Compare and Contrast
It’s no secret that life has been crazy around here — what with three books coming out in four weeks, with six more on the way… But regular life doesn’t stop in Klaskyville — not for any number of books coming out in any number of weeks. This past weekend was the perfect example of the “compare and contrast” that makes up my life these days.
Friday: After a long, hard day of editing SECOND THOUGHTS, I headed down to Nationals Park. I didn’t plan particularly well — I let myself be fooled by the sunshine streaming in my window. By the time I got to the park, there was enough of a breeze that I suspected my sweatshirt wouldn’t be sufficient by the end of the game. Fortunately, I (the world’s coldest-blooded person) am married to Mark (the world’s hottest-blooded person), and he had the jacket he’d worn to work early that morning. I wore his jacket (and a scarf, and mittens — I didn’t need my earmuffs), and I watched the Nats beat the Cardinals in an unlikely win. Go, Nats!
Saturday: I attended Henry IV, Part 2 at the Shakespeare Theatre. While the reviewer in the Washington Post thought she’d never seen anything funnier than the bumbling country squires, Shallow and Silence, I contemplated plucking out my eyes for those scenes (yes, out, vile jelly and all that). This play is a weak one — not much happens and what *does* happen is mostly illness, decay, and death. I would have preferred for them to combine the two parts, dropping most of the tavern scenes and all of the Shallow/Silence scenes. We had a nice dinner with friends after the play, though, and on our way back to our car, we passed by the Stage Door to the theater and ran into the man who played the Lord Chief Justice — a bright star in an otherwise dull constellation. It was nice to be able to compliment his work.
Sunday: I headed down to AwesomeCon for two panels. I’d been dreading the one on manuscript preparation (an hour for that, really?) and looking forward to the one on YA (cool authors, some of whom are friends.) The YA panel ended up being okay, but the manuscript prep one was *wonderful*. My co-panelist, Tanya Spackman, had great concrete information, and I shared more abstract ideas. I think we made a great team, and I’ve heard from several of the people in the audience that they found it useful.
Monday: I finished editing SECOND THOUGHTS (yay, yay, yay!), and I headed back downtown for another ball game — this one against the Angels. It was “Dollar Dog” night at the game — all hot dogs, peanuts, and popcorn on sale for a buck — and we sat in our usual seats (we’ve been in others for the other two games, because my schedule made us trade tickets). It was nice to see some of the “regulars” around us, and the game was exciting until the last at-bat. (Yeah, the Nats lost, but it was unreasonable to think they’d win *every* game we attend!)
So, one novel edited, two baseball games, a play, and a media convention (with some knitting and reading for fun in there as well, along with a bit of TV — MAD MEN, anyone?) Sounds about par for the course. What are the greatest swings in your own interests, the most unlikely combination of hobbies/activities that keep you busy?