Weekend warriors – you gotta love them. Some fulltime RVers tend to get the attitude that the campground is their private reserve and resent it when the weekend campers arrive on Friday with their campfires, kids, and dogs. This is mostly because of the relatively few who don’t understand campground etiquette and allow their dogs to bark endlessly and their kids to run amok. But what the heck, they’ll all have to go back to the real world Sunday night and things will get back to normal.
The Hershey Thousand Trails is a popular place all summer long, but weekends are really busy. Our site is close to the campground’s entrance, and Friday evening I walked down to the dumpster to throw away some trash and there was a line of cars and RVs at the ranger station checking in. It reminded me of summer weekends before we hit the road when we lived in Arizona’s White Mountains, a popular escape from the desert heat. One of my reporters once took a night photo of U.S. Highway 60 through the Salt River Canyon, one of two routes to the high country, and it was an endless stream of headlights.
We have stayed home this weekend getting caught up on some chores at home, and except for having to keep our windows closed because our neighbors have had a nightly campfire going under our living room window, we haven’t really noticed the weekend crowd.
I spent some time looking at our travel route when we leave here and our next stop will be at Gettysburg Farm, another Outdoor World resort near Dover, Pennsylvania. We’ll spend a couple of weeks there and then go to Harbor View Resort in Colonial Beach, Virginia. After that it will be the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails near Gloucester, Virginia. And, of course, all of that is written in Jello, subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Today is your last chance to enter this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Maximum Security the third book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or on the Free Drawings tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
If you’re in the mood for a good paranormal romance, check out Jeanette Raleigh’s Fate’s Dark Glass, thee first book in her When Were & Howl Wanderers series.
I’ve read a lot of books on writing, publishing, book formatting, and just about everything there is to do with publishing, and I’m really enjoying the one I’m reading now, The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience. The advice is pretty good, though a lot of it isn’t new to me, but the author, Check Wendig, has a way with words and an irreverent attitude I appreciate. I mean, how can you not appreciate a guy who starts out in the book’s introduction by saying “Nothing in this book is true” and warns you that “the competition out there is as thick as an ungroomed 1970s pubic tangle”? Seriously, if you want some solid writing advice by a no BS guy, get yourself a copy of this book.
Thought For The Day – I don’t believe in religion. I believe in God. – A.D. Williams