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And the biggest change of course is that since I last wrote here I have become a mom. Patrick wrote the sweetest post about it over on our shared blog Unleash Your Adventure titled A New Adventure Has Begun. It still makes me teary eyed when I read it, it is so sweet.
So that has been my past 2 years! From writing the last post in the heat of tropical South East Asia to freezing my butt off here in Berlin!
I have been internet less for almost a week now. Part of that was because the hotels we stayed in did not offer internet. The other half came from the fact that our map said there was a road when there was not, and we took a locals advice and became somewhat lost in the Cambodian jungle. But more on that to come over on Unleash (as soon as the pictures finally load up on Flickr that is).
But imagine my delight when I finally log in and check how the Iceland book is doing, and find out that it is number 3 in Kindle books on Iceland.
No reviews yet. Holding my breath and hoping that when they do come in they are good!
My newest Chasing Summer is out on my rude awakening to the truth about monkeys. Now when I see a tourist on the side of the road squeal in delight upon seeing a monkey, inwardly I sneer at their naivety. Cute, but oh so …. well… MEAN!
It is finished! And can be found here: Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Journey. I am ecstatic that it is finally out, and I am rather proud of myself too! The temptation to keep tinkering until it was “perfect” was strong. So I figured better to let a less than perfect book go out than never finish a book. Because nothing will ever be perfect! Someone will always find a problem with it. And in the end, I’m proud of it and that is all that I can do!
There has been little activity here on the blog front (or over on Unleash for that matter) for two reasons, both of them exciting for me. The first was the visit of my parents, and the other is that the past week (since they left) I have been putting the Iceland book together. I hope that today will be the final round of uploading and fixing of typos (each time I think that I am though and proudly pass the book off to be checked someone finds more!).
Until then I leave you with Bangkok Underwater, the next Chasing Summer article and the account of us hitting the floods on the way to get my parents at the airport.
I wish I had a picture from that day, but as my camera is not water proof I decided to leave it behind, and given the circumstances of what occurred, I think that was a rather intelligent decision! Perhaps the only one of the day!
So instead I leave you with a picture from the day before, when I could swim and the ocean was calm. What a difference 24 hours can make!
We are staying one week in Khao Lak, Thailand. The German has the opportunity to work remote on a project that requires about 100 hours and so we have decided to split it up into one week on the beach, and then one week in Bangkok. This means I get one week to write, and only write. My Iceland book is now off to editors (yes plural, I have decided to go with swapping services, so it goes through a series of them before it is finally finished) and I do not think it makes any sense to tinker with it until it is back. So that means I have one week to start a new project.
And my mind suffered a giant brain freeze of fear.
I honestly thought once I worked my way through the Iceland book starting a new project would be easier. I had done it before. Now it was time to start again. I do not even have work or other commitments pushing in on me like last time.
And not so.
So I did what most writers do, I let myself feel like I was working because I was on writer’s sites.
And found out I should feel afraid, because everyone does.
Mhairi Simpson just wrote a post that could have been taken out of my head, (including fighting the battle of fat, because that has been struggle for me since moving to Germany) and over on Writer UnboxedCarleen Brice talks about Writing Through Doubt, and how she still is afraid despite the success of her first novels and even having them made into TV movies.
And finally, if they do not convince you it is normal, then check out Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk. Love her or hate her (and we writers need to accept that there will alway be people in both camps about us, and stop letting that stop us!) I find this to be a great pep talk. And now I am off to write!