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Author who writes for a living and lives for writing. // WOMB: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing 2017) // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) // FLIGHTLESS GOOSE, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) // www.EricDGoodman.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Where in the World is Eric D. Goodman?

After three weeks of exploring Italy, we’re back!

Some readers were following my daily posts on social media. Then, there was a sudden stop. A few friends and readers expressed concern, asking what happened—had I been kidnapped or injured, or did I just get so lost in my new home that I no longer had time to share photographs and posts?

Blame it on the phone.

Motorola offers a swell feature that allows you to bypass the password/unlocking of your phone to take pictures when you jerk your phone in your hand twice. I think the enhancement is really a tricky way to get people to forcefully slam their phones into the hard ground, resulting in more replacement sales.

About a week ago, as I prepared to take a picture of another marvelous sight, I slammed—not dropped but slammed—my phone onto the Roman cobblestone. There was no saving it.

But the experiences in Italy continued for another week in Rome, Naples, and Pompeii, and I was able to use another camera to take pictures, if not to post them. I’ll be posting them in the days to come. I might even post some from earlier in the trip. It will be a nice way to relive the experience.

Three weeks is enough to get lost in a new culture and lifestyle, and I certainly felt that. There were moments late in the trip when it occurred to me that I had another life—and career—waiting for me back home. As much as I loved Venice, Milan, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, and Rome (and our side trip to Casablanca, Morocco), I’ll have to admit that it’s good to be home.

After all, it’s the best place to begin planning the next adventure.

Check out the posts from the past few weeks and the posts to come at www.Facebook.com/Edgewriter.



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