India in Portland – Day 9 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – One Day

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Day 9 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll

Willamette Writers Conference, Portland, Oregon

Prompt #9: ONE DAY

“Travel helps us better appreciate the present moment instead of always looking to the next thing. Describe one perfect day you had while traveling this year. Where were you? What were you doing? And what made it perfect?”

India in Portland

In 2003, I got to travel 2 months through India. Eight years later, I’m working on a series of travel fantasy novels, and the first story folds in some of that trip. And to help me sort out how all that would work in a way that’s worth a damn, in August 2011 I went to a writers conference in Portland, Oregon.

Of the 3 days of conference, one in particular stands out to me. I’d gotten to know lots of other writers, and we’d discussed our various projects. I’d attended workshops, from dialogue development to building an audience. And I realized that just as I was fascinated and intrigued by what my fellow writers were working on, they were also interested in the book I was working on.

What made this day perfect for me was being among like-minded people, and realizing that my book was going to be good. There were readers out there who would want to read it. Getting the book done and out there was doable.

And it was all just the beginning.

Wrapping travel into my writing has been a journey all its own. There are days that are hard to get through. Then I remember that day at the conference. I get back to work, getting this fantastical trip ready for others to take.

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