Nicole Trilivas

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Back to Work

woohoo!

woohoo!

It’s so nice to be home! (And I can’t believe that England is my home now that I have a visa.) I feel right back into my routine. It feels like I never left which is nice. My fingers are desperate to be writing, but I haven’t yet found a plot line to follow. I like to outline first, but perhaps I should just jump right in? I don’t know.

Career-wise, I think I should be working on a follow-up to Girls Who Travel. Something contemporary, romantic, and about travel. I have an idea about a backpacker, but I’m not sure it has the legs to be a whole novel. Maybe I should write it as a short story. Then I have a few other ideas (a study abroad plot), but nothing feels substantial enough. Regardless, it’s time to start writing. I’m going to start Monday, regardless of my story line. Scary, but onward I must go.

XO Nicole

And I’m Off

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After countless weeks, I’m finally going back home to London. I’ve been home in New York for months: I celebrated the bridal showers of two good friends, watched another two get married, I visited my sister in California and went on a road trip up the Pacific coast. I saw orca whales and drank wine in Napa. I saw old friends and family. I got a book deal. But all this time my boyfriend had been in London, and I have been missing him. Thank God I got my visa and now I can return. I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if I haven’t gotten that visa.

It’s been fun. It’s been challenging. It’s been a trip. But now I’m ready to go home. Thanks for the memories. And away I go!

The Writer’s Bonus

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Writing & Mental Health

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Octobers

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Photo not mine

Travel Tuesdays: Amsterdam

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On Tuesdays, we travel.

Where would you love to be today?

So I was about to write this post about Belgium. I’ve never been to Belgium, but I hope to make the trip soon, as it’s very close to London and accessible by the Eurostar train. (Readers, let me know if you have any recommendations!)

Yet I don’t know if it’s the weather, or the fact that I’m reading Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, or what, but I feel like Amsterdam instead. And since (regrettably) this is only in our minds, let’s change the itinerary and head to the Netherlands.

I’ve been to Amsterdam many times because KLM was the cheapest airline for many years and often stopped in Amsterdam for layovers. I’d ride the humming yellow and blue train from Schipol airport in the early morning. The countryside would flash by in big, broad Impressionist smears and strokes. I’d arrive in Centraal Station sleep-deprived and woozy and then wander that beautiful fairytale city. I’d follow the canals to specifically nowhere. Eat Vaalmese frites, warming my hands on the hot and greasy paper cone. I’d pick out my future canal house and avoid the bikes wheels, spinning close to my toes.

Photo from wallpaperscraft.com

Photo from wallpaperscraft.com

One time that sticks in my memory very well was a layover on a trip to Scotland with my friend Bayta. We stopped in Amsterdam and just wandered around all night because we didn’t have enough money for a hotel. The night was a frosty dream: empty squares with only leaves blowing through them; white swans floating down ink black canals; and a little door mouse, nibbling confections in a bakery window. That night was made of dreams and magic and lost childhood stories.

A photo from my first trip to Amsterdam

A photo from my first trip to Amsterdam

My first time in Amsterdam (2002; age 20)

My first time in Amsterdam (2002; age 20)

 

It’s October!

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I love October! And I’ve made no secret that fall is my favorite time of the year. This October is especially exciting: I’ll be heading back to London next week and bf, my modern British gentleman, shall be starting a new phase of his life too. (I know I’m being vague, but I’m trying to respect his privacy.)

I really need to start a new book project. I’ve been thinking and outlining, but I’m waiting to get to London to actually start writing. I want to make sure there is a routine in place before I start. I just don’t want to risk disrupting the flow. I know I’m being precious, but right before I start a new book, I’m always worried that I’ve somehow forgotten how to do it. But it’s time to get back in the saddle. And next week I shall start!

Giddy up and happy fall!

XO Nicole

 

I Got My Book’s Release Date!

It’s going to be December 2015! It feels like for-ev-er away, but it will give me lots of time to write, right? Also, a December release sounds fun! And it’s my birthday month after all.

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My agent loves to tell me how slow the publishing industry is. That’s just the way it goes. Even after verbally confirming the deal in mid July, I only just signed the contract in October, and will deliver my book in January 2015 for the December 2015 release. Sure it’s not fast, but it’s slow and steady. That’s been my whole rhythm with this writing thing, I realize. It hasn’t been quick, but I’m still getting there.

Happy Writing!

XO Nicole 

 

The Pleasant Thing

This photograph is not mine. I believe it can be attributed to Flickr user: Flüchtig hingemachte Männer

This photograph is not mine. I believe it can be attributed to Flickr user: Flüchtig hingemachte Männer

A Series of Interesting Guesses

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