|A cheese shop in Munich with my name on it?|
Today, at 4 p.m., I reached the end of the Love, Lucy copy edits, and turned my revision back in to my editor, feeling relieved, and pleased, and nostalgic--for Lucy and for the world she wanders through.
So tonight I'm revisiting the photos I took at the start of this particular journey, when I set out to research the novel by walking in my character's footsteps, from Terminal A at Philly International Airport to Munich, then overland to Florence and beyond.
By now the Munich section of the book has been edited down to a quick flashback, but I didn't know that would be the case when I started. I took thousands of photos and copious notes, obsessively storing up sensory data without a clue about what sorts of details I might need.
A store full of dirndls? Check.
A charming graffito? Check.
A circle of bunkbeds at The Tent, the funky Munich hostel where I stayed once upon a time, and where Lucy and her friend Charlene have their first falling out? Check.
And, because I knew I was writing about a street musician, at least one picture of every busker I passed. This guy, for example:
And this guy:
And even this guy: