Jenna On Vacation...Books On My Mind

Okay, my last blog was mostly about my books again, and I promised myself that this would be about me being more open with my readers and not just a constant advertisement. Socializing my introverted self…that’s what this entry is focused on. Plus pictures, I love pictures.

My Hubby and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. So we decided to do a car trip, sans daughter, and just stop where the urge hit. We drove up the 101 to Oregon, slipped up to Portland, then back down again on the 5.

Our first stop was Bandon, the cutest little seaside town. It was my first chance to dip my toes in the ocean and eat crab cakes. We also stopped at an Irish pub, only to find out the place started in Reno (where I live). We had a great laugh talking to the bartender about it being such a small world.

Our next stop was the Oregon Aquarium, where I fell in love with the puffins. I thought the little birds were cute before (I’m a sucker for cute animals). But one little jerk puffin kept flipping and flapping in the water, trying to splash everyone. It tickled me so much.

Then we hit Portland. I LOVE POWELL’S. Okay, I had to yell that one. Actually, it was so huge that it was almost overwhelming. I spent so much time there, feeling like I was visiting old friends in every aisle. I spent more than my fair share of time scrounging through the fantasy/horror area. But I managed some self-control (mainly because it was our first stop, and I didn’t want to be dragging too many books around all day on a walking trip). I only bought two books. I picked up Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman, one of my all-time favorite authors. I cut my teeth on him when he wrote Sandman and Books of Magic for Vertigo comics. I’m loving his take on the Norse Myths. I also picked up a writer’s reference book, The Emotion Thesaurus, to feed my sick addiction. I guess I’m feeling a little writing insecurity if I’m picking up writer’s books again. Blah!

Then we went to the Rose Garden and Japanese Gardens. My brain went straight into writer mode. Those darn elves that have been talking to me about a new book loved this place, and I’ve got a great major scene set here (the book is being set in Portland now that I see that it fits there much better than in Reno). This one is looking like it’ll be a M/M, but at a much lower heat level. More of an urban fantasy, with a bit of a new adult spin. It’s actually coming as a bit of a surprise to me as it’s a new direction for me. But I guess that’s the beauty of self-publishing, it gives you the freedom to explore.

We finished up doing a drive-thru safari in Winston. I took too many pictures to even think about picking one, but the funniest thing that happened was when a deer shoved his face in my window. Shoving sideways in my seat to avoid deer slobber didn’t leave me much of a chance for a good picture. I haven’t heard my husband ever laugh that hard in ages. I’m just glad he wasn’t filming it. So here’s the best shot I got of my invader.

And those were the high points of my road trip. Warning here, my next blog will be more book focused again, with the release of Faerie Bound hitting right at that time.

Until then…keep on reading!

Jenna Castille

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