Refilled and ready to write again


What’s that song? “Back in the Saddle Again?” Yeah, that’s it.


I’ve been away since last Wednesday, taking the refreshment break I mentioned, trading the trickle of my deck’s water garden for the roar of the Similkameen River. My w.i.p. didn’t accompany me, but I wrote every day and took more than 150 photos, experimenting with my new camera.

Breaks are good and necessary things, especially when it comes to nurturing creativity.  We can’t keep drawing from the well without refilling it. Eventually we’re drained dry.

Each of us has our unique way of replenishing enthusiasm for the task. I’ve mentioned before how I like to sit by the ocean and hear the waves pound in.  There was no salty water in close proximity last week, but the wild river water was a wonderful substitute. Everywhere I wandered, clicking the shutter at all the wonders scattered about, the roar accompanied me – it overpowered all other sounds, including the arguments I’d been having with myself.

Creation’s beauty was everywhere but within the beauty was a reminder that it takes more than enthusiasm to get a job done. It takes hard work. Learning, dreaming, even planning, are all part of the writing process. But unless we begin getting the words onto a page, and keep putting them there until the whole story is told, nothing is really accomplished.

So yes, I’m back in the saddle again, renewed and ready to continue the task at hand. How about you? If you have a viable dream, are you working to make it a reality, or just daydreaming about possibilities?


“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.”
[Psalm 40:3a KJV]
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”

[Psalm 9:1 KJV] 



17 thoughts on “Refilled and ready to write again

  1. karen evans says:

    Carol, glad to have you back and refreshed! Lovely pics and your new cameral captured lovely scenes.

  2. Katt says:

    Great post—-Love your pictures! I just got a new camera too—-We all need a break—-I’ve missed you. So glad you’re home!

  3. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures, Carol.

    As you mentioned, sometimes we need a “refreshment break.” I was feeling burned out in every area of my life, including writing, so I took a month off to sort out my priorities and goals. I’ve got more energy now and fresh ideas to work with, so I’m resuming my writing journey.

  4. Erica Vetsch says:

    Beautiful pictures! I blogged about recharging those creative batteries too. We must’ve been on the same wavelength. 🙂

  5. Carla says:

    Amen, Carol!! I go to the ocean or pond or creek as well to be refreshed!! Anywhere with trees and flowers and the beauty of the LORD! I remember Gene Autry as well>> Thank you for this post and all the wonderful pictures. Love, carla

  6. joylene says:

    My book launch is over and I feel more relaxed every second. I have a lot to do this week, but I’m staying in the moment, periodically looking out at the lake and marvelling at its beauty. I’m reading your blog and Katt’s and that alone replenishes me. I’m so grateful for your stunning photographs.

  7. S. Etole says:

    What a lovely area to refresh yourself in … you are “seeing” through that camera well!

  8. Shari Green says:

    When I saw the “back in the saddle” reference, I immediately thought of this: — and thought “I never figured I’d see the day my mom quoted Aerosmith”, lol.

    I agree, breaks are good and very necessary things, and I’m in the middle of one right now! I’ll soon be back in the saddle, though — already excited about getting back to working my butt off to hopefully make my dreams a reality. 🙂

  9. Shari Green says:

    PS – I LOVE the photo with the wasp! The focus is great, with the background all blurred out like that. Nice shot!

  10. I’m glad to hear that you have been refreshed. God has many different ways of setting our hearts on fire. I’m engaged in a new endeavor, not by choice, but by divine appointment. God is good, and His plans will prosper. Blessings to you, Carol…

  11. Dave Ebright says:

    Glad you enjoyed a break from it all. And your pics are terrific. Now I never was big on singing cowboys – but Aerosmith works.

  12. catwoods says:

    Your pics are beautiful. I hope your batteries are recharged and you’re ready to keep writing.

    I renew my energy in my garden. Flowers seem to create peace…

  13. I’m enjoying all your comments! Thanks for being here to welcome me back from my hiatus.

    Carol Ann, I’ve just been to your blog and am so sorry to hear of your current ‘endeavor’… definitely a challenge. I know you have the faith to deal with it, but I’m sending prayers your way, and also to Joylene who is walking a difficult path right now, too.

    Yes, Shari and Dave, I know there will be some who prefer Aerosmith to Autry, but it depends on the generation you’re in. Remember, I’m old school.

  14. Diana Stevan says:

    Loved the Gene Autry video, brought back old memories at the theatre when I was a kid. And also loved the bee and tiger lily – what a wonderful photo. I love the garden, too. I find sometimes, I will spontaneously sing, working with earth does that for me,

  15. Darlene says:

    Gene Autry was one of my Dad’s favourites so it brought back memories. I love them both – Gene and Steven! Yes, breaks are necessary to life as are dreams. Virginia Wolf said so aptly “It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.” Gene Autry, Steven Tyler and Virginia Wolfe in the same breath, who’d have thought!
    Your new camera does a fab job Carol but then ou must know what you are doing to get such good shots.

  16. Funny how everyone remembers the ‘good old cowboys’ like Gene Autry. I was more of a Roy Rogers fan as a youngster, and used to sing along with his “Happy Trails to you, until we meet again” at the end of every movie.

  17. Kym McNabney says:

    Great video and picutres.

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