erynn: Gaelic merman image (Totem emerald moth)
Mostly a little catching up because I've been so bloody exhausted what with all the traveling and stuff.

We did get down to the con again yesterday, and one of [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's friends, who was one of the featured musicians, got us into last night's acoustic concert. It was lovely and low key and I enjoyed it a lot despite being pretty well doomed to feeling like week-dead flounder. We went to [livejournal.com profile] mythworker's panel with Thorn Coyle and the Grimassis and I took a photo on Thorn's tablet that Jason ended up using on The Wild Hunt today, which was quite amusing, as everyone was doing the hand on the chin looking dramatic thing that Jason does.

The concert was Faun, a German Pagan folk group, and members of Woodland and Treguenda, all of which I enjoyed immensely, though I will admit I was more enamored of Faun's global folk style. I already had one of Faun's cds but was immediately convinced that I have to get everything else they've ever done...

PCon the week before was immense and overwhelming, in its usual way. I got good turnout and good responses to pretty much everything I participated in. The Immanion panel was only attended by maybe ten people, so it was the least successful of all the things I did, but it wasn't really my show, so I wasn't too worried about it. Having hauled a whole suitcase of books down with me to PCon, I returned with only two, and sold one of those at FaerieCon yesterday, as Thorn Coyle had introduced me to Raven and Stephanie Grimassi as being a good resource person. They are apparently working on some kind of "Celtic" tarot or divination deck, but they don't know much of anything about Celtic anything. I told them I'd written a kick ass ogam book and they were interested in having a look so I brought one along and they bought it from me.

The Irish healing deities session was well-received and well-attended. My joint session with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb on spirit work and trauma was well-attended for an 11pm session. We filled most of one half of a double room, which was really good not just for the hour but for the heavy subject material. We had at least three mental health professionals in attendance, and several folks who are dealing with different aspects of the material we were addressing. We got a number of requests to bring the session back again next year, at a more reasonable hour for people from the east coast and for folks who are not late-nighters, so we'll look into having the session at 7pm one one of the days if that's possible.

Among the discussions I had with people at the con, I talked to Chris Penczak about my trip east. During the conversation I inquired about maybe teaching a session on ogam for his people in New Hampshire. He said he'd run it by his board of directors but he thought it sounded like a really good idea, so we'll see if I can get a little extra infusion of some cash while I'm out there to help with gas for the rest of the cross-country adventure. I'll email him in March to just keep the idea in front of him, knowing I'm unlikely to get any firm response until I can pinpoint a date I'll be in Massachusetts.

My next priority is NorWesCon, in late March. I've already ordered more poetry books to take along, considering I was fortunate enough to sell out of them on the first day of PCon. They should arrive in a couple of weeks. Thankfully, that's all panels moderated by other people, so my prep there is pretty much rock bottom minimum. While I was gone, the Pilgrimage photo book arrived. A couple of the photos turned out a little darker than I was quite expecting, but they are okay. I'm looking into making the book also available in a paperback edition, which will be less expensive. I would probably sell a few more of them that way. That's a task for another day, however.

This week I'm looking at Wednesday shrinkage, Thursday group, and Saturday evening is the Medieval Women's Choir concert "From Santiago to Canterbury." It's at Saint James Cathedral at 8pm, if anyone is interested in going.

Once I'm rested up a little, it's time to work on an outline and a framework for the Brigid book.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
It was a really busy weekend. I'm at [livejournal.com profile] lwood's place in Oakland tonight and will be visiting with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus tomorrow before I head home. I'm so toasty you could spread me with marmalade and slap me on a plate beside some eggs & bacon.

More later, when I have brain cells again.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
Had a really good day today. I've sold all of the copies of my poetry book except one, and many copies of both of my other books. Talked to a lot of the folks I've been wanting to be in contact with, and have plans to get in touch with many others. There have been hallway conversations, a discussion of CR with a gal who lived in Ireland for a year and who was wondering how all the texts and folkloric material might be practically applied, attended a Manannán ritual with one of the Druidic groups in attendance (where I met the woman who lived in Ireland), hung out with the ADF folks, and participated as a ritualist in the Ekklesía Antínoou Lupercalia ritual. Much more was said and done than I can really quite describe, but I've been having a fantastic time.

I talked to Chris Penczak briefly in the Temple of Witchcraft hospitality suite. When I have more information about actual dates I'll be in New England, we might be able to arrange for me to do a workshop on ogam for his people, pending his talking to the board of directors. He's based in New Hampshire, and it would only be a couple of hours from Springfield while I was out there. That would give me an opportunity to get a little gas money for the rest of the trip, and maybe sell some books. No promises, but I suspect there's a good chance I can pull that together.

Tomorrow's a busy day. I have the Immanion authors panel at 1:30 in the Silicon Valley room, 5pm in the ADF suite I have the informal photo show & tell about the Ireland & Isle of Man pilgrimage, and at 11pm the spirit work and PTSD joint session with [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb will be happening in Carmel/Monterey. I suspect that one will be pretty well attended.

Sadly, my day starts rather earlier than I would like. There's a pre-ritual meeting in our room early in the day, so the alarm goes off at 9am. I don't see things I'm likely to be very conscious for at the 11am session, so I will probably be dealing with something vaguely resembling breakfast at that hour.

After the Lupercalia ritual, I got a chance to meet an African Raven, brought to the festival by Our Thracian Colleague. He is a beautiful bird and I got a chance to hold him and talk to him a bit and ruffle his feathers. He's got unusual coloring for a raven, in that he has some grey feathers and his eyes, rather than having gone to black, are a dark grey-amber color. He's really amazing and I'm going to see if I can take a few photos of him tomorrow if I run into Andrew during the day. That was really quite a treat!

And now, given that it is going on 2am, I'm goingt to check a couple of other websites and then head up to find myself a little snooze.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
We arrived at the hotel about 1:30 and checked in very quickly. Diana's first session started at 3:30 and I've been running around saying hi to everyone. I've dropped into several hospitality suites and am hanging out rightnow (for a little longer) in the lobby for the free wifi. If you see me, come say hi to me!

I'm all excited about being here and catching up with everyone that I only see about once a year.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I got in to Greyhaven in mid-afternoon. Errands were run, much jollity was had, ritual was ritualed. Tomorrow will be more prep, running of errands, and packing for the con. Friday, Pagan chaos! I'll be seeing some of you there!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I arrived safely about 45 minutes ago. More later!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)

Having some breakfast at Brothers' cafe before I head out for points south. Tea. Not yet conscious.

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erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
Traffic was smooth today though, as usual, semis were a bit of an issue. I swear they are not paying any attention to whether or not they are even in their own lane. Grar.

Had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] martianmooncrab and got myself on the road again. From Everett to here was a little under 10 hours. The clear weather and leaving an hour earlier than I usually do meant that I wasn't driving here in the pitch dark with snow falling all around (which usually ends up taking closer to 12 hours with those weather conditions). My Garmin was giving me some trouble through the passes. I'm not sure it was continuing to find satellites properly. I found it hideously annoying, as it would re-find the satellites every mile or two and tell me once again to keep driving for X number of miles on I-5 South. That went on for about 45 minutes. I'm thinking it may be time to replace the beast before I head east this summer. I may stop in Medford on the way home and see what they have, since Oregon doesn't have sales taxes. It'll be at least a little cheaper that way.

I'll be off shortly to forage for dinner. It being 7pm, I should have a pretty good selection to choose from. I may go to the Thai place just down the street, but there's a pretty nice pub that [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I stopped at last year that's more than acceptable as well.

The Ashland Hostel has changed management but is still just as spiffy and inexpensive as it has been in years past. Still a big thumbs up from yours truly.

On my way!

Feb. 12th, 2013 09:05 am
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I'm outta here. Next stop, Oregon City.

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erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
I've got all my stuff and things packed. Had pizza for lunch, so there will be leftover pizza for breakfast tomorrow. Folded the laundry and stuffed what I needed in my backpack, put the rest away. Spent several hours pondering the bits that I need and organizing things so that I will have minimal work to do in the morning beyond stuffing things in the trunk and in the passenger seat (juice, a water bottle, a little pu ehr tea, the smaller backpack with my wallet and stuff in it). I have to remember to dry out and bring along the electric kettle for the hotel room. Charging stuff for the iPad and the phone have been stuffed into the electronics bag. The SD card is in there with the cords.

[livejournal.com profile] lwood contacted me today with our room number. Much squee was had by all. Email from the Ashland Hostel confirming my reservation and instructions for getting in if I arrive after hours. I have checked the weather and it looks like there will not be snow in the pass, so that's all to the good.

Dishes got washed. I went over to the Safeway near the AFK to fill up Garuda (I had a .40/gallon discount awaiting me, yay!), and to pick up dog food for while I'm gone, then had dinner at the AFK so as not to generate lots of dishes that I'd have to wash tonight before bed.

Tomorrow morning I'm up at 7am and should be out of the house by 9am, which should put me in Portland/Oregon City by about 1pm, depending on traffic. One of my Portland friends might be joining me and [livejournal.com profile] martianmoocrab at Cedars in OC if she gets the message in time.

I had [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor over for a little bit after I got home from AFK and we watched the rest of The Tick with Brianna. And now I am about to head for bed in hopes that I will be able to get a little sleep before I head out.

I'll post before I leave and then again when I get to Ashland. Y'all have a good time without me!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Inis Man)
I sorted out the photos I need for the pilgrimage presentation today. I had initially thought it would be easier just to slap the whole bunch onto the SD card and sort through them live, but this was me on crack. Today I spent a few hours sorting through and choosing photos that gave a feel for some of my experience, put them into folders sorted by locations, and then slapped them into one über-folder, which I did load onto the SD card and which I can turn into a slideshow with [livejournal.com profile] lwood's help when I get down there on Wednesday.

I sorted out my motel reservation in Fresno for visiting with [livejournal.com profile] random_nexus after the con. Books, visual aids, and other things are packed into my rolly bag. The laundry is in the drier and will be all nice and clean to be packed in my carry bag tomorrow. I also sewed my Isle of Man triskele onto the bag today. Cords and batteries are mostly sorted, and stuff in progress is sitting on the dining table awaiting completion. Tomorrow I should have everything packed up except my meds and stuff that I need on Tuesday morning before I hit the road.

Had a lovely chat with the #writechat peeps over on twitter early this afternoon. I hadn't talked to them in several weeks, as I'd either been busy or asleep until too late to really participate. It was really nice to catch up with a few of the regulars.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (GONZO!)
I took Garuda in today to have the brakes and tires checked, and needed the front brake pads replaced. The rear brakes are fine for now, but I'm guessing that if the front pads needed replacing, I'll end up needing to do the rear ones before I head east in May. This is okay, as I expect to have to do maintenance periodically, and I'd really rather be sure my parts are all in order before taking mountain passes.

I talked to the postal carrier today and pre-signed a slip in case he delivers my meds from the VA when I'm away, so that he can just put them in my box and Brianna can bring them inside for me. Yay!

Today [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor finally announced details for her Everett Irish language classes. Her notice is reproduced here, as she said it should be passed along for all those interested.

Hi Everyone,

Once again, if you can read this, you have expressed some interest to me in learning the Irish language in Everett. I got final details worked out! Classes will begin on Sunday, March 3rd, at 7pm. Cost will be $40/month. Here's my official announcement:

In March 2013, we will be starting a new beginners' class in our Irish language class series at 11525 19th Ave SE, Everett, WA. This is a lovely new location, right across from beautiful Silver Lake, with lots of free parking and near a major bus depot as well.

The Irish language is called "Gaeilge" in its own tongue, and sometimes referred to as "Gaelic", "Irish", or "Irish Gaelic" in English, depending on the context. It is in the Celtic language family, in the Goidelic (Gaelic) branch, and is one of 3 living Gaelic languages.

The new class will be held on Sunday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is $40/month, usually paid at the beginning of the month, but we can work out other arrangements for those who need them.

Students are not required to buy any particular books or other learning tools, as class materials are provided. We may also direct students to internet resources, and can answer questions about any sources you find questionable.

I also made a Facebook event, for those who use it, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/487384801326144/?context=create. It's a public event, so you can add yourself, and invite other people. :)

If you have any questions, please let me know, and I look forward to seeing you in class!

Thanks,
Caera

P.S. I should mention, "we" here is not the royal we. ;) My friend Charles is likely to co-teach with me. He's also my co-teacher in Seattle.


This place is just down the block from where I live. I will most likely be taking the class as it's much easier for me to get to than Seattle, and I suspect Sunday evenings will, just generally, be easier on me for a lot of reasons.

In the continuing saga of changing out my glasses when I'm not reading, using the regular glasses instead of the bifocals has really made a huge difference and I'm certain now that it was eyestrain causing the stab-me-in-the-eye-with-a-spike migraine pain I was suffering for a couple of weeks at a time. It's a relief to know that it wasn't some organic problem, just strain.

Since I was dealing with the car for a few hours longer than I quite expected to today, I haven't yet sorted through the photos for my PCon presentation, but will be taking some time this evening to finish up the physical presentation stuff for the Irish Healing Deities session. Tomorrow I don't have any plans beyond getting out to buy a bag of dog food, so I will do the photo sorting then. I picked up a Sharpie today so that I would have something of an appropriate size to write things to be read from across the room on my large pad of sketch paper. It's time to sit and write down a ludicrous number of names in large letters.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (chibi!Erynn)
I was having an immensely hard time transferring my photos from the computer to an SD card today. I spent several hours messing with it, only to have the computer decide not to transfer the same number of pics I'd asked it to, repeatedly. At this point, I've given up and will be hauling the iMac down to PCon with me for the informal chat in the ADF suite. It'll be awkward and a pain in the ass, but easier on me than trying to figure out WTF with the photos that are refusing to transfer.

While I was out picking up the card I tried to use, I got myself a Cthulhu Fluxx game, which I shall look forward to playing with my various and sundry co-conspirators.

Beyond that frustration, not much happened today. Tomorrow will be group at the VA and Tuesday I hit the road for California. I emailed my mechanics to make an appointment to have Garuda's brakes and tires checked on Friday so that I know everything is in working order when I head south. The rest of Friday is going to be dedicated to the rest of my packing and last-minute prep. I don't expect to get everything done on Friday, of course. I'll be doing laundry Monday, most likely, and finish packing my clothes that day. Tuesday morning before I hit the road, will be actually packing up the computer.

Called the Momster today and talked with her for a while to catch up on all kinds of things. We talked a little about the upcoming cross country road trip, and my plans for bits of that. I'm looking forward to it immensely.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
After contemplating it for several months, I finally went to Lulu and spent all of last night and most of today putting together a 20-page hardbound photo book of my pilgrimage through Ireland and the Isle of Man. It's available by link only, not as an open search item on Lulu.com, so if you're interested, you can have a peek at the book by clicking here. It's $35, because it's hardbound and full color. I've got my proof copy on order but everything looked fine online. Once I get my copy (when I get back from PCon, as there's no way it would get here before I leave), I'll add a permanent link and information for it on my publications page over on Searching for Imbas.

There are a couple of pages of narration, and some material identifying where the photos are from and what they are, but beyond that, it's just some pictures of places I went and things I experienced. There are a couple of other people in some of the photos, but not usually faces, or the faces are far enough away to not be clear. This was primarily necessitated by the fact that I often simply couldn't get photos without people in them at some of the places. Two photos (of me) were taken by others, and the photographers credited. There's no ISBN, so it can't be got through Amazon or other online outlets. It's only available through the link. Anyways, please pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested.

I did most of the work on Firefox, but the browser wouldn't actually process the file to publish, so I had to switch over to Safari for the final work. It eventually got done. It was annoying, though.

This evening I went over to Lake Stevens hang out with the steampunks, and we plotted and planned stuff for the coming several months. March 17th we'll be having a tea & whisky tasting at my place. Other things are planned as well, but mine will just be a small, quiet affair starting about 2pm. If you're interested in coming and having tea and booz0rz with steampunks, let me know.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is going to be starting up Irish classes in Everett soon. I'll post information as soon as I have it.

Tomorrow will be spent doing more PCon prep.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (ow. Robertson Davies)
I am beginning to wonder if the frequent/near constant migraines I've been having of late haven't been because I have only been wearing the bifocals. It could in part be eye strain triggering things, so I'm going to go back to wearing my regular glasses unless I'm reading for a week or so and see if that helps at all.

In the email today I got some notes toward a history of CR session I've been asked to do for Wellspring this summer. There's a lot yet to do, but it can wait until after PCon, as I still have things to do for that.

Today I made duck soup. Yesterday I got a lovely crab and today I spent time cracking it out of its shell, then made some pasta alfredo with crab, which was very very tasty and noms.

And now I'm going to go to bed and see if I can get the headache to go away.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (praise manannan)
I spent a few hours today doing stuff around the house. I dealt with the guest bathtub drain (ugh), indulged in some banana bread that I made last night, did dishes, and did more toward finishing up prep for the PCon presentation. This evening I went out with friends to the AFK for some steampunk and Zombie Dice (I lost all three rounds - my zombie feets were not very quick). When I got home, I printed out the outline and the notes for the presentation and dragged out the big notebook to start scribbling things for the physical end of the presentation there.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor brought B home from the transit station and took her off shopping to Trader Joe's. We all had something hot to drink and watched an episode of The Tick. Much fun was had by all. She will likely be starting up an Irish language class up here in Everett sometime soon, just down the block. It'll be $10 per lesson, if anyone local is interested. I can give you details once they're hammered out.

And now, I am going to crawl off to bed.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Steamy time travel)
I got an email today that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm won't be making it down to PCon this year (I am sad), but we will get together sometime soon, with any luck, just for hanging out purposes.

B has moved in today. We discovered that the guest bathroom tub does not drain if one takes a bath. I'm going to have to get some drain unpluggy stuff for it tomorrow when the stores are open.

I have started [livejournal.com profile] ogam's flamekeeping shift, followed immediately by my own, tomorrow. Also, there will be steampunkery at the AFK.

I dredged through McQuarrie's Manannán dissertation and dug up incidents of Manannán as a healing deity. I also put together my basic outline for the presentation. Tomorrow during the day, I'll drag out my big pad of paper and start writing out the names of the 30+ deities so that people will be able to spell them properly (at least from the sources I've compiled) if they are interested in exploring these figures further.

Also, there is banana bread. Noms.

Oh, and here, have a vid from the Abney Park show I went to earlier this month:

erynn: Gaelic merman image (extra meds)
Went down to the VA today for my monthly shrinkage and did some useful stuff. Texted a bit with D, who will be in town over the weekend. He's taking me to Morroccan on Friday night in return for staying at my place. Sunday B will be hauling her stuff here to put in the garage, then she will be moving in to my library for a couple of months on Monday.

I still need to work on more research for my PCon presentation. I want to at least finish skimming the Silva Gadelica before I give it all up and just make my list and my outline. It's an intimidating project and, as I suspected, a hell of a lot more material than I had initially seen. Compiling lists of particular types of figures in Irish mythology is always a lot more involved than you first suspect.

Tomorrow is group at the VA. I am tired. Things are going to be crazy busy for me very shortly.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (get pagan sinfest)
My schedule at PantheaCon this year is looking like this:

Saturday: 1:30pm Immanion/Megalithica Author's Panel
5pm: ADF Suite, Photos & tales from the Ireland pilgrimage
11pm: Joint workshop on spirit work & PTSD with Jessie Olson - Wounded Spirits: Heeding the Call Through Trauma
Sunday: 9pm: Irish Healing Deities: Beyond Brigid

I paid my PCon membership today as well, before the reg fee went up.

I've got a poetry manuscript from Michael that I need to read over. I printed it out today but haven't got round to having a close look yet. He's in Hawaii at the moment, so it's not entirely urgent. I'll probably have a look at it later tonight.

I did some cleaning around the house today, and last night I got some steamers and mussels while I was out grocery shopping with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor so I had them today. It was really nice to have some shellfish again. I don't have them very often. I also got some groceries delivered (mostly heavy stuff) so that I didn't have to haul myself out of the house today.

When I got up this morning, it was snowing. It snowed very lightly all day but none of it stuck. The parking lot is coated with black ice tonight, though, after all the moisture froze over. It's overcast tonight, though, so it's not down in the 20s; in fact, it's 33f right now, which is warmer than it's been at night lately. I'm happy about that, at least.

I emailed my publishers at Hiraeth today to let them know I would be in their area. The publisher is based in CT. One of them lives in Boston, the other about an hour from Providence, so I may be able to get together with them while I'm out there, as well. That would be fun, I think. They are going to try to arrange it, at least, probably while I'm in Providence, as it would be the most central location for both of them.

Tomorrow, probably the AFK in the evening for steampunks. Thursday is group at the VA. I wish I could focus a little better right now.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (egret strutting)
I've been in contact with a few more people today and got responses from some of them. Folks in Providence have been contacted, Owen passed the info along and I'm waiting to hear back. Mom suggested I get in touch with an old friend of hers in Indianapolis, though she only has a phone, no computer. I haven't seen her since I was maybe 12 or 13, which is more recently than I had seen Lowell Ford before I went to visit him a couple of years back. The phone thing will be awkward for me, but it would be nice to see her again.

Mom has been giving me some idea of drive times that she's done on her trips to various places along the way. I deal a little better with distance driving than she does, but will take her trips as a guideline.

I got confirmation on my hostel reservation in Ashland today for my trip to PCon, so that's one thing done and out of the way.

Tonight I went with a friend over to Gary and Melody's for a game evening. We played Munchkin Apocalypse, which everyone really liked, and several rounds of Zombie Dice to cap off the evening. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor wasn't able to go, as she wasn't feeling well, but greetings were passed along and regrets extended.

Today was cold and clear, and it's down to 24f here tonight. When I drove down into Everett it was deeply foggy. When I came home, I stuck to surface streets rather than taking I-5 because I didn't want to have to worry about people going to fast with low visibility. It was less stressful that way.

Tomorrow, if I'm feeling up to it, there may be dancing in the evening. I'm hoping I'll get a little writing and prep for PCon done, as well. I got some notes from [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht that are helpful, as usual. I still need to dig out some books and do more research to add to my list of Irish healing deities. Busy Erynn remains busy. (And cold.)

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