Springtime in Idaho, plus a bit of luck

Yesterday was a travel day for me. This means my only job was to get to Lewiston and check into my room. I have a presentation to make for work today. I’ll go over my presentation materials in a few minutes.

While I’m waiting for the hotel to place out continental breakfast it seems like a decent time to update my blog.

Springtime in Idaho is a beautiful time. I saw animals all the way here. There were pheasants, turkeys, both mule deer and white tails. I even saw a bald eagle over the Salmon River.

Mostly though, Idaho Spring means construction. I passed through three construction zones yesterday with lengthy stops by flaggers. I even got to see one car who must have blown past the flagger at the far end, because he nearly had a head on collision with the pilot car I was following. Good times. There were two more construction zones, but they were monitored by those construction stop lights that are showing up more frequently. Only one rock hit my windshield and it didn’t chip.

Just past Grangeville, I got to watch a crop duster working. These guys always amaze me. Their acrobatic stunts are better than an air show. He was working close to the highway, and I almost ducked when he flew over my truck. I’m pretty sure I’m free of fleas and ticks now.

Since my only task was to get here, I decided to leave early. I was on the road by six am. My intent was to score some writing time if possible.

You can laugh if you want, but bald eagles have always brought me luck. Whatever my goal was, the sighting of an eagle insured success. This is what happened yesterday.

Serang and her master were still on that river. At this point in the story, they’ve been traveling a lot. There were lessons to learn along the way, and some cool creatures and scenery, but this is a novel not a travelogue.

I decided to tell a bit, jumping the story ahead by weeks and months. They sold their boat, marched back into the mountains, and met up with the only other living monk as far as they know. We made a fun stop at a blacksmith’s shop along the way. The elder monk also taught Serang an important lesson about the tigers she seems so enamored with.

Considering I haven’t been able to write any new fiction for a month now, I’m pretty happy. It came to 4010 new words I didn’t have before. Thank you Mr. Eagle.

When I called Old What’s Her Face last night, I learned that we’re going to have company again this weekend. That kills any writing time for Saturday or Sunday. I have a flex day in there, so maybe I’ll score some time then.

Or maybe, I’ll see another eagle on my way home today.

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38 responses to “Springtime in Idaho, plus a bit of luck

  1. I think 4010 is a great day’s work. Congrats.

    Hope the presentation goes/went well. Have a safe trip back. (Fingers crossed you see another eagle.)

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  2. Come on eagle spirit guide!

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  3. Awesome word count, Craig. Sounds like you were pretty entertained during the drive.

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  4. Wishing you lots of eagle sightings! That was an excellent day writing. May you have many more.

    The scenery sounds beautiful….minus the construction. I’m told truckers have a saying about Pennsylvania, According to them, PA only has two seasons—winter and road construction!

    All the best with your presentation!

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  5. I enjoyed this report on your drive and the construction, Craig, and the state of things in your writing world. Your writing is a pleasure to read. And I especially liked hearing about the wildlife you sighted, springtime arriving, and the luck of the eagle. This majestic master of the sky always gives me a thrill. Thanks for the update and keep on keeping on.

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  6. Great to hear about your writing luck. That’s a great word count for one day. Hope you see another Eagle soon.

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  7. Good work. Did Serang see any eagles?

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  8. Tapping into the eagle spirit… Why not?! 😉

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  9. When I lived in Illinois I was on the edge of a vast farm. I was always mesmerized by the crop dusters. Made for an exciting morning for sure. Glad you were able to get some writing in.

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  10. Congratulations, Craig. 4 000 words is great.

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author

    Hope all goes well for you for work. I’m a firm believer that we have lucky animals. I hope that eagle keeps making an appearance for you.

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  12. Wow, can’t say I’ve ever written that many words- way to go! I like the idea of construction lights, maybe it’ll save some lives.
    Eagles fascinate me, too. They can soar forever, it seems. We’re lucky to live in an eagle habitat on the island and get to see them almost daily 🙂

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  13. I know exactly where you are coming from. I love my family, but there are times when I wish I was an orphan! Love the eagle, we have red kite visitors in town and they are special too…

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  14. That’s a great word count! The eagle was my high school mascot. Glad they bring you luck.

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  15. Put the eagle in your next story, out of gratitude.

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  16. I feel your pain. I live in PA and there is always road construction. I used to work in Pittsburgh and the four possible ways I had to get to work were all under construction at the same time.

    Glad you were able to get some writing done.

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