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I'm a writer, publishing both as SJ Rozan and, with Carlos Dews, as Sam Cabot. (I'm Sam, he's Cabot.) Here you can find links to my almost-daily blog posts, including the Saturday haiku I've been doing for years. BUT the blog itself has moved to my website. If you go on over there you can subscribe and you'll never miss a post. (Miss a post! A scary thought!) Also, I'll be teaching a writing workshop in Italy this summer -- come join us!
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Travel blues

If you've been reading this blog for awhile you know I've talked about this before. I love to travel and do a lot of it, but always, a few days before a trip, starts that feeling: I don't want to go. It manifests as: why am I doing this, it's a bad time for me to leave, I have so much to do, my back hurts, my garden is so beautiful and I won't see it, I'll miss my nephew's birthday... whatever whatever whatever, but it's not really any of that. It's a feeling of being exiled, as though I weren't leaving, I were being kicked out. I don't know if everyone feels this, but I've been astonished over the years to find that the most enthusiastic and inveterate travelers I know -- people like me who'd go anywhere you gave them a ticket to -- all do.

I'm going to Italy today, leaving home in about an hour, and I'm feeling it now. Thinking, What am I DOING? What will happen, of course, and I take this on faith because it always does, is that I'll be fine as soon as I get through security at the airport and am sitting around (hopelessly early as always) waiting to board. By the time the plane takes off, I'll be excited again, as I was when I made this plan.

So I leave you with the words of Peter Fleming, an enthusiatic and inveterate traveler, who, on a trip through western China in 1935, wrote: "He who starts on a ride of two or three thousand miles may experience, at the moment of departure, a variety of emotions. He may feel excited, sentimental, anxious, carefree, heroic, roistering, picaresque, introspective, or practically anything else; but above all he must and will feel a fool."

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