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Also, before you click, once I post the final chapter of What Fates Impose, I'll post an open forum here on the blog and answer as many questions people have about Fates and the writing process involved. I may even share embarrassing stories about mxpw.
In 2009, I took a trip with my best friend from high school. We'd both been out of college for a couple of years, working in jobs that surprisingly we went to college for (I was in New York, she was in Chicago), and we had a two week window between her busy season and mine, so we grabbed backpacks and headed to Europe, a dream trip we'd been planning since we were 15 and poring over atlases and travel books at her kitchen table.
Guys, it was probably one of the most magical times of my life, worth every meal I replaced with a peanut butter sandwich in order to afford it. We wandered all over and I saw some amazing things, but one of my all-time favorite places on the trip was in Italy. Yes, I went to Riomaggiore and Cinque Terre where Chuck and Sarah and Casey are now. Even more impressively, I went three years ago. To the day. May 1, 2009. Since it was Labor Day, it was PACKED. But it was AMAZING.
The places Chuck mentions in Chapter 65 are real (though some of the spellings may not be). You can't actually get to Riomaggiore without either taking a boat or the little train that connects the five towns.
That's Riomaggiore, where my friend and I stayed. In fact, I kind of stole the view from my window there and gave it to Chuck because let's face it, as a writer I'm not that creative.
I think we were actually on the third level and Chuck and Sarah and Casey are all on the second, but it hardly matters. The building (and church) that Chuck finds at the top of the town are real. My friend and I, when we were wandering around at sunset, pointed at the tallest building we could find, and said, "Let's watch the sunset from there." It ended up being Il Castillo. This ended up being our sunset view:
I wish I could go back, so I kind of did. But with Fates because right now, that's much cheaper.
Anyway, I just really, really wanted to share these pictures and this experience with you. I hope you enjoyed the chapter, and that you'll like the remaining two or three.
PS - that's my shoulder, backpack strap, and ear in this picture. Gosh, I'm adorable.