When I was in college, I loved to go for drives in my base model Saturn with the roll down windows and the manual transmission. There were back roads near the university where you could drive past cattle and strawberry farms. I have no sense of direction or maybe it would be better to say I have the opposite sense and always choose 180 degrees from where I should, so I frequently got lost and had to find my way back. I drove around and saw where things led, always surprised when I found roads that connected and led me back to where I knew.
Years later, when Erik got sick and couldn’t get out of the house to do things, we started going for drives as a form of recreation—since neither of us grew up around where we now live, it’s an adventure, a kind of sight-seeing. Sometimes we just drove to see where it led and other times we planned it out. For a while, we worked our way to each finger lake from west to east. We found Amish farms, old churches, farms, lakes and beautiful countryside.
But it was mostly about spending time together, talking, joking around, having fun. I think the drives have kept us both sane in a difficult situation and have fed many of the scenes in Devils, Errant Gods and Demon King.
I asked Supergirl if she would write a few blog posts about our real lives. We’re calling it Hank and Jane IRL, and if you don’t get the Hank and Jane reference, you need to read Errant Gods 🙂