Melbourne was great. We made some great friends and left really liking the city. The city itself is super walkable. There’s tons of great places to eat and explore, loads to do. It might be one of the best cities I have ever visited. It’s the best parts of Seattle, San Francisco, and Portland all rolled into one.
We also took a few days to get out of the city drive down the Great Ocean Road. (Which is where the pic above comes from.) It was by far one of the most beautiful roads I have driven on, saw some wildlife, an incredible shoreline that easily rivals the views on America’s own Highway 101. I would very much like to do it again. If you get a chance you should go.
Kari-Lise’s show (which was why we went to Melbourne in the first place) went fantastic. It nearly sold out, I believe there’s only one piece remaining. While we were down there she was also interviewed for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s blog. It’s a good read. She gives much better advice than I do.
So with vacation behind me it’s time to get back in the groove. After all I got writing to do. Here’s what’s coming:
- More Old Broken Road news. Still shooting for a early 2014 launch. Thanks for everyones patience.
- I’m signing up for a few local-ish cons running a booth and slinging signed copies of The Stars Were Right. More info as they are confirmed.
- Work continues on the mysterious book three. I was able to unravel a few small things on my trip. Hopefully it’s pace will pickup.
- I got insanely inspired with an idea for a non-traditional fantasy while I was in Melbourne. Which is both good and bad. I have two books I am working on dammit! I shouldn’t be focusing on a third. So for now I am taking copious notes, and drawing a couple of maps. Which counts as notes! Don’t judge me!
Finally, a huge thanks to Drew Gerken for picking up my slack with the Friday Link Pack while I was away. As I expected he killed it. Lots of good stuff to share. If you missed his posts check them out over at his blog. Also give him a follow. He’s a good guy and has a great perspective. Can’t wait to read his stuff.
All in all it’s good to be back. I love traveling. I love removing myself from my own comfort zone and experiencing the world. I love what it does to me, and how I come out afterward. Travel sharpens me, makes me more aware and encourages me to explore, it broadens my horizons. All things I believe are critical to the creative process. It has me excited to get moving on all my projects again. Big things are coming. Stick around.