Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Don't let me hear you say life's taking you nowhere...

Now that I think about it, I could probably use David Bowie lyrics for every single one of my blog titles.

But I won't.

You may have noticed that my blog has a new look! A new look means new adventures: I am officially going to Amsterdam. In a little less than two weeks, as a matter of fact. I may be taking a whopping four flights to get there, but consider this: my ticket wasn't even $400. Thanks, Kiwi.com.

Once I'm there, I'll be babysitting my ridiculously adorable cousins, freelancing, and--of course--working on my novel. That's the whole point of this adventure--well, aside from the fact that I'm obsessed with traveling in general. I managed to write nearly the entire first draft of the novel while I was in France, probably because I had few other obligations--no teaching, no classes--and because I hardly knew anyone, so my social life consisted mostly of me taking myself to various cultural landmarks. I'm hoping my trip to Amsterdam will provide me with the time and space to revise my novel until it's ready to be sent to agents.

I imagine my life in the Netherlands will be busier than my life in France--three boys under 6 tend to be time-consuming--but I still think I'll be able to get significantly more work done on the novel than if I stayed here and got a full-time job. And besides, if I don't have enough time in the Netherlands, I'll almost certainly have enough time when I head to New Zealand after that (fingers crossed!).

So that's the plan: live the jet setter life while revising my novel, and have it ready for agents by the end of next summer. I feel like I owe this to myself, the opportunity to take my writing career seriously. I can always do the boring, gainfully-employed adult thing later.

When I graduated from the MFA program, I experienced some angst over what to do with this blog. Normally I try to keep my blogs limited to certain time periods; when I studied abroad as an undergraduate, for instance, I had a separate travel blog that ended once I returned to the States. However, I feel like this particular journey isn't yet over, despite the fact that I have my degree. I'm still coming into my own as a writer, and while I completed a draft of my novel for my thesis, it's just a draft. My work is still very much in progress, and it seems too abrupt to stop the record here, or even to change blogs--it's not a separate story.

I hope Viva Las Becky continues to be a compelling story for you, and that you'll keep reading. I'll feel a lot better adventuring knowing that you're adventuring with me, albeit virtually. 

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