Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Back From Angkor Wat!

I went to Siem Reap in Cambodia last week and finally got to see Angkor Wat - the temple ruins that date back the 12th century when the Khmer kings were big noises in what is now Indochina.

Between the 11th to the 13th century, the Khmer Empire ran over much of what is now Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. In gratitude for their power, the kings set up dozens of temples in their capital city, Angor.

Today Angkor is gone but nearby Siem Riep that was also a capital on and off for centuries is thriving. We had a great time there and can recommend a visit. More on this on Friday!

While I was excited to go, the cats were not. Target draped himself over my clothes, spreading fuzz all over each bit. I guess he thinks this will warn off any impertinent foreign kitty who tries to cozy up to me!

They had Tom at home all this time but you know how cats are: they like a complete family around them at all times. I thought they might sulk and show me their tails when I returned, but after an absence of four days, both Au and Target welcomed me back with open paws. They are very sweet natured.

So after my trip I'm energised. And this is to announce there are going to be some changes!

1. I am taking off one day a week - every week! And possibly two. It's time I had a life that's not work.
2. This blog will be Katz (And Other) Tales from now on. Expect to be bored by my non-cat pics :-)
3. I'm going to turn up the heat on finding an agent for my romance novels. I want a change of pace by the end of this year so I had better get cracking. I have just written off to Harlequin Intrigue to sell one and am now looking for an agent for my second novel. It's an action/suspense/romance. Anyone got a suitable friend or relation in the business of agenting or publishing?

Finally, I'm not going to feel guilty about stuff I can't fix. It's time I had some fun, and this month marks the beginning of that time. Life is short, I intend to enjoy the rest of mine.

It's good to be back!

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Gattina said...

Bravo !! you join my philosophy of life ! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy ! and only do things you like. That trip must have been wonderful ! From Belgium it is very far to go there but maybe, you never know. My son did it already. He went to Laos, Cambodgia, Vietnam and Thailand. I can imagine that your cats were very happy to see you !

Anonymous said...

We think working all the time is no fun. You need to take a cue from your kitties... Relax. Take a nap. Snuggle. Explore your surroundings. There is much to enjoy!

Deana said...

Everyone needs a break...relaxing is a good thing! I love the photo of the ruins. I like seeing and touring things like that...so much history.

catsynth said...

What a great plan. It's good to take some time off (something we need to remind ourselves).


Trips have a way of regenerating
your spirit! I am happy you are
deciding what is best for you.
Hi to Au and Target! :)

Quasi said...

It's very important that we felines express our displeasure when our human staff run away from home.

Ana said...

Thank you for visiting our blog and thank you for introducing yours! I am happy to meet you!

The temple ruins look really fantastic! And how great the cats awaited you with open paws, that's always the best thing when coming back home!

Have a great time!

Tink said...

Cats never like us to go, do they? Ah well, we miss them too!
I was veeeeeeery late last night with my COT, but I have adopted a new cat.... Wanna come meet her? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, sounds like a great trip! And how neat that you write romances. My human mom is a novelist. She isn't published yet, but she's part of a wonderful community of writers on the Blogosphere, and some of her writer buddies are published, and some are still working on it. She has high hopes for her current project! Good luck to your Mom! That's very exciting. *smile*!

If you want to check out my mom's writing blog (and other writers she links to in her blogroll, many of whom write romance), go to Tennessee Text Wrestling.

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm glad Marilyn sent you my way. :)

Your romances sound intriguing -- best of luck to you getting them published! Alas, I had to do a rewrite on Heart's Chalice, but it's progressing well.

Marilyn and the Ballicai (her sister and two brothers) send purrs and headbonkies!