Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge, hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
Last Thursday we drove eight hours to be a part of history. My husband’s family have been involved in horse racing for a long time. His father and grandfather both raised and raced thoroughbreds. So, for them Breeders’ Cup is a big deal. These 2 days of races took place in Kentucky this year, at Keeneland.
The trip down was long and there were two near misses from people on cell phones. But I was able to write a bit, read a book on plotting and do some editing.
Friday we had fun at the track. I had several jockeys sign a hat and we actually won a few races. But it was Saturday’s biggest race, the Classic, that we had come for. American Pharaoh, the first triple crown winner in 37 years, was to race his last race. He was cheered from the time he made his appearance and then in the final stretch when he pulled ahead and crossed the finish line first. The explosion of cheers was electrifying. History indeed – the first triple crown winner to win a Breeder’s Cup Classic.
Driving back Sunday we still felt the glow from Saturday. But it also seemed to spark my writing, as I wrote and wrote, scene after scene – well over five thousand words. Nothing fives a boost to writing as does an eight hour drive as a passenger.
I have started a new novel for NaNoWriMo and I got a good start on it during our trip.