SUMMER 2018 UPDATE

*Photo courtesy Peyton Carro

It’s summer, and as most of you no doubt understand – Summer is a time for activity. My wife Peyton and I try to do something at least once a week which involves travel of some sort, and coupled with a full-time job in the retail world with a changing schedule, I rarely have time to finish my blog posts when I want to so I figured I’d at least drop in and let y’all know what I’ve been doing here in the wilds of Maine.

First – the travel I mentioned. I’ve long come to terms with the fact that I will never be a globe-trotter. I do, however, travel extensively on a local level. Since Spring started, I’ve been to lots of different places. We’ve gone to hang out in my teen stomping grounds of Exeter, New Hampshire so I could show my wife the first place I ever worked (The American Independence Museum!) – and she reciprocated by bringing me to her old hometown of Meredith, New Hampshire. We went to Providence, Rhode Island and had rainy adventures there. We took my yearly trip to Concord and Lexington and Lincoln Massachusetts respectively so I could show my wife the Battle Road Trail (I try to go every April). My sister came to Portland with her husband and my cousin Jenny and my wife and I went with them to a Harry Potter Pub Crawl here in Portland, Maine where we drank excessively and dressed like Hogwarts students (I was middle-age Harry Potter). We took our first hike of the summer on the vertigo-inducing Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park. We strolled through the colonial neighborhood of Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I took a day trip by myself to Peaks Island and ate my lunch near the ruins of an old fort and received a horrible sunburn for my efforts. We climbed Mount Willard in Crawford Notch, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and were eaten alive by gnats and black flies. We traveled to the fabled Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire and learned of the tragic riches-to-rags story of its builder. We traveled to Boston to have a Cheers day because we’ve been re-watching the show on Netflix, and while we were there my wife brought me to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum which is just a fantastic and amazing place I want to go back to…and we finished the night with a fantastic sunset in Boston Harbor. We traveled to Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire so I could re-create a childhood photo I took there. My wife brought me aboard the MS Mount Washington – a ferry/cruise ship on Lake Winnipesaukee near Weirs Beach in New Hampshire that her grandfather worked on for over 50 years. We spent the 4th of July on Old Orchard Beach, watching the fireworks over the ocean. We traveled to Boston again in order to see the theatrical production of Moulin Rouge: The Musical at the Emerson Colonial Theatre – and we stayed overnight and explored Boston some more in the morning. We had entire days devoted to different beaches – Old Orchard Beach, Hampton Beach, and Sebago Lake State Park respectively. I traveled to Bailey Island and visited some writer friends of mine who I graduated from the Stonecoast MFA Program with – they rent a house every summer and stay for a week or two. Most recently, we traveled to Kennebunk and Kennebunkport and wandered the quaint shops and got to visit a Franciscan Monastery. Also locally in Portland, we’ve taken short trips to walk the city, we’ve seen several films, and we’ve had some husband and wife date nights. Who even knows where we’ll be off to this week.

As far as my writing goes, I’ve been working (as usual) on various projects off and on. I’ve been trying to edit past works – including a screenplay and several short stories because I want to try to submit some this year. I’ve been trying to plan an alternate-history novel set during the American Civil War I’m going to be co-authoring with my friend Frank Ard (he’s from Alabama). I’ve been transcribing my great grandmother’s journal into a word document for my family, and in the process am thinking about crafting a short story from the material in her honor. I’ve also decided to create my own graphic novel and have begun to work on the first steps involved including the characters and am just now trying to flesh out the story. Since I’m writing, drawing, inking, and coloring the book – it will be very time consuming but it’s a project I’m really excited about. I also managed to fit in some side work editing for the comic book Rage: Bane of Demons.

On the blog front, I’m a bit tardy with some posts I’ve been meaning to publish, including some interviews with creators, and a couple of others I’ve been working on here and there, trying to find a voice for. I hope to do at least one or two blog posts this week – not including my Writing Prompt series (which don’t usually take me all that long to come up with). I did manage to make a guest post on my friend Shawna’s BLOG OF DOOM – if you haven’t seen it yet, you should check it out (and read her blog while you’re at it).

So – as you can see, I’ve had my hands pretty full! For all those who read my blog on a regular basis – thank you. For all those who are new to the blog, welcome! For all those who are somewhere in between – I hope I can keep you around and interested with my content.

Anyway, I guess I should get back to it. There is lots to do.

-Joe

 

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