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Well, not really a vacation. I took a shuttle to Detroit and flew from there to Houston on Friday morning, and then reversed the process to come home late Sunday night. But it was well worth the trip, because I went for the wedding of [ profile] lydaclunas, one of my oldest online friends, and while there I had a wonderful chance to visit with [ profile] callyperry, [ profile] wahlee_98, [ profile] risti and @melanie_seibert as well.

Rather than give you a detailed recap, I shall simply list for you some of the brand-new experiences I gained from this weekend:

Details, which include harrowing escapes, book reviews, and culinary and cultural adventures )

And now I am home again!
Otherwise known as my "hey, I'm back from camp and I feel like a zombie" post.

Why a week away from home with no cleaning duties and three delicious meals served daily should prove mentally and physically exhausting, much less feeling like I'm about to get the mother of all colds, I cannot tell you. Suffice it to say that it is so.

I was also hoping that the week away from home would persuade my brain to stop going all OOH SHINY over Touching Indigo and prudently switch gears back to Wayfarer, which is after all under contract and therefore the more needy of my attention. Unfortunately, this did not happen, though I have confidence that it will once I get to know Timothy and Linden better... which, despite all my note-taking and emotional mapping and poking about on Getty Images looking for lookalikes, is not going to happen until I start actually writing them.

Some good things happened while I was on vacation, however: I got passports for myself and three kids with zero waiting time (thank you so much, [ profile] risti, for the suggestion about doing the online application -- I think it made all the difference), I had Bubble Tea with [ profile] erinbow (who is probably still laughing about the O_O face I made when the first tapioca pearl came up the straw), and we successfully converted my crib-sleeping toddler to a bunk-sleeper with nary a hitch.

Also, I came back home to find that [ profile] fuseno8 had posted about our meeting in her blog, with a nice picture of the two of us and everything. Thank you, Betsy! It was a pleasure, and if you should return to town I shall take you out for cream tea.

Well, the house is woefully a-clutter since we have been moving Oldest Child and his enormous collection of toy farm equipment into the room that used to be the baby's, plus trying to unpack several suitcases and do two loads of laundry at the same time. So I must stop trying to catch up with my F-list and get to work, which means I am about to borrow a page from [ profile] kalquessa and make this general appeal:

If you've written (or found) anything in the past week that you think I should see, please put a link to the relevant post in the comments.

That would help enormously, thank you.

Oh! And one more thing. I re-read HP Book 7 while I was gone -- taking it slowly and carefully this time, with particular thought given to criticisms I've heard from other readers, as well as my own initial sense of dissatisfaction. And I am happy to report that this time around, I thought it was brilliant. More about that later, when I am no longer surrounded by guilt-inducing household debris.

*hurries off*
...where all is shady and peaceful, there are babysitters for every chapel meeting, and sumptuous meals are provided three times a day, without me having a thing to do with them.

I am taking the first chapter and outline of Wayfarer with me to muse and scribble upon, along with M.T. Anderson's Feed, Janet McNaughton's An Earthly Knight, and HP Book 7. (Er, I won't be scribbling on those last three, just for the record.)

I hope you all have a lovely week and will look forward to catching up when I come back... so don't blow up LJ while I'm gone, y'hear?

I'm off again!

Sep. 3rd, 2004 12:09 pm
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Oog, I'll be glad when all this travel and bustling about is over and I can get back to some semblance of normal living. Anyway, we're heading out this afternoon to visit relatives and friends in various places, and won't be back until Wednesday night. Take care, all!

P.S. to [ profile] yahtzee63: I sadly fear that this means no fairies for at least another week. But leaving you stuck with the Chapter Four cliffhanger would have been worse, honest. :)
Gacked from [ profile] sabrinanymph:

I'm a Ravenclaw NTJ -- no surprise there )

In other news, I am back from my week's holiday, which was very nice and involved eating way too much good food cooked by other people. The kids had a blast -- they didn't want to leave. However, I got no editing done on my novel, though I thought about it wistfully numerous times. Sigh.

Also, I seem to be coming down with some sort of bug. My legs ache from the hips down, my head hurts, and my tummy is upset. [/whine]

I have lots of things I want to post here and on the blog, but first I have three chapters of other people's fiction to beta, plus a daunting pile of backlogged e-mails and a graphic design project for a client. And feeling better would be nice, too.
I'm going to be away for the next week. Try not to have too much fun without me. :) More details are in [ profile] rjanderson_blog, or will be as soon as the feed from the source blog updates.

In Absentia

Oct. 8th, 2003 07:26 pm
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I'm off for the long weekend -- have a good time, all!
Yep, this'll be my last post for a while since our family's going on a week's vacation (our first in nearly five years!). So if you're wondering where my "Reading OotP Aloud" essays have gone or why I haven't responded to that brilliant comment you posted to my thread on [ profile] snapesupport, you'll know now.

I should be returning in the afternoon on Saturday, August 23rd. See you then!


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