The airport to hotel trip proved a lot easier than I anticipated – a shuttle bus took me straight to the door.
By the time I arrived at my hotel the lack of sleep was starting to catch up with me, but I was determined to press on.
After showering and unpacking, I set off to explore Fisherman’s Wharf. It was teeming with colour and life and really good food smells, although my confused body clock wasn’t ready to eat.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and The Silver Fox was offering boat cruises of San Francisco Bay for just $15 – seemed like the perfect choice – and it was:)
On the way back we cruised past Alcatraz with its chequered past. Although we didn’t go that close, I felt the sad aura of human misery and decay.
In the early 1860s, civilians arrested for treason during the Civil War were kept at Alcatraz. At one time, it housed 500 men. Alcatraz operated as a jail for the next 100 years.
San Francisco Bay was very beautiful and the cruise was a great start to my time in the US.
After a dinner of spinach, feta and broccoli foccacia (yum) I wrote a bit, and finally made it to bed by 10.30pm.
I woke up feeling refreshed and set off to catch the ferry to Sausalito where I was meeting my very good writing friend from the Netherlands, Mina Witteman who had also come to the US to do the SCBWI Nevada Mentor Program.
DAY 2 WRITING TIPS
1. Travelling can be a bit like writing. Scary at first, but once you immerse yourself and let go, it’s really quite fun.
2. Absorb setting atmosphere – what is it about this place that inspires certain emotions in you? For me at Alcatraz, it was the burnt out buildings – the large buildings with tiny windows that couldn’t possibly let in much light.
3. Absorb the sounds and scents of new places – and don’t forget to note them in your journal.
4. Be open to new experiences and challenges.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions. This applies to writing too:)
Safe travels on your writing journey:)