Actually I leave tomorrow at dawn, but wanted to get my final post in today. I didn’t quite achieve my writing goal, however I got far enough into the winding up conflicts that I have all the last chapters outlined. Also, had an industry pro go over my first 75,000 words and she gave me lots of good direction, and thought I was off to a good start which was a relief (after all the starts I’ve made on this novel!)
David critiqued my query and did an equally good job.
Yesterday was one of the most fun days I’ve spent. Adriana and I spent most of it together as I was the only guest and Betta was gone. We talked seriously, jokingly, and finally by 9 pm were pretty silly. She took me out to the burbs where I could spend much less on a gold charm for Betta’s necklace. She also surprised me by buying about a year’s supply of dark chocolate. We decided that somewhere on the way home I was gong to turn into a chocolate bar!
Today’s tasks just include organizing expenses, packing, and seeing the Palazzo Vecchio and hopefully the Bibliotecha Nationale for my A & B book and time travel book. There will be tearful good-byes although I think I’ve convinced Adriana, at least, to come for a visit in the US.
This trip has been more than I ever expected. Not only has it inspired my writing, but it has inspired my view of the world, and my own relationships with other people. The kindnesses shown to me by people I will never see again have inspired me to be more Christlike and less selfish.
I hope to come again someday with my whole family. It is a truly life-changing adventure!