erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
Today's mail brought an iPad cover that was just a fraction of an inch too small for the iPad. I wasn't able to get it onto the thing. Since I was going over to the mechanic to have Garuda's battery replaced, I thought perhaps one of the mechanics (who are pretty much guaranteed to have more hand strength than me) might be able to pop the thing on for me. Nope, no joy. I have contacted RedBubble about the issue and asked for a refund.

The battery was replaced, and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb went along with me. We hung out and talked while the work was being done and were walking back into the lobby at the garage when the mechanic called me. It was kind of amusing. After that we dropped over to Central Market to pick up food for while she's here.

When we got back, I started some dinner - borscht and some chicken in sauerkraut. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was supposed to be down in Seattle this evening for the schmooze, but got into a car accident. Her car is a little dented, and she probably has whiplash, so she didn't go down to Seattle. She came by here instead, and I fed her (soup and some sauteed cabbage and parsnips), then we all sat and watched Spirited Away. Afterwards we talked for a few hours. She headed home about 1am and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb headed for bed shortly after that. I've been trying to catch up with some of my online stuff. She will be here until Friday morning, when she has to head back to California.

More details from her on the site for Wellspring, which is in upstate New York, which means if I drive out there, I'll be pretty close to where some of my family and friends life in Massachusetts and Vermont, so maybe I can visit them while I'm out there. If I do that, I'd swing down through Missouri on the way home and see mom, as well. And maybe friends here and there on the way. I'll be needing places to stay and people to have lunch with along the road out and back. I don't know what the route would be just yet -- that will have to be investigated -- but when I know I can let folks know where I will be going so that I can try to meet up with folks.

[livejournal.com profile] druid_medb printed out her notes on the presentation we're working up, so I was able to look at them and make a few notes on them. We'll discuss them more tomorrow when we get up. Tomorrow evening, the three of us will be heading out to Lake Stevens for the Air Krakens meetup, where planning for the December 21st party will be continuing apace.

I'm having a lovely time!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I arrived here about 3:30, then we went out to have Chinese for late lunch. After that we walked across the street to a bookshop (I didn't find anything myself). We are now back at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place having a chat. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's book has been delivered.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I arrived here about 3:30, then we went out to have Chinese for late lunch. After that we walked across the street to a bookshop (I didn't find anything myself). We are now back at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place having a chat. [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht's book has been delivered.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I stopped right on time at abouto 2pm at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place, where we went for lunch at Cypress. Lovely lamb kebabs and middle eastern appetizers. She showed me around the garden and handed me a bunch of strawberries and snap peas and a few red and black raspberries for the road, which were very very yummy. I got back on the road about 3pm or so and arrived in Ashland at just after 8pm. I was in time to walk down to the Thai place about a block and a half away, where I had a very tasty dinner and then wandered back to the hostel.

I'm tired after a day on the road. Checkout is tomorrow at 10am, and my next stop will be Sacramento with [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster. There are only four people at the hostel tonight, all of us female, two deaf women and another, younger gal who is (like me) deeply engrossed in her computer. I'll be curling up in a cozy chair with a book in just a little bit, then bed early so that I can hit the road on time in the morning. I didn't sleep well last night, but I never do before I travel, so it was only to be expected. I've got a lovely knot in my right shoulder and will try taking something a little stronger than tylenol to try to resolve it before I have to drive tomorrow.

And now, curling up with a book.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes! I really appreciate them.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I stopped right on time at abouto 2pm at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place, where we went for lunch at Cypress. Lovely lamb kebabs and middle eastern appetizers. She showed me around the garden and handed me a bunch of strawberries and snap peas and a few red and black raspberries for the road, which were very very yummy. I got back on the road about 3pm or so and arrived in Ashland at just after 8pm. I was in time to walk down to the Thai place about a block and a half away, where I had a very tasty dinner and then wandered back to the hostel.

I'm tired after a day on the road. Checkout is tomorrow at 10am, and my next stop will be Sacramento with [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster. There are only four people at the hostel tonight, all of us female, two deaf women and another, younger gal who is (like me) deeply engrossed in her computer. I'll be curling up in a cozy chair with a book in just a little bit, then bed early so that I can hit the road on time in the morning. I didn't sleep well last night, but I never do before I travel, so it was only to be expected. I've got a lovely knot in my right shoulder and will try taking something a little stronger than tylenol to try to resolve it before I have to drive tomorrow.

And now, curling up with a book.

Thanks, everyone, for your good wishes! I really appreciate them.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'll be out of here in about 10 minutes, heading south for Portland, then Ashland for the night. It's 53f and drizzling here (as usual) but I'm hoping the weather will improve as I head south. Everything I can do here is done except stuffing my clothes pack Garuda's boot. I'm sipping my morning cuppa Irish Breakfast (the Floating Leaves House Black is in the car already) trying to get enough caffeine into my system for the road.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone. May your travels be safe and wonder meet you on the road.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'll be out of here in about 10 minutes, heading south for Portland, then Ashland for the night. It's 53f and drizzling here (as usual) but I'm hoping the weather will improve as I head south. Everything I can do here is done except stuffing my clothes pack Garuda's boot. I'm sipping my morning cuppa Irish Breakfast (the Floating Leaves House Black is in the car already) trying to get enough caffeine into my system for the road.

I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone. May your travels be safe and wonder meet you on the road.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull at sunset)
Today was laundry and packing the last of the things I'll need for the week. I hauled everything but my bag with my clothes and stuff out to the car this afternoon. The poor DoDC+3 is kind of frantic. He knows I'm leaving because he's watched all the packing and whatnot. He was upset enough last night that I had to have him sleep in his kennel because he just wouldn't settle.

I spent several hours reading this and that for research and did the outline and remaining notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop this weekend. I've got a contact number for someone I'll be seeing in Portland on the way home. I'll be posting here about when I'm in town (July 2nd) and let folks know details if they want to meet me at Powell's and they're able to make it. It'll probably be early- to mid-afternoon, depending on when I get to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's from Eugene.

I'm about as calm as I can be before I set out on a road trip. I feel like I did a reasonably good job getting things settled, considering how much I had to deal with before this trip. Any details I've forgotten for Ireland and Europe I can try to resolve while I'm home next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone when I get to Eight Winds, and to seeing [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster the day before. I'm trying not to think too much about everything and just go with it and let go of some of the anxiety. It feels like the launch of something huge (which it is), but I'm up to it. I probably won't sleep much tonight because I rarely sleep well at all before I take a road trip. I'll be up about 8-ish tomorrow morning and out the door around 10am, if all goes to plan. I like to get out just after the worst of rush hour has passed so that I don't get massively delayed by traffic. I expect I'll be in to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place by around 2pm tomorrow, as usual, so lunch in Oregon City, then points south. I'll stop for the night at the Ashland Hostel; they have wifi so I'll be able to catch up with a little of the day and check in on everyone.

To the other folks traveling to the festival this week, smooth sailing to you and safe travels. Slán!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (gull at sunset)
Today was laundry and packing the last of the things I'll need for the week. I hauled everything but my bag with my clothes and stuff out to the car this afternoon. The poor DoDC+3 is kind of frantic. He knows I'm leaving because he's watched all the packing and whatnot. He was upset enough last night that I had to have him sleep in his kennel because he just wouldn't settle.

I spent several hours reading this and that for research and did the outline and remaining notes for the Brigid and Sarasvati workshop this weekend. I've got a contact number for someone I'll be seeing in Portland on the way home. I'll be posting here about when I'm in town (July 2nd) and let folks know details if they want to meet me at Powell's and they're able to make it. It'll probably be early- to mid-afternoon, depending on when I get to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's from Eugene.

I'm about as calm as I can be before I set out on a road trip. I feel like I did a reasonably good job getting things settled, considering how much I had to deal with before this trip. Any details I've forgotten for Ireland and Europe I can try to resolve while I'm home next week.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone when I get to Eight Winds, and to seeing [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster the day before. I'm trying not to think too much about everything and just go with it and let go of some of the anxiety. It feels like the launch of something huge (which it is), but I'm up to it. I probably won't sleep much tonight because I rarely sleep well at all before I take a road trip. I'll be up about 8-ish tomorrow morning and out the door around 10am, if all goes to plan. I like to get out just after the worst of rush hour has passed so that I don't get massively delayed by traffic. I expect I'll be in to [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place by around 2pm tomorrow, as usual, so lunch in Oregon City, then points south. I'll stop for the night at the Ashland Hostel; they have wifi so I'll be able to catch up with a little of the day and check in on everyone.

To the other folks traveling to the festival this week, smooth sailing to you and safe travels. Slán!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I got next to no sleep last night. I don't think I even closed my eyes until after 7am, and I woke up at 11:30ish this morning but didn't get out of bed. I knew it would be a bad idea to get up then, so I tried going back to sleep and got up about 2:30 in the afternoon. It took a while to get started after that, but I dealt with an interview/guest blog post that another writer will be putting up sometime soon on his blog. It's about my work as a writer and poet, but as he's a disabled person, he was also interested in my work as a writer affected by disability and was interested in the whole military/PTSD issue as well, so things had got considerably more in depth than either of us had quite expected. We'd talked initially a couple of months ago and I'd almost forgotten about it until I got his email today.

After dealing with that, I poked some at the closing ritual, but really didn't do much of anything with it. I got email back from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm that I need to respond to (just noting that I got your email and do intend to answer) about the other rituals planned.

Having got such a late start on the day, I didn't really eat much except have a little cheese and a cup of tea before it started getting late. I got email from one of the steampunks about meeting up at the AFK and I really needed to eat but wasn't feeling able to deal with cooking, so I went over and had dinner and we hung out and talked for about 90 minutes.

When I got home, I dredged around in the garage to pull out all the camping gear and make sure I had everything organized. I made sure I had sufficient propane for the camp stove, checked over the head lamp (batteries are working but I should pick up an extra set of AAAs just in case), and pulled all the stuff I'd been temporarily storing in the library out into the living room. The DoDC+3, of course, is having a minor anxiety issue over it, because he knows this means I'll be leaving soon.

Over the next few days, I have shrinkage at the VA, need to finish up dealing with the closing ritual and send that off to Jhenah and [livejournal.com profile] vyviane, pack my camping gear and get it into the car, pack up clothing, get food for the trip, and make sure I have copies of my handouts for the Eight Winds workshop. I leave for California next Tuesday morning, probably about 10am. I'll stop for lunch with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab probably about 2pm, then head down to Ashland for the night. Wednesday night will be at [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster's place in Sacramento, then first thing in the morning I'll be off to the Sierras for the festival. My posts during that time will likely be minimal.

I'll head back directly from the festival on Sunday and hope to make it to Eugene to stay with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and his wife that night, then up to Portland for lunch and to see friends over at Powells for the afternoon and wait out rush hour traffic. I expect to be home late Monday night sometime.

I need to remember to breathe.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Keep Calm & Grow a Mustache)
I finished choosing readings today. That took several hours and dredging through several dozen books of poetry for thing on the themes that I wanted to explore. All this for three poems, today. My shoulders and back are a mess from all of it and I've just finished sipping a lovely gin & tonic (Hendricks, which is really my preferred gin these days) so I'm not hurting quite so badly.

In addition to all of this, I sent off the links and selections from the Dindshenechas and such to the list, broken down into each day's destinations and themes. It was a fairly hefty chunk of stuff, which is why I sent it in seven posts, so they could be dealt with one at a time when folks wanted to. I also sent them my essay from Mandragora with a link and a request for them to buy the paperback or the ebook edition if they liked the material, so I'm hoping that'll generate a few sales, at least.

[livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm emailed asked if I wanted to go do some shopping for travel clothes (lightweight stuff that can be easily laundered in a sink and will dry quickly), so that's what I'll be doing for a few hours this weekend. I do need to get stuff that will be lightweight and manageable for my carryon bag.

The podiatry clinic finally called back and I've rescheduled an appointment for late August. I need to remember to get x-rays before I go in, but I'll have enough time when I get home to do that. I may just go in early next Wednesday before my shrinkage and deal with it then.

Tomorrow I'll be working on transcribing the poems I've chosen for the readings and putting them into a little booklet with the various meditations and writing exercises so that I'll have a reference and won't have to haul a stack of books with me when I'm traveling. I'm still hoping to hear back from Jhenah soon so that we can talk rituals and whatnot. I need to know what she will want/be able to do while we're over there so I know how much other stuff I need to work on.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster, I now have crash space in Sacramento before the festival. This means I won't be spending an extra night out at the campsite, where it's bloody cold at night. Not that I dislike camping or the company I'd be in, but I would like to at least enjoy one nice, warm night in California before I freeze my buns off in a tent. It'll be nice to visit with her, as well, as I only ever get to see her briefly at PantheaCon every year, if our paths happen to cross.

I appreciate everyone's kind words and encouragement lately. I never feel like I'm going to do things right when it comes to a big, important presentation. I know I tend to feel overwhelmed when I'm planning for PantheaCon, and this is larger than that by a magnitude of a bunch, even counting that year when I did eight sessions/rituals/panels over the long weekend. This is a week solid of Erynn being on pretty much all the time. I'm worried about being up to it. I know for the most part I'll probably be okay, but I think everybody here has guessed that I want to dazzle folks and be the absolute best at what I'm doing, and that may well be where I fall down. *sigh* My expectations for myself are always about ten times higher than everyone else's.

And now, to curl up with some fic and try to rest my neck and shoulders a bit, for they are achey sumbitches.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Illya "Missed it by this much")
I'd intended to spend more time today working on the pilgrimage stuff. I did, indeed, get to do that, but I didn't spend as much time on it as I wanted. I was hanging out with some folks in a livestream chatting a bit while one of them was working on fan art stuff. It was, as usual, a lot of fun.

Since the DoDC+3 was out of kibble, I walked down to the Safeway this afternoon. It was in the 60s here, and felt lovely and warm while the sun was out. Later in the afternoon we got a single rumble of thunder (which is about all the storms tend to do here most of the time) and a soaking but brief rainstorm, then it cleared up again. The sky this evening was peach and fuschia in the lowering western clouds.

I went through the emails on the pilgrimage list and checked out what I had already posted (and some of what others had posted) for resources and suggested/recommended reading, then spent some time adding to that list in a Word file so that I can remember what exactly has been sent and what still needs to be posted. I definitely need to post links to the various stories associated with the different sites we'll be visiting, and links to the archaeological and folkloric material that can be found online. There's still so much to do.

Given that I received several requests, I've requested five more copies of Circle of Stones to take with me next month to Eight Winds so that people can buy them from me. I still don't much care for doing direct sales myself, but it will provide some gas money, given that it's gone about $4.10 a gallon here at even the cheapest places, and California will be even more expensive. The very kind folks who invite me every year do send me some travel funds, but with the price of gas the way it is, a little extra from other sources won't go amiss.

On the Searching for Imbas blog, I also did a post about the release of the second edition of Circle of Stones, talking a bit about the context and a few other things, so it's more than just "hey, it's published again."

Okay, looking at this, I suppose I did get some work done today despite my futzing about with fandom. Damn, I keep forgetting how much one can do, even when they feel like crap.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Cthulhu attacks!)
I was in Seattle today with Geordie for the second day of his permaculture workshop. I was really kind of half asleep for much of it, but it was a good session, and I was able to participate. As we were getting ready to wrap, I got a ping from [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf about the Rose City Steampunk Film Festival, on the road in Seattle today, and we went over to have a watch.

There were some excellent short films, and a couple of longer ones, but one thing stood out as wonderfully freaky and hilarious - Doctor Glamour, a steampunk Lovecraftian psychedelic comedy musical. The trailer for the vid is on the website linked above, but there's another complete film on the website as well. It's called "Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer," embedded below for your hilarity quotient for the day. Rather NSFW, but sooooo much fun.



Due to the film festival I was out much later than I anticipated, but it was well worth it. And I got to introduce Geordie to steampunk in one of the most fun ways possible.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
I woke today about halfway through the Sunday #writechat, which was rather slow and sparsely attended, presumably because it was Easter Sunday and a fair few people were off doing things with family rather than hanging about yattering with fellow writers. Still, I had fun as I usually do. It's an enjoyable crowd.

Laundry was done while I was chatting, then I tossed myself into some clothing and went for a walk around the lake. It was a lovely, warm 68f today, and partly sunny, so it was pretty much ideal for a walk. I very much enjoyed it, and the park was pretty crowded, as you might expect on such a day. My knee was twinging a bit as I went. It wasn't enough to stop me, but it was fairly creaky. I'm probably going to want to talk to the VA about getting a knee brace sometime soon. If I'm going to walk, especially if I'm hiking overseas, I'd like to be a little more sure the knee isn't going to give out on me at an inconvenient moment - not that there's a convenient moment for joints collapsing, but you know what I mean.

Last night I'd walked over to the Safeway and picked up a few things, including a couple of lamb chops, one of which I had for dinner tonight with some asparagus, brown rice, jerusalem artichokes, and a glass of Boujoulais, which suited it quite well. It was all very tasty, and I hadn't really felt much up to cooking recently because I'd been too tired and there wasn't a lot here that I really felt like eating, nor was there much beyond pasta or a can of beans that was just something I could do quickly and without a fair bit of effort. I dislike having so little energy, but I've been taking B vitamins again and it seems to be helping a bit with that. Sadly, it doesn't do jack for the insomnigrackles.

[livejournal.com profile] druid_medb emailed back about Eight Winds and was very much into opening up the discussion, but I think she took it as being potentially rather more than I'd have the bandwidth to help out with. She suggested maybe a ritual (a tentative suggestion), but I don't have it in me to deal with something that involved before I leave in July. I suggested maybe we could do something at PantheaCon next year instead, considering this is pretty heavy duty stuff and I don't have the skills to deal with it if somebody goes all splodey on us. She certainly has more than I do, but I don't think Eight Winds this year is the right time or place. We'd need a lot more time and preparation to pull something viable together. That said, I do think it's an excellent idea to consider for another time and place. Depending on what's going on next year, maybe at Eight Winds in 2013 instead.

This evening I did some more work on the links document for the pilgrimage preparation. I've got something for all the various places we are (or might be) going, and most of the deities and other figures we might deal with as well, so we'll see if this is what Vyviane had in mind when she asked for something. We'll talk on Tuesday at some point, so I don't have too much longer to wait and see if I need to deal with this differently.

Monday is the CR schmooze. I guess the idea is dealing with a definition of cosmology. I'm not in charge of this ride, so I'm not too terribly worried about it. I've got other things to keep my brain spinning its wheels. I'm also meeting [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands for tea afterwards for a little bit, pursuant to a conversation elsejournal. Wednesday is Irish class, Thursday is group at the VA (which I should actually get to this time, gods willing) and probably meeting [livejournal.com profile] isquiesque afterwards. I may also be seeing another friend, but am not so certain on that one. I was supposed to see her last Thursday but something came up and she asked to reschedule for this week. Saturday is a birthday party, Sunday is the Great Spring Ceremony at the Shinto shrine and a chat with some of the people from Sisterhood of Avalon. All in all, a pretty full week. I hope I have the braincells.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (do something strange)
I crawled out of bed just a touch before noon today and got myself ready to head down to Seattle for the steampunk panel at FaerieCon, featuring a couple of my friends. The panel was a good one and I think fun was had by almost all. After the panel, I spent time meeting and talking to people, and grabbed a little lunch with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor up in her bandmate's room. He was talking about doing a kayaking whale-watching trip in August and I noted that I'd be back around mid-month in August if all went well, so I might be able to go along on this thingie.

After that, I went down to the bar and hung out with Mark, the guy who has been doing the steampunk sociology project. We talked for an hour or so, then caught up with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and found some comfy couches. We talked among ourselves and then to a woman from Vancouver who organizes some of the Pagan stuff up there and who knows a few of the same folks I do. We all chatted until it was time to head upstairs and wait for doors to open for the night's concert. The initial couple of acts were very nice, but much more low-key than I would have thought for a convention concert. The third act, Dehli 2 Dublin, is a Vancouver BC based band that does Celtic-inspired Bollywood music, and they were definitely a rocking good time.

At the concert, I introduced [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's bandmate to [livejournal.com profile] mythworker, who totally fanboyed him when he realized who he was. I think I have once again lived up to Bj's assertion that I am the Goddess of Networking.

I am feeling creaky, though tonight I didn't actually get up and dance. I'm also still feeling stressed out, given that I have to do dishes, pack, and deal with the Brigid and Sarasvati presentation before I head down to Seattle for the schmooze and to pick up my friend who's going to be dogsitting for me. I've got to format and print out the two rituals I'm taking along as illustrative material, and the Sisters of Seshat ritual that I'll be doing with [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams and a couple of others.

Tuesday morning about 10am we'll hit the road for points south, with a lunch stop at [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab's place before ultimately ending up in Ashland for the night. I just hope I've actually got everything I need to have done finished by the time I have to leave Tuesday. I have to say I am not feeling confident. That said, I'll probably at least be able to throw something together. The Brigid parts I can do most of out of my head, it's the Sarasvati comparison stuff that I know I'm kind of shaky on, but I will state up-front that I'm way weaker on my information about her.

I'm stressed out, though I did definitely have a lot of fun today. Shortly I will be collapsing in a heap, hoping to get a little actual sleep before the huge push tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy pooped)
About as I expected, I'm fried to a crispy crisp today. I did get the okay for the Wednesday yoga group at the VA, though, so will be down there this week for my first session, 2pm to 3:15pm.

Wednesday is also the schmooze business meeting, wherein we discuss the Samhain ritual and the upcoming annual meeting.

I got an inquiry today from Nicole Torres about presenting my geilt and PTSD essay to her class at UW Bothell on Medicine, Illness, and Culture. We'll be meeting up Wednesday afternoon at Travelers to discuss details.

While at the Esoteric Book Conference this weekend, I was informed by Taylor that the ogam book will be available as an e-book later this week. Monday had been bandied about as a likely date, but I haven't heard anything from him today, so I'm still waiting for the link from him. It will be available on Smashwords when it goes live. He had a sign at the Immanion table at the conference with some of next year's releases on it, and Circle of Stones is slated for publication in May of next year. I need to get the finalized stuff together for that. They won't do an audio file for the prayers, but will support my creation of it, and link to a place where it can be got when I have it available. Now I have to make arrangements for that, so I'm in negotiations with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for her work.

Hex Magazine staff was at the conference with the newly-released issue #9, which contains the reprint of my Amanita muscaria article. You can order a copy here. Cover art is by Pia Ravenari, a wonderful Australian artist of my acquaintance.

I had a chance to talk at some length with [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams and got word direct from her that the Sisters of Seshat are open to anyone who identifies as a woman. I was quite certain this would be the case from the way that gender was discussed in her book, but it was never directly stated there. It is very directly addressed in the FAQ on the group's website. I was asked by David of Fields Books in San Francisco to write up a review for the book for their website. As I was planning on doing a review anyway, I'll be making that available to them for excerpts as they wish.

I'm too tired still to comment about what else happened at the conference, but I do promise a review and to talk about some of the books I was able to pick up there. It was a fantastic and fun weekend and I had a great time with everyone.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (all your books!)
I'm home again and, once I've decompressed and rested up some, I'll work on a post about some of the wonderful and fascinating things that happened at the conference. I had a wonderful time, met fantastic people, and had great conversations. You can't ask for much more from an event like this. It was well worth the time and money I spent to go.

Thank you, everyone. You are all awesome.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I'm back in Sacramento from the Eight Winds festival, staying for the night with [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid and his family. With any luck, tomorrow I'll have a little time to see [livejournal.com profile] zortified before I head north for Crater Lake. I'm feeling creaky and crampy and so I'll have to decide when I get there whether or not I'll be up to camping, but I definitely plan on seeing the place instead of passing right by this time.

I got back into town in the afternoon, though there was a twenty minute backup on the highway leading out of the area. We camped at Prosser Ranch group campground, and about 50 people were in attendance. I had some wonderful conversations and met some great new people. It was really a delightful weekend and I'm thoroughly pleased to have been able to attend. I was asked to participate as one of the ritualists for a handfasting.

Seven photos here below. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Orpheus I see...)
Despite having got a decent amount of sleep the day before, last night I was up until 6am once again and only spent about 6 hours in bed (mind, I did not say 6 hours sleeping), which wasn't enough to make me feel quite human. The sib and I ran a couple of errands and then I went back to bed for about four hours, which helped considerably. After that I went out to get some of the camping equipment I've been meaning to add to what I already have.

I sent off a note to [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid to get his address, as he'd offered to let me stay with his family before or after the festival if I needed to. I'll be leaving here the 21st and will get down there Wednesday the 22nd, the day before the festival starts.

My brother will also be leaving here the 21st if the paperwork he needs arrives soon enough. His start date is July 5th and he wants to get there early enough to find a place to live and set himself up in the area before he has to go in for his first day. He talked to mom today, so she knows what's up and the timeline. He promised he'd text me when he got back to Massachusetts so that I don't have to worry about him in transit.

Earlier today, [livejournal.com profile] wire_mother finally talked me into getting Circle of Stones reprinted in hard copy, so I sent off an inquiry to Storm at Immanion/Megalithica, who said they'd love to take a look at it. Taylor is completely behind the project and Storm says they'll probably do some work on it to have it fit their format, and maybe do a little copy-editing, but my plan is to make as few changes as possible and just have it available as a reprint if at all possible. I have no idea how long this will take, but I'm thinking they'll give it the go-ahead sometime soon. At most, I might add a brief note to the beginning of the book noting that I'd change things if I was writing it today and that it reflected my understanding at the time, but really not more than that.

Wednesday is shrinkage, and I have a lot to do before I leave. Tomorrow I'll probably make a batch of baklava, as I promised my dogsitter I'd give her some. Her eyes lit up and she was practically doing a Snoopy dance about the whole thing. I find this encouraging, given that one of her side businesses is making some seriously kick ass almond roca for sale. She knows her sweets.
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Yesterday I got packed and we went down to Seattle to see [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx, whom we then hauled north for a Lupercalia ritual, wherein he was lupercized.

Things were thinged, packings were packed, and all I really have to do is finish dealing with email and stuffing things into the car, then we can head south, drop [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx on the Hill (open the door, roll him out) and we're off to our first stop of lunch in Portland with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab!

Tonight will be a Motel 6 in Redding, CA, then tomorrow the bay area!

Love and kissins! See you all SOON!

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