Less than 4 weeks to go until I board the Virgin Atlantic flight for Heathrow Airport. Less than 4 weeks to go before I have to figure out what and how to pack for a nearly 3 week stay in the United Kingdom. Truth be told, I am highly excited by the prospect of this trip, as it has been more than 14 years since my last visit, and I am much in need of the sights and sounds of the place and of walking old streets and pathways as I research the next novels.
Besides research, which will take me from Stratford Upon Avon to London and probably Glastonbury once again, I will be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton and doing readings from my books on Thursday, 31 October from 4:00 to 4:30 PM. Looking forward to meeting other authors in my genre and readers thereof, going to the awards banquet, and all such a wonderful convention entails.
And then there is Stratford! I have long wanted to see the home of William Shakespeare, and this will be the perfect time, for friends of mine managed to get seats for us to see David Tennant in Richard II, a play rich on texture and in plot, filled with history (albeit weighted politically by the Bard) and the splendour of the times. What an inspiration to see it in that setting. My Muse will be working overtime collecting notes from which to prod me later.