Happy New Year to my wonderful readers!
It’s past time to break the radio silence I’ve been maintaining for the past several weeks and get caught up on all things Uneven Tenor.
End of 2015 recap:
If you weren’t following along on Facebook, here’s what happened after I left Beijing:
- Ryan and I visited Xi’an, saw the Terracotta Warriors, and climbed Huashan Mountain.
- Ryan went back to Beijing and I continued south through Wuhan, Yangshuo, and Hong Kong and Macau. I have stories to share from all those places, but which do I post on the blog and which do I save for the book? Any opinions?
- I wrote about my tips for surviving travel in China.
- I’ve been splitting my time between Colorado and New Mexico for the holidays before Ryan and I move into our newly rented apartment in Fort Collins in mid-January.
And that’s where things get complicated: I don’t know how to fit Uneven Tenor into 2016.
These are the remaining destinations:
- Trip 1: Gibraltar, Spain, Andorra, South of France, Matterhorn, and Italy. Minimum trip length = two months.
- Trip 2: India, Southeast Asia, Malaysia. Minimum trip length = two months.
- Trip 3: Russia and Georgia. Minimum trip length = one month.
And these are the 2016 complications:
- I need a job for the next few months at least; I need the money and some career legitimacy on my resume.
- We’re moving to a yet-to-be-determined location in the US or Canada at the end of July.
- I’m not going to abandon my fiancée immediately after moving to a new place.
So here are the questions I need to ask:
- How long can I take to complete Uneven Tenor before the traveling I did in 2014 becomes irrelevant and I lose the opportunity to write a book?
- Am I willing to make the trips significantly shorter by sacrificing either the amount of time spent in each place, or by omitting some places entirely?
- How much longer can I keep this up without causing irreparable damage to my relationships and/or my career?
So, there you have it. That’s how I’m starting off 2016, with some pretty heavy questions.
Do you all have any input? Any perspective on the expiration dates of travel writing material, or how much I really need to worry about the time between earning my M.S. degree and putting it to use?
Anyways, on a lighter note…
- I’m working on a post about the amazing (and weird) foods I ate in China, and a Best Moments of 2015 post in the same vein of the 2014 year end summary.
- I’m editing photos and videos so I can share them on Facebook.
- I’m working on getting some articles published in hard copy and online periodicals.
- And, best of all, I’m starting to write the book! I actually started work on it in Beijing, but had to hit the pause button to finish my China travels and enjoy the holidays. But the progress I’ve made so far is really exciting, and I can’t wait to continue!
So that’s where things stand right now. Definitely pay attention to Facebook because I’ll have some great photos and videos going through there, like a video of the bird market in Hong Kong, and photos of some beautiful Chinese landscapes.
Thanks to you all for your support, encouragement and comments throughout the Uneven Tenor project. Despite all the questions I posed above, don’t worry about the fate of the project. If there’s just one thing I’m certain about, it’s that I will ultimately complete Uneven Tenor and write a book.
But right now I’m just happy to be home for awhile!