Writer in the World

I’ve been traveling with family since Friday. We’re on a tour of the Southwest to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. (Happy birthday Mom!)

So far we’ve been to Vegas (where I turned 20$ into 43$ and called it a day), the Hoover Dam (big and kind of dull), and a town called Williams in Arizona that was surprisingly interesting for a small town (and had the best mac and cheese I’ve had in ages).

Yesterday we drove to the big destination of the trip: the Grand Canyon. And I have to say, I think I’m a fan.

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Vacation Reading

I’m back!

As you may or may not know, I’m a big reader.  Like, I love reading.  A lot.  So a big concern on any trip is how to make sure I have enough reading material.  (I’ll be honest, the usual solution is “buy more books while traveling.”  This is somewhat at odds with my dream, ‘downsized’ lifestyle.)  Here’s a picture of what I came home with yesterday, after two weeks away:

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On the road again

This week is the traditional Carnan family vacation in the Shenandoah.  We’ll be spending the week at Shrinemont, where they feed you three times a day and the rest of the hours are your own.  Until recently it didn’t have cell phone service or wifi, and even now those are pretty spotty.

Sounds like the perfect writer’s retreat to me!

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What’s going on here?

A few years ago my mom and I discovered the TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”  It took me about two seasons before I discovered that the show is based on a book series.

I’ve been devouring the books (seriously, I just reread and reread them.  The characters are so engaging!) over the past several months, sometimes in order and sometimes just picking up whichever one strikes my fancy.

One of the books, Ruddy Gore surrounds a mystery at a theater.  It also introduces Phryne’s long-term lover, Lin Chung.

During a conversation between Phryne and her companion (Dot) about Lin, something weird happens.  I can’t tell if it’s something that got missed in editing, I’m misreading it, or what, but this conversation definitely doesn’t make sense to me:

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Pancakes to Cruise Director

Since we have guests staying this week Kevin and I had to do some major grocery shopping over the weekend.  Due to things (having been out of town, mostly) we didn’t end up getting to the grocery store until about 9:30 at night on Saturday.

While we were there we needed to get a chicken but the chicken display was empty.  We asked a nearby employee if he could help us find a chicken and he literally ran across the store to find people to ask because whoever he was trying to call wasn’t picking up.

Because he went so above and beyond to help us I left a compliment with the managers on duty. As I did, one laughed and muttered to the other “he gets so many compliments.”

That reminded me of my first-ever cruise.

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