Tolkien, artist

Vacation Alert

So this is my last blog post for a week. I will still have my laptop and be keeping up with LJ posts etc, but I won't write in my own blog while out of town. If anyone reading my blog drops by the store while I'm out playing at the Bead & Button Show, please be kind to my employees. It will take them a little longer to get your merchandise, but they're good people, of course!

I am somewhat packed. My easel and sketchbook, pencils and clothes (probably too many clothes) are all in the suitcases. My tools will be gathered at the shop this morning and I'll collect whatever jewelry I've decided on for the trip tonight. I've packed my Nook with all sorts of wonderful things to read including a very hard to find e-pub of Josh Layton's Man Oh Man which has been so highly recommended by so many of my f-list friends that I had to find it. Knowing that my DH would never tolerate a paper copy of a book like that hanging around, I had to find it in an e-version. It took quite a bit of digging into some alternative book websites but I finally found it. If you are also looking for a copy, I found mine on Fictionwise e-books.

My Nano is also filled and ready for the trip. I'm in the process of listening to Lynn Flewellen's Nightrunner series. Although the audio isn't as good as what Ellen Kushner came up with for Swordspoint (which was an exceptional audio book), it's still a delight to listen to the books and means that I don't have to be finished with the series quite yet. I am completely through with all of the e-books though, and if I didn't have other books in my "I want to read this" queue, I would happily start reading the entire series again.

Oh, and I also have writing to do while out of town. A lot of it actually. I've been so focused on my AinA story that I haven't even started my LOTRO Community story and that's due in by the 14th. So I will shift my efforts and get farther than the three paragraphs I have already started. And my Creative Writing course will have two lessons ready for me to print. I'll have to check and see if my hotel has a business center so that I can print things out instead of just reading through them on-line. So...I'm primed to be busy with my own things as well as seeing old friends from the beading world and newer friends from the writing world. I return home on Sunday and will pick my blog back up on Monday. So have a great week, everyone!
I hope you have a marvelous time. I know you've been looking forward to this trip.
Thanks, Shirebound. I really need to get away from the shop for a few days and seeing my friends in Milwaukee is just what the fictional doctor ordered. Now I just hope that I get some serious writing done between the visits, dinners, breakfasts, and drinks :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Have a great time. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back.
I always have fun on this trip, but thought that last year would be the final year that I could afford. Fortunately my DH talked me into going again this year and I found a much less expensive hotel that I hope will be tolerable. Everything is downtown and relatively close, but downtown has its times of being a bit scary too, and some of the events I attend result in late hours. I'll be playing things by ear and with caution for my nights :-) I'll talk at you in a week!

- Erulisse (one L)
I am really looking forward to this trip. The car is acting a bit dicey, so I hope it makes it there and back again (hmmmm...that could be the title of a book - LOLOL) and when I return I can have it back in to be looked at.

I already enjoy Man, Oh Man! and am delighted that I finally found it in e-pub format. So many things that dovetail beautifully with what I'm learning in my creative writing course, and from a perspective that I'm really loving. I'm quite sure it will get a five-star rating from me too when I'm finished with it :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Safe travels! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your adventures when you get home.
Thank you, my good friend. I'm sure I'll have lots to talk about when I return home at the end of the week :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Thanks, Curious. I hope to have a marvelous time and it will be a relief to be away from the shop for a few days.

- Erulisse (one L)
Thanks, Binky. I really need to get away for a little bit just to lower my stress, so I think this is the perfect getaway for me this time :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Safe travels, and have yourself a fantastic time. It sounds like just the kind of break you need at this time of year. Talk to you next week.
Thank you, my dear. I look forward to talking with you on the 13th. And you're right - I really need this break.

- Erulisse (one L)
You've probably already left so I'll leave you a bon voyage in absentia. Enjoy trip, buttons, and beads and everything else that goes along with vacationing.

We'll see ya when we see ya!
No, I leave in 1-1/2 hours and thank you very much for the kind wishes. I will carry them with me on the road this morning :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Thank you so much. I am really looking forward to my annual trip and seeing so many long-time friends again.

- Erulisse (one L)