I hope you guys all had a twigtastic summer! I know I did, with camping, hiking, and lots of writing.
Special shout out to Serenity. Hoot hoot! Check out her awesome artwork.
But then it was time to get back to work, so I took a vacation. 🙂
To tackle all the cool stuff going on at Avalon HQ, I needed research and inspiration. So with a backpack full of pens, notebooks, and granola bars (thanks Ozzie!) I hit the trail in the giant redwood forests not too far from where I grew up. Look how ginormous this tree is!
Park Rangers explained that during the winter storms, trees fall across the path. Before trails reopen, they go to work, removing brush, rocks, and sometimes very large trees, making sure hikers can enjoy wild places without disturbing the animals that live there.
Exploring meadows, woods, streams, and waterfalls, I spotted all kinds of wildlife, from birds and bunnies to hawks and banana slugs. And I’m pretty sure I saw a few brimbees hopping into a bush, and a flobbin flipper splashing in a stream.
Feeling the earth beneath my feet, sensing the forests all around me, breathing in the cool, fresh air, I felt like a mistwolf exploring magical places. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, the ideas started flowing.
And now I’m back at my desk, Attila and Raider in writing positions (that means scrunched on the chair), and ready to rock!
Book 10, Heart of Avalon is in stores now. I’m sure Ozzie has more information about that plus all things Avalon on his blog. I had a lot of fun writing HoA and I’m so pleased Allison Storm drew the fantastic interior sketches.
I hope the new school year is off to a great start for everyone. Do good work and be kind to your friends – animal and human!