I am glad I agreed to take a detour on my book tour and join my son and mother on a little family trip to the magnificent cities of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. This was my mother's treat, for her grandson, who is headed out to college. For me, it was a time to halt words, get over the fanfare of the book tour (which can go to your head, I must say), and take in some spectacular majesty, brought to us by the 18th century. What a feast of imagery, stories, presence. Of course, while the words may have been halted these past few days, there's no way all this isn't finding its way to my next book, which I will throw myself into as soon as I return to Seattle. I may have slowed down...but now, I can't wait.