Although hotel rooms are basically all the same, it’s interesting to capture the small differences in my sketches. This is my first time in Ohio and I’ve noticed that the cities seem to have an emptiness about them, I guess because there is so much flat space. The streets are wide and aren’t congested with traffic or people. It’s very different from the north east.
It’s been great traveling from bookstore to bookstore. I’ve always found it comforting to be around books. When I a teenager I used to go to my local book store in the Mall just to be surrounded by books. The owners would follow me around thinking I was trying to steal something.
I’ve never seen bookstores like some of the ones we’ve been to in Ohio. They have sweeping “Gone with the Wind” staircases and elaborate fireplaces. I only wish I had more time to explore them. I’ve also had the opportunity to see many of my readers and customers at the book signings. It’s always great to meet people I’ve made potholders or quilts for or just been in touch with through my website. I’ve also met lots of people I didn’t know were out there.
It’s definitely exhausting, and I’m not even working like Jon is, but I do love traveling. We’re off to Kentucky later this morning, I’ve never been there either, I’m sure the hotel room will look the same, but what’s outside the window will be different.