From January to Now...Strange Days
I can't believe that one of my favorite activities got sidelined for almost six months. I took an unintended hiatus from Postcards from Mississippi, because I was busy with editing jobs and travel, and I was sidelined with a cold (or something) that left me feeling depressed and drugged up on OTC, symptom-relieving medicines, and sleep. In that interim, the house next door to me was totally renovated, the cold winter came to a close, and most of a cold and rainy spring is giving way to summer. Now we're within a month of summer, and I hope we get more rain than usual.
I edited a massive manuscript from January through March/April and another manuscript in April, which allowed me some interesting easy-chair travel to both mid-nineteenth-century Spain and Ireland of the latter half of the nineteenth century, from the end of the Great Hunger and nearly the end of the 1800s. Both writers are excellent in their own ways. The novel set in Spain is so well-written and researched, and the settings and culture so intimately described that it broughtSpain to life; I can shut my eyes and imagine what it must have been like. The heavily researched political book on Ireland also allowed me to experience Ireland (northern, mainly) in a way that continues to make my blood boil at the way the Irish were treated by England and Ireland's absentee landlords. Add to this that in 2007, I actually traveled to Ireland to accompany the author of her first book on the Great Hunger on her book tour. That was the first time in my life I had ever been off the North American continent. A world traveler I am not.
|Part of Downtown Rosebud, Tx|
No, this six-month hiatus from writing "Postcards" was unintended. I say these were strange days from January through May. I've been knocked off my focus and feel I am just now getting it back. Two years in Mississippi and I have just scratched the surface. Getting out of the state for a week was a good thing, because my spirits soared as we were crossing the Mississippi River near Vicksburg. We still had hours to drive before we entered Columbus. Note that Columbus is just on the edge of what is considered the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area of Mississippi, unlike the Delta but rich in heritage and culture. Enjoy the Video: