Come summer and the urge to hit the road strikes, we pack our bags, grab a book (or eBook), and take off for the wide open spaces, ancient hills, or some beach (sigh). Just fyi, Ruby is my car and also my muse.
Pack 'n Roll – But you know this, right?
My best advice is to Pack Lite and Roll Baby Roll! Roll your clothes and you can take twice as much with less wrinkles.
Roll On – Save your shoulders and ditch the bag!
Take a small shoulder purse for strolling the streets after you arrive. For traveling, stuff that purse inside a rolling bag/suitcase and leave the nice, roomy shopping bag at home. Because – human nature is to fill the thing to capacity. And then, you have to carry it! Oh, aching shoulders! Instead, just take a rolling bag to stuff in the overhead and roll easily through airports.
What to pack – only what you NEED!
Take only what you'll need for the next few hours. For longer flights, there are some items to make it all more comfy. I have a friend who packs all this plus clothes in her overhead bag. She's a pro! Here's my overhead bag list.
Necessary items with you at all times: ID, passport, credit card(s), money, minimal makeup, prescription & other meds, jewelry, wipes, phone, ipad, unopened energy bar.
Stuff to make your flight more comfy:
Scarf plus soft jacket or sweater – flights are always too warm or too cold
Black tee – in case of spillage
Moisturizing cream – or small tube of Aquaphor, applied frequently
Thick, comfy socks to wear, even to the airplane toilet
Large, dark sunglasses to go incognito
Eye mask to block lights and maybe you can sleep
Earphones to block noise and tap into your own music
Books and/or eBooks, one to read, one to write!
Enjoy your journey and travel safe!
My three hot summer $1.29 specials found on my website at www.marytateengels.com are:
Callahan's Gold for Arizona gold digging!
Speak to the Wind, set in the cool mountains of Apache Country
A Man to Remember, treading Mexico's waters
Why do we LOVE Ireland?
Because it’s GREEN and rugged and awesomely beautiful and ... has a rich history and strong people… and an appealing culture (drink and dance) and stone circles and fences… and huge cows plus you – OMG – fall in love with all of Ireland the minute your feet touch Irish soil! But it's really about her beautiful, resilient, amazing people.
The Hills are Alive With Green! For a writer from Arizona, so much green is intoxicating. Not to mention the appeal of Guinness and Irish whiskey! And the music – well, who can listen to a jig or reel without tapping their feet? Or attempting to dance!
I'm all about the Green! I grew up in the U.S. South and get the country music connection as well as clogging to Irish dance. According to my dad, our name Tate was Scots-Irish. But when I was in Ireland and asked about my possible heritage, I was told “Tate? No, maybe marauders from the north or England.” Yikes!
Green Revenge! I know, I know, I've been to the two Tate Museums in London. But since I'm a writer, I can claim Tate is Irish, just as my dad thought. And he's in many of my books, not just the Irish ones – see if you can find him.
Breaking News! An epidemic of Green has hit the country! Here's a surprise – the Irish love America! They've even written songs about 'going to America.' So many of their relatives sought refuge here and so many of us claim an Irish heritage, that they embrace this country. And we embrace them right back. Once, on a tour of the remote Aran Islands, our guide took us on a skinny cart path to the very end, where we overlooked the vast Atlantic Ocean. “If ye look closely on a clear day," he said in a rich Irish brogue, "ye kin see all the way to Baston, where me kin live.”
You Green up my life! Awww… I’m in love with this mystical green Ireland!
What's the question? Green is the answer! When I wrote my Irish Hearts Series, I wanted to include all the green beauty and culture of this rich island, as well as the people's stories of Love, family, loss and belonging. CLAIRE’S EMBRACE, unlikely love and that amazing lace; EMBRACEABLE YOU, Sienna's love, meeting Claire in America, and that amazing lace; SECRET EMBRACE, Claire’s youngest daughter, Brianna, finding love in Ireland, music, and a little lace magic; MYSTIQUE, Claire’s oldest, near-perfect daughter, Danika, and a loving time travel. Look for another MYSTIQUE story later this year. Maybe there’s something to that amazing lace, after all! You can find these Irish stories at my website- http://www.marytateengels.com
What makes a place lovable? What draws us back? What makes us determined to return before we even leave?
For me, it's often several things, more touchy-feely than scientific. I like the way I feel when I walk the land or sit in a certain space. As John Denver wrote in Annie's Song, 'you fill up my senses.' Sight, Smell, Sound, Touch, Taste.
I usually ask myself what it would be like to live there. And if I would want to? Is it a place where I could just be me, or would it be good for only a few months? Does the culture appeal to me? I fell in love with Ireland for these and many more reasons. The people are warm, gracious and fun-loving. They are also hard-working and proud. So naturally I wanted to set a couple of books there. I met Claire in EMBRACEABLE YOU (Book 2) and wondered how she got from Ireland to Maine.
CLAIRE'S EMBRACE (Book 1), set in the 1960's, practically wrote itself. Then, in SECRET EMBRACE (Book 3), Claire's youngest daughter, Brianna, goes to Dublin to 'find herself' after a depressing divorce. She soon finds herself in love with Mitch and in trouble with his brother Jason. EMBRACEABLE YOU brings Sienna and Zach together in Claire's town in Maine. MYSTIQUE (Book 4) is one of those stories that sprung from the amazing Revolutionary War history along with a big 'what if' as Claire's oldest daughter Danika experiences a time-travel love affair with Will. They don't have to be read in order as each story stands on its own.
Hope you enjoy these little escapes for only 99 cents each. Go to my website to purchase your Irish Heart's novel at www.marytateengels.com
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