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25 June 2009 @ 08:06 pm
Notes from the (London) Underground  
Hey everyone –

It’s been a hard month. It’s been a good learning experience, and I’ve had many wonderful times and met a great number of fascinating people. But there’s been many challenges, and I’m only just starting to get the situation under control.

Time remains my greatest enemy. I’ve quickly discovered that I’m simply trying to do too much in too little time. I’ve found that I’m just not getting enough time to appreciate the places I’m in – I arrive, run a game, and I’m off again, without having much of a chance to appreciate my surroundings. Travel expenses have been higher than I’ve hoped, and if I’m going to visit a country, I need to be sure that it’s worth the trip. Add to this the challenge of working while traveling – specifically the fact that I have a novel due in the beginning of August – and you begin to get a sense of how crazy things are right now.

As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to slow down my travels… to stay a little longer in each place, rather than rushing at breakneck speed. It’s not a race; it’s about seeing new places and meeting new people, and I need to stay long enough to actually see that new place.

Unfortunately, I already have a deadline set on my return to the USA. I’m going back in the beginning of August, and I’m only just about to reach the European continent. With only about five weeks to play with and 40 actual invitations on the continent, there’s simply no way that I can visit everyone who’s offered me hospitality – or even every country. I want to get to every country on my list, but I’m simply going to have to make a second trip – and this time, make sure that things are planned out well in advance, as opposed to the seat-of-the-pants driving I’ve done this time. So to everyone who’s offered their hospitality in Europe who I’m missing this time around, thank you again for your kindness and generosity. I don’t know how long it will be, as I will likely do another leg in the USA, and I have stops to make in Asia, South Africa, South America, and Australia… but I will be back, and I hope to meet you then.

In other news, I’m STILL working on getting a proper blog up, and hopefully will get the first post up tonight! In addition, my brilliant artist chum Lee Moyer has produced a brilliant tour shirt for my Northwestern leg and first European tour. These are just waiting for me to find the time (there’s that evil word again) to sort out Café Press. Watch this space!
Current Location: Oxford, UK
Current Mood: contentcontent
Current Music: "Glass", Bat For Lashes
jmcl63 on June 25th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good thinking Keith! Setting a steady pace will make the trip more viable in each and every detail. Also, working out more of an advanced schedule will allow people who won't get the chance to enjoy being your host to meet you anyway. I know I'd think about a quick trip to the European mainland should you end up as a guest at a con which which proved timely. My best wishes. ;)

PS. I look forward to seeing the tour shirt. I expect I'll buy one. :o)
skrapsan on June 25th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
The invitation still stands from the supposedly cold north. And yeah it would be cool with some sort of way to donate to your little trip. Pay a bus fare or something. Maybe if you got time you could set up a donation thingie through pay pal...
Trevor Stone: Akershus Castle cobblestonesflwyd on June 25th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
The best thing about traveling at a slow pace is that when you find someplace with really good food, you can go back for more later.
Rob Heinsoorobheinsoo on June 26th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
Keith, you've never risked an under-commitment. I'm glad you're figuring out how to make the trip work instead of running yourself into the underground.
(Anonymous) on July 22nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
What are you up to?
Hey Keith, it's been a while since you updated. How has your first Europe trip been? How are you coming on that novel for August?(is it an Eberron novel or other?) Are you going to spend time at home for a while before going on another USA tour? What do you think of the recently released Eberron books (players guide, campaign guide, and the first adventure)?

Just in general...How is it going?
kick3: Spoon!kick3 on July 23rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
General Question
In regards to Bossy the Cow, is it somehow related to the "Back to the Farm" prize cow?

raidingpartyraidingparty on July 24th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Back to the U.S.S.R
I mean... USA...

I don't know what your itinerary includes on your return, but September 4-7 is Dragon*Con, and September 26 some friends of mine are getting together for all-night gaming. If you're interested in visiting Atlanta, I would be happy to host you.

As soon as I finish with the time machine I'll pass it along.
greeceplan on May 14th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Good Thinking .You need a Good Trip and Fun in your life .I suggest greece tours . Greece is very beautiful City . You will enjoy there .