Well, we can't all be globe-trotting like Siri, so I find my thoughts lately have been drawn to more mundane topics, such as what to do with my pocket computer, as I prefer to refer to my smartphone.
I mean, it really is. It accesses the internet, all my social media platforms, even my IM programs. It plays games and music and videos. Oh, yeah, and makes phone calls.
(Which, coincidentally, you can now do on your computer. So.)
Hello, it's Siri Paulson again, your international correspondent for Turtleduck Press. I'm currently travelling through India, a long way from my home country of Canada.
One of the most fascinating things about travel, for me, has been talking to people. In this latest trip, my travelling companion and I have run into retired couples who are travelling the world, or who have had travel as part of their lifestyle for years and now have the time to really indulge it – true inspirations for younger wanderlust types like me. We've seen plenty of intrepid young backpackers. (When I was backpacking solo, I used to befriend tons of other solo travellers in the hostels.) But the most interesting people are the locals.
This month's free story is another short from the Dream'verse, featuring Donte and Selene. Both have turned up before, but they get to be the main characters in my next novel, Captain's Boy. Coming out April 1st, Captain's Boy takes place about two years before the events of Knight Errant. There's a handy chronology post over here on kdsarge.com.
Selene tapped her fingernails on the table. She had given it plenty of time, so she would not be late--and everything had worked together so she would be very early. Now she had half an hour until her appointment. Mierda, why did it never work that way when she was late? She took out her book-pad, opened it and closed it again. The battery was dead. Viejo piece of mierda, she needed a new one.
She looked around at the coffeehouse, at college kids in their expensive casual clothes talking and laughing and eating and drinking. A few were studying, but not many. After all, the semester had just begun.
How would they do without Mama and Papa paying the bills?