I have heard legendary tales of “real authors” who get to go on great retreats to wonderful get-away places to write amazing works. I didn’t get to do something like that when I was writing “Fortify Your Soul”. But, it just so happened that I got to review the editors notes while I was spending a lingering month on an island in the Gulf of Mexico. (Some photos below.)
This is not the kind of vacation that Brook and I normally get to take. A whole month~! We are self-employed, and we don’t get “paid vacation days”. If we don’t work, we don’t make money. So, it has been quite some time since we’ve taken a break from our normal, everyday life. My Mom has a lovely home on the coveted island of Boca Grande/ Gasparilla Island, and she has been inviting us down all the while. Finally, we packed up the bikes, the dogs, and loaded up for a good, long break.
While there, I spent 10 days rereading “Fortify Your Soul” and poring over the editor’s revised text. During those same days, Brook and I went out for bike rides and explored. I swam in the 80-something degree Gulf of Mexico. And Brook and I were able to spend a wonderful amount of time with my Mom and Jim.
Mom’s back porch, overlooking the lagoon. This is where we would hang out the most. And there is our dog Boaz. He loved it out there.