The trip is off to a good start as my good friend and fellow writer wouldn't let me leave without a gift that only a fellow writer would think to give.

A beautiful journal, that is just big enough and small enough for 12-day voyage thoughts. The cover reveals words that are just inspiring enough to coax you into filling the empty pages.

The package wouldn't be complete without a pen that drips good, consistent ink. A good writing utensil is measured by its ability to keep pace with sporadic bursts of thought/creativity. I'm looking forward to some "gripping" conversations with Pen.

And on the back cover, a challenge...

A challenge, and a journey, that seems to have been tailor-made for me.