Alba gu brath…
No, I mean it. In a shocking feat of bravery, this American is venturing beyond her borders this summer, proving that there are a chosen few of us who do have a passport and do realize that there is something else out there. Whoa. Yeah, I know, I probably just blew your mind.
In all seriousness and without any attempt at disguising my native cynicism, my country wouldn’t have such a bad name when it came to their approach to other countries if it weren’t based in reality. Less than 18% of us even own a passport. How sad. There’s a big wide world out there, and it’s really quite lovely.
So, where am I headed, you ask? Well, it’s back to the motherland for me! Scotland, to be specific. I’m taking a much needed (though ill-afforded) 10 day adventure to clear my head and refocus on following my bliss. It couldn’t come at a better time. I found a relatively cheap flight — I say relatively because dear lord, when did airfare taxes start doubling the cost of a ticket? It wasn’t quite double, but close. The taxes were a full 60-70% of my ticket cost. That’s pretty outrageous.
Anyway, it’s been almost three and a half years since I’ve been back to bonnie Scotland, and it’s high time that got fixed. So I’m off while I have a wee bit of free time. It’ll also give me a chance to fine-tune some of the Scotland descriptions in my novels. I don’t think they’re bad now, but refreshing my own memory can’t hurt. maybe I’ll even find some new ones. I do have a sneaking suspicion that I know where all of the big plot to-do’s are going to come to a head, and this trip will give me a chance to explore it and record the necessary impressions I get of the place. I have two options for it, so we’ll see which one wins out, shall we? I cannot wait.
Posted on May 7, 2010, in elemental, life intervention, Uncategorized, writing process, writing progress and tagged bubbles, caol ila, description, edinburgh, emmie mears, fiction, glory, green, haggis, hatching, highlands, inverness, progress, research, scotch, scotland, travel, visit, work, writing process, yaya. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Alba gu brath….