Fangtastic Friday Travelogue
My husband and I just returned from settling our son into graduate school in New York City, and on the way there, we spent two nights in Gettysburg, PA. Now, we’re all history nuts in our family, though we have our favorite eras. I like Tudor/Stuart England, our son is into Holy Roman Empire, and my husband is a Revolutionary War buff. Well, guesss who of the three of us was most enthralled with Gettysburg? Yep, that would be me. It’s an eerie kind of place, and it appeals to my paranormal bent. Where else can you find 10 vendors offering ghost tours and psychic readings out the ying-yang? But beyond the rampant commercialism, it’s a place where more war casualties occurred than in any other conflict in America’s history. In July 1865, the little town of then 2,500 inhabitants (7,500 now) became a maze of hospitals. Almost every building in Gettysburg housed the wounded and dying, so it’s no wonder there are ghosts galore. So, I’m thinking, why not add a vampire to the mix? I was duly inspired, and I’m currently working on a story that involves Gettysburg College and a certain tenured professor who may have incisors a bit longer than the norm.
After leaving Gettysburg, NYC was culture shock, but not in a bad way. I had the good luck to attend an event at the Sony Style store where Sony introduced its new generation of e-readers and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches Trashy Books talked about the genre we all love, romance. Her blog is my absolute fave, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet her. And she’s just as nice as she is funny. I read her blog for a healthy dose of snark and to see what interesting new words I can add to my vocabulary. Really, the gal’s like Willy Wonka on steroids with all the wacky words she concocts. She enriches my reading because she always has a great book to suggest, such as One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare, which I am currently loving. Here’s a photo of Sarah and me. No, that is not a bustier over my t-shirt. It’s just a t-shirt.
So, here’s what I’d like to know. How have your travels inspired your writing or enriched your reading?