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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mining Vacay Gold

It's vacay season when we share collective thoughts.

How much can I jam in my suitcase?
Should I lie to the calorie tracker on my smartphone?
Do I trust the GPS or will I end up in a lake?

We writers have another subset of "on the road" musings.

If that girl falls off that balcony will that guy catch her?
Were those glowing eyes flying across the road a Chupacabra?
Is this a tasty location for my next MS?

Julie Musil recently shared her method of note-taking to recall the details of a situation here

I prefer to chronicle my vacay observations visually.

A shadow. A shoe. A tree.

Don't move. It will see you.

The face behind the bottom right pane disappeared.

What strategies do you use to cement observations into your writerly brain?



22 comments:

  1. I'm not much for note or picture taking (sadly). I tend to hope my poor little brain will track those moments for me and shove them to the forefront when I need them. As you might expect, this doesn't always work :P

    Love your pics - especially #2! :)

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  2. I usually take 50 jillion photos of a few things and miss all the rest.

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  3. I'm visual. I spent an afternoon of our honeymoon while my husband was recovering from a bad sunburn riding a bike through the beach town taking pictures. This was before the cameras of today so I can't put them on line, but I have oodles of pictures. I love to capture every memory in a picture until I get a chance alone to write each detail down.

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  4. I don't have any strategies. I need one, though. I can't remember anything.

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  5. I like your pictures; they're really good. I'm not a very good photographer because my thumb keeps showing up in all my pictures. But I do carry my journal with me so that I can write down all the weird/interesting things that I see or hear.

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  6. Seriously, I want to live in your head for a,while, because clearly it is a fabulous place to,hang out!!!!

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    1. You'd need a special permit and a notarized proof of insurance to enter.

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  7. Thanks so much for connecting with me! Vacations are great for letting the mind wander in unusual directions.

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  8. Ha! Love the photos, and the Leslie-isms to go along with them. Thanks for the shout out :)

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  9. Awesome pictures and captions! Such great shots. :) I like to take lots of pictures when I am on vacation and don't stop and take many written notes. I do use the pictures to help me draw or write about experiences later. :)
    Jess

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  10. love the "don't move" one--it seriously looks like something off of Dr. Who :) I take lots of photos, too, and journal lots about where I'm visiting!

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    1. I was sure it was the Ood hive-mind, Meradeth.

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  11. Photos are great, but I still rely on lots of notes, like Julie. The cave shot got my imagination going!

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  12. Great pics.

    I love where my thoughts go during times of r and r. Many times I take notes.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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  14. I don't have any set strategies.
    I love words and love discovering new words...
    A set of words can trigger a scenario in my mind's eye...
    BUT I need to start the note-taking method. It sounds great for finicky details.
    Hope you well Leslie! *waving*
    Writer In Transit

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  15. Ha ha! I loved your list of writers' questions. So true! Even when we're not writing, we're always wondering and trying to tell stories, aren't we?

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  16. Love the pictures, Leslie. I usually just jot down chicken-scratched notes. For best results, I try to get the notes into my computer within a day or two where I can expand on them. Other times the little scraps of paper just end up in a special box for later interpretation.

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  17. Ugggh I'm so bad at remembering details for using them later. There's this guy at my job that has a great voice; I could totally steal his expressions and make him famous! But when I sit down to write can I think of any of them? Every time I have a meeting with him do I remember to take notes?

    No. Gah.

    But i like your idea of visual documentation.

    Maybe I just need to sneak a recorder into my work meetings ;)

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  18. I actually haven't thought about it. Hmmm...I just try my best and I read a ton to see how other writers describe
    things.

    My GPS always gets me lost. :)

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  19. Road trips are definitely great for the imagination!

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  20. I usually take lots of notes but this time I kind of just lived in the moment. There were lots of family members/friends around so I was pretty distracted.
    I'll have to go back someday just on my own. ;)

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