I’ve actually been back in the country for a week now, but I had a bunch of stuff to do, jet lag to conquer, a small boy to get off to a visit with his dad, and a lot of laundry to do.
Sidenote: Someone asked me once how you pack for a month away from home. You don’t. You pack for about a week away from home and then you do laundry. Learn to love the clothesline, people.
Aaaaand back. So I had all this stuff to do, and I’m going to be honest, a lot of it was sleeping. Some of which was jet lag and some of it was just me being really, really lazy because I was finally home. (And most Chinese beds are not super comfortable.)
But it was a great trip. A marvelous trip. Truly one of the most diverse places I’ve been in my life. I met amazing people. Saw landscapes I never would have imagined. Walked ancient roads and saw forests of sky scrapers that didn’t exist even ten years ago. I truly do not think there is a more dynamic country on the planet right now. If you’ve ever had the inkling to go to China, do not hesitate. It was an awesome experience. (I’ll post more pictures later. I might do a gallery on a separate page for the blog.)
That said, it’s really good to be home! I’m getting back to work next week on the last half of DESERT BOUND, which I worked on while I was away. I’m also working on a novella for the Elemental World featuring Ben and Tenzin, which is set in China. I just couldn’t resist. A funny idea popped into my head and I had to run with it. So I’ll be working on that maybe a chapter a week or so while I finish the Cambio book. I still haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to publish the novella as a serial like I have in the past or just wait until it’s complete and publish, so if you have an opinion about that, let me know in the comments.
Until next week, I’ll leave you with a little teaser I posted over on the Facebook page yesterday. Enjoy below the break!
A QUICK TRIP TO CHINA:
An Elemental World Novella
“When does your school start?”
Ben was looking at his textbook again, chewing on his thumbnail. “Next semester starts…uh, middle of August.”
That was months away. Plenty of time. She stood and walked over to him, slapping his book closed.
“Hey! I was trying to—”
“Study, yes. Admirable. But you know what would be better?”
His eyes narrowed. “What?”
“Practicing Chinese with real Chinese people.”
“Aren’t you a real Chinese person?”
“Define Chinese. And person.”
He paused. “I see your point. Why are you—”
“I need to make a quick trip to Xinjiang.”
“It’s a province in China. You can come along.”
His eyebrows went up. “Really?”
“Really. Don’t you think that would be better than studying from books?”
He sat back, suspicion written clearly on his face. “I guess I could stand to practice my conversational—”
“Excellent! Just see to your visa and I’ll take care of the rest.”
She walked from the room, mentally composing a note for Caspar to send to Cheng’s secretary. She’d need to tread carefully. The last thing she wanted was to end up in the old pirate’s debt.
“Tenzin?” Ben called from down the hall. “What are we doing?”
“Going to China.”
“To practice your Chinese, of course!”
Ben muttered something she was pretty sure he had not learned in a textbook.