Back to the Real World

If you follow me on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or Instagram than you got to watch Magdalyn Ann and I go across the country over the last two weeks when we took the train to Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, back to Chicago, down to New Orleans, and home to Philadelphia.

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Well it’s all over now. So sad. But we had an amazing time and ate a lot of amazing. Food wise, my favorite city was New Orleans. Even though I couldn’t eat all the sea food dishes (otherwise I’d die), I still got to eat beignets and the most amazingly flavorful filet mignons. Seattle was probably my favorite visit overall, certainly my most caffeinated. I wish we’d had more time there to see and do more. San Francisco was my favorite view. I took a few nature walks with my Aunt Jean while I was out there and the flora was simply gorgeous.

Chicago was BookCon. Definitely a great aquarium out there. The architecture inside was amazing. I love when they add fishies to the molding.

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But I’ve been home since Sunday now and it’s time to get back to looking for a job. Which I have been doing. I search every day for entry level positions in children’s publishing.

I didn’t always love reading and I want to be a part of the process that creates a book that draws a child into reading.

Whether I write the book, design the cover, or come up with a totally cool marketing plan-I don’t care. I just want to do it all.

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USA by Way of Train

20151208_135156.jpgMy good friend Magdalyn Ann and I are going on a super long road trip across the USA and the best part?

IT’S VIA TRAIN!

You heard me. Train. We’re going to be going for two weeks for this trip and most of our time is going to be on the train, ha ha, but we’ll have plenty of time for reading and writing so it’ll be just fine!

We are going to NYC, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco (where I’m going to get to see my Aunt and Uncle), New Orleans, and then home. And it’ll be right after I graduate from Rowan!

No, really.

Right after.

graduation_caps_throw_a_hbLike, I’m going to toss my cap in the air, or move my tassle over, or whatever and then sprint to the car because I have a train to catch. Same day. I might just wear my gown on the train. Wouldn’t that be a site?

I’m leaving from a local station to head up to NYC and then over to Chicago! For BookCon! Which really prompted this whole trip.

A year or so ago Maggie and I read an article about a trip from NYC to San Francisco and doing it for about $250 using the Amtrak train passes. But when we looked into the passes we realized we had to buy 8 of them.

So I said, “If we have to get 8 of them–let’s use 8 of them.” Which is why we’re traveling the perimeter of the United States.

I’m so excited for BookCon, to meet author and other readers, but I’m also really excited to spend all this time with Maggie and to have this experience. I can’t think of a better time to do it. Well… maybe the dayΒ after I graduate… you get my point though.

So if anyone lives in those cities, or has visited those cities, PLEASE suggest things for us to try! But also keep in mind that we’re walking–like–everywhere.