Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Recently, I spent 3 months in Ecuador. There was no particular reason I chose to go. I guess I just thought if would be nice.

For the most part, it was. The part that wasn’t so nice was when I had my computer and camera stolen out from underneath my feet on a bus during the day. Yes, that’s right: during the day!

I had fallen asleep for a bit and the people behind me reached underneath my seat and took my bag. After they had taken what they wanted, they put it back. They even filled it with water bottles in case I picked it up. Then they got off at a town along the way before I noticed. Be careful if you ever go there.

But that story isn’t why I wanted to write this post. My intention was to show some photos I took of the beautiful town of Vilcabamba.

I stayed there for two weeks at a hostel that doubles as a yoga retreat. For $10 a day I got a bed in a 6-bed dorm and free yoga every morning. It was definitely a great experience. The hostel is called Izhcayluma, if you’re interested.

But, again, that isn’t the point of this post. So let me just put up the photos before I get side-tracked again. 

If you have any questions, be sure to ask.

Fall Colours

The Fall colours have been beautiful this year in Toronto. I thought I’d post a few photos I took over the past few weeks. I still haven’t figured out how to use my new camera properly (a Ricoh GRII), but I think the shots I took are pretty good. Enjoy.

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Putting The King’s Son to Rest (Maybe)

I’m trying to work my way through Writer’s Block. I’ve read a bunch of posts about how I should calm myself or go out for a walk. I’ve practiced calming techniques and told myself not to worry. The truth, however, is that I don’t think much of it is working.

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Nanowrimo Wins by K.O.

It’s official: Nanowrimo has beaten me.

I was doing pretty well with it for a while. I was behind my word quota, but not by much. I easily could have caught up before the deadline.

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Nanowrimo and My Rewrite

Nanowrimo is interesting this year. I’ve decided to do a rewrite instead of a completely new story. But here’s the thing: I’m actually adding a lot of new stuff to the story I have.

I never did that before in rewrites. I tried to stick to the original manuscript as much as possible. I would focus on improving dialogue and character development. I would look for inconsistencies and errors. But I wouldn’t actually add anything to the story.

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