If You Starve a Blog, Does it Die?

The answer, it seems, is no. Or this one would have perished weeks ago.

I didn’t mean to leave my Writer Friends hanging. It’s just that I’ve been busy revising novels, writing short pieces, and living a life.

Yes, one of those. I went on a road trip with the kids, and we had a blast. Was it bad that I kept thinking “I’m getting so much MATERIAL here!”every time we stopped somewhere cool? Come on, the World’s Biggest Pistachio? Enormous cave structures (Speleothems, or somesuch) shaped precisely like giant boobies? (According to my 10 year old son, naturally, who giggled his way through Carlsbad Caverns. You’ve never seen the ninth wonder of the world until you’ve seen it with a little boy who keeps whispering “nipples!’ every few minutes To be fair, I was thinking the same thing.)

We saw petroglyphs – which have already made an appearance in a short fiction piece this week — and sledded down the dunes at White Sands. We took pictures of badger tracks, and kangaroo rat tracks, and all sorts of other tracks in the early morning, and watched an evening storm that rolled in all around us, flooding the mountains, while we stood on the dry, silent dunes. Gorgeous.

My favorite moment was watching the “Dance of the Pour” at the bronze foundry in Shidoni, outside Santa Fe. A giant cauldron of molten metal splahing like lava all around? You know that’s going into something I write… someday.

So, that’s what I did on my summer vacation. Now, I’ll spend a few weeks revising some manuscripts I’ve got ready to polish, and send out a thousand small subs so I can get those little ego boo moments every now and again (to offset any possible rejections) and I’ll try to blog a bit more frequently. But who knows when life will start happening all around me again, and I’ll need to put down the keyboard and go build the moments that actually make books wonderful?

So… what did YOU do on your summer vacation?


Posted in Family News, Miscellaneous on 08/06/2010 02:48 am


  1. Your vacation sounds amazing. Nope, it’s not bad that you kept thinking about what great material you were getting. You’re a true writer.

    A thousand small subs? How are you so fast? I’m edging closer and closer to having a draft for you, but yes, in summer life takes over. We’re in the midst of Fiesta, a city holiday/celebration we mark mostly by repeatedly cracking confetti-filled painted eggs over each other’s heads. Fun, fun.


  2. Your road trip sounds wonderful! I want to go sand sledding!


  3. Debbie Dawson

    Loved your vacation notes – remember taking those kind of great trips when my boys were younger. We took one of our German exchange students on a trip and he was fascinated with the Cadillac graveyard outside of Amarillo – took a ton of pictures of it! What can I say? Having taught school for several years, there is nothing cooler to a kid than to read a book and be able to say “Hey, mom!!! This is so cool!! This book is talking about . . . . . . . and we went there last summer!” Can’t wait to read one of your books. And love your Zumba class!


    • Nikki Loftin

      Debbie – Hi! We missed the Caddy graveyard! Next time – we’ll do the pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon in 2 years.
      And I love teaching that class! You are so much fun.


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