Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning — Gloria Steinem

October has arrived. And near the end of this month, I will be going on my field trip or research trip, if you want to call it that. You could even refer to it as a vacation since I’ll be using my vacation time for this. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the trip.

It’s more than just a vacation. It’s an opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and tastes of the place. To disconnect from everything that has been in my face for the last little while. To absorb everything like a sponge — assuming I’m still capable of being a sponge. To open myself up to a different world and culture. And to let my imagination run wild and run free with all sorts of possibilities for my writing.

Yes, I haven’t indicated where this field trip is located. I’m just being evasive. Sorry, you’ll just have to put up with my nonsense. But it is justified nonsense. Only a handful of people know where I’ll be going and I’d like to keep it that way for now.

Anyway, there is still field trip-related shit to do before it happens. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on an adventure. Way over due. This upcoming adventure should keep me satiated for awhile. Either that or I’ll be craving for more. We’ll see.

There is a book I need to dig into even though I’m trying to work through another one. I think I’ll temporarily put that one aside to concentrate on the new one. I think I can rip through the new book faster than the other one. I don’t know why I’m having such a tough time working my way through the other book. Maybe it’s the author’s storytelling style. Maybe it’s the way all the characters have been introduced to me as I turn the pages. Sinking into the book has been challenging. It’s a little annoying that I can’t get into it, to be honest. But I know the book is worth reading so I will go back to it after I go through the new book. Both these books are part of my research.

The closer to the trip, the more I’ll be dreaming about it. Not dream in the sense that I’ll be dreaming about the trip in my sleep. More like, at any given moment, pre-occupied or not, I’ll be thinking/daydreaming about it. The more I daydream about the trip, the more I’ll be thinking about my two main characters for the next novel. They’re as excited about the trip as I am. Can’t blame them.

There will be lots of conversations between me and the boys during and after the trip. Lots of conversations. It’s gonna be great.

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