A key part of Julia Cameron's THE ARTIST'S WAY program is to take your inner artist on a once-a-week artist date for each of the 12 weeks you're doing the program. As a stay at home/homeschool Mom, my days are frequently lively and noisy, so a bit of dedicated time to refill my artistic well is often needed.
Today, I went EVERYWHERE.
Much of my western historical romance writing involves medicine in some way. Haven, of the FIRES OF CRICKET BEND series, and Henry Jekyll of MAIDENS & MONSTERS are both medical professionals, and the history of medicine has always been interesting to me. Though I've lived in Chicago for twelve years, and known of it's existence the whole time, I'd never actually been to the International Museum of Surgical Science until today -- and I'm so glad I went!
So I geeked out for a couple hours, then hopped a train to the Chicago French Market for a sushi burrito (delicious and a great idea, but actually a mess to eat!) and then took a trip to one of my favorite bookstores, OPEN BOOKS.
Whew! But along the way I stopped several times and made notes/worked on ELIZABETH. This book, the final in MAIDENS & MONSTERS, has a science/medical angle to it, and I think it'll be greatly enhanced by my day out.