by Sharon Archer
Reading: Anna Campbell's My Reckless Surrender - fantastic!
Listening to: Credence Clearwater Revival
Watching: Lie to Me
Making me smile: This great excuse... I mean this great reason to get out our trip photographs!
It's a whole year since our big trip and my questions are...
- where did all the time go!
- and , most importantly - when can we go again!
And I want to see more!
I finished and revised book number three while we were away - BACHELOR DAD, GIRL NEXT DOOR.
Writing while we travelled was a bit like a work-in-progress -- challenging but ultimately incredibly rewarding. And with the passing kilometres, I learned what worked for me and what didn't.
For instance, it was much better for my back to sit in one of the camp chairs with the laptop on my knee than to try to sit at the table.
I needed a thesaurus in the hand - not one in the computer! Something I could thumb through, hop from word to delicious word at the flick of a page rather than the press of a button! I found this fabulous little gem in a book shop in Broome! It has a plasticised cover so it's quite robust. Don't tell my Roget's but I'm using it a lot here at home too!
Pencils rule! No worries about ink drying up, running out or not wanting to write on a grubby bit of paper. With a sharpener and a rubber to complete my kit, I was ready to scribble a snippet of dialogue, write up the diary, or fill in the sudoku.
USB sticks (thumb drives) for backing up -- because we all know how important that is, don't we! (Note to self - do back ups as soon as this is posted!)
My MP3 player! Great for tuning out distracting noises!
And since we've come home, I've discovered another must for a travelling holiday. A wireless plug-in for Internet connection. Love it! I've included it in my pic of travelling writer must-haves.
So have you got any tips, any must-haves for travel? And especially any tips or must-haves specifically for writing on the road?
I'll draw the name of one commenter out and send a copy of BACHELOR DAD, GIRL NEXT DOOR
PS And just because I can, here's a picture of us travelling by camel-power on Cable Beach in Broome.