Hello, all you wonderful folks. I have returned from my brief hiatus in the mountains and I am back! Iceland was incredible, do yourself a favor and go. Get there. See the country and get lost on its backroads. It’s wild and raw and pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. (If you’re interested, I’ve been posting photos on Instagram.)

Travel is always a big part of my creative process. Old Broken Road was born in Norway. The Stars Were Right was forged while touring some of America’s best National Parks. I cannot encourage creatives enough to get out there. Experiencing a country (even your own), learn about its people, study its history, experience its culture, food, and traditions. You’ll be surprised what will come. One of my favorite quotes about travel is one I posted before, but it’s still apt:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain

Frankly, a week wasn’t nearly enough time for Iceland. We just got to explore the west side and a bit of the central Highlands, but there is so much more. We’re already planning a return visit. Meanwhile, the show must go on. I have a stack of emails to get through, and a book to launch. Expect some big announcements soon.

All in all, it’s good to be back.


  1. I’ve never encountered anyone who went to Iceland and didn’t rave about how awesome it was…it’s definitely moved onto my list of wanna-gos.


  2. Thanks for sharing and great pics! Travel is a big part of both my inspiration and my motivation. Twain’s quote is also why I’ve intentionally moved to different areas of our country with my family. Someday I will take a very extended holiday outside the U.S.


    1. Great write up! We went to Norway a few years ago and there were a lot of similarities between both countries so it was easy for us to feel right at home.

      We ended up sticking to the western and south side of the country and spent a great deal of time around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We also rented a SUV so we were able to explore the backroads (something I highly recommend). We definitely want to check out the eastern side of the country and spend more time in the Highlands. Since it’s only a 6.5-hour flight from Seattle, we’re already planning that return visit.


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