Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Where The Family Has Been Recently...

So, you know my family is in a land far far away. No, not that place. They've been in Shetland, staying with my father in law. Recently, though, they took a trip back to the mainland, where they were awed by things like trees. Gudrun took a few snaps, as she quite likes to do. I thought I'd offer a few for your visual stimulation.

This is near Dunkeld and Birnam, in Perthshire...
These are just some leaves...
And a tree... (The girl isn't mine, but she's a lovely family friend.)Flowers...
This is is the River Tay as it approaches Dunkeld. We used to live in Dunkeld, and I wrote quite a bit of Pride of Carthage while strolling along this river...
The kids out with a cousin for a walk in Aberdeenshire....
And then! Then they returned to Shetland. Just in time, too, for the seas soon churned up a gale...

In case you're wondering. Yes, I'm still working on the book. It's getting juicy. (In a "Man, readers are gonna hate you, Mr. Cliffhanger" type of way.) I'm fatigued, but I'm also nearly at the point where I type in "The Hell With It..."

Wait, no, that's not it. I meant where I type "The End". It's coming soon. Less than 24 hours away... Actually, I've got more like 12 hours left...

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8 Comments:

Blogger The Real Deal said...

Something I find a bit amusing and ironic: you're just about done with Other Lands now...and in a couple days thousands of us will be pick up our pens (er...turning on laptops?). I'm going to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer's Month) this November. =)

www.nanowrimo.com

3:22 AM  
Blogger Beth Armstrong said...

That's very exciting David...looking at these pictures reminds me a lot of you and Gudrun and the kids and our life before our kids! I think Gudrun has managed to capture Dunkeld quite well in these shots - does it make you pine for the Scottish lands at all? Thank you for your comment on my blog. x

5:16 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Real Deal,

I will so NOT be participating in NaNoWriMo. Not a chance! I can barely stand the thought of it. Ach!

That said, I hope you have a great time with it, and that many other writers do to. It's good stuff. I'm just a bit hung over - in novel-writing terms.

Beth!

Yep, as the years go by I find myself increasingly remember past moments. Sure, I pine for Scotland. Never stopped. I trust you do the same?

Our lives, however, take us in different directions. Oh, it's tough being a grown-up...

10:50 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

12 more hours? I can't wait that long!!!!!!!111111

1:31 PM  
Blogger Shawn C. Speakman said...

Beautiful pictures, David. I really need to go visit that place! Care to go once The Other Lands is done?

And I expect to be one of your early readers!

9:53 PM  
Anonymous stephe said...

No way can I do NaNoWriMo with some new markets waiting for submissions. I greatly admire everyone who goes for it this year, though. Maybe next year for me.

Show-stopping pics. My, that tree simply DWARFS that girl!

4:56 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi folks,

I'm in Calgary at World Fantasy now. Fun. (Of course I'm tired and close to being ill, but so it goes.)

Yes, the book is done. (At least until my editor gets back to me with all the things he wants me to add or subtract to it. Then the work begins again.)

And, Shawn, I am going to Scotland soon! I have to finish off the teaching semester, but once I do I'm on a plane (several, really) to the Shetland Isles!

I may take you up on that early reader offer, especially if I can con you into adding a "Other Lands" page to the website...

Stephe, some of those big trees in Birnam have branches so wide and ancient that they have crutches propped up under then to keep them from breaking. Really pretty magical to walk through them.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Brendan McGinley said...

Pretty gorgeous.

1:41 PM  

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