Jun. 20th, 2008

tania: (Kronk: The Path That ROCKS!)
The news is not that I have stopped overusing the word 'awesome'.

The news is this: Yanno how I've been warbling on about a research trip to the Jenolan Caves for the last few months? Only I've been hesitant to blow my $700 of Virgin Airline credit and I've been uncertain about budgetary concerns and taking time off work?

Well, everything is coming together. A while back, the lovely [livejournal.com profile] rhianimated, who lives near Jenolan, offered me crashspace for my stay. So, no accomodation costs: neat. Today I got an email announcing that some of us are flying down to Sydney for a gaming trade fair in late August. It's only a two-day trip, but here's the kicker: provided there is not a huge variance in the flight cost, I can request the return flight of my choice - in other words, work is giving us the option to extend our individual stays in Sydney into a holiday.

So... free accomodation AND free flights. My only costs would be food, return travel from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, and travel from Rhiannon's place to the Caves. It's starting to look like I'd be a bit of an idiot if I DIDN'T grasp this opportunity.

So here's what I'm going to do - pending checking the suitability of dates with Rhiannon, of course: When everyone else flies back home on Tuesday night, I'll be making my way to Rhiannon's place. Wednesday through Saturday I'll be spending every day out at the Jenolan Caves, doing tours, exploring the area on foot, photographing, asking questions and taking notes. (The tour guides are going to think I'm nuts and/or annoying.) Sunday I'll make my way back to Sydney City, maybe grab a coffee with former Disney coworker Tony, who I make a point of catching up with every time I'm in Sydney, and then fly back home.

My only worry is that Sunday flights will be considerably more expensive than Tuesday ones. If so, perhaps I can offer to make up the difference?

OMG. Jenolan. *cry* BEST... EVER... I'll have my personal debt paid off at tax time and my credit card paid off around the start of August, so I'll be able to save at least a few hundred dollars spending money for the trip... which is good because I hear some of those cave tours are costly. Especially the abseiling / rough / adventure caves, which OF COURSE I WILL BE DOING.

And it couldn't happen at a better time. My index-carded scene-by-scene breakdown will be just about finished after today. I finish work at 2.30 and Joe finishes at 5, so I'll be spending that chunk of time nestled in a coffee shop in Indooroo, transferring my point-form scene list in more detail onto the remaining cards. This way I can spend the two months between now and the research trip polishing my outline and looking for flaws and story problems, and researching the non-cave-related aspects of the story. After the Jenolan trip, newly filled with inspiration and the sights and smells of the caves, I can come home and begin my first draft.

Lunchtime!

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