• Daily Life

    all the luggage

    (Note how I carefully did not say “all the baggage.”)

    We have acquired an unusually vast amount of stuff to take home, this trip. We had come prepared with an extra suitcase, but we’ve still ended up borrowing one to bring home. Once we’ve dispersed the loot amongst the family it won’t be so dramatic a haul, but there’s still an Unusually Large amount of stuff this time around. Fewer books than usual, mind you, but still not an insignificant number, and an awful lot of clothes and just…stuff!

    I did get a spiffy new backpack that has a Media Pocket up at the nape (allowing me to put my phone there, so hopefully it won’t get stolen out of the backpack again, sigh), and, having gotten myself a Media Pocket, got myself some headphones so that perhaps someday I will actually start using my phone as a Media Playing Device (to this end I have also actually, y’know, like, downloaded some music onto it, including the inevitable purchase of the GotG soundtrack :)). Although I’m going to also have to get myself an armband or something so I don’t have to actually lug the backpack around any time I want to go for a Walk With Music. But importantly, the inside of the backpack is kind of water resistant, so if I ever swim again it’ll be good for carrying wet towels in! :)

    The Fantasy Fudge Fundraiser has leapt up today. I shall therefore announce that the $5K Walker Papers goal will be my basic fudge recipe, delivered in short story form as Joanne tries to make fudge. (Joanne cannot cook. It practically writes itself!) It will be made available to all backers. :)

    If it cracks the $3750 Sampler Box perk level today I’ll do something else cool storywise with it, and by ‘today’ I probably mean ‘before I pack up the computer to fly away home tomorrow morning’. :)

    Ah. The dryer has stopped, so now I can get, fold and pack the rest of the clothes, save what we’ll be wearing tomorrow…

  • Daily Life,  Family,  Writing

    so. very. busy.

    It has been a very, very busy several days. A very EXCITING several days, from Young Indiana’s point of view.

    Friday he got to go hang out with his cousins for a few hours. Saturday his Nana and Papa arrived. Sunday was his birthday (“NOW I am four years old, Mama!”) and the whole fam damily was over, which is *excrutiatingly* exciting. Today he has still not gotten over the excitement of Nana and Papa’s arrival and is pretty well beside himself.

    Ted is off work for NINE WHOLE DAYS. This means I don’t have to cook dinner for NINE WHOLE DAYS. Of course, it means I have to do dishes for nine whole days… :)

    Today, having not worked for most of a week, I went forth and wrote a blazing 5100 words in 3.5 hours, which apparently is sufficient to have me singing “Everything is awesome!” for the rest of the afternoon.

    I’ve hit 28K on MAGIC & MANNERS and am still having a ridiculously good time writing it. In some ways it’s beginning to diverge from the source material in increasingly dramatic ways, which is cool and fun and exciting. I’ve just figured out a way to bring a story thread that I wanted to put in, in, and it works smoothly and naturally and I’m very pleased. And I’m also caught up through the end of May for Patreon chapters, which is great. I haven’t yet decided if I want to go ahead and round it up to 30K or just seize the next opportunity to work on my Regency (which, actually, is what I should do, except I need to be online for that, so it’s a little harder to arrange…).

    I’m terribly *behind* on watching Beauty and the Beast, and I haven’t yet re-read TIGANA, which is April’s GGK Book Club book. Odds are poor that I’ll get to it this month, either; maybe I’ll manage both it and A SONG FOR ARBONNE in May. It’s always harder to read when I’m writing a lot, and I’ve been doing a lot of moving fast from one project to another, so the re-read is suffering at the moment.

  • Uncategorized

    we home safe.

    After what was admittedly the smoothest, fastest possible series of flights from Alaska to Dublin–a mere 13 hours in the air, with 1-hour layovers in Minneapolis and JFK, so we basically were getting off one plane and on another–we are home, and completely wrecked. Even the fastest possible flight times is a lot of hours, and we had to get up at 3am to start. Which would have been awful enough, but poor Young Indiana got excited the night before when he saw the suitcases, and although he went to bed at 8:30 as usual, he didn’t go to sleep until after eleven. And, of course, it was 17 hours or so of airports and 24 or so of elapsed time, so yes, obliterated. Here’s Young Indiana as we were landing in Dublin:

    zombie boy

    We all still sort of look like that. Especially after–unsurprisingly–it was Time To Get Up! at 2:30 this morning. Ooghlhg.

    Sometime this week I would like to remember to do this letter to my young author self meme that Harry’s picked up on, and the fantasy mistressworks meme that Nicholas has posted.

    After I catch up on sleep. And perhaps on work. And housecleaning. And doing something about the P-Con site. And oh god, we’ve got a concert this week. I anticipate mental obliteration continuing through the weekend.

    I’m going to go read a book instead of doing any of those things.

  • Uncategorized

    bookstore accidents galore

    Every time we’ve gone into a bookstore here we’ve come out with piles of books. Today I picked up Kari Sperring’s LIVING WITH GHOSTS; a couple days ago I got Ursula Vernon’s 2nd DRAGONBREATH book and Ted picked up DB Jackson’s THIEFTAKER. Yes, everything we’ve bought on this trip, except at the used bookstore, has been by people we knew. :)

    And at the used bookstore, I got 3 of the Starbridge novels I foolishly decided to get rid of last year because I knew I was going to buy them digitally and thought I didn’t need the hard copies anymore. I have been regretting it since, so upon seeing the books I got ’em. And I got a few cozy mysteries, but restrained myself manfully and *only* got ones where I could find the first book in the series, so I put several back. *looks noble*

    We may have to pack an entire box of books to mail home, though, because jeez, bookstore accidents galore.

    We also brought books *to* the used bookstore, and ended up with $100 in credit ($20 of which we, and by “we” I mostly mean “I”, immediately spent), so it appears we’ll be forced to come back to Fairbanks sometime to finish spending that. :)

    In other news:

    – my mother-in-law scared up four complete sets of TAKE A CHANCE for me, so now I’ve got more to send out. #determined

    – I found a book on how to braid rugs at the used bookstore. I got it, because as I said to Ted, “I read about braiding rugs in the Laura Ingalls books, and I always wanted to try it,” and the girl behind the counter, with whom I had already bonded over…some other topic while I was giving them our old books to sort through…said, “Me too! So I tried doing it just by myself (“So did I!” I proclaimed) but it turned out to be something I had to look up to learn how to do, so I did and now I’m working on one! I don’t know how they ever had enough cloth back then, it takes TONS!” So clearly she and I are kindred spirits. That was neat. :)

    – I have read 6 books, seen 4 movies in the theatre, and written 20,000 words while on holiday. I feel pretty good about this.

    – We went through boxes of Stuff again (as might be guessed by the books we decided to bring to the used bookstore). Among the gems I discovered was the (speaking of Starbridge) 4 page letter AC Crispin wrote me after I wrote her a fanmail, and the rejection letter for IMMORTAL BELOVED, the Highlander novel I sent to my eventual QUEEN’S BASTARD editor back in 1999. :)

  • Uncategorized

    Holiday Blog, Part III

    I have remembered that the reason I was so fond of biking in Alaskan summertime is that when biking, unlike when walking, I was moving faster than the goddamned mosquitoes.

    My goodness, Monday turned out to be a 5K day!

    Tuesday: At B&N for a Writing Blitz. I have no net connection (deliberately) so I shall keep track of my word wars in the blog. And someone is coming to meet me for lunch at noon, so right now I have…37 minutes to write. Starting a new book, no less, so, y’know, no pressure…

    640 words of total infodump & my lunch date arrives. Post-lunch goal is finding the actual beginning of the book. o.O

    Man. There are things I really miss about America. A lot of them are food, but one is the child-friendly environment at B&N, of all things. Aside from the kids’ area at the back, they’ve now got a “Nook Kids” thing set up at the front, where people have been stopping with children all afternoon, to play and explore things with these little color Nooks. That’s just nice.

    I do not, however, miss being unable to walk everywhere. I’m finding myself really resentful of not being able to just walk into town.

    I can’t remember what we were talking about the other day–some aspect of Differentness about America–and I said what we always used to say: “It’s like we’ve been living in a foreign country.” “No,” said Ted, “It’s like we’re visiting a foreign country.” And that’s really actually more what it’s like at this point. It’s a very, very *familiar* foreign country…but it’s foreign. And that is very very strange.

    We were watching Kung Fu Panda (yes, again) and it got to the bit where Oogway becomes a spirit and is blown away by the peach blossoms. “He’s become one with the universe,” Ted said solemnly, and then just as solemnly, “Either that or those are carnivorous peach blossoms.” *laughs and laughs* I like my Ted. :)

    I just had a piece of cheesecake. It was disgusting. What has happened to me?!?

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