8.01.2009

Hello Out There..... (echo... echo....?)

It's been a year and a half since I've been on this blog; I'm amazed I remembered the password! I'm here to say that yes, I am coming back to Vespa Vagabond. ((I just don't know when.)) My ride across the continent was too spectacular and too special to simply leave this blog and this story half-told.

But I can't dive into it right now. Writing memoir, at least for me, demands that I go back completely to the time and relive it - every detail, every smell, every feeling - I have to see it and feel it in order to write it. I become fully immersed to the point of probably seeming crazy and the past is more real than the present. I don't know how other writers work, but this is the only way I know how.

While writing The Daily Coyote, I split my time between working with Charlie, and going into the past and writing. I did nothing else. I did not cook, I did not see my friends, I rarely showered. I lived and breathed my first year with Charlie in order to write the book, breaking only to spend time with Charlie.

And while I loved living that way for the time that I did - it was surreal and dreamlike and so utterly romantic - I am not ready to go back into that space quite yet. I want to live in the present. I want to do things, notice what's around me, create with my hands, have adventures with my animals and the people I love.

And with the way I work, I can't do all those things and write about the past (Vespa Vagabond) at the same time. I have no idea if I'm explaining myself very well, but the point is, I love Vespa Vagabond. I will return to it. Sorry I can't give you a timeframe.

Happy Trails!

39 comments:

Dopey LaRue said...

YAY! I am sure I don't speak just for myself when I say that I am just thrilled to know that there is more someday! I never deleted VV from my RSS for just this reason :) Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational and motivational life with us!

NomadRip said...

Thanks. I was just wondering if I should remove it out of my feed. But if you're going to eventually get back to it, I'll leave it in there to tell me when you do. I wasn't trying to rush you :-)

Jen said...

I really enjoyed the bits you've posted so far and was pleased to see your post just now. I'm looking forward to the rest of the 'story'!

dgc said...

I know how hard it is to take up a memoir after an hiatus. There are quite a few stories I've abandoned due to loss of memory cohesion. I hope you can come back to this one. The least I can do is add to the assurances that you still have an audience.

gouldie said...

I guess I found this blog at just the right time

Anonymous said...

Something nudged me to check Vespa Vagabond tonight just before turning my computer off ... this was totally out of the blue after being away so many months. Now I can go to bed happy.
Thanks. Welcome back.

lucky kachina dancer said...

Looking forward to reading the rest of the story!

shreve / dailycoyote / V.V. said...

@dgc - Luckily I'm really good at having flashbacks! (And I've got about 3/4's of it written and have journals from the road...)

Thanks all you for the happy thoughts!

xo S.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Shreve. Looking forward to your return; until then, I'll continue to enjoy The Daily Coyote!

Anonymous said...

Cool. Can't wait til you get back, but I do understand the desire to live a bit in the present, too. Charley needs you, and Chloe, and Daisy. For Eli, you're staff.

Liza Lundell

Erin said...

Oh YAY!
I still check every few days, just in case, and today i was suprised to see a new post!

So, as everyone as proven, we're still here, when you're ready!!

Sarah said...

I'm just starting to read the archives and was really excited to see a new post on my RSS feed. Anyway, I can be patient, especially since there are all these archives for me to read. :) I'm glad to hear you plan to keep writing someday.

Pat said...

Just bumped into your book the other day. Thought I'd check out your adventures on the website. I am envious of your journey and wish I had the patience to write down mine. For now I will enjoy your writings. Thanks for sharing.

Maddy said...

Just found your blogs and I love them.
I am reading your book The Daily Coyote and am thoroughly enjoying it.
Perhaps some day you will be inspired to write one titled "Vespa Vagabond".
I look forward to reading all your posts old and new.
Thanks sp very much for sharing.
Maddy

Starr said...

We're still here. Glad you are too. You've been an inspiration to many, to take the leap and drive across the country on a Vespa.

wrecklessgirl said...

hello! i stumbled upon your blog and i had a heartattack! we are a community of travelers/artists at vagabondbond dot com and love the content of your blog. amazing!!! wyoming! how gorgeous! i'd love to keep in touch with you in case we start featuring vagabonds on the vagabond site (how random that our logo is a VESPA!!!???). blessings to you!

Furtive Flatulence said...

A friend forwarded to me this blog. Right at the time that i sold my LXV150. What a way to stick it to me. I regret, more than ever before, selling my favorite mode of transportation.

I started from the beginning of your blog and just finished a moment ago.

I will have another Vespa in the future. Yes, i will.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are back... or plan to be, anyway.
A friend sent me your book "The Daily Coyote", with just a note: read it.
So I did, and I am so inspired by what you write....
It makes me want to write a blog too... if I can ever master the English language (my second language) or get back into my native Italian....
Who knows... in the meantime I'll be looking for more of your posts.
Thank you,

Louise said...

Well, I'm still watching! Or actually my RSS reader is doing that for me :) I'd love to see and read more about your trip! Your photos sort of remind me of (a better, more impressive version of) my California roadtrip, which was obviously way shorter and less courageous than yours. Reading Vespa Vagabond makes me want to do that again, but better.

cryssy face said...

found your vespa blog from the daily coyote ! you're amazing!! can't wait to see the rest of it! :)
cheers from nyc!

Rogier said...

I found your blog while researching my plan to cross the US on a Vespa in order to take pictures, meet people and record their stories. Turns out I am not alone. Hope you are doing well.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we're still here and interested. Tell your publisher.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shreve,
Many congratulations on your Daily Coyote book; I am an editor who "discovered" your blog too late to see if my company could publish your book. If you are looking for a publisher for your Vespa book, I would love to take a look. We have had a lot of success helping to launch the careers of several bloggers turned authors. We have had many NY Times bestsellers as well as books that have helped millions of people as well as the planet. You can check out our web site if you like: www.hcibooks.com. Best of luck with your writing.
Allison Janse
HCI Books

Michael said...

Please e-mail me at michael@satterfieldgroup.com

I would like to do a write up on my blog about your adventure across country.

www.thegentlemanexplorer.com

Daniel said...

You're an interesting human being: Intelligence, beauty, wit, insight, courage. Has Mike ever wondered aloud at his great good fortune?

Daniel

Natalie said...

I just learned about your blog, and already I can't wait to read more about your experiences across the country! In such a short time (i.e., a day), you've inspired me to take advantage of out-of-the-ordinary opportunities that arise. I just recently finished grad school and moved on to a "big-girl" job (that luckily includes travel). Reading your posts have only cemented in me my desire to not get stuck in the rut of the working stiff.

Jim said...

Though the story is unfinished, what you did is really inspiring to me. I enjoyed reading through your blog this afternoon. Good luck to you in your future adventures.

ScooterBod - Vespa and Lambretta Accessories and Scooter Apparel - Vespa PX said...

Keep going with the blog, I really enjoy reading your stories!

phariequeine said...

I was somehow under the impression that Vespa Vagabond was a book you wrote. Imagine my frustration as I searched relentlessly at Barnes & Noble...to no avail. Assuming you actually have the time (now that you have added yet another blog to your daily goings-on)...I think it would make a wonderful book! Just a thought

cruisingmidwest said...

Hi, love the blog! Your posts are really inspiring. I'm looking at Vespas too and I was wondering what model you have? I'm weighing what I need as far as speed/cc...

Tania said...

Wow, and the vespa didn't break down going through all the cornfields throughout central US??
I've been across the middle and top of the US, and man, it has much more of an eclectic terrain then I thought (though I still think my Pacific Northwest takes the cake.) Anyway, beautiful photos, and check out mine if you're interested. We could link to each other or something? I'm new to blogspot and to displaying my photography. I'm 20 and have a lot to learn

David Masse said...

Hi Shreve,

I have a blog (http://scootcommute.blogspot.com) and I have linked to your blog.

If you feel that the link is inappropriate, I'll edit as you suggest.

Warm regards,

d.

The BattleWagon Chronicles said...

Your blog is wonderful. I absolutely relate to your having to immerse yourself in what you're writing about. It's almost as if, after you do that, words just flow onto the keys and into the eyes of others to be inspired. Keep up the good work. I look forward to hearing more.

And since you're in Wyoming, sometime you should cruise your Vespa down to Salida, Colorado to enjoy some art and rafting.

Russell T
Www.battlewagonchronicles.com

Steve Williams said...

Looking forward to reading more of your unique perspective on the world from astride a Vespa....

Steve Williams
Scooter in the Sticks

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Motoret said...

Hello... is somebody out there? :)

Almost two years ago since your "Ciao for now", perhaps it's a good moment for support you to remember this project. Or perhaps it isn't, I don't know.

Anyway I hope you're doing well and I will continue waiting patiently for your return. Happy New Year 2011 :)

(I'm sorry if my english isn't totally correct. I'm only a Spaniard biker that like to read good blogs ;) )

Mike said...

Vespa Forever!

Anonymous said...

hi shreve,

I just finished reading your "daily coyote" book & thoroughly enjoyed it and am sad that I don't look forward to going to bed as much without the book to read. I kept saying to my husband "wow, this girl is so similar to the way I think.....you even named your dog chloe, which is what I named our last dog.
Anyways, just wanted to say "loved your compassion for animals, which there were more people in the world like you!!" Take care, cindy

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