(Not that kind!)

I’m on my way home from Vegas now. It was an awesome trip – lots of good times and memories, and got some much needed relaxation time. I read two new books – Veronica Roth’s Divergent and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Loved the writing style in Divergent, and TFiOS…wow. I cried for half of my first flight because I was so into the book. So beautifully written and haunting. Read it, but make sure you have tissues. Lots of them. Also started reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63, and am enjoying that so far.

One of the coolest parts of Vegas from the writing perspective was seeing some of the locations I used in THE IMMORTAL CODEX. Part of the book takes place in various locations on the Strip, between the Treasure Island hotel, Fashion Show mall, and a fictional club. While I was able to look up information on the Internet, it was SO cool to actually see it in person and picture the story playing out there. I was quite pleased to find out that something I claimed was in walking distance WAS in fact a reasonable walk. (I also discovered my description of driving through desert to get to McCarran Airport is NOT accurate.  It’s  practically on the Strip itself.)

I also got the unparalleled experience of getting to see the Bellagio fountains at night. As with most of my perceptions of Vegas, I had only seen the fountains in the movies, particularly at the end of Ocean’s Eleven when the guys finish the heist and watched before walking away one at a time. It’s beautiful in the movie, but it doesn’t come close to doing it justice.

We ate dinner at Olives, a little restaurant in the Bellagio with a balcony that overlooks the fountains. We waited an extra hour – TOTALLY WORTH IT – so we could sit outside and eat. About every ten or fifteen minutes, the music stops, and you hear what sounds like a thunderstorm rolling in and waterfalls crashing. The fountains are absolutely breathtaking, full-on childlike, mouth open, “I can’t believe this is real” sort of joy. Every time it started we would just stop eating and stare until it was over. It was so stunning because the display is so much bigger than it seems in the movies – it takes up an ENORMOUS area and the sprays go so high! Whatever they use to shoot the high sprays is noisy, so it sounds like thunder, which really just adds to the magic. I got some video, but the airport Wi-Fi is not cooperating, so I’ll upload it to Youtube when I get home and post it. It is truly breathtaking! (EDIT: Just added it below. :))

So all in all, it was a great trip. I’m worn out, and now that it’s done, I’m ready to get on home and sleep in my own bed. I still have three days of break, which I plan to use to catch up on the sleep I didn’t get this week and hopefully do some writing. Then it’s back to work for the home stretch of this school year!

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