Part 4 – SCBWI and Getting Lost in the Woods

Updated: May 2


Saturday as I was working on the design I came to a section where we focus on health, handling stress and taking care of yourself. Part of staying healthy means not spending marathon sessions at the desk without a break or exercise. That’s when I realized I had been sitting at my desk for a marathon InDesign session. I decided I should take my own advice and get outside for a run to enjoy the beautiful afternoon.

My favorite kind of running is on a trail in the woods where I can be alone and decompress. There are some great trails near my house at a huge park called Umstead. These trails go for miles. I planned to run for about a half hour…easy-peasy in and out then back to work. I love to run trails I haven’t run before, so I picked a new one that I hadn’t tried yet. I’ve only run at Umstead a handful of times so most of the trails are new to me. This one was amazing and started out by following a deep wide stream (Umstead is quickly becoming a favorite place to run).

Work in progress for the SCBWI fall conference.


Anyway to make a long story short I got a little turned around as I made my way along some very long unfamiliar paths. Not knowing exactly where I was, I ended up running pretty deep into the woods and spending much more time there than I had intended. MUCH, much, more time. In fact let’s just put it thus way if I had been in there any longer, I probably would have made the evening news as one of those, Old guy lost in the woods, search and rescue stories. It was a humbling experience but yes, I made it out alive and am all the better for it.


By my best estimate I probably ended up running for about 6 or 7 miles and then walking around 63 miles. You would think I’d be discouraged but honestly I can’t wait to go back and run it again. Well, not the exact same trail, but this time I think I’ll print out a map before I go… and maybe pack a flare gun just in case.


Above is a little piece I’ve been working on to help promote Bob Ostrom Studio at the event. Once this campaign is complete I’ll post it here on the site for those of you who aren’t able to attend this year.