Monday, September 20, 2010

The Road Not Yet Traveled

Today—probably as you’re reading this, actually—I’m taking off for a week-long road trip across the country. While I’m gone, I hope to visit places I’ve never been, see things I’ve never seen, experience new things, and gain inspiration and knowledge that will help me creatively. We'll be taken roads I've never traveled, which is great fodder for writing.

I like road trips. This country is beautiful, and I’m constantly amazed at the artful hand with which it was created. Also, I love adventure. And this promises to be a good one. So. Yeah.

Maybe I’ll get to see the world’s largest ball of twine. Or something equally cool. I will definitely be making stops at some of the restaurants featured on the food network. Specifically, DDD. Because, well, it sounds like fun. Who wouldn’t want to do that? (Come be my friend on Facebook, and I’ll try to post pictures as I’m able.)

Before I go, I want to continue the good news challenge I started on this post. Let’s keep the good news flowing, shall we? (If you just asked why, because it makes me happy. So there. *sticks out tongue*)

Okay, so my good news for the week:

1. Both my books won a Silver Quill award from the League of Utah Writers over the weekend. I’m honored and amazed. And humbled. Definitely humbled too.

2. The LUW gave me cute stickers to put on my book covers that say it’s an award winning book. Which, you know, is very cool. Stickers are awesome.

3. I’m up to 75,000 words on my current WIP. It isn’t finished, but is coming along well enough that I’m happy. And I like it—well, for a rough draft.

4. It’s fall, which means all the hot fall book releases are getting ready to launch. (YAY for good books!)

So much good news! What’s yours? Feel free to share. Or tell me about a road trip turned adventure you've experienced. I want to hear that too.

**Since I’m out of town, chances are I won’t be as quick in replying to comments as I usually am (mostly via email, sometimes via return comment). Don’t worry! I will still read every single comment and appreciate your participation.

***Also, since I’m out of town, I will probably not be reading many blogs or commenting. It’s not because I don’t love you all, I promise. I’ll try to catch up when I get home.


Christine Fonseca said...

Absolutely AWESOME news!

Janet Johnson said...

Have a great road trip. Sounds fun! And congrats on the awards. Stickers are awesome!

WindyA said...

So happy for you on the LUW thing! Have a safe trip! I expect oodles of tweets. I didn't Twitter-train you for naught ;)

Sara B. Larson said...

Hope you have a great time! I love roadtrips. Usually. ;) And congrats on the awards, YAY!!!

Angie said...

Hooray for all your good news! I hope you have a fabulous time on your road trip. Can't wait to see the pictures. My good news? I bought a new fridge today. (That's both good and bad news.) I'm going to lunch with friends twice this week. Oh, I know. I got a record number of comments on my rebellious post. That was cool.

Elana Johnson said...

Hope you have a fun road-trip! Congrats on your awards, and it was fun seeing you on Saturday.

L.T. Elliot said...

So happy to hear about your awards! Way to go, Nichole!

Have a great time on your road trip and I can't wait to see the pics!

Jodi Brown said...

WOW! Congrats on the awards! And have a great road trip! :)

ali said...

*congratulations!!!* (sung in my most chintzy faux-operatic voice!)


As for me? Good news? Hmm. I exercised today! ROFL, yep that's about it. :)

Carolyn V. said...

Oh my gosh!!!! *jumping up and down* Congrats Nichole! =D

Heather B. Moore said...

Awesome! Huge congrats!