Yeah, I haven’t been around here very much. But I have a bunch of good reasons why. Or why not. Well, you know what I mean.
Last Friday, I celebrated my birthday with some wonderful meals, some great time with Mark, and the Nationals winning the ALDS, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals to go on to the ALCS and the World Series. Except, you know. I write fantasy. The Nats lost. They lost ugly. And they lost after midnight, so, technically, they didn’t lose on my birthday. In any case, it was a wonderful baseball year, and we enjoyed many great games. I just wish I could have cheered up the 10-year-old boy who was sitting, frozen, in his seat at the end of the game, manfully trying not to cry. (I also wish I could have shut up the Family Most Likely To Be Cooking Meth In Their Basement — who sat in front of us — and the Strange Quartet With Odd Catch-Phrases — who sat behind us. But otherwise, really, it was a great birthday
I spent *all* day Saturday at Capclave — the usual mix of panels and reading and autographing sessions and catching up with old friends and making new friends and talking, talking, talking. By the time I got home late Saturday evening, I was exhausted, and on Sunday morning I felt completely hung over. From now on, I’m going to call that feeling my “Introversion Hangover” — I’m an introvert by nature, but I can play an extrovert at a con, for a limited time. But there’s always a price to pay. ::wry grin::
I didn’t pay long, though, because Sunday evening we headed out to the first of this season’s Music Appreciation classes (Rob Kapilow’s “What Makes it Great?”) The subject was Chopin — and I was really glad I attended, because I’m not a huge fan of Chopin, so I learned a lot. And I still have the Polonaise (Op. 53) running through my head!
Monday skipped from meeting to meeting to meeting, but ended with my visiting the Arlington County Public Library, to meet a group of teen writers who are all gearing up for NaNoWriMo. We talked, and I led a couple of writing exercises, and I answered some questions, and a good time was had by all!
And now, finally, belatedly, I’m settling into a normal work week
Mindy, who should just give up on the idea of a “normal” work week!