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First 1 1/2 Weeks In Germany!

Anyone who has ever traveled somewhere with a time difference of more than just a couple of hours will agree with this statement:

Jet lag is evil.

I landed in Germany on the morning of September 14th and have dealt with the daily struggle of fighting to stay awake halfway through each day. Slowly, it’s gotten better and if all goes well, I should be fully adjusted in a day or two. I hope.

Things have been normal while visiting my parents so far. Sleep, naps, catching up on some shows (Lucifer and Master Chef), trying out new shows (Lethal Weapon), and playing games (currently Ni No Kuni and Xenoblade Chronicles). Now that my mind isn’t as frazzled from jet lag, it’s time to get back into writing as well.

Starting Monday, I’m planning for daily writing with a hope of 10,000 words per week. If I manage 2,000 words each day during the week, that gives me either free weekends or time to get extra words written!

With National Novel Writing Month just around the corner, I need to finish the first draft of this book so I can start something new during that event!

That aside, I’ve successfully stolen the dog’s affections and have been walking her on occasion as well. Now, time to relax this weekend before writing kicks into gear on Monday!

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Journey To Germany

Hi everyone!

This is just a quick update to explain what’s going on in my life. This coming Tuesday, September 13th, I’ll be getting on a plane for an almost ten-hour flight from Seattle to Germany.

I’ll be visiting my parents from September 14th – December 6th.

It’s going to be exciting and I’ll also get to see my cats, as well as the dog they got after I moved back to the US. I’ll definitely be blogging while I’m in Germany. I’ll likely also take a trip to the Netherlands and possibly England while I’m there.

This week so far has been full of meeting up with friends and family before I disappear for almost three months. More meeting up will happen in the next few days, alongside finishing up packing my suitcase and bags. Fun, but busy times!

This trip will be a good chance for me to catch up on my writing. I need to finish writing my book, Vanquished Virtue, before November hits so I can start writing the sequel during National Novel Writing Month!

Look forward to upcoming blog posts. If I don’t pass out when I land on September 14th (at 8:40 in the morning!), then I’ll try to blog that day. We’ll see how it goes!

Where’s somewhere you’d like to travel to?


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Panic! At the Disco: Live in Concert

I promise to go back to writing-based blogs soon, but I need to write about this, so I have it on black and white. I mentioned in my earlier post Just For The Record: Music, that I was heading to a concert that night – Panic! At the Disco, to be precise.

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The concert seemed too short. There’s no other way to describe it. Being there was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time. The opening act turned out better than I expected and Panic! blew even my wildest ideas of seeing them in concert out of my mind.

They are amazing live, had great, entertaining conversations between songs and all in all, drew the crowd into the performance. We weren’t just viewers, we were a part of the experience. In my opinion, that’s what sets a good live band apart from a bad live one- how much they interact with the crowd; the people who came to see them.

They dedicated their song, Always, to us. They thanked us for spending our Friday night with them, and not at home watching cartoons and eating ice cream (as Brendon put it). They showed their gratitude and how much it truly meant to them.

They dedicated another song to the victims and families of the dead, or injured, from the Pukkelpop Fiasco, which happened only a night before. You can read Spencer’s recollections of the night here.

The rundown is that a horrible storm hit a music festival in Belgium just as Panic! wanted to go on stage. Over 60,000 people outside or in tents when it hit. Last I heard, there were five deaths, a dozen severely injured and even more with minor injuries. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

As Spencer says in that article,

We were about 30 seconds from going on stage to start our set when the light rain turned into a downpour….and then the wind hit. The steel beams holding up the tent started swaying, as did the full lighting/sound rig. In fear of it all collapsing everyone started running out. Then the wind got stronger and it turned into chaos.

They recovered, and the rest of the weekend festival got cancelled. How Panic! managed to go on stage only twenty-four hours after that is beyond me, but I commend them for having the courage to do so. They are an inspiration to me and always have been.

I will never forget that amazing night and the pictures I took will serve as wonderful memories.

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What is your best concert memory?

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