Camping and Unbraining

Camping and Unbraining
May 19, 2016 No Comments » For Authors, Writing Advice Amanda Hester

quotescover-JPG-51“Of course, not everybody likes camping trips. I do not myself enjoy them much, because I’m not outdoorsy, or at any rate, I’m not outdoorsy overnight-without-a-matress-wise. There’s a limit to the outdoorsiness to which some academics can be expected to submit.”
~Gerald A. Cohen, Why Not Socialism?


Going Unplugged

Okay, I will admit, I am not the most outdoorsy person. I do enjoy the occasional kayaking or fishing trip with my husband. Mostly, I do these things because he adores them, and I adore him. Left to my own devices I would probably stay indoors 24/7 with my nose in a book or with my fingers stuck to the keyboard. Rainy days and kitty cats are my favorite go to activities. Even when I lived in sunny Florida, I favored a book on the couch to a romp in the waves!

Taking the Leap

However, I do recognize the value of unplugging. And really, camping is the only way it is going to happen for me. I have vowed to be more receptive to my husband’s begging for outdoor adventures this summer. He has gone out of his way to make it more enjoyable and productive for me. I now own a nifty voice recorder for capturing wayward ideas and some great writing software that makes being mobile easier.

He’s even tried enticing me with fine amenities such as an inflatable mattress and a humongous tent. And he never bats an eye when I overpack. I always over pack.

One of our first camping trips this year will be with OWS’s very own Stephanie Ayers and for once I am so excited! I love when Stephanie comes to visit and this time she is bringing the family. We are planning to pitch our tents at a local state park surrounded by lakes and all the beauty of the tri-state area. We also get to break in our brand new tree hammock, which Shawn is super excited about.

Test Run, Home Style

13214560_10209300402731965_1979135849_oWe decided to give the new hammock a test run but we don’t have any trees within proximity of each other in our yard. So, we did the next best thing. We set it up using the columns on our front porch.

It was really simple and easy to set up, Shawn was done within 5 minutes. I had the video camera handy in case he took a spill into the rose bushes but he got in and out with ease. And it was super comfy! I was really surprised at the quality of the fabric and the stitching.

I can’t wait for Stephanie to get here so we can unplug together, if only for a weekend. We’ll be communing with nature, getting in touch with our inner muses and plotting for the growth of OWS. All while half napping in this awesome hammock. That’s if Shawn doesn’t hog it the whole time!

Shawn and I also plan on doing some off river camping this summer so it is important that anything we bring is lightweight and easy to pack into one of our kayaks.

Tried and True

I know the times that I have gone on plugged I always come back full of new ideas and fresh motivation. I don’t know why I drag my heels so much at the thought of going “off the grid,” maybe it’s a bit of that FOMO that seems to be going around these days. I believe this is going to be a great summer and I am going to come out of it with enough material to keep me writing all winter.

Before I go, let me leave you with a giggle:


Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy!





Disclosure: Live Infinitely sent me their double camping hammock free of charge in exchange for my honest and unbiased review… all thoughts here are my own…

Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is the founder and CEO of Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.

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