After a very successful book launch, I am now very excited to begin a semester abroad in Austria. My American and Viennese friends have shown excitement about my interest in writing, and about my novel. The internet is showing its usefulness here, as I find that I can still promote my work and keep in touch with folks in the U.S.
As I continue to work on the draft for my second novel and develop ideas for short stories, I am struck by how much a change in setting can provide as far as inspiration for tales. One of my short stories that I’ve started working on, The Hospital in the Rock, was inspired by a recent short trip to the city of Budapest. Here, in Vienna, I see countless sources of inspiration that I may act upon in the future. As I move forward with my written work, I may put a greater significance in the role that the setting has on the story.