Have both come and gone. They were good cities, especially Prague. Although I did get locked out of my hotel room at around 11 PM one night in Prague and spent the next nine hours wandering through Prague, getting lost, drinking absinthe, getting a cab to drive me back to the hotel, getting lost again, ending up on the other side of the goddamned river, and doing other things that I definitely don’t want my kids reading about. It was pretty fun at the time, though sometime around 8 AM I thought I was going to be walking through that goddamned city forever.
We spent our last few days in Amsterdam destitute and starving, because the credit card company had blocked my cards (I did not know you had to tell them you’d be traveling, bastards!) and Ben spent all of his money on ornamental glass “tobacco” pipes. But that ended up being pretty decent fun too.
As for me, I am at home in D.C. for three more weeks. Three blessed weeks of rest and recuperation and writing. These past nine weeks, between Clarion and Europe, have been completely nuts. I’m actually glad I went to Europe right after Clarion (even though I felt pretty sick at the time). They were just two completely different experiences. And being in a place where I actually could not write really took off the pressure to measure up to Clarion.
Oh yeah, while I’m catching up. Congrats to Livia, Will and Nye on their sales! And to Casey on not being, well, dead. Although she is training to be a lawyer, so maybe that would have actually helped her career.