Friday, May 14, 2010

Choices

Today, I really wish I was here:

(My Wonderful Husband and Me in 2008)

And I know I really have no reason to whine, given that I've gone there before ... 5 times. *coughs* I DO realize how lucky that makes me--and I would never want anyone to think I take that for granted. But Paris is my favorite city, and as I reach that point of OMG-I-can't-look-at-these-walls-or-write-ANYMORE!!!! ... well, it really makes me itch to get on a plane and leave it all behind. 

Maybe that sounds drastic, but here's something you may not realize: Paris is one of the only places where I really can't be Shannon. And by 'be Shannon' I mean wallowing in that guilt of 'I should be doing x,y,z instead of this.' Thanks to their different power outlets and the astronomical cell phone charges--I'm forced to completely unplug when I'm there. No laptop. No phone. Just me, my husband, and a city that's so beautiful and so full of things to do I can't help but forget everything else and take it in. Not to mention the need to eat my body weight in crepes and pastry. 

But this year I chose not to plan a trip to Paris--with my husband's support, of course. This year I decided to focus on my book--specifically on doing everything in my power to get my book published. It was my choice, and I don't regret it. There will always be time to plan another trip to Paris, but there might not always be a chance to follow this dream. So I'm sticking with my plan.

Still ... sometimes I have those grass is greener days--and today is one of them. So I think I'm going to take a break from my draft, watch a few of my favorite movies set in Paris (Sabrina, The Devil Wears Prada, Moulin Rouge) and eat a store bought croissant (NOT the same...but it'll have to do). 

And maybe, I'll dream about the trip we'll plan to celebrate whenever my book sells. One advantage of being so busy--I've had no time to shop, so our savings is ready for another Parisian adventure--whenever the timing allows.  :)

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

26 comments:

  1. Wait a minute...you say eat crepes...but what about the macaroons?!?!?!

    I totally understand the appeal of going to a foreign city to not be you. Although, to be honest, I'd pick London instead of Paris. I like Paris...but I *love* London.

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  2. Jealous, I have yet to get out of the country. *sigh* maybe someday...

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  3. Shannon, you say Paris. Beth mentioned London. Major Wow on both accounts. Me, I gut sum Atlantic Ocean to my right and the Canadian border just above my head. ";-)

    Enjoy your weekend, too.

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  4. Cruising to Alaska is my getaway vacation. It's not sexy like Paris, but I do totally unplug there. I'm secretly hoping that somebody will organize a combination writers conference & Alaskan cruise. I'd be there every year!!

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  5. FIVE times??

    I'm been to Europe...zero times. Wah.

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  6. I love Paris. My husband and I went for a few days in the fall of 2007. Now we have an opportunity to go again for a few more days in the beginning of June.

    It's true that you can leave worries and insecurities behind, and just enjoy yourself. And eat well.

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  7. How fun! My parents took us to Paris when I was like 10 so it's been 20 years since I've been. I think maybe we should go again sometime.

    My happy place is the Oregon Coast. We go every year and I love escaping life for a few days.

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  8. I wish I could go to France; I've been to Spain and the atmosphere is completely different there. The times I've gone, I unplug as well...it's easy to forget about the internet when there's so much beauty to behold in the outside world. :)

    Good luck with your writing! I'm sure you'll get your book published. ;) And enjoy your staycation-at least you won't have to be trapped in an airplane for x amount of hours, lol.

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  9. FIVE times?! Did you really say 5? Wow! I think having a Paris movie day and croissants sounds like a brilliant idea - and you have DEFINITELY earned it! Relax this weekend (and go shopping!).

    Have a great weekend, #1. :-)

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  10. Awesome picture! You're lucky you've been to Europe 5 times! I still have to get there one time, lol.

    Have a great weekend and happy writing!

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  11. Mmm, macarons! I've been to Paris once. Sure I was only three years old at the time. ;)

    I'd love to go back and spent a week stuffing all the patisserie et charcuterie I can into my face!

    You're be back after all this business slows down a bit. I know it!

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  12. Totally jealous. Um, I lived in Australia. In a town nicknamed Charlie's Trousers...does that count? No? *sigh*

    I just rented Paris, I Love You last night. Have you seen that? If we watch it at the same time, we'll both being in Paris at the same time...kind of. Um, say hi, if you see me. ;)

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  13. My dream "I got a book deal let's celebrate" trip would be to Italy. But then I've been pining to go there for fifteen years!

    Good for you for focusing on the book - I know it's hard, but you won't regret it. Especially when you're lounging with pastries by the Louvre.

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  14. *hugs* It's hard when you hit that point, but kudos to you for your determination to work towards your goal. Good luck and *writing/revising cookies*

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  15. Hey. Great minds think alike. I posted about where I want to vacation too.

    If I went to Paris I'd fill myself with pastries and french wine and coffee. Yummmy.

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  16. Oh! And PS...my roomie brought me crepes with bananas and Nutella today. They were delicious. Think they have Nutella in France?

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  17. Paris is such a charming city, I've gone twice and enjoyed it. I have a picture of me in front of the Effel Tower too. We are such tourists.

    Oh, let me not get started about the food in France. Absoutely wonderful, crepes are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Secondly, thinking for stopping by blog and it's nice to e-meet you.

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  18. I think when you hit that wall of frustration, the best thing you can do is step away for a bit. One of the things I've learned to watch for is mood. Whatever mood I'm in tends to make itself known between the lines I'm writing. (Hugs)Indigo

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  19. I love it! If you can't go to Paris, bring Paris to you. I do the same thing, but my big travel dream is Italy. That's when I put on Under the Tuscan Sun or Only You.

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  20. Definitely don't regret it! You're are getting closer and closer to your celebratory trip for that book contract.

    Which movie is that says, "We'll always have Paris." That's the one you want!

    Happy weekend to you too!

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  21. Don't forget the movie "Forget Paris." :)

    Just break open a bottle of wine, some bread, light a candle, throw on a beret and you'll feel better.

    - The Other Shannon

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  22. HONEY - I SO empathise with you BUT....why don't you get yourself a black beret and a long black mac...maybe some pongy (stinky) French cheese and an expensive bottle of red plonk...at least you can feel like a real FRENCH WRITER ( although you may whiff and look pretty sleazy) when you sit down and get that novel all shipe shape...OUI..?

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  23. If you're craving Paris than you've got to watch Amalie. I LOVE that movie and it's so Paris.

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  24. I'm dying to go to Paris, and I envy you your five times! I have to say, though, I admire that you chose to work on your book this year instead. I hope the 'elusive dream called publication' (ah, ever so elusive) works out for you!

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  25. I think it's fantastic that you've been to Paris so many times. I've never even made it out of the country, I still enjoy life and the cities I've visited but I would love to visit Paris at some point!

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  26. Good for you for knowing you need to make choices.
    My place in Disney. I wasn't going to go this year, but magically, a trip fell into my lap. It was in the stars.

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