Okay– so the deal was, the family and I went on vacation last week, Saturday to Friday, in San Diego. You saw that. We went to the zoo, we went to the ocean, we went to the movies–all was fun, and then the ride home in which I overdosed on water additives and saw sound.
Then, we had two days– Saturday and Sunday– during which we did Easter, hid eggs, cleaned the house, dyed eggs, took my mom out to lunch, came home and cooked dinner, then hung with children.
Then I packed to come to Portland for a writer’s conference at Dreamspinner that starts on Thursday and I can’t wait to be at–and, yes, once again, there is driving. This time, I’m driving with esteemed editor, Gin Eastwick from Canada via Germany, and friend and DSP Goddess, Julianne Bentley. We’re in Julianne’s car, and she’s doing most of the driving– mostly because I think I scared her a little, which, well, we’re all still alive.
* There is no good way to travel on your period. Yes, world, I said it. Now you know. Saying.
* Watching Julianne discover a roadside attraction is like watching a kid discover the circus. Gin and I would go out of our way a hundred times over to see her drive through a tree again.
* Hwy 1 is beautiful– but not to be hurried through.
* If you don’t like the weather on the Northern California coast, wait five minutes– it’ll change.
* Rain + windy road + twilight = stressed out driver.
* I could listen to Gin talk for ours– she has a Canadian accent, and it’s been semi-neutralized by Germany, but every now and then it sneaks out and attacks me with joy.
* Confusion Hill is confusing on many levels, not last is why we visited.
* If you’re traveling down a dark, windy road, and there are no gas stations for sixty miles, the last thing you want to see is a road called “Butcher’s Knife.” Hello, Sam and Dean, come save us now!
* There will always be some music you can agree to. There is no way there’s not. It’s a statistical impossibility. Play mix tapes until you find it.
* Even after spending an enforced week with my family, plus a family holiday, I still miss them fiercely.
* Even after spending an enforced three days w/ Julianne and Gin, I’ll be thrilled to see them even more at the Dreamspinner Press conference. We arrive in Portland tomorrow!