Writing on the Lam

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It’s that time of year again when I’m on the move.  I don’t travel incognito; in fact, I’m very visible in my shorts and tank top, as I shiver uncontrollably in a Midwest airport while I wait for my flight to board.  The weather here this week has dropped below sixty degrees Fahrenheit and my thin blood longs for the tropical heat of Mexico.  The trees here in Wisconsin are turning lovely shades of orange, red and yellow and the weatherman says there will be frost tonight.  There are pumpkins still on the vine and lots of them already set out as fall decorations on porches and driveways in our rural area.  Time to leave.  Another month and there’ll be snow.  Lots of snow.

I donated my boots and coat to Goodwill a few years ago.  I’m unprepared for this chilly climate.  My feet are freezing all the time and I look like an Eskimo, layering clothes to keep warm.  I grew up in Michigan and loved the winter and the outdoor sports it offers.  Not any more.  My idea of an outdoor sport now is lying on a tropical beach holding a drink with an umbrella in my hand as I watch the waves caress the white sandy beach.

A few years ago I migrated to Mexico for the winter and now I can’t seem to get it out of my blood.  I do my best writing there.  I haven’t quite decided if it’s the perpetual sunny days, the fact that I walk everywhere and have time to think, the beautiful blue ocean water, or a combination of them all.  I get great ideas and I write about them.  I am anxious to return.

You may have seen me in an airport or bus station scribbling madly on a receipt I pulled out of my purse because it’s the only piece of paper I can find.  You may have heard me dictating into my portable recorder as I sit patiently in the waiting area.  I’m the one toting two Kindles, a computer, a guitar and fiddle, an iPod and a tiny suitcase (I do change my clothes you know!) and whining to the ticket agent that I cannot possibly tag my guitar as luggage.  Sorry for the inconvenience to all of you in the line behind me, but my guitar is like my best friend (it pulls me out of a lot of the writing doldrums) and I can’t possibly leave it behind or treat it inhumanely.

Oh, I almost forgot, I am toting a big loveable man along too.  My husband just shakes his head and smiles as I struggle to board the plane with all my paraphernalia.  He even offers to help but I usually tell him I’m fine.  (I do have a sense of pride you know – he’s not the one who needs all this stuff!).

We settle into our seat on the plane and I type a few words into my laptop until I am told to turn it off.  Once I get the ok again I go back to writing.  The trip seems short and when we arrive I embrace the balmy tropical heat.  I can’t wait to get home, open the door and stow our stuff and head to our favorite corner restaurant for a bowl of wonderful homemade Tortilla Soup and the most awesome Margarita you’ve ever had.

My girlfriends are returning in the next couple of weeks and we’ll get back into our routine of weekly beach trips and pool days, monthly pedicures and craft classes.  Hubby and I will meander down quiet streets to greet old and new friends, take in the opera, and hit the flea market.  I’ll meet up with my weekly music group and we’ll jam.  My writing group begins in November and I can’t wait to get together to exchange ideas and critique each other’s manuscripts.

Summer has been fun – no, wonderful.  We have been to local Wisconsin parades, corn roasts, Amish breakfasts, music festivals, family reunions, camping and the like.  I have spent the better part of every day at the local library writing.  Hubby and I have had lots of fun, but I am not inspired to write because I’m too busy!

No matter.  By the end of next week I’ll be back in my little casa and resume a somewhat normal life.  I love the fact that we use public transportation in Mexico and don’t drive.  I lose weight and I feel good!  Daily trips to the market yield lots of fresh fruit and veggies and a little taco stand on the corner makes the most delicious lunch you can imagine for only $2.00 U.S.

Inzared was born in Mexico.  I learned about her life and did all my research there.  She has lots more to tell me as I write the second book in the INZARED Queen of the Elephant Riders series.  I can’t wait to hear from her.  We’ll have the best chats, I just know!

Check out INZARED, Queen of the Elephants here:

Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/7dfave4

Video Trailer:  http://youtu.be/lQHtsFQGAP0

Website:  www.lleander.com

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