In case you missed it, Evan and I drove up to Nashville, TN last Friday to visit his brother, who is teaching a summer film course with one of his old Vanderbilt buddies. We stayed with the Vandy buddy and his wife in their beautiful 1930's-era home in one of the city's historic districts.
The drive up would have been fine--we drove straight up through the 2 counties between us and the state line, dashed across a smidgen of North Carolina, then drove across south-eastern Tennessee to Chattanooga. We hit Chattanooga right at rush hour Friday evening, which of course we neglected to realize, as we forgot we were changing time zones. D'oh. We sat in Chattanooga rush hour for almost an hour, which put us arriving in Nashville at 8pm, CST.
Trip was short, but fun! It was my first time in Nashville, so Evan and I did a driving tour, including the downtown area and the Parthenon recreation. After that, we all mostly sat around and played video games--specifically, Left 4 Dead II (zombie game).
The best part of the trip (for me) was a visit to McKay's, a used book and movie/video game outlet. I know that buying used books can be frowned upon in the publishing/aspiring-to-publishing world, but sue me--we're poor and not getting rich any time soon. The place was amazing--tons of books (and movies and video games), many of which were fairly new releases. I could have stayed there for hours, but I was pushing everyone's patience at 40 minutes. I did manage to snag 8 books, which I'll picture later (and a DVD all for $17).
Didn't get as much writing done as I'd hoped, but I did get an entire new plot idea that I'm very excited about. Surprisingly, it was another women's Southern fiction. So I'm looking forward to finishing Saving Me and getting it querying so I can start on my SNI!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Let the pictures begin.
This is what highways look like in the mountains.
One of the interesting things we saw while stuck in Chattanooga traffic. Any guesses what those ginormous tires are for?
Broadway Street, Nashville
More Western stores than you can shake a stick at!
The Parthenon recreation. Pretty neat from a distance...
And then up close you realize they made it out of the same conglomerate they make libraries out of. I mean, really? Couldn't have done something more special for the Parthenon??
This is MacGyver, the awesomest dog ever!
This is where we spent most of our time...
My book bounty! I've read some before, but don't own.