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A Much Needed Break
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:07:14 PM »
Sometimes there are things far more important than deadlines, writing projects and constantly checking sales. Today I took my son "2 years old" fishing way out in the mountains and watched as he caught his first trout ! We had a blast until it got cold, but d*mn am I proud of him. It was indeed, a much needed break. now, back to the grind.
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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2012, 03:18:46 PM »
Sometimes there are things far more important than deadlines, writing projects and constantly checking sales. Today I took my son "2 years old" fishing way out in the mountains and watched as he caught his first trout ! We had a blast until it got cold, but d*mn am I proud of him. It was indeed, a much needed break. now, back to the grind.

Sounds great. I think of things like that as recharging the batteries. You draw a lot of juice when you write. It's important to refresh the raw material from time to time.

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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2012, 03:40:55 PM »
Yeah, that's exactly what it's like. I'm refreshed and ready to work. Just being out there in the Blue Ridge always seems to ground me to reality, hell I don't feel right unless I get out in the wilderness for a while every so often. I absolutely love where I live.

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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2012, 03:46:37 PM »
That's really nice, and reminds the rest of us to take a breather!


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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2012, 04:08:52 PM »
Now that's a great way to spend some time.

Congrats to ur kid!

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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2012, 04:29:48 PM »
I agree, and what a wonderful moment. Children grow up so fast -right before your eyes. My daughter performed at a festival today with her dance troupe. I love to watch her dance. She is so beautiful. It just makes my heart soar.

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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 04:39:25 PM »
I agree, and what a wonderful moment. Children grow up so fast -right before your eyes. My daughter performed at a festival today with her dance troupe. I love to watch her dance. She is so beautiful. It just makes my heart soar.

That is the truth, time is something you never get back. The place I took my son is about a halfmile hike and, of course, I toted him most of the way, but the smile on his face as he reeled in his first fish will be etched in my memory forever. Priceless stuff.

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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2012, 04:44:54 PM »
No one has every passed St. Peter at the Gate, stepped inside and then thought, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time at the office."

The most vivid memories of my daughter as she was growing were formed in a small Alaskan stream, trout fishing, with half a dozen Kodiak bear about three hundred yards upstream catching their dinner of salmon. She was nine. The picture will never leave my memory.

Thanks for sharing, J.L.

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Re: A Much Needed break.
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2012, 04:51:53 PM »
That's what it's all about.  A nice memory for you both!

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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2012, 06:08:19 PM »
No one has every passed St. Peter at the Gate, stepped inside and then thought, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time at the office."

The most vivid memories of my daughter as she was growing were formed in a small Alaskan stream, trout fishing, with half a dozen Kodiak bear about three hundred yards upstream catching their dinner of salmon. She was nine. The picture will never leave my memory.

Thanks for sharing, J.L.

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Awesome.

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Re: A Much Needed Break
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2012, 06:57:51 PM »
I spent the day at the Zoo with my parents, wife, and kids today.  It was nice to get away from my laptop, which is with me 99% of the time, no joking.  Got to pet some stingrays too.

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Re: A Much Needed Break
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2012, 02:56:21 AM »
What a great memory to have--you'll get a kick out of telling him about it for the rest of your life.   ;D  It's good to realize that we need a break from this writing obsession, because you can write anytime, but once these years are gone, there's no going back.

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Re: A Much Needed Break
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2012, 04:55:33 AM »
An actual trout? It wasn't a Wii experience?

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Re: A Much Needed Break
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2012, 05:18:09 AM »
Wonderful! What a great way to recharge.

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Re: A Much Needed Break
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2012, 05:35:39 AM »
Good for you! Life passes by so fast especially the older you get - grab those precious memories NOW before they're gone forever.