I’m bad at taking detours – in that I take a lot of them. In my life. In my writing. In my plans to do for a day.

But sometimes the detours are really good for the soul. One year (a long time ago) I was planning to drive about 7 hours north to visit a friend, but I took a detour to stop off at a lake for a break at about the halfway point. The lake was clean, clear and the campground and surrounding park area – empty. I called the same friend and instead of me continuing to her place, she packed up what we needed and met me at the lake where we stayed instead.

Alice Lake Provincial Park

Alice Lake Provincial Park

That detour turned out so well that gave me the encouragement to make other detours.

In my writing, I’m known for several series and taking a detour from those isn’t exactly a hardship in that it allows me more literary freedom, but it’s unnerving. I know my readers like what I’ve been writing, but will they like what I detoured to write? Of course, like taking a trip to an unknown lake when I should be on the road and driving instead was also a bit of a gamble. And it turned out better than I expected, so I’m hoping these new books will as well. Instead of dark twisted mysteries with psychics and vampires in horrific situations, these new books are lighter, still paranormal but not so dark. Not so twisted. And maybe not so popular – but that’s the chance I have to take. 🙂 Of course I will continue to write on the other series as well!


In my day to day work life,  I am a strong believer in getting work done. I love To Do Lists. (and use to keep my straight) and I believe in rewards. Time off for good behavior and all that. In other words, after I accomplish something (or many somethings depending on the size of the jobs) I get to detour from my work for something fun.

I don’t like to read news at these times, it needs to be light, inspiring or fun detours. Places like

  1.  and yes, it’s exactly what it seems. Great for a few moments of fun.
  2. – where I can watch and learn about other people’s dreams – as crazy as they may seem to me!
  3. – It’s almost an encyclopedia of places, people and products from real life mention in favorite BOOKS!
  4. – the name is self explanatory. The place is great for research.
  5. – I so want to travel and this website keeps my list of destinations always growing! And it has so much more to look at then destinations.  This is one example – Giant Desert Art project.  The art project was created in 1997 and is called Desert Breath, a Land Art project created by D.A.ST. Arteam.



Did you ever take a detour in life – how did it work out for you? Would you take another one?


About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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7 Responses to Detours

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Dale, this was an inspiring post! You gave me great ideas about my wip. I looked at all the links (laughed at a few on the lol post), and scribbled a page full of notes. Thanks!

    As for my detour in life… Many! Writing was one of the big ones. 🙂

  2. Misty Evans says:

    I took a detour this morning! I caught up with two TV shows (on demand) instead of writing. OMG, I never do that! But I’m so stressed and so overwhelmed at the moment, I needed to get out of my head. Diving into Scandal and Twisted provided the opportunity to get into someone else’s head. LOL. I know it’s only fiction, but the dramatic lives of fictional characters can give me perspective on my own life.

    Thanks for the links…I’ll share them with my FB peeps! Happy detouring, Dale. 🙂

  3. marilynbrant says:

    Loved this post, Dale, and I really enjoyed seeing your photo of that gorgeous lake!! Wow…definitely worth a detour! My husband’s ability to be flexible with travel plans was one of the reasons I fell in love with the guy 🙂 . We were heading out of Chicago to drive out to Boston for spring break but, we’d barely made it a few miles down the road when we got the news that the city was hit by a wintry storm. So we stopped at a nearby fast-food place and pulled out the map. I said, “We were going drive for 1,000 miles… How about we go in the other direction?” And he said, “Sure!” Which is how we ended up in Colorado instead! It was a wonderful, memorable detour and, eventually (on another trip), we did finally get out to Boston, too, LOL.
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …A Summer in Europe ~ Book Club Pick!

  4. Dale, I especially love that last image. That’s so cool!

    I’ve taken plenty of detours in my life. Once I was going to Greece, and then my friend couldn’t get a visa to go, so instead, we detoured to Italy, and spent time in Florence, Rome and Venice. Best detour I ever took. 🙂
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: The Golden Apple

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