They go together! No matter what the purpose for your trip–visiting relatives, ruins or mountain tops—you can always sneak in a little writing. Even if you are only thinking, the new places and people will light your literary fires.
On a recent trip to Victoria my main purpose was to see my granddaughter (and her parents!) but I managed to spend time with my laptop for a couple of hours every day. That felt so good that I became more and more enthused–excited even–about the progress I was making.
And one morning we purposely set out, sans three-year-old, for some serious browsing at Bolen’s bookstore in Hillside Mall. The visit was a revelation. I headed for the writer’s section first and found so many how-to titles I couldn’t choose. Stephen King’s On Writing, Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, and Renni Browne & Dave King’s Self-Editing for Fiction Writers made it to the till with me. I am hoping they will each live up to my happy expectations as I work my way through them.
Finally I stopped at the huge display of magazines. Now I have to say that here in Ontario we have Coles and Chapters and Indigo, but the ratio of books to housewares has sadly slipped in the last few years. I guess we should be happy the books are still there at all.
I do miss the great bargain books Chapters used to have. Most of the ‘bargains’ now are strange titles I would never buy; hence, my much used library card these days.
Getting back to Bolen’s magazine racks, I was amazed. There were many titles about writing. Yes, I said many. I came home with the Writer whose headline story was Sell Your First Book: Success tips from an 8-Time Author. Well, I had to have that one and spent the five hours on the plane trip home reading both the excellent, riveting articles and the many writing-related ads. It was wonderful. I checked the publisher and it comes from the States. The subscription rates are $10 more for delivery in Canada. I’ll probably subscribe anyhow. So much more exciting to read a mag about writing rather than another one full of makeup and fashionista articles.
So my trip to Victoria fulfilled two needs for me: seeing my wee girl and getting a punch in the arm for my writing. It’s all good.