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 (triple nerd score)
I'm feeling kind of awesome and kind of sniffly. My friend [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, whom I met this summer, said that I was one of the highlights of her year:

I had rather an up and down year writing-wise, but a highlight of my year was meeting in person the lovely erynn999, someone who inspired my writing in early days, showed me what good slash is, and continues to do so. Thank you, sweetie, for coming to visit me!


I'm so touched, Fi - you are amazing and wonderful and always welcome under my roof anytime you are in the same hemisphere.

I went to the Post-Apocalypse steampunk tea at Kier's place over in Greenwood for a couple of hours and had a lovely time. I played Martial Fluxx with friends, shared info about the Sherlock Seattle party on January 6th with one of my friends, and learned that there is an Abney Park and Steam Powered Giraffe show in Everett in April that I want to go to, since it's about 15 minutes from my place.

When I got home, I ended up writing a 3,300 word outline for a fic I want to do later this year when I've got the article on ogam finished and a good start on the Brigid book. Geordie says that he'd be interested in doing a panel on esoteric poetry at the Esoteric Book Conference in September, and put him in touch with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, who wants to propose one with us and Ruby Sara, who edited the Datura and Mandragora anthologies.

Now my left hand ring finger is all numb and hurting. I'm going to have to lay off the keyboard for a couple of days and to pay my bills tomorrow.

Tired Erynn will now crawl off and go to bed.
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 (giftie)
This morning didn't start well. I went to sleep at maybe 4:30am, only to be awakened by landscapers outside my bedroom window running a weedwhacker at 10:30am. Needless to say, this did not make the DoDC+3 very happy. By the third pass near the window, I gave up and hauled myself upright.

Email brought photos from Caitlin of the pomegranate ogam feda she made for me:

Pomegranate ogam feda from Caitlin

They look spiffy, don't they? She works with all kinds of wood and you can see her work or commission pieces from her here.

The mail brought my copies of Fireflies at Absolute Zero today!

Fireflies have arrived!

This means if you pre-order, you should get them before the official release date of October 31st. So dash on over to Hiraeth Press and do that thing! You can even look at the first several pages of the book there. The cover looks much nicer than this lighting makes it seem.

Last in the good news for the day department, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor reports that she has the preliminary sound files for the Circle of Stones prayers in Gaelic/Irish and will be working on making them nice for uploading so you can buy them soon! I don't know how long that will take, but you'll know pretty much as soon as I do when they'll be available.

Even with all the good news, I barely felt up to leaving the house today. I almost left getting the mail out of the mailbox for tomorrow, but the DoDC+3 had to be walked, so I had to put clothes on anyway. Glad I did.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Book of Dreams)
My publisher has just released the link to the pre-order page for my poetry collection, Fireflies at Absolute Zero from Hiraeth Press. The book is $15.95 plus postage and is due to ship on October 31st, 2012.

I got some lovely cover text from several writers, including Ruby Sara, editor of the Datura and Mandragora esoteric poesis anthologies. From the Hiraeth page:

“Erynn Rowan Laurie’s Fireflies at Absolute Zero is a call to poetic arms, written with the ferocity and pas­sion of the Earth war­rior — “my poems burn like stars/​ they fall like spears from the oil-​​black sky.” It is a hymn of praise to the old gods, written in the long tra­di­tion of poets as dreamers of new worlds, and re-​​memberers of old ones. Indeed, Laurie’s poetry reminds us all that humanity cannot face its strug­gles with either mushy plat­i­tudes or mil­i­tarist cliché; we require the nuance of the poet who dances coura­geously on the edges, between the struggle and the embrace.” –Theodore Richards, author of Cosmosophia and The Crucifixion

“Following an ancient tra­di­tion of craft and inspi­ra­tion, Erynn Rowan Laurie’s work breathes in wonder, trans­mutes it into a crisp lyri­cism, and offers it, sharp and focused, back to the waking world. Grounded in expe­ri­ence, dream, and story, these poems declare with rich atten­tion the wild voice of the divine, the warp and weft of myth, the com­plexity of being human, and the great beauty of the earth, rough and sweet. Fireflies at Absolute Zero is a col­lec­tion for all who seek to invite in the raw, poetic nature of being and wit­ness to the singing of spirits and powers; bluejay, human struggle, man­drake, divine story, seashore...all brought into focus by the magic of the sacred word.” –Ruby Sara, editor of Datura and Mandragora

“Yes, this book of poems sings with lyrics, dances with visions, flies into spaces not yet filled with song, and lights dark places. But is it a book about writing poetry or about being a poet or being at-​​one with the nat­ural world, lit­erary world, and mytho­log­ical world? Or it is about spir­i­tual jour­neys or about embracing more fully the unknown? Yes!” –Mary Harwell Sayler, author of Living in the Nature Poem

“At the sharp edges of Dreams and Desires I have found a kin­dred spirit of the shining endark­en­ment.” –James McDowell, author of Night, Mystery & Light


Many thanks to Jason Kirkey and Leslie Browning of Hiraeth for their support and encouragement. It has been a delight to work with them on this project!

In other news, I went and helped [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor put together half of her dresser today, and a shower rack. I didn't have time or energy to finish up the dresser, but we'll see about getting that together tomorrow at some point. I have my VA appointment for my orthotics in the afternoon and if I'm up to coping with anything when I get home, I'll go finish up the job for her.

This evening [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht got back from HowlCon in Portland, and is staying here for the night. He got a ride back from a couple he met at the con, who dropped him off at my place and had a cup of tea with us. As they were leaving, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got here and then the three of us watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which I had seen at the cinema, but I had a really horrid migraine that day, so the experience really wasn't nearly as much fun as it should have been. I'm glad I picked the movie up. It was a lot of fun when I wasn't in blinding pain. Still very much a Holmes AU fanfic, in my opinion, but an amusing one and not a waste of the money I spent on it.

Today I also finally got all the excess cardboard boxes, packing stuff, and recycling out of the house. Now I have space in the library closet again at last. I'd been saving it up for [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf, but she hasn't been north in a while and I probably won't be seeing her while she's up for SteamCon, so it didn't seem reasonable to hold onto everything for so long.

Anyway, yay for clearing a few things up.

Lastly, I got an email today from NorWesCon programming asking me to be an "attending professional" at NorWesCon this coming March, presumably to speak on writing and/or fanfic panels. I filled out their website form as requested. Now to wait and see if they'll offer me a panel or two!
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 (shakespeare my latest work of genius)
I sent out the signed copy of Circle of Stones to the contest winner who was announced back in July about 20 minutes before I left to get on the plane. I'd notified her that I couldn't send anything until I'd got back from Europe, and this was the first chance I'd had when the postal place and I were on the same schedule.

I know I did some other things, but I am still lacking brain cells to bang together.

On the publications front, I got email from Jason at Hiraeth Press today that they've just published the book before mine on their schedule and they're starting into the cover design and layout phase for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. I'm trying to work through the manuscript one last time to make sure I hadn't left in any typos in the file I sent in June, but because of the above mentioned lack of brain cell, I'm having a lot of trouble focusing.

I put the finishing touches on an author interview for a blog that's supposed to come out in the next few days. I'll link when it's available. I talk about my writing, about being an author with disabilities, about poetry and healing, and various and sundry other things. I was able to add a little about the upcoming poetry collection because I got the notice today.

The folks at Hiraeth wanted to see if I had author interviews for publicity, or if there were any advanced reviews of the book yet, so I've put out a couple of feelers regarding both of those issues. We'll see what happens.

A few more things have been put away and the laundry got done last night. Camping gear was stowed back out in the garage yesterday. I did a tiny bit of grocery shopping. Tomorrow I'm going to try to make it to the AFK for the steampunk meetup, but I'm not sure if anyone else will be there. I did put out a note on the Steamrats list, so perhaps someone will come.

Wednesday I have shrinkage. Thursday I will probably be down in Seattle with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for the queer Pagan meetup. It'll be nice to catch up with folks. I've got Jeff coming by probably next week to start work on the graphics portion of the Esoteric Book Conference presentation on ogam, but I have to start putting together an outline for the 45 minute presentation (45 minutes plus 10 or so for Q&A or discussion, for a one-hour slot). I certainly have enough material, I just have to beat my brain into submission so I can decide what parts are most important and what illustrations I'll be requiring. I already know a few of the pieces I'll be needing to illustrate the various periods and concepts. Still, this requires more than one brain cell.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (shakespeare my latest work of genius)
I sent out the signed copy of Circle of Stones to the contest winner who was announced back in July about 20 minutes before I left to get on the plane. I'd notified her that I couldn't send anything until I'd got back from Europe, and this was the first chance I'd had when the postal place and I were on the same schedule.

I know I did some other things, but I am still lacking brain cells to bang together.

On the publications front, I got email from Jason at Hiraeth Press today that they've just published the book before mine on their schedule and they're starting into the cover design and layout phase for Fireflies at Absolute Zero. I'm trying to work through the manuscript one last time to make sure I hadn't left in any typos in the file I sent in June, but because of the above mentioned lack of brain cell, I'm having a lot of trouble focusing.

I put the finishing touches on an author interview for a blog that's supposed to come out in the next few days. I'll link when it's available. I talk about my writing, about being an author with disabilities, about poetry and healing, and various and sundry other things. I was able to add a little about the upcoming poetry collection because I got the notice today.

The folks at Hiraeth wanted to see if I had author interviews for publicity, or if there were any advanced reviews of the book yet, so I've put out a couple of feelers regarding both of those issues. We'll see what happens.

A few more things have been put away and the laundry got done last night. Camping gear was stowed back out in the garage yesterday. I did a tiny bit of grocery shopping. Tomorrow I'm going to try to make it to the AFK for the steampunk meetup, but I'm not sure if anyone else will be there. I did put out a note on the Steamrats list, so perhaps someone will come.

Wednesday I have shrinkage. Thursday I will probably be down in Seattle with [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht for the queer Pagan meetup. It'll be nice to catch up with folks. I've got Jeff coming by probably next week to start work on the graphics portion of the Esoteric Book Conference presentation on ogam, but I have to start putting together an outline for the 45 minute presentation (45 minutes plus 10 or so for Q&A or discussion, for a one-hour slot). I certainly have enough material, I just have to beat my brain into submission so I can decide what parts are most important and what illustrations I'll be requiring. I already know a few of the pieces I'll be needing to illustrate the various periods and concepts. Still, this requires more than one brain cell.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
It's time for me to bid England goodbye and head out to Brittany, and [livejournal.com profile] eydimork and her husband. I've had a lovely couple of days in Penrith, Potfest was pretty cool (there were a lot of things that were kind of 'meh' but quite a few that were really nice, as well), and Stephen and Peter were absolutely delightful.

I went to bed early last night -- in the 9:30ish range -- because my legs were kind of a mess after walking back from the venue into town. There were crosswalks at the roundabout, but no clear sidewalks, so I wasn't sure where I was supposed to be going and got a bit lost on what were some fairly dangerous main roads, but all went well and I was fine, if creaky.

Dinner last night was Indian again and, just as in Ireland, it was much sweeter than I'm used to at home. The eggplant was nice and savory, but the butter chicken was a lot sweeter than I'd expected. I was asked if I'd yet had any vindaloo, in honor of Red Dwarf, but I think I'm going to have to pass, unless they have some at the Manchester airport. ;)

Everyone has been absolutely wonderful here, and so very kind to me. I feel so incredibly blessed to have such fantastic friends, and I hope that we'll be able to meet again someday. Unless I end up doing another pilgrimage with the Sisterhood of Avalon, the odds are rather low, I will admit, but I live in hope. [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, [livejournal.com profile] hagazusa, and their families were great and very welcoming. It's been a pleasure to visit, and I hope you folks know that you're more than welcome to come and stay with me if you like, if you're ever in the Seattle area. I may not be in town, but it's not really that far to get into Seattle from my place.

My train is out of here at 8:45 this morning, direct to Manchester Airport, where I fly into Rennes. I'm so looking forward to meeting [livejournal.com profile] eydimork this afternoon! (And French food. And Carnac. And Merln sites. And the Festival Interceltique.) So much more cool stuff to come on this journey.

See you soon!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
It's time for me to bid England goodbye and head out to Brittany, and [livejournal.com profile] eydimork and her husband. I've had a lovely couple of days in Penrith, Potfest was pretty cool (there were a lot of things that were kind of 'meh' but quite a few that were really nice, as well), and Stephen and Peter were absolutely delightful.

I went to bed early last night -- in the 9:30ish range -- because my legs were kind of a mess after walking back from the venue into town. There were crosswalks at the roundabout, but no clear sidewalks, so I wasn't sure where I was supposed to be going and got a bit lost on what were some fairly dangerous main roads, but all went well and I was fine, if creaky.

Dinner last night was Indian again and, just as in Ireland, it was much sweeter than I'm used to at home. The eggplant was nice and savory, but the butter chicken was a lot sweeter than I'd expected. I was asked if I'd yet had any vindaloo, in honor of Red Dwarf, but I think I'm going to have to pass, unless they have some at the Manchester airport. ;)

Everyone has been absolutely wonderful here, and so very kind to me. I feel so incredibly blessed to have such fantastic friends, and I hope that we'll be able to meet again someday. Unless I end up doing another pilgrimage with the Sisterhood of Avalon, the odds are rather low, I will admit, but I live in hope. [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, [livejournal.com profile] hagazusa, and their families were great and very welcoming. It's been a pleasure to visit, and I hope you folks know that you're more than welcome to come and stay with me if you like, if you're ever in the Seattle area. I may not be in town, but it's not really that far to get into Seattle from my place.

My train is out of here at 8:45 this morning, direct to Manchester Airport, where I fly into Rennes. I'm so looking forward to meeting [livejournal.com profile] eydimork this afternoon! (And French food. And Carnac. And Merln sites. And the Festival Interceltique.) So much more cool stuff to come on this journey.

See you soon!
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 (egret strutting)
I went down to the VA very early (left the house by 11am) because I wasn't sure how long anything was going to take there. First thing, I went to the pharmacist at the outpatient mental health clinic to see about getting the scrip for my tramadol renewed. He said he'd send off the request to the women's clinic, so that was okay. I explained how things had been going there and he said it wouldn't hurt to check in at the desk there and make sure everything was taken care of and that somebody would see and approve the scrip renewal. That took maybe ten minutes, so very smooth.

After that I stopped up at radiology and had my foot x-rayed. That, also, was considerably faster than I'd expected. I think I maybe waited five minutes before I was called, and the x-rays themselves were also done very quickly.

Given the time, I went and grabbed some lunch at the cafeteria, sat in the back courtyard and read for a bit afterwards, then went and checked in for my 3pm with Tracy, because while I was enjoying the warmth, it was very sunny and I didn't want to get a burn before I headed to California. Tracy had time early, so I got in a little after 2pm, and was out of there slightly after 3. I stopped at the Women's Clinic to check in about the tramadol scrip and add [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor as a local emergency medical contact for me, which didn't take long. That meant that I got through the travel office and was up on the Hill at Travelers before 4.

Mom called while I was having chai, and we talked for a few minutes. I ran into Dana there, and we hung out and talked for a bit. It was her first Seattleversary -- she'd moved to Seattle a year ago. She was kittysitting for [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn (who is on a cruise in the Mediterranean right now) and we wandered over to his place for a few to pet the kitties. They are very cute and entirely adorable.

When I got done there, I headed back up to Travelers, getting a text from [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor as I was walking up there, so we met and hung out there for a bit. We talked a little and I told her I was feeling a little guilty about not being able to help, given that she's packing and going to be moving up to Marysville this weekend. (If you're local and you might be able to help her, please send her a note asking for details. She could use a couple of able bodies and vehicles if you are available.) She was feeling a little wobbly after having spent too much of the day dealing with bad car stuff, so I made her walk over to the QFC with me so she could get something to eat, then we went over to Edge for a bit. She had Irish class and I just didn't have the time to deal with it tonight, so I left her there and headed on home.

When I got home, I finally got around to dealing with a seatbelt issue that was kind of annoying. While I'm not exactly short, the seat belt is sized for someone either rounder or taller than me, so the edge of it often sits right above my collarbone and is really irritating for long drives. I hauled my awl out there and stitched the two parts of the belt together so that they'd sit in the appropriate place for my body. It's only taken me 10 years to get around to it... I also went and slapped some duct tape over the place where the iPod connection is wired into the dash so that the cord doesn't keep slipping down and interfering with my foot on the gas pedal. It was never actively dangerous, just slightly annoying, but that makes two annoying car issues I dealt with today, so go me!

Email was sent off to [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid and [livejournal.com profile] druid_medb about upcoming Eight Winds stuff. I was asking about the food plan and what was on their menu so that I had some idea of what food I would have to get to fend for myself at meals where there wasn't anything I could really eat. (Breakfast is a very usual culprit there for me, given my egg allergy and my problems with bacon and some sausages causing migraines.) I don't want to buy anything I'm not going to actually need. I know they usually have half & half, which I take in my tea in the morning, so I won't worry about that.

Just as promised, Written River came out today, featuring three of my poems! You can read it online at the link. It's absolutely gorgeous, so please have a look!

Finally, I spent time and outlined the closing ritual for the pilgrimage. I spent time going over my notes and the opening ritual, which I want to echo in some ways, to give a sense of having come full circle on our journey. I got some useful input on the other rituals from [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm and sent off a note to the email list with a note about the Airmed ritual so that folks will have a heads up that personal work can be a part of that ritual if they want. She was right that people might want to have some notice, so they can give it thought before we get into the ritual itself. I gave them a rough idea of our timeframe for the ritual and for that portion of it.

All in all, it was a really busy day for me and, though I would have liked to do Irish class tonight, I really did need to be here dealing with my prep for my trips.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
My UK train tickets arrived today via [livejournal.com profile] fififolle, along with her good wishes. I also got the money from [livejournal.com profile] seanthedruid for my road trip to California today, so that's taken care of. Given that I spent the day in Redmond with friends for food and catching up on all things Eastside, I didn't get any writing done, or anything else for the pilgrimage today, but I did get a chance to show off the new edition of Circle of Stones and my copy of Mandragora.

One of the folks who was at dinner tonight grew up on the east coast and, in fact, used to go to the UU summer camp in Rowe, just down the road from where I grew up in Massachusetts. Gods, it is such a small world sometimes.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
I got email today from Storm at Immanion/Megalithica that A Circle of Stones was released today and is now available for purchase! You can click on the cover art here and it'll take you over to their website, where it can be ordered!

Circle of Stones cover

Given the release, I'll be removing the information about the PDF of the first edition from my website shortly. The first edition will officially no longer be available except as a used paperback, if you can find one. I won't be getting as much per copy, obviously, but at least there will be the corrections and contextualization in the new edition that I think make me at least vaguely more comfortable having it out there again. I still don't think of it as anything at all like my best work. It's a product of its time and place.

I talked to an intern at the women's clinic at the VA today about meds issues. She's going to give me a scrip for 20 tylenol with codeine for the trip to Europe, and a scrip for 500mg tylenol as well, so that everything I take with me will be official prescription meds. I'll talk to my regular doc when I get back from Europe about actually dealing with useful meds for my fibro; she's on maternity leave until September, apparently. I also got a referral to podiatry for my achy feet to see if there's anything actually wrong, if it's just the fibro, and if I can maybe get some decent orthopedic inserts for my shoes if they might help.

After group today, I headed down to Travelers for chai and spent about two hours flipping through books and making notes on stuff toward the pilgrimage. I feel like I'm getting a better feel for the shape of the daily writing exercises and starting to get some ideas for actual poems and readings for each day. I also need to go over stuff that I've posted to the pilgrimage email list and see what I've sent them and what I need to link to or suggest/recommend for further reading and research for folks before we actually get to Ireland.

Aside from that, I'm just generally feeling creaky and will probably be hitting ye olde sack pretty soon.
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Today I spent some time reading more of Mandragora, and I'm about three-quarters of the way through it now. Most of what I've read has been really good stuff. Ruby Sara's a very good anthologist and she's got an excellent eye for what to collect here. As always, a few things aren't quite to my taste, but poetry really is often so very personal.

Oryelle Defenestrate-Bascule had an essay in the book that was, in part, a discussion of his Orpheus ritual, performed at last year's Esoteric Book Conference, in which he made the ritual sound a lot better than my experience of it, but I don't find that terribly surprising. His experience of creating and performing it was going to be vastly different than my experience of it, and my experience was quite different than that of many of the others who attended. I wasn't terribly impressed, but his essay was fairly interesting, at least.

This evening I went off to dinner at Clay Pit and met [livejournal.com profile] paganpaul and his local sweetie. They really enjoyed the food (I was pleased that I found a place they liked), and we had a great conversation. A lot of our talk centered on writing and just being a writer; he'd received his first royalty check from Amazon in the mail just before he got on the plane to come to the US and had it with him. I remember being so thrilled the first time I got a royalty check. It really is something of a writer's initiation. There's a feeling of having passed through a significant ritual when it arrives, a sense of finally achieving a level of "reality" as a writer beyond just "yes, I write." It's a recognition from some other source that one's work is worthy.

Having that outside perspective is something special, I think. I was delighted for him. We had a great time at dinner and afterwards.

After dinner, we came back to my place for tea and further conversation. They stayed until a little after 9pm, and then I lit up the Brigid altar for my flamekeeping shift. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor got back from her band practice a while later. I've been feeling fairly crappy most of the evening, what with cramps and such. I really wish my body would cooperate better. I'm sitting here with a heating pad wishing I could have a full-body transplant. Girlparts suck.

I'm hoping I'll feel well enough to make it down to Seattle tomorrow for Irish class and to pick up Geordie for a day or two. At this point I'm just not certain. I'll have to figure it out tomorrow after I haul myself out of bed. It may be several hours before I'll be able to figure it out, but these things are definitely more in-the-moment than decideable beforehand.

And now, I'm going to try crawling off to bed with more tramadol.

I hope y'all have a much better night than I'm having.
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Today Mandragora arrived in the mail. I was, as one might imagine, utterly jazzed by the whole idea.

Erynn & Geordie with Mandragora

Here's me and Geordie at Travelers, waving the book with our stuff in it. We are happy. Sooooo happy.

Erynn & Caera at Travelers

And here's me and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor at Travelers. She's happy, too.

But my deep, dark secret?

This is who actually writes the books...

The one who really writes the books

The day was gloriously sunny and warm, and we spent a while having chai at Travelers. I showed Leon the book (he was duly impressed). When we wandered over to Edge, I showed it to everyone there, as well. It's kind of the thing one does, after all. The schmooze turned into a pretty good discussion of trees in Celtic lore, as well as a discussion of tree as cosmological center, the Jupiter Giant columns, and various and sundry sacred omphali. (I think that's the right pluralization.)

Tomorrow is dinner with [livejournal.com profile] paganpaul, who's in town from the Netherlands. Wednesday I'm picking up Geordie when I'm in town for Irish class and he'll come back up for a day or two. Stuff and things require doing, and we still have a fair bit to talk about. Much of today was spent with both of us squeeing about The Book. As you do when you're an author with a brand new pretty.

I'm tired and hoping that I'll actually manage to get some sleep tonight. I didn't sleep well at all last night and I was pretty creaky when I got up this morning. I'm hoping there won't be a migraine in the offing tomorrow, given how I felt for part of today.

When I have the Brigid and flamekeeping book together, I'm seriously thinking of approaching Scarlet Imprint to do the publication. I don't know if it's quite up their usual alley, but one never knows. They're already publishing my stuff, and some of the book will be ritual work, while much of the rest will be essays and other material about Brigid, about flamekeeping, probably about poetry, and about the whole complex of things from a CR perspective, or at least from my CR perspective (which is about all I can say about anything I write these days). Given that they're also doing paperback editions these days, it wouldn't price the book out of everyone's reach, and I'd love to have a gorgeous edition for the altar of the sort that they tend to produce.

Anyway, that's a concern for when the book is actually written.
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Today's visit to the VA went reasonably well. The travel office computer system is still broken down, which means that fucking "take a number" system has gone back to the old, quiet way of "stand in line until it's your turn to go to the window," which I vastly prefer. It's so much quieter and calmer. I took a copy of the Hyperbole and a Half "improved" pain scale in to share with the group and everyone got a good laugh out of it. I was quite pleased.

After the VA, I hied myself over to Travelers, where I met [livejournal.com profile] isquiesque, who's back in town after her few weeks in DC for work purposes. We had chai, then wandered over to Queen Sheba for Ethiopian food for dinner. We had a fabulous conversation, catching up on life, talking about travel and global politics and writing and all that kind of stuff. She's wanting to go to some big roller derby thing up here in Everett, but doesn't have a car, so wasn't sure if she would be able to or not. I told her that, given it was the beginning of June, she could just come and stay here, because it's not that far away, and busses do run past my place that go into downtown Everett, where the event is taking place. She was pretty jazzed by the idea. It was really great to see her again. When we were done with dinner, we walked over to Elliott Bay and pawed around in the books until she headed back to Belltown and I scarpered for the car.

Upon returning home, I found I had an email from Jason Kirkey, my poetry publisher. I'd actually been talking with [livejournal.com profile] isquiesque at Travelers about emailing him to inquire about progress on Fireflies at Absolute Zero, so I was very amused (and thoroughly jazzed) to get an email from him. He's asked me to submit a few poems from the book for their summer issue of Written River, their online poetry journal, so as to get a little interest up for the book and start the publicity process. He's thinking probably the end of August (though it is possible maybe sooner) for starting the layout and cover design process, so we're still on track for an October release. I've emailed him back and said I'd go through the stuff tomorrow and select a few for them to choose from.

Before my friend joined me at Travelers, I scribbled a little poem together and sent it over to a website where they're having a competition for a free writing e-course. I thought it looked interesting, and I'm always up for learning something new about writing, so I submitted the poem and we'll see if anything comes of it.

Geordie will be in town soon -- he's arriving Saturday, and will meet [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and me in the U District for the Medieval Women's Choir concert. We'll figure out other times/dates for seeing him while he's here when I see him then. I'm still hoping to get Mandragora before he arrives so we can swoon over it together, as he's got poetry in the volume as well.

So many friends, so little time!

This looks like a lot of fun for mid-May at De Laurenti's in the Market:

First on the docket is the Seattle Cheese Festival. It's May 19th and 20th here at the Pike Place Market. It's our 8th year as host and we're pumped to be welcoming you - and all the cheese makers back to Seattle for this great event. As ever, you will taste hundreds of cheeses, learn how to make mozzarella and burrata (from our very own Shane Wahlund), and watch and learn from local renowned chefs as they prepare amazing dishes with cheese. You'll taste wines from all over in our Wine Garden and you will learn, in detail, facets of the cheese business only gleaned from our remarkable Seminars. All the info and details are online, of course, at www.seattlecheesefestival.com. Don't forget to check out the winning Mac-n-Cheese recipe at the site as well!
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I woke up this morning to the dog being sick on the floor (at least he got off the bed first), and that stiff-neck-shoulders-ache feeling that I get if I'm pre-migraine, accompanied by vague nausea. I took him out but couldn't quite bring myself to go back to bed, even though I wanted to. I was worried he'd be sick again and I'd just have to get back up.

Tramadol was taken, which helped slightly, but I've been pretty dizzy and groggy all day and wasn't able to go out tonight as I'd wanted. I'm uncertain whether I'll be able to go down to Seattle tomorrow for the schmooze Beltaine ritual. I've already given the group a heads up, so I will post to them tomorrow to let them know with a yea or nay.

This was one of those days where I had to talk myself into getting into the shower before I got dressed, even though I knew for a fact that I'd feel at least a little better for standing under the hot water for a while. Most of my day was spent between sitting at the computer trying to do things and curled up on the couch reading. It's just been a really slow brain day and I'm still feeling out of sorts, 10 hours after I took the tramadol, so it's not all just the drug.

In the happymaking news mentioned above, Ruby Sara reports that she got her copy of Mandragora today, which means that my copy will be shipping any time now! I'm absolutely delighted about this and, as you can see from the photos at the link, this is an absolutely gorgeous volume. I can't wait to get my hands on it! Ordering information can be found here, and a paperback edition is due out later if the hardbound is a bit too dear for your tastes. Knowing that something with my work in it has been released is always a great way to make my day brighter, even when I feel like absolute crap and want to fall over and sleep for a week.

And now I need to try to eat a little more before I fall over.
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With the information from the Brigid book I got in the mail yesterday, I was able to find the entryway to the original Brigid's well in Kildare.

This link shows the overhead view. There are three intersecting pale lines in the view, and just below the one angling off to the right there is a little curved footpath. That's the entry to the well.

Sadly, from Google Maps you can't actually see the well itself, but from the street view, you can see down along the path into the area where the well can be found. What I can see there matches up with photos I've seen of the area surrounding the well.

I also spent time today looking in the various sources I have on hand and found that the "Barrule" spoken of in the Manx Traditionary Ballad is, in fact, South Barrule and was where offerings were made to Manannán at midsummer. The site is also associated with Lughnassadh celebrations. There is an ancient stone fort at the top of the mountain (it's a hill by Northwest standards, but is one of the highest points on the island) which was said to be Manannán's seat. It's apparently a 30-45 minute hike at a "moderate" pace, so I ought to be able to do the ascent within an hour to 90 minutes, even with my achy bits. I've been digging up a fair amount of other stuff as well, which is pretty exciting. I want to be reasonably well prepared when I get there so that I'll know where I want to go and how I want to get there.

Mom called today and we talked about health stuff, and my upcoming travels. She's really eager to see photos of where I travel, and I told her I'd post what I could while I was over there, but most of the pics would be posted when I got home. I also let her know that I'd check in as often as I could here while I was traveling. I don't know that I'll have access to wireless every day, particularly while I'm on the Isle of Man, but I'll see what I can do. I don't want her (or anyone else) to worry, after all.

Yesterday I'd taken a duck out of the freezer and today I roasted it and have had a bit. The rest of it is in the fridge, waiting to be taken apart and for the drippings to be turned into some gravy. I'll probably make rice tomorrow. When I was considering dinner, I figured I would sauté some asparagus, but someone mentioned that roasted asparagus was really good and told me how to do it, so I did that instead and it was, in fact, quite tasty.

It was a lovely, warm, sunny day today, almost 70f. After yesterday's physical issues, I wasn't sure how I'd be doing, but I decided to go out and take a walk around the lake anyway. I do need to get myself into somewhat better shape for all the walking I'll be doing while I'm overseas and the best thing to do is to try and get out around the lake every day. It takes me about 45 minutes to make the circuit, moving at a good pace, so it should help me get myself together. I did pretty well today and didn't have any trouble, though I'd forgotten to put the new knee brace on before I left, so my knee was a little cranky by the time I got home. It took about 15 minutes for my legs to stop having muscle twitches once I got back, though. That always feels really weird.

Tomorrow is a day for more research, and for some work on pilgrimage rituals and writing prompts and whatnot. So much still to do, but I'm enjoying the process.

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