I wish my Europe trip had been as long as the gap between my last post and this one. Alas, I was only gone for two weeks, but they were two wonderful weeks. Since then I have released Evensong into the word of queries and started brainstorming my next project. With that currently on the shelf, I have some breathing room to catch up here.
So what have I been up to? Well, here are a few highlights from Europe trip:
A huge thank you to the people of Munich, Fussen, Reutte, Innsbruck, Halle & Salzburg for making the trip what it was. The food, the beer, the hospitality – I really have no complaints over the 16 days I spent there. Shopping, mountains, winding roads (all right, I may have enjoyed these a little less than the shopping) and the incredible views! Really breathtaking. In an effort not to squeeze my eyes shut as we sped around rain-slick sharp curves, I lost myself to the scenery, suddenly finding myself in the fictional world of Andvell, not unlike my character Jeff. Character plots and scenes laid themselves out whole and I’m afraid I didn’t write as many down as I should have. If my goal on this trip was to find some inspiration, I met with a great deal of success.
Once I got home, my focus was set on one thing: seeing Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.
Those of you who chat with me on Facebook or Twitter already know my frustrations getting to see this film, , but Joss Whedon connected with one of my Top 5 Shakespeare plays is not something I was about to miss. The release date postponed twice, and then a limited release in Canada that meant Toronto and Montreal were free to view it at their leisure while us poor Ottawa folk were left in the dark. Finally – finally – it came to our Bytowne cinema and “giddy” only begins to describe how I felt going into and walk out of that theatre. It’s almost as if, when Shakespeare sat down to write Much Ado 500 years ago, he wrote it knowing someone with Whedon’s talents would take on the challenge.
So, in sum: Europe trip was wonderful, Shakespeare makes me happy, and positive wishes that Evensong lands a home are much appreciated!
What have all you guys been up to?!