All Around the World . . .

Looks like 2006 is going to be the year of jetlag travelling for me and Mr Westerfeld. I just updated our appearances pages and it was quite a shock. Brisbane! Bologna! New Orleans! Barely two weeks goes by without us chooffing off somewhere and that’s with only the rock-solid confirmed events listed.

Not that I’m complaining, it’s fantabuloso being asked to do so many different events. And I’ve never been to New Orleans before. How fascinating is that going to be? Very.

In other news: I continue to be very very glad that I am in Sydney, not New York City.

Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times

And Australia thrashes Sri Lanka in the second final. Andrew Symonds gets his first ODI century in Australia and put a lock on his status as biggest Australian yob hero since Boonie. Well, except for Shane Warne, and, oh, never mind. We loves you, Symonds!

Here’s hoping the third final will be a lot closer and not merely a matter of who wins the toss and elects to bat. Oh, how I miss the test cricket . . .


  1. Romance gal on #

    Do all writers travell like that?

  2. niki on #

    (caps on) NO (caps off) ! 😉

  3. Justine on #

    Romance Gal: Yes, all writers travel all the time. It’s how we collect our ideas.

    Niki: How could you peddle such lies?

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  5. Julie on #

    You’re wrong: New York in a blizzard is the most beautiful place in the world. Especially when I’m walking around in it in my new baby blue galoshes. I step right into all the slush puddles just to show off.

    I wish you were here.

  6. Justine on #

    I didn’t say it wasn’t pretty, Julie, just that I don’t want to be in it. I’m loving seeing all the photos. But I don’t do cold. Anything below 15C and I think I’m going to die. Also snow and ice and me don’t work well together.

    I wish you were here in Sydney!

  7. marrije on #

    goodness, what a travel schedule! most exciting, but also a tad worrying (when will you have time to write??). good thing that you are better used to travelling than me. i get jetlag on a trip to london (yeah, from amsterdam).

    And sort of unrelated: yesterday driving home from an appointment I saw there’s an elvis shop practically around the corner from my office: made me think of you 🙂

  8. Justine on #

    Marrije: Tell me about it! I’m hoping to get as much writing done as possible this month. Otherwise . . . well, gulp. Though I’ve gotten much better at writing in lots of different environments and while on the road.

    Awhile back I heard Salman Rushdie talking about how his writing had changed since the fatwa. The main change was that he gave away all his stupid superstitions about only writing with one kind of pen on one particular kind of paper. He gave away being a luddite and got a laptop and now he can write wherever and whenever. Listening to him made me feel ridiculous about my own writing superstitions and I vowed to give them away. Being able to write anywhere is a very useful skill.

    Ah, Elvis. Making everyone’s life better all around the world. It brings tears to my eyes!

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