I only have 2 more days of work to get through before going to the beach. The Outer Banks of NC hold many, many precious memories from my childhood and I am so grateful that I get to take my boys to the same area for them to make their own memories. The entire place, from Corolla to Cape Hatteras, is one of my favorite places on Earth.
Then, 3 weeks after I get back from that trip, I’m taking a train to New Orleans. A lot of people are pitying me because it’s a 22 hour ride each way. Here’s the thing though. I’m bringing my laptop, phone, and notebooks with my rough drafts to be transcribed, so I’ll have lots of time to type. It’s New Orleans for Fourth of July and get to see fireworks from dueling barges on the Mississippi. I have a hotel in the French Quarter and my sole goal from the single full day I get to spend in The Big Easy is to get a kick-ass cup of coffee from Cafe Du Monde, drink it in Jackson Square, and find the hole-in-the-wall Cajun place I had lunch at 15 years ago when I last went there for the Sugar Bowl (Go Hokies! Woo!). Then I get back on the train and spend another 22 hours typing when I want, napping when I want, and reading when I want because I’ll be totally alone. I love my family and adore my kids, but if I don’t get time alone it’s a very real possibility that I’ll snap and it would be very unpretty.
So that’s my next month in a nutshell. I know you guys are chomping at the bit for Sookie’s arrival, but I have to get through this chapter first. Based on the response to the last chapter, I’m guessing there are a few fictional-character crushes on Lex. Hey, I created him and I’m kinda in love with him myself. This chapter is a BIG reason why. I think I might have outdone myself and RealJena deserves major kudos for cheering me on. Sookie will most likely come to town while I’m enjoying the salt air of Kitty Hawk and… it’s pretty action-packed. If I let my kids read this, my ten-year old would approve. (actual quote when I gave him an age-appropriate synopsis of this story: “Why do you have to write all that mushy love stuff. Write some action stuff that not all kissy!) So enjoy this little steamy intermission from action and drama and enjoy the serious kissy stuff.