Lake Minnewanka

As I worked on the pitch for my web series, I realized that even though I’d put my novel writing on hold, I didn’t want to give up the story entirely. It wasn’t going to be as easy to pick my novel back up as it was to put down. A story has peaks and valleys; I’d stopped in a valley and it was difficult to find the momentum to reach the next peak from there. So I turned to research, where I always turn when I want to get my head into the story without actually writing. However, on this occasion, Google wasn’t enough.

I needed the mountains.

Living in a Castle

I went to Banff this past weekend with my dad, my brother, my aunt, and my grandma. We didn’t see much of the town and we didn’t explore much of the mountains as per our usual activities when we’re in town. We spent nearly the entirety of our three-day excursion in the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel which is basically a castle in the mountains like out of a fairytale. It looks like this: