Years ago, I visited my relatives in Texas and we went to Carlsbad caverns. Before we went in, we watched as a swarm of bats flew out of the cave. Watching those bats made me feel like Batman. When we went inside the caverns, I felt as though I was in a Jules Verne novel. All kinds of beautiful rock formations decorated the caves. It was like entering a primeval world that time forgot. If I turned around the next corner and found a prehistoric monster, I would not have been surprised. I am thinking of drawing inspiration from my experiences in Carlsbad for my future dinosaur books.
One of these days, I would like to spend one day hiking the Appalachian Trail as far as I can and as hard as I can. I don’t have it in me to hike all 2,200 miles, but if I can hike just 20 or so miles, then I will die happy. Several of my fantasy stories include sections where the characters wander through the wilderness so this will help me get even more inspiration for future writing. Also, it will allow me to be better connected with nature. Hopefully, I won’t run into a bear or two. If that happens, I watched enough Animal Planet programs to know what to do.
I enjoyed my first day on my lottery trip to Las Vegas and it was one heck of a good start. I enjoyed a luscious buffet, a dazzling magic show, and I was on a number of heaters in the slot machines. I did so well in the slot machines that I broke even twice! It is far from a jackpot, but I’ll take it. Rule number one: “never walk away when you’re on a heater.” I look forward to what else this trip has to offer in the days ahead.
This is the magician my mother and I will be seeing on our first night in Las Vegas: Mat Franco. Apparently, he competed in the show America’s Got Talent, which is one of my mother’s favorite shows. Before watching this video, I did not know he existed. Now, I am convinced that he truly is a master of the impossible and sorcerer supreme. I am eager to see what else this wizard is capable of when I see him up close and personal.
In my earlier posts, I reported that I won a free trip to Las Vegas in a lottery. Next week, I will finally put that trip to use. I will be going to Sin City with my mother and meet my beloved cousins. On the first night, I will be treating my mother to one of the countless buffets in Vegas. I love spoiling people and Vegas gives me a golden opportunity to spoil my relatives to the fullest. After dinner that night, we will be seeing a magic show. I have never seen a magic show in person before so it will be an interesting experience for me. I don’t know what other plans my cousins have in store, but I look forward to it. I may try some of the slot machines and hopefully win a jackpot. If I win a jackpot, I want to split it four ways. One quarter will be donated to the people of Puerto Rico, one quarter will be donated to autism awareness groups, one quarter will be donated to groups that advocate for pit bulls, and the final quarter will be invested. There are no guarantees that I will win a jackpot, but you never know. This could be my lucky day. Wish me luck!
Today, I entered the lottery at my local theater yet again and won three FREE trips in a single day! I won two trips to Hawaii and one trip to Las Vegas. In total, I won FIVE free trips since I started participating in this lottery. One trip to Orlando, two trips to Las Vegas, and two trips to Hawaii. Lady luck was on my side today big time! Once I figure out how their system works, I plan to give one of these trips to my parents as an anniversary gift. I only need one of each of these trips so I will give out the extras to my family and loved ones.
Guess what? I participated in another lottery by my favorite movie theater and won a FREE trip to Orlando, Florida! Lady luck was on my side tonight. First, a free trip to Las Vegas and now this! My mother said that no one in our family has won anything this big (TWICE)! I will keep you updated on when we go to both Las Vegas and Orlando.
My family and I are going to Napa Valley for Christmas this year. It will be a week of beautiful scenery, good food, rich culture, and flavorful wine. Because I don’t drink at all, I am all for tasting wine, but I will never swallow it. I wonder if it will snow up there and I hope it is mostly intact after the wildfire. Either way, it should be a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
During WonderCon 2015, I stayed at the Hilton, which was stationed right next door to the Anaheim Convention Center. It was a large and luxurious hotel that every convention visitor should experience. In addition, it has an elegant restaurant that has an extensive selection of desserts, seafood, and a breakfast buffet that is to die for. The rooms are fairly sizable and comfortable with a view of Disneyland and the Convention Center. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is seeking a vacation to remember.
Among the various forms of inspiration I experience for my writing, traveling is one of my favorite forms because I actually get to savor the world outside of my hometown. In every location I visit, there is always something that grants me inspiration for me to apply in a future work. In some cases this inspirations could come from the most unlikely place. Last December, I travelled to the island of Kauai in Hawaii and its lush and tropical environment was a great experience to behold and gave me ideas for landscapes of the worlds that exist in my work. Later this month, I will be traveling to a location that is both exciting and somewhat exotic, but what this location is will remain a secret until I arrive. I have visited this place before five years ago and I swiftly discovered how it received its famous nickname. In fact, as a side story, the Young Guardians do visit this location sometime before the events of volume three and it cost them their original form of transportation. I will reveal more in the weeks to come.