The Time is Money journey gave me the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles with one of my creative contributors, Samuel Williams, to attend the LA Times Festival of Books. Not only did I have the pleasure of meeting some great authors from all fields and genres, but I was able to explore the city and all it had to offer.
From the food (where I was very happy to be having dessert for breakfast), to the Hollywood Walk of Fame where I spotted famous names like Viola Davis, Houdini & Bruce Lee, my LA experience was a wonderful one. The museums were rich in knowledge in ways you wouldn’t expect from a city primarily known for entertainment, and I enjoyed expanding my mind at the Museum of Death & the L Ron Hubbard Museum. Would definitely recommend giving these places a visit if you ever touch down in the beautiful city.
The book festival itself was a great space to meet authors and other creatives with crazy ideas just like my own, and learning about the different publishing processes that even established authors have had problems with. For anyone that wants to start writing a book, or may have an idea already but need guidance on how to move forward, then festivals and events like these are essential to getting information that you’re most likely going to need. The world of publishing is a giant one, don’t get lost in it.
The street art in LA was also something that intrigued me very much. Many people express themselves through art and text in the most unique ways. You don’t even have to look out for the art, it stands out regardless. My favourite was this piece featuring Tupac.
When I think about how I started writing this book in June last year, I would have never thought that less that a year later I’d be babbling on about it in LA. It just goes to show that anything can happen. Writing Time is Money, and even maintaining the project has come after its release has been my biggest challenge to date. I have had to deal with situations I’ve never dealt with before and put up with a lot from people in order to stay true to me and fulfil my vision. It is all part of the journey. Travelling to LA has made me realise what makes me happy, and that’s doing me and being able to give myself these opportunities through what I do, and what I know I’m good at doing. Keep pushing, and level up in any way you can.
T K Williams-Nelson
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