Hiking Roman Walls & Cycling Castles

Spent a few days hiking along Hadrian’s Wall in England with my lovely agents. I bet no one told you one of the responsibilities of a literary agent was to guide their client across endless kilometres of roman wall, right? Just makes me glad I made sure that clause was in the contract as it was a wonderful time.

I’m also cycling solo along the Loire in France visiting various castles (in the writing world we call this “research”). The temperature is a fairly brutal 35 degrees Celsius and I’m actually surprised by just how hard it is to stay hydrated when you’re cycling for several hours even with drinking loads of water.

Anyway, lots of fun and interesting ideas coming up from all this!

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  • anonymous
    September 1, 2019 - 8:22 pm · Reply

    Down here in the Southern Hemisphere it’s freezing, so I’m not sure whether I’m jealous or not. Wait, riding around France visiting castles? 35 degrees or not, I’m jealous.
    Can’t wait til Crownbreaker! Although I kind of have to since my time machine broke.
    (Too quirky? They say quirkiness is overdone these days… Oh well.)
    – an anonymous 16-year-old Australian insulating her room with the remnants of a time machine

    • decastell
      September 3, 2019 - 11:27 am · Reply

      The heat definitely got to me a bit – like that sort of dehydration where you keep drinking but a few minutes later you’re parched again. Crownbreaker will be out in October, so not long to wait now. In fact, one of the reasons I have to deliver the manuscript by a particular date each time is so that it can simultaneously release in Australia with the UK.

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