Three days to go, and then I’ll be heading off to the US.
I’ve put a lot of thought into what to pack when it comes to writing things. I need to be able to write if the inspiration hits, but I don’t want bulky laptops. I’ll also need to be able to record impressions and ideas, for both past and future stories, but I don’t want to be lugging a large bag around each day. So here’s what I’ve come up with as my writer travelling kit:
iPad mini and Bluetooth keyboard
Not perfect, but with the right apps on the iPad it works well for not only general writing, but for drafting and posting blog posts. The best thing is they are small and fairly light. These will be for use in the hotel. They may be light, but I still don’t want to drag them everywhere I go.
Probably the most important thing apart from a pen. I expect to be battered by ideas and thoughts. I want to note down how places look, sound, and smell, the movement of people, the shops and streets, and anything else that grabs my attention. With a notebook in my bag I can write down impressions before they escape.
I’ll be taking lots of writing specific photos. With a large part of the trip dedicated to visiting the places I’ve written about, I will take many, many photos. I’ll also use photos to remind myself of places when writing future stories, so there will be general streetscapes, photos of random buildings, parks, shops, etc. I want to capture the everyday as well as the spectacular. My camera is a part of my phone, and as my phone is a Sony Xperia, it is 20 megapixel camera – more than double the quality of an iPhone. Quite sufficient for my needs.
I’m paranoid about backing up my work. Not only that, but I’d hate to get all of those fabulous photos only to lose them! Online and USB backups are set and ready to go.
Do you really think I’m going to go all that way and not take a couple of my books for photo opportunities? Seeing Red in New London, and Roses outside the FBI Headquarters - at least!
I suppose the last thing I should say is tissues. This is going to be one heck of an emotional journey as far as my writing goes, and there will be tears. I get teary just thinking about some of the things I hope to see!
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