erynn: Gaelic merman image (writy fountain pen)
The only vid I have seen so far of me actually reading at the event only contains part of one poem, so I'm not posting that. I do have a photo of me reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, though.

Reading at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe photo IMG_1542_zps6916f1dd.jpg

And here is a video of me accepting the poetry award at the Bisexual Book Awards! It's only a little over a minute long. Since LJ won't do an embed from this, here's the link. *grr*

http://s4.photobucket.com/user/erynnphotos/media/20130602_211357_zps027ec49e.mp4.html
erynn: Gaelic merman image (tea addict)
This evening I finally got out to Otherworlds, the steampunk shop in Edmonds. I went with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for steampunks dancing, and we did mostly waltz type things and some English country dancing. I was a little dizzy by the time I sat down, and the hips and knees didn't hold out for more than an hour or so, but I think I did okay. The proprietors are tea geeks like me, and she is into teaware and we geeked about ceramics and teas for a little bit after the dancing. I got a teacup and saucer much like the ones I inherited from my father's mom. She's apparently having a hard time selling the antique Japanese ones (Merit, Trimont, etc) because people believe that the glazes or paints are lead-based. Considering that I mostly just display the old ones, it's not that much of an issue for me.

Tomorrow evening I'll be picking up [livejournal.com profile] ogam at the train station downtown in Seattle. I think I'm shipping him over to [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson's place after that.

And, under the cut, Mom with Santa! )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (two ravens)
No, it wasn't the box of poetry books I was expecting. It was this:

Suibhne Geilt by Michael Quirke

This is the Suibhne Geilt carving I've been waiting for from Michael Quirke in Ireland. I knew it had been shipped out a week or two back, but I wasn't certain how long it would take to arrive. That was the package I'd missed on Saturday while I was out at the veterans day parade, which seems rather fitting, all things considered.

Also in the mail I got Sherlock: The Casebook from the UK, which is a hilarious combination of diary/scrapbook of John Watson, with inserted annotations by Sherlock and Mycroft (and responses from John) via sticky notes, and talk about the behind the scenes stuff and various Sherlockiana. I'd had a chance to look at it very briefly during the Sherlock con a couple of weeks ago, but this is a treat. This kind of thing is one of the reasons I love fandom so much. People with weird senses of humor, and nerdcraft. I'm about halfway through it and will probably finish it up sometime tomorrow.

I did a little more writing today, but not a lot. Current word count is 13,157 but I may add a little more before I go to bed. Tomorrow is my monthly shrinkage, Thursday is group, then some of the Krakens are getting together at a new place in Lake Stevens to check that out. Friday is the Sherlock Seattle afterparty at the AFK. Busy week!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Wilde Sin)
I was walking home from the Safeway tonight when some dickwad came zipping into the parking lot of the apartments next to mine. He came up behind me while it was raining, so I didn't even hear him approach, and came within about 18 inches of me without even slowing down as I was walking across the driveway entrance. I was too stunned to do anything but gape as he just kept right on going. I have no idea if he even saw me, but I was under a fucking streetlight and on the sidewalk. Needless to say, I'm a little peeved, but okay.

That said, I set up my altar for a small Foundation Day ritual for Antinous.

Foundation Day altar

Earlier today I also posted the text with some source notes for my Samhain ritual up on the Searching for Imbas blog.

I had a headache today, so I didn't go down to the AFK as I'd hoped. It was easier to stay home for the evening. Next Tuesday will be the first Tuesday social at Picadilly Circus over in Snohomish and I do intend to make that one.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Marlene in a suit)
It was nearly 90 here today, and probably considerably hotter down in Seattle, where it tends to be somewhat warmer and dryer than Everett. I didn't sleep at all last night, and slept until about 1pm this afternoon, then walked down to mail out the VA survey and the stuff for my mom. While I was there I stopped and got a scoop of blackberry ice cream because it was actually hot enough out for me to eat it without my body temperature crashing hard. I also stopped at the drug store and got myself a new pair of clip-on sunglasses, as my previous pair broke yesterday. I was not best pleased, needless to say.

This evening I went over to the AFK to play a few games with friends. The gal from the north end lesbian meetup showed, and she's a gamer as well. She's played Munchkin before and was eager to pick up Fluxx as well. Gary had brought Cthulhu Fluxx (Cthulhu won. Big surprise.) We played some Zombie Dice and there was also a semi-board game called Zombie!!! (yes, with all the exclamation marks), and Gary won all of those games. I vowed vengeance. As you do.

I just got home a little while ago. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor is here for the night and doing some laundry. We might possibly watch a vid. I'm not sure what, but I can ask. Didn't get stuff done for EBC, as I'd kind of been planning to be home earlier and do some work then, and hadn't known she would be here, but it's all okay. There's time tomorrow.

I did get a little work done on the fic, and got my beta into the doc after some back and forth. All is progressing reasonably well.

Also, I got the publicity graphics that I can print out and copy for the EBC for Fireflies, here:

Cover promo Fireflies

Feel free to make copies and pass them around wherever you think there might be interest!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Some back and forth with Storm at Immanion and one issue was resolved. Got some suggestions about possible avenues for publicity for the poetry collection, and hooked up the Immanion publicity person with the Hiraeth publicity person in hopes that they might coordinate something of mutual benefit to both presses in cooperating on publicity for Fireflies.

Did some research for the EBC presentation and have some tabs open on my browser. Went to hang out with a few folks at the AFK this evening for a couple of hours and showed people some photos.

When I got home I did the Lion Hunt ritual and will be putting the candles out in a little while to crawl into bed. Tomorrow is shrinkage and the Lotus ritual. Thursday is my flamekeeping shift.

A fannish reference for [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht:

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erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I brought you home some gondoliers:

Gondoliers
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I brought you home some gondoliers:

Gondoliers
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
Yesterday we got up early to head out to Lorient for Festival Interceltique. We figured an hour's travel time (ish) and then 20 minutes or so to find parking and we'ld get ourselves to the Grande Parade that opens the festivities.

Except not.

This thing is so huge that they have people parking in the next towns over and bussing them in to a central point where you can catch a bus back to your car later. We arrived in town about 20 minutes after the parade started, and the streets were lined half a dozen or more deep in places. For the first while, we couldn't hardly see anything. I took photos as best I could by holding my camera up over the crow and pointing it in the general direction of the action. This, at least, can work with the new digitals that have a screen on the back instead of a tiny viewfinder the way they used to.

Eventually my legs and hips started giving me trouble, as we'd been standing still on the pavement for a while. We decided to wander along and see if we could find a better place, or maybe get around the crowd to the other side of the parade route, where all the restaurants and booths were. Between finding dead ends where the sidewalk was entirely blocked (tv cameras and whatnot) and finding a couple of places where the parade was actually visible, then making our way around the stadium where the parade actually ended (you could get seats inside for 10e), it probably took us at least an hour to cross the street. And the parade was only halfway over by then. It had started at 10am and the first actual events weren't scheduled to start until 2pm, so I figure that the parade lasted until at least 1:30 in the afternoon.

Anyway, we made our way around to the other side and perused some of the food booths and restaurants lining the streets. Most everything we saw was pork and more pork, or egg and more egg, or spuds and more spuds. Eventually we saw one place that was serving mussels (with fries) and galettes, so we stopped there. [livejournal.com profile] eydimork and Magnus got the mussels (I want to try some, and some scallops, today maybe), and I had a galette with mushrooms and a cream sauce, and a little Breton cider. Very tasty, I must admit.

After this, we wandered the booths for a while and I picked up a t-shirt for the event. By then the parade had finally dispersed enough that you could cross the road without walking a mile out of your way, and we made our way back to the car, from whence we departed for Carnac.

The megalithic alignment there is about 4km long, so I was only able to see part of it. The place was quite crowded, and the area was fenced off so that the tourists wouldn't over-run it. I had at first wondered if it was a real sacred site because I didn't see any sheep or cattle, but in another enclosure there were some sheep grazing and having a lie-down, so I was satisfied that they hadn't just carted in plastic stones to mollify the tourists. ;) Many photos were taken, we stopped at the little gift shop and museum and I picked up a couple of books in English, one on the alignments themselves, and one on places in Brittany. (The book lists a castle in the nearest town of any size, which really is a lovely thing and I'll have to take pictures when we go by probably tomorrow on the way back to Rennes for the train.)

Just as we were finishing up the part of the site that we'd decided to look around, the rain started coming down. It poured like crazy a fair bit of the way back to La Ville aux Gentiles (those three houses where I have increased the human population of the village by 10% just by visiting), and I was really exhausted and in a lot of pain by the time we got back here. I was barely able to eat anything for dinner and went to bed early, but sat up for a little bit upstairs and caught up with email. I also spent a little bit of time catching up with the folks in #writechat, as it was about that time, and I had net access.

Today it will be some Merlin sites and perhaps an Arthurian museum, if I'm up to it. My left hip is still giving me a fair bit of trouble, but we'll be in the forest for the most part, not on pavement, so it should be a little easier on me today.

Here's a pic by [livejournal.com profile] eydimork of me at Carnac:

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erynn: Gaelic merman image (Everything Hurts)
Yesterday we got up early to head out to Lorient for Festival Interceltique. We figured an hour's travel time (ish) and then 20 minutes or so to find parking and we'ld get ourselves to the Grande Parade that opens the festivities.

Except not.

This thing is so huge that they have people parking in the next towns over and bussing them in to a central point where you can catch a bus back to your car later. We arrived in town about 20 minutes after the parade started, and the streets were lined half a dozen or more deep in places. For the first while, we couldn't hardly see anything. I took photos as best I could by holding my camera up over the crow and pointing it in the general direction of the action. This, at least, can work with the new digitals that have a screen on the back instead of a tiny viewfinder the way they used to.

Eventually my legs and hips started giving me trouble, as we'd been standing still on the pavement for a while. We decided to wander along and see if we could find a better place, or maybe get around the crowd to the other side of the parade route, where all the restaurants and booths were. Between finding dead ends where the sidewalk was entirely blocked (tv cameras and whatnot) and finding a couple of places where the parade was actually visible, then making our way around the stadium where the parade actually ended (you could get seats inside for 10e), it probably took us at least an hour to cross the street. And the parade was only halfway over by then. It had started at 10am and the first actual events weren't scheduled to start until 2pm, so I figure that the parade lasted until at least 1:30 in the afternoon.

Anyway, we made our way around to the other side and perused some of the food booths and restaurants lining the streets. Most everything we saw was pork and more pork, or egg and more egg, or spuds and more spuds. Eventually we saw one place that was serving mussels (with fries) and galettes, so we stopped there. [livejournal.com profile] eydimork and Magnus got the mussels (I want to try some, and some scallops, today maybe), and I had a galette with mushrooms and a cream sauce, and a little Breton cider. Very tasty, I must admit.

After this, we wandered the booths for a while and I picked up a t-shirt for the event. By then the parade had finally dispersed enough that you could cross the road without walking a mile out of your way, and we made our way back to the car, from whence we departed for Carnac.

The megalithic alignment there is about 4km long, so I was only able to see part of it. The place was quite crowded, and the area was fenced off so that the tourists wouldn't over-run it. I had at first wondered if it was a real sacred site because I didn't see any sheep or cattle, but in another enclosure there were some sheep grazing and having a lie-down, so I was satisfied that they hadn't just carted in plastic stones to mollify the tourists. ;) Many photos were taken, we stopped at the little gift shop and museum and I picked up a couple of books in English, one on the alignments themselves, and one on places in Brittany. (The book lists a castle in the nearest town of any size, which really is a lovely thing and I'll have to take pictures when we go by probably tomorrow on the way back to Rennes for the train.)

Just as we were finishing up the part of the site that we'd decided to look around, the rain started coming down. It poured like crazy a fair bit of the way back to La Ville aux Gentiles (those three houses where I have increased the human population of the village by 10% just by visiting), and I was really exhausted and in a lot of pain by the time we got back here. I was barely able to eat anything for dinner and went to bed early, but sat up for a little bit upstairs and caught up with email. I also spent a little bit of time catching up with the folks in #writechat, as it was about that time, and I had net access.

Today it will be some Merlin sites and perhaps an Arthurian museum, if I'm up to it. My left hip is still giving me a fair bit of trouble, but we'll be in the forest for the most part, not on pavement, so it should be a little easier on me today.

Here's a pic by [livejournal.com profile] eydimork of me at Carnac:

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