Not exactly truffle dogs.

We just got back from camping. We spent two glorious days in the wilderness without wifi or cellular service. All of the campsites were full, including a couple bushwhacker style ones we enjoy. This time we wound up far back in the woods. We only saw one other vehicle pass by in two days.

The dogs actually got to play off leash. They do this every day in the back yard, but around other campers I always control them. They really enjoyed the forest, and never tried to roam out of sight.

We hoped to find morels. This is the weekend we usually go, but I told my wife we were going to be too late this year. The seasons seem like they’re three weeks ahead of other years.

We had a huge western thunderstorm friday night. I have to admit I love these. Sitting in the camper during a deluge, or under the awning just clicks with me. It knocked down the pollens too, and I appreciate that.

Storms usually bring on fungus blooms, and this one did. Just not the morels. I found this one though. It’s very picturesque, but I’m pretty sure it’s one of the deadlier Amanita species.

We went to my wife’s favorite spot to search for morels. Unfortunately, there were none to be found. We’ve never been skunked here before. Frankie was more interested in finding the right stick to chew up. She doesn’t like them on the ground, but if they protrude from a log or a tree it makes her day.

Otto was just happy to follow dad around and look at whatever dad found.

This was the view about a mile from camp.

It looks like there should be buffalo out there, but not in Idaho. Unless it’s the border of Yellowstone.

We grilled up three lobsters Saturday night and ate like kings. They weren’t big ones, and we split the odd one between us.

Mosquitos were out in force, and we’re going to have to replenish our Deet supply before we go out again.

I managed a little writing time. Words flew from my fingers like never before.

The crew managed to escape the giant jellyfish, which the root monsters named Big Boogah. (Yes, Boogah means just what you might think it means.) They escaped in dramatic and adventurous fashion too. There were many who played a role, including some quick and dangerous thinking, and one feat of strength that impressed a few crew mates.

My pirates managed a big party to celebrate escaping the jellyfish, and the tropical storm. They’re headed for calm seas now, but they aren’t going to find them all that calm.

They uncovered a thief aboard the ship, held a mini Courts Marshal, and dealt with the perpetrator. Chamberpots were redistributed, and I must remember to use the term thundermug. This sounds like an appropriate word for the root monsters to use.

There is something going on with this story that I can’t quite put my finger on. Some stories use world building to gain a long popularity. I’m talking Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter stuff. I feel like I’m getting close to that ground here.

My crew has many broken characters. I’m only giving glimpses into their pasts, but it feels like enough to entice readers to want more. Readers will get a peek at a vast world that can let their imaginations roam after they’ve read the story.

I’ve been accused of white room, or white page syndrome before. My personal goal behind the scenes is to flesh out more of the setting, and I think it’s working.

On the other hand, I’m having a hard time finding a midpoint for this one. This is usually where the bottom falls out, the big plan is a failure, and they have to regroup somehow. Don’t get me wrong, some of this is planned out, but it won’t happen until closer to the end of the story. (I’m going with it for now.)

My next event will involve another sea battle, but some unusual evidence will turn up. I’m going to have to do a bit of research into brass cannons, and how big they got using brass. Obviously, steel is stronger, but brass was pretty popular.

Then I’m going to take them to Serang’s country to pull off a bit of a con game against their enemies. This will let me build more of her sad story into the tale, but only bits and pieces enough to carry the story. Of course a bit of color and pageantry should also be in the mix.

I’m off tomorrow. No idea whether it will be a writing day or not. I kind of hope it is.


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43 responses to “Not exactly truffle dogs.

  1. Sounds like a great weekend. Fun, lobster, and a little writing. Your pirates sound like a fun tale to tell. Happy writing!

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  2. It sounds like you have enough material with the pirate crew and their backgrounds to build a series.
    That scenery is gorgeous. I love watching/listening to thunder storms too, as long as they don’t get too violent. It’s something I used to do with my dad when I was a kid.
    Loved the pics of Frankie and Otto. They’re so photogenic. 🙂

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  3. Never heard of the term ‘white room’ before. Too bad you couldn’t find any morels. Has the weather made that big a mess of the growing seasons?

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  4. Sounds like the perfect getaway, and great inspiration for creativity.

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  5. Glad to hear you’re having fun! The dogs look beautiful and lobster? Not too shabby! Yay on the story!

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  6. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide and commented:
    Craig shares thoughts on a story he’s working on.

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  7. Rumor has it the morel hunting in southern Indiana is also sparse this year. I do feel the season’s off. Saw a praying mantis yesterday. It is not September. July’s flowers are open, and by that, I mean the ones that usually bloom after the 4th. :/ I don’t like it.
    I’m glad y’all got away and got you some scenery! Sounds great, looks great.
    Otto is a loyal fella 🙂
    You sure do accomplish a lot of writing. Props to ya!

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  8. The camping and story writing sounds like the perfect weekend.

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  9. robbiecheadle

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend, Craig. I am so pleased for you that it was a productive writing weekend too.

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  10. Sounds like a perfect weekend. I love thunderstorms, and your pirate story is sounding very exciting.

    I’d never trust Lilie loose in an area like that. I would have with Kero (our previous Westie) but Lilie is too willing to follow and make friends with anyone and anything that catches her attention. She’d be too likely to run off, so doesn’t get let off the lead off our property. We do have a retracting lead for her so she can get a bit of freedom though.

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  11. What a beautiful setting, and your story in progress is sounding more and more interesting!


  12. Unplugged, gorgeous views, and lobster? Sounds like a perfect weekend, Craig.

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  13. What beautiful photos! Glad you all had a great time. (The doggos look like they had a blast.)

    Glad writing is going well!

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  14. I’m a thunderstorm-aholic too. Magnificent things! 🙂

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  15. The camping trip and electronic disconnect sound fabulous, Craig! Congrats on progress on your WIP.

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