aw thanks! No classes. Though I would love to take a couple if there were any available, so I guess it's just that "good eye" of mine that people say I have!
High point of doing this blog?
The high point is when a place that I've written a post about compliments me on the time and effort I put into researching and writing the post. I love to see my posts shared on other social media sites!
The low point is the amount of time that it usually takes me to write a post! I probably couldn't be succinct if my life depended on it, but that's because usually when I go somewhere I find out such amazing things about the places that I want to share as much of it as possible with my readers so that they'll want to go there also.
Do you have a favorite destination?
I have become quite fond of the North Shore area of Boston and Salem, Massachusetts in particular. When people think about Salem the first thing that usually comes to mind is "Witches!" But there's so much more to it than that. For a history lover like myself, it's the perfect destination to always find something new and interesting.
A dream destination?
Not really one destination in particular, but if I was ever independently wealthy (i.e., I won the lottery!), then I would want to visit every single member of the Historic Hotels of America as they have - to quote their website - "more than 235 hotels that have faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity in the United States of American including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico." What more could a distracted wanderer want??
Some pundits are saying blogs will go by the wayside in favor of microblogging or Pinterest-type interaction. Do you hope to keep "The Distracted Wanderer" going regardless?
I really hope those pundits are wrong and that people will always take the time to sit down and read something with some substance rather than just relying on a blurb here or a blurb there. So yes, I do hope to keep "The Distracted Wanderer" going. We've become such a fast-food nation, trying to fit too many things into too little time, it would be nice if people could take the time to sit down, read some history, look at some pictures, and then want to plan a vacation based on what I write. That's a pipe dream I know, but a gal's gotta dream, right?
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The thought that my dearHeavenly Father is always near, giving me abundantly of all those things, which truly enrich lifeand make it sweet and beautiful, makes every deprivation seem of little moment compared withthe countless blessings I enjoy.