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The importance of vacation and rest

For the last few months, I’ve been hankering for a vacation. Not the kind with a lot of activity where you have enriching cultural experiences. Not the kind where you see lots of great people but have to be completely “on” to interact with them. What I’ve been dreaming of is a vacation where all I do is sit around, read, watch some movies, and spend time with my husband.

That isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy or seek out the other two types of vacations. I had a wonderful trip in Europe which fell into both of those categories. I traipsed from Paris to London to Hamburg to East Germany and had an amazing time. I just didn’t come back from the trip feeling rested. When I first got back, that didn’t matter much, but now, a few months later, I feel as if I’m hitting the wall. There’s only so many more days that I can push through and even small setbacks have been hitting me as if they were major ones. After one such occurrence on Friday, I sat back and analyzed the situation once I’d calmed down. Why was such a small thing bothering me so much? The answer is simple. I need a break. One where I can completely switch off. Without that, I’m going to hit the wall again and again.

I’ve known this for a while, but my plan was to keep up the momentum until Christmas when I would take my break. That isn’t that far away so I didn’t expect it to be an issue. This weekend I discovered that I could push no further. So I gave in and took a day off. I slept in today and relaxed. I did a few errands but nothing major. Now that the day is almost over, I can already feel my mental juices starting to recover. Unfortunately I can’t afford to take a whole week off at the moment, but just the one day has left me feeling more refreshed and much more likely to be able to push through to Christmas. I’m going to need that energy!

Starting on Wednesday I will be putting my book AHRIMAN: THE SPIRIT OF DESTRUCTION (http://amzn.to/1rJjjb0) on sale for 99 cents.  I’ll keep it at the discounted price for 2 weeks and then raise the price to $3.99 after December 12. I’ve been contacting people around to let them know about the sale, but if you have any ideas, I would really appreciate the help. Thank you in advance!

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Jealous of my novel’s heroine: Falling in love with Paris once again

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I’ve recently started working on the sequel to my first book, Ahriman: The Spirit of Destruction (http://amzn.to/1rJjjb0). In the first part of this as yet unnamed sequel, my main character Petra Shirazi spends a great deal of time in Paris. After returning here for the first time since moving away in 2011, I am reminded again and again of how jealous I am of her for being able to live in and spend her time in this amazing city.

Lots of people have different experiences associated with Paris. Almost everyone is entranced by its beauty; every street corner is like walking through a postcard. Travelers that haven’t enjoyed it as much have a range of complaints that I won’t go into here. What the city does offer though is a wonderful appreciation of art in all its forms. Earlier tonight, I watched the July 14th (Bastille Day) celebrations at the Eiffel Tower. I’ve seen a number of different firework shows in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Toronto, but without question, I can say that I have never seen anything like this. The show cannot be called anything but the finest form of art, with the fireworks choreographed to a combination of music from Mozart, Beethoven, John Lennon, and other prominent musicians. I felt like I was back on the ice rink choreographing my own figure skating routine with all of the emotion the fireworks brought to each piece of music. What’s even more amazing is that I felt this level of emotion in spite of jostling with other people in the crowd and constantly craning my neck to see. I’ve attached one picture I managed to get from before the fireworks started and will add others that I can get from friends of the later festivities, along with a youtube link eventually. To sum it up in a word though – the event was breathtaking, as is most everything in this city. Maybe I can move back here someday, but until then, I will be living vicariously through Petra.

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