I’m sitting here working on my book, “UNTITLED,” because despite the fact that I’ve written 70,000 words, I still haven’t figured out which three I want on the front cover! Beside me is Alysha, fellow blogger and good friend from the blog For the Love of Christian Fiction, who is talking to her parents on the phone and telling them about the many mishaps and adventures we’ve had on our trip.
I look up, there’s bugs on the ceiling. I look down, there’s holes on my bedding. The outlets fell out of the wall. Alysha nearly lost her life to a picture frame, followed by a terrifying encounter with a vending machine. To my side, there is a lamp with a broken lampshade that won’t even turn on. Stains on the sheets. I’ve had nothing to eat but ramen made with warm sink water (GROSS! The hotel lied about microwaves and fridges… Don’t get me started on the shuttle that they were supposed to have that also doesn’t exist). As I’m sitting here in this mess, all I can think of is, “One day I’m going to be a published author, and then I won’t stay in motels like this!” At the same time however, it’s been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
Here’s what I did:
- Went to CFRR (Christian Fiction Readers Retreat) with Alysha. We had such a good time, and I met so many amazing authors and bloggers!
- Explored Washington D.C. with Alysha!
- Favorite stops included the library of congress,
- and the Museum of the Bible!!! I promise one day that I’ll do an entire post about the Museum of the Bible, but for now I hope you enjoy this.
- Alysha and I also filmed a couple of collaborative videos on this trip. You can watch the one that went up on my channel HERE. (It’s a vlog of our travels, as well as a fun challenge we did: hiding books in Washington D.C.!)
I know one day I’ll look back on these days of pulling change together to make it to my first reading/writing event, editing while stuffing my face with Cup-of-Noodles, and walking ten miles JUST to see the Washington Monument, and be so happy. It will all be a part of my journey, a part of my story. Of course, hopefully by then, I’ll be at another event, staying in a hotel that actually has a microwave, and maybe even signing some books of my own.
Until next time,