Let’s Do Trains Again

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.

Trains, planes, automobiles, buses have been my mode of transportation at one time or another in my life.

Traveling with my grandfather as a little child I was elected to talk to him so he wouldn’t go to sleep while driving. You guessed it, everyone else was asleep, I would lean on his seat and talk to him until we were home safe.

When I was older we would travel from the town where we lived to visit my grandmother in another city. That was before craziness became a part of Greyhound bus rides.

Every summer we’d visit my uncles and aunts in Chicago. We’d go in a car but ride the train home. At first I was afraid but quickly got over the fear and looked forward  to the ride.

When I was sixteen years old I was nominated to take my grandmother to New York to stay with her sister, That is a trip that I’ll never forget. It was a rough trip because I had to stay awake throughout the night to keep an eye on her. But by the grace of God we made it.

My first plane ride was to Chicago. I took my two young children on their first ride. They were a bit too young to remember. I realized that was the best way to get somewhere, have plenty of time to visit and get back home without being exhausted.

Last year I rode the train twice, from Rome airport into Rome and from Rome to Venice. Those were exciting train rides especially being my first time in Europe and not having a clue what I was doing.

I traveled in Venice by water taxis. That was the most relaxing mode of transportation I’ve ever experience. Can’t wait to do it again.

On my list now is to travel all over Europe by train and travel all over America by train also.

I’m ready to do trains again.

Ending and Beginning

I ended my last adventure and started a new one today.

My old adventure was taking a writing course online. The course was the first online course I’ve ever taken.

The course seemed to steer us toward writing a book. I never wanted to write a novel. I didn’t think I had enough to say to fill the pages of a novel. The assignment was to write titles for as many chapters as you’d want your book to have. Naming chapters brought an order to writing a book I’ve not known before and I believe I can if I put my mine to it.

Our last assignment was to write a 500-word piece about anything we wanted to. Mine evolved from an earlier assignment called I Remember that was to be a short paragraph. I started writing and it ended up being over 1,000 words that had to be shortened.

The monster was the final. Most questions appeared to be trick questions. I passed the final scoring 97 and missing one question that I labored over longer than I should have.

The course was very informative. I learned more than I previously knew about writing and hope to put it in practice in a big way.

My newest adventure is participating in NaBloPoMo for the first time. I’m expecting a great time writing my blogs and reading and interacting with other Bloggers.