I’m back from Ireland, and my self-imposed blogging time-out! I took some time off from blogging to focus on my health. Those five weeks of “training” paid off. Chris and I walked so much during our 25th anniversary trip to Ireland, we both actually lost weight – while drinking pints of Guinness and eating fish and chips. I was way better prepared to climb stairs in the castles, walk uphill to the Rock of Cashel and the Cliffs of Moher, and hike from Torc Waterfall to Muckross Abbey.
It was an amazing trip. I will probably write an entire blog post of travel tips and things we learned. Like, the first half of September is the perfect time to visit Ireland. And don’t believe anybody who tells you it’s a good idea to drive a car on the Gap of Dunloe.
Now I’m getting back into my ordinary routine, and will be making some adjustments. Now that I’ve survived the trip, I can dial back exercise a little. I still have 30 pounds to lose, so this is not a short-term effort. Towards the end of my five week “OMG, Ireland!” Shape-Up, I was exercising a cumulative 1-2 hours per day. I might be able to maintain that, but not while also getting regular, meaningful writing time in. And after Ireland, I am so ready to get back to writing.
If you write fantasy, I highly recommend spending a week in a country full of medieval castles, ancient abbeys, and primeval forests to “fill the well.” Of course, the project at the top of my writing to-do list is finishing a space opera, but whatever. 😉 I’m still feeling inspired and refreshed, and that’s the important thing.
I’m also going to get back to writing book reviews. I dropped off in the middle of reviewing several “noir/fantasy” mash-ups, and I plan to finish those before reviewing some “alt history/fantasy” books (Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist Diaries, etc.)
If you have any fun spec-fic mash-up trends you’d like me to cover, let me know? Also, will probably write that “WTH is Slipstream?” post soon. Because inquiring minds want to know.
What about you? Did you have an amazing vacation trip or writer’s retreat this summer? Have one planned for the fall? How has travel informed your work and life?