My Rich Fantasy Life

Jan 5, 2015 | 1 comment


Peter Newell's Illustration for Alice Through The Looking Glass

Peter Newell’s Illustration for Alice Through The Looking Glass

For me, there’s nothing like being on the sick list to raise the possibility of delirium tremens. Not the real ones, of course, which an online dictionary search tells me are an acute, sometimes fatal episode of delirium usually caused by withdrawal or abstinence from alcohol following habitual excessive drinking. It also may occur during an episode of heavy alcohol consumption.

No, my delirium tremens aren’t of the alcohol-induced variety. They aren’t even of the fear–caused variety my grandmother (a life-long tee-totaler) wrote about in a letter dated June 2, 1914: I helped the girls carry a couch down to the playhouse. That is I helped them as far as in front of Wachsmuth’s barn, where I came within an ace of stepping on a snake. For all I know the couch is where I dropped it. I have had delirium tremens ever since.

E.H. Shepard Illistration for Wind in the Willows

E.H. Shepard Illistration for Wind in the Willows

No… I think mine are of the fantasy variety. Perhaps it is being confined indoors or perhaps it’s the ennui associated with a dreaded winter cold, but as I get closer to recovery, I begin to dream about travel. Itchy feet. My usual contentment with being right where I am is lost in a sea of crumpled Kleenex and tell-tale cough drop wrappers. I’m ready for a dramatic change.

Of course, traveling is always a close-to-the-surface desire and, lately, I’ve been thinking quite seriously about a river cruise, perhaps on the Danube, perhaps next fall. So, with time on my hands and no energy at all, I decided to let my fingers do the walking and take a look at what cyberspace might have to offer. Great fun! And totally depressing at the same time. My travel fund is not even within the ballpark – not even close.

Edward W. Kemble Illustration for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Edward W. Kemble Illustration for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

And here I thought I was doing well. All of my royalties and book sales money go into an untouchable (except for emergencies) account which in my mind is labeled Travel Fund. The last emergency was the final part of our roof replacement a year and a half ago and, since then, not a penny of my Fantasy Fund (notice how I’ve relabeled it) has been touched. Obviously, instead of this travel nonsense, what I need to think about is writing a best seller…

1 Comment

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Those Viking River Cruises call to me whenever I watch Masterpiece Theater!


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