Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Travel the gravel

Whoa! Did I freak you out?

Did you log on today and say, "Wait a minute! This isn't Kat's blog."

Sure it is. I just felt like I needed to change things up a little. After much wrangling with my computer at home, I finally managed to come up with a photo for my blog title that looked somewhat professional and a little bit snappy.

You likes? The photo above is actually a screenshot from the video I put together for the song, "Gone." (Look in the YouTube list at the side to watch the video.) It was shot on a rural road north of Tilden, Nebraska -- a tiny town about 30 miles away from where I work.

I've heard a lot of people say Nebraska is boring, but I believe those people have probably only experienced what's along the main roads. To really appreciate the beauty of Nebraska, you have to travel the gravel. You have to find the minimum maintenance roads (although not after a rain storm.

I grew up believing heaven looked like the land beyond the gravel roads in the cuthills of Northeast and Central Nebraska and the rolling green sanddunes in western Nebraska. In fact, several chapters of my novel are set in the rural countryside of Greeley County. It can get monotonous after a couple of hours, but there's nothing I love more than taking a daytrip west.

I love the beauty of the countryside out there. It's a nice change of pace from the mini-city in which I work.

So, in the spirit of that nice change of pace, I thought I'd change the landscape of my blog for awhile.

I hope you enjoy it!

1 comment:

Sheri Boeyink said...

I love the blog, KAT! Looks great.

I wish I could figure out my site to get a picture in my title. I'm told I can, but yeah, ME figure it out? Yeah, right. I can't even figure out how to get my little picture to show up when I leave comments on blogs. LOL

Maybe some day I'll learn, huh?

Having been raised in the Midwest (MN, IA, IL) I've seen my share of desolate roads through small towns, etc. I never really took the perspective you provided in your post today.

Now that I'm in the desert (AZ), all I see is dust, dirt, and Brown, Brown, Brown....I'll have to try looking at it through this new perspective and see what I see!

Have a great day!