N. R. Tucker

The Worlds of My Mind



Hiking, Writing, and COVID-19

It’s been almost four months since my last post. Sometimes life takes you in unexpected directions. As part of my unplanned journey, I spent five weeks in Durham, NC. While it was a stressful time, there were good times too. Between appointments, we were able to hike every day but two during those weeks. Durham has some wonderful trails, but they aren’t mountain trails.

On the plus side, I was able to work in this lovely library every morning and evening and my writing prospered. I finally turned over Prized, Book 7 in the Farseen Chronicles series, to my first round of beta readers. Although it’s going to be late, it will be out this fall. It is the last full sized novel in the Farseen Chronicles. I have a collection of novellas and short stories from that world that I may publish, but no more full novels.

We returned home from Durham, and had a couple of of nice hiking weeks before COVID-19 began its descent into our daily lives. At first I watched with a bit of amusement as people went on a Toilet Paper hunt, amazed that of all the things to covet, TP topped the list. I would have expected canned goods and such to be the most sought after items. Sometimes it is hard to remember we are the dominant species on this rock we call earth.

My daughter and I (and, of course, the pup) are still getting out in the sunshine but only on short walks in the area, nothing over four miles. I miss the mountains, but have renewed my love of a stroll with the birds, deer, turtles, and flowers where we live.

Working on my current writing projects has kept me fairly organized, but I’ve found that not having my regular Tai Chi classes and other such appointments, leaves me wondering what day it is. I have even had to check my phone to be sure. (Not a sentence I ever expected to write.)

I’m in the process of finishing up final changes to The Caves of Kurazi (Finding Earth Book 3), with Book 4 still in draft mode. In addition, I’ve begun creation of a new series, the Veil of Thaum. At this point I’m creating art and mulling over multiple storylines. Should be interesting.

Poison Ivy

If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the world where poison ivy, poison oak, and other poison vines don’t grow, you should count that fact among your blessings. I doubt that this story will make any sense to you.

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Once Around the Block

Hiking, even a stroll through the neighborhood, is my preferred way to exercise. Today I remembered why I enjoy this activity.

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Yadkin Memorial Park

One Saturday, not too long ago, my hiking partners and I checked out a couple of town trails.

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Score 1 for the Stump

It’s a small stump, but an important one. Continue reading “Score 1 for the Stump”

15 Miles

My daughter and I spent three days hiking in the Smoky Mountains, exploring a few trails I hiked in Tennessee when I was much younger. Continue reading “15 Miles”

Soco Falls, NC

While driving east on US 19 in North Carolina, there is a small pull-off on the right with a short walk to a viewing platform of this double waterfall. Continue reading “Soco Falls, NC”

15 Miles

My daughter and I spent three days hiking in the Smoky Mountains, exploring a few trails I hiked growing up in Tennessee. Continue reading “15 Miles”

Haw River State Park

Searching for a new-to-us trail that didn’t require a long drive, my daughter and I discovered Haw River State Park. Continue reading “Haw River State Park”

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