There haven't been many new blog posts lately, as I've been trying to catch up on all the Burning Man stories. These are now fully uploaded, so go forth and read 'em, if you haven't already. Pics are also strewn throughout the stories, but if you want to see them all at once, they're here.
So what's new with the house? Nothing yet, but we've been considering posting it on a corporate housing rentals site. This is an interesting concept, as it would allow us to rent for shorter terms and more money per month. Of course it costs something to post a listing on a site like this, but for once it may actually be worth it. Where would that leave us? Well, ever since the episode with The Nice Professor Lady, we've been considering taking a shorter trip towards the end of the year. India was at the top of the list, until I realized it would be high season with Diwali coming up. Higher prices, more crowds, harder to get last-minute reservations... no thanks! Hm, what about Indonesia & Malaysia? We could fly in and out of Singapore, do some great scuba diving, groove on the cultural scene, maybe even hook up with that guy we met at SFO who has a house on Bali. And then our expat friends in Perth mentioned they'd be in Bangkok in mid-November. Ah, a plan starts to form! Where we go, and for how long, depends on how things work out with this corporate rentals site. If we find a good short-term tenant, we could conceivably take off for three months or so. If not, we may take a 3-4 week trip.
What do you think? Any recommendations?
In the meantime, I've been dipping my toe into the travel writing pool. Some of you already know about this, because I've been tooting my own horn for a few weeks now. (Write your own joke here...) But for the rest, I'm proud to report that I've had three small bits of publishing success of late:
1) a few of my pics were chosen to be a part of the online Burning Man Image Gallery
2) I became a featured correspondent on AdventureUs.com
3) another handful of photos got published in a Matador article
...and I'm in conversation with the Matador editors about doing a written piece on Burning Man. Woo-hoo! Please visit these sites if you get a chance, and support the folks who support nascent travel writers and photographers.
Interestingly enough, Rolf Potts has just published a new book. I stumbled across one of his bestsellers, the time-honored classic Vagabonding, at a formative point in my travel planning. And now when I'm considering getting more involved with travel writing, his latest book is about that very topic. Have any of you travel geeks read "Marco Polo Didn't Go There" yet? He's doing both a virtual and a real-world book tour to promote the new book, and I look foward to hearing the reviews from the travel community.