Recently, my husband taught me about the handy voice recording application on my phone. Before I learned about that snazzy app, I brought a notebook along on my hikes, and whenever I got an idea for my writing, I stopped, opened my pack, got out the notebook, and held it awkwardly as I wrote out my thoughts with stiff, usually very cold hands. Now all I have to do is whip out my phone, hit "record," and talk. Hooray!
However, to others on the trail, I'm certain this activity makes me look like I am totally cuckoopants. It's one thing to go on a solo hike and talk to yourself (which, by the way, I do all the time). It is quite another to go for a hike and talk to your phone. Also, since I'm currently writing a fantasy about dragons, if a fellow hiker were to hear what I was saying, it would be something like: "When the Captor informs the Red Matriarch that she slaughtered his family, she's unable to believe it. She's been opposing the Valtamani Aza about the dragons' human hunting practices for hundreds of years." Yes. See? A totally normal thing to discuss with one's phone.
|Although I suppose I could seem weirder|
I had a similar incident at the public library yesterday. I was using an online thesaurus to find another word for "soft" in a passage I was writing describing a man's skin. When the helpful online resource offered me these words:
- squashy; and
[In case you're wondering, after careful deliberation, I decided to go with "squashy," so the sentence now reads: She shivered at the sensation of his warm, squashy skin beneath her fingers. I thought warm and squashy, when paired together, invoked a pleasant image, much like a pumpkin pie fresh out of the oven.]
|Mmmm, warm AND squashy!|
|By the way, it is totally normal to take this type of self-portrait while hiking|
I suppose things could be worse. I'm probably not going to make any friends on island, but perhaps, by the time I leave Orcas, I will be the stuff of legend. I may even become as famous as Umbrella Man.
|The Santa Cruzans out there will understand|