An update on my trip! I've been travelling as a nomadic novelist for just over three months now, and I'm having a blast! Over the last five days I've been exploring the wonders of Utah; as I write this I'm in Moab, close to Arches National Park, where I spent most of yesterday. Today saw me jet-boating on the Colorado River, which was an incredible experience! The Utah scenery is spectacular; the picture features Bryce Canyon, one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. Before long I'll be in Mexico as my trip takes me ever southward from my starting point in Canada.
So how does this fit in with my writing? Well, I'm finding it far easier to combine creating novels with travelling than I imagined. July saw me finish the first draft of my sixth novel, complete the edits for Sister, Psychopath, and celebrate the publication of The Second Captive by Bloodhound Books. It was a landmark month in many ways! I'm learning to write wherever I can, whenever I can, and making the time to do so. Next week should be easier travel-wise, so I'll get going on the second draft of my next novel. The book will be my primary focus for the next few months, no matter what happens on the travel front.
It helps that I'm a planner by nature; I schedule my work week by week, month by month and quarter by quarter, and adapt it to where I think I'll be during those times. For instance, I knew I wouldn't have much opportunity to write while exploring Utah, so I updated my business finances instead. Once an accountant, always an accountant, perhaps!
Some things have suffered, of course. I don't spend as much time on social media these days, which is no bad thing! It's a small price to pay for the wonders of being able to travel and write full-time. One way or other I shall make it all work for me!
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