Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Another year is almost gone, another year I've neglected this blog. Sad. Good thing New Year's is around the corner and I can resolve to post more again! In the meantime, in case you missed it, you can see my last two posts on the Blue Rose Girls here and here. I wrote about first pages and what else--New Year's resolutions!

My friend and former colleague Jill has just set off on a solo, around-the-world trip. Thirteen countries in about nine months. I am both in awe and insanely jealous, even though in my old age I've realized that two-week trips are about the right length of time for me. I'd love to "live" in another country again for about a month, though. So glad I at least experienced that in the year and a half after college (when I lived in Taiwan and traveled around Asia).

Jill also ran the NYC marathon this year. Read about her experience here, and follow her travels on her blog, "A Journey of One Inch"! She's in New Zealand now:

Speaking of traveling, I'm a fan of The Amazing Race. Anyone catch the finale on Sunday? The team I was rooting for won! Hurray! That's one reality show I'd love to be on. I just have to find the right partner...

As for me, my next trip is back to Southern California next week--I'll be in CA for almost three weeks (!) as I'll be staying through the ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter conference in San Diego. It will be nice to get away from the grind and unwind.

Next May I'll be heading to Australia! Woo-hoo! I'll be there for the Visiting International Publishers (VIP) program at the Sydney Writer's Festival. My plan is to go out a week early and spend some time in Melbourne with friends. I was in Australia nine years ago for a wedding in Byron Bay, and also visited Fraser Island and spent just one night in Sydney. I loved it, and am excited to be back to see more of the country, and spend more time in Sydney.

What will your next big trip be?


Anonymous said...

Wow, an around the world trip. That's amazing. Talk about an experience! As for big trips. . . nothing on the books so far, but am hoping for a caribbean cruise in August to celebrate my 15th wedding anniversary....I'd be happy with that!!

Thanks for sharing these pictures. Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I, while we travel very well together, laugh about how horrible we'd be on The Amazing Race. Particularly during things like that tent building challenge. I don't think I'd be a good contestant for many reasons (fear of heights, get car/sea sick,etc.). Would be fun if you were on it! I'd be rooting for you!

Next big trips for me might be Sydney (but alas probably not at the same time as you) and Paris. We'll see! :)

Enjoy your travels! Happy holidays!

yamster said...

At this point, any trip is a big trip! :) But I guess it'll be Houston in February, our first flight with both kids. Wish us luck.


and we can't wait to have Alvina here on Aussie soil!! Lots of Sydney action on the cards!

Vonna said...

Before my husband and I had a kid, we lived in Singapore for a few years and traveled constantly. Then we came home and I turned into a mom. Which I love. But one of my New Year's resolutions is to go to at least one out-of-state writers' conference/workshop each year.

jill said...

I just saw this--I am finally figuring out technology and now know how to see links to my blog! Belatedly, thanks so much for the shout out, Alvina. Hope you're well and having a great 2011!