It's tax season, my friends. Guess what that means for myself and the rest of my accountant buddies? That's right, long hours, longer nights, broken calculators, and frazzled nerves. Over the past couple of weeks I've had more than my fair share of frustrated days, which have more than once wound up with me in tears. I'm an easy crier though, so take from that what you will.
Every time I start to get really frustrated, I have to stop and go to my happy place for a few minutes. Maybe it sounds cliche, but it always seems to help me. I have several happy places, the first of which is right here:
But some of my other "happy places" are fictional. Places that I visited while reading a book, and then every once in a while take the time to revisit, even if I'm not reading that book. One of these places is the White Island, from Krissi Dallas's Phantom Island series. The imagery created in these books has really brought the Island alive for me, and so every once in a while I just shut my eyes and imagine myself splashing and playing around with the Hydradorians, or maybe at a big feast with the Geos.
Another one of my happy places is the breathtaking world of Erin Morgenstern's Le Cirque des Rêves, from The Night Circus. My imagination is a frenzy of black, white and red as I think about the magic and mystery that surrounds The Night Circus. You step into a whole new world when you enter the front gate.
Last, but definitely not least, I like to travel down south to the small town of Gatlin, South Carolina and hang with some of my favorite pals, Ethan, Link and Ridley. Lena's never invited, because I like having Ethan all to myself (it's MY HAPPY PLACE!!). A lot of Gatlin is about the characters for me, but at the same time I'm fascinated by the place itself, it's history and how it became this epicenter for Caster activity. I definitely have to thank Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for creating that wonderful place to escape to in their Caster Chronicles books!
So, what about y'all? Do you have a happy place that you escape to when the world is getting ya down? Is it real, or fictional? Is there some place in a book that you've always dreamed of escaping to? Let me know in the comments section, I love to discuss!
Cheers and Happy Reading!