So uh, I’ve got a nineteen-hour flight ahead of me today. Yep, I’m heading to the USA for work, so I’ll have many hours of sitting to look at my novel rewrite. With time differences I arrive about fifty minutes after I leave, so that’s practically time-travel, right? I’m like a less efficient version of superman (and less ripped, and less spandexed, and… just generally less. I have more beard though. In fact, that’s what superman needs, a flipping beard. They could call him Beardman. Or Beardmaster! [NSFW])
I don’t know if I’ll have a lot of time to enjoy the sights, but I should at least be able to get a few nice photos of San Diego and Chicago.
Awesome things about flying for a writer (or anyone):
- Endless coffee in the Qantas Lounge
- They bring coffee to you on the plane
- They bring food to you on the plane
- Sometimes the food is edible
- Sometimes the food comes with tiny chocolate
- Sometimes the person next to you DOESN’T WANT THEIRS
- Your own tiny reading light
- Time to READ!
- Also, there are movies on the plane
- Sometimes those movies aren’t Ninja Turtles, but are instead epic films with Jason Statham in them
- Duty free booze
- Oodles and oodles of hours with…
- No distractions
- Nobody calling
- No chores
- A toilet that goes WOOOSH
There are really only a few drawbacks that I can think of, those being
- Sharing/battling for elbow room
- The scramble to rescue your laptop when the seat in front of you leans back rapidly
- Awkward waiting for the toilet cubicle (DON’T MAKE EYE CONTACT. And who was waiting first anyway? If you were queueing over there and I was over here, do we now have to fight to the death? Or do we apologise back and forth while a third person comes from the other side and goes in…)
Did I miss anything? I probably did, let me know your pros & cons of air travel.
I’m looking forward to seeing some American autumn! And with any luck I’ll have finished my red pen edit by the time I touch down. Going to miss everyone back home, especially my wife, but when I get back in a week it will be October: home stretch to the baby’s birth!
Do you get much writing or reading done when you travel? Favourite things to do/eat/drink in San Diego or Chicago? Would love to hear from you.