Guess what? I've got a new book out. I hate all the launching and promotion sort of stuff, and I'm not sure it actually helped my last book, so I'm going to do things the old-fashioned way and just quietly announce it here.
A little over a year ago I wrote a story about visiting a tea shop in Amsterdam. There was no moral to the story and no lesson, it was just an attempt to capture a really nice day that I had and an interesting person that I met. People loved the story, which made me think that maybe I should write a book full of travel stories.
So I did. The Amsterdam story is the only one I copied from the blog. The rest I wrote from scratch, and most of them have never even been mentioned on the blog, so they'll be new to you. Leo proofread the book for me and thought that the Amanda story was one of the least interesting, so if you like that one, you'll probably love the book.
I had a lot of fun writing the book and felt good making a tribute to all of the people who have contributed to my travels over the past eight or so years. All of my favorite memories while traveling are because of the amazing people I've met, and most of those memories are captured in these stories.
So please check out the book! It's very short-- just 100 pages, so you'll be able to read it in an afternoon. If the reception is good, I will write more of these sorts of books. If not, I will cry.
As you probably know, my primary income source is my books. By buying my books you help support the blog as well as all of the experiences that go into writing it. Writing a good review on Amazon and sharing links to the book make an enormous difference, so please do those things if you feel comfortable doing them! Thank you for your support-- it really means everything to me.
Photo is a couple experiencing an art installation in the art museum in Sydney (where I was traveling with my friend Leo).
Currently in Austin for 24 more hours, then back to Vegas, then SF, then the World Series of Poker in Vegas!
Well, there goes another year. Every time a new year rolls around, my initial impression of the past year is that it was pretty uneventful compared to previous years. Then I go through my blog archives and think about what has happened, and I realize that it has been, again, a pretty monumental year.
First some highlights:
As expected, dating was a big theme this year. I started out with a new relationship and ended the year with a failed attempt at another. I definitely had a fantasy that I would fall in love with the first person I met and settle down with her, but that's not how it happened. Still, it feels good to be dating again and I do feel like I'm moving towards finding someone to settle down with.
The Book Thief is easily one of the most complicated books I've ever tried to describe.
The story, point of view, and characters are all unique. It's one of those books where you just have to tell someone, "You just need to read it for yourself." With that being said, it wouldn't be much of a book review if I didn't at least give it a shot.
Synopsis (No spoilers...I promise)
In 1939, Liesel Meminger was adopted by a family in the heart of Nazi Germany. This story is about her growing up in that area, during that time and the people around her.
To be honest, I could probably break the tale down a little better than that, but this is a book where the true value doesn't lie in the actual story. It resides in the perspective, imagery, and uniqueness of the storytelling, which brings me to...