4 years ago, just before lunchtime
Today – 7:00 p.m. at the Tacoma Public Library – I will be there, attempting to be entertaining! I’ve never been to this particular library before, though I’m looking forward to it; and I’m looking forward to seeing all you readers who might be persuaded to show up despite the (frankly kind of awful) weather.
Or maybe it’s waaaaay different in Tacoma. But here in Seattle it’s windy and messy, and I’ll drive through it – you just watch me.
It is my intention to leave at 5:00, which might seem like overkill … but there’s a huge spread when it comes to how long it takes to get between these two cities. I’ve made the drive in as little as thirty minutes, and as much as 2-1/2 hours. Since I’m leaving around rush hour, I’m planning for something close to the worst. If it turns out that I’ve been overly cautious, that’s okay – I’ll find a Taco Bell and make myself comfortable until showtime.
See you tonight!
4 years ago, mid-afternoon
What a long strange week/weekend it’s been. First, we had Thanksgiving, then we were treated to Mary Robinette Kowal on our couch Friday night – which was fun for me, but the circumstances were less than ideal for her.
Mary was stranded in Seattle following a comedy of errors involving her car … a comedy of errors which has only recently (as of this afternoon) resulted in her successful return home to Portland. Click that link above, visit her blog, and follow the hilarity for yourself. It’s kind of epic.
Bless her heart, she is truly cursed in the travel department; and frankly, I’m thanking my lucky stars that our vehicle didn’t randomly explode while she was accompanying me around town for errand-running. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. And given the circumstances surrounding her trip back to Oregon, I find it rather amazing that it didn’t.
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In other news, I’d like to be out Christmas shopping today but noooo … that’s not in the cards. If I want to hand in these Hellbent revisions by December first, I need to buckle down and do the last of this frantic wrinkle-ironing while I have the peace and quiet of an absent husband and a cat who’s fallen asleep face-down on her catnip crabbie.*
Speaking of Hellbent – ’tis the sequel to my upcoming masterpiece of neurotic vampires, Men In Black, and Cuban drag queens … Bloodshot. You may recall that this epic tome of conspiracy, mayhem, ghouls, and glitter earned me my very first starred Kirkus review. (ahem)
Anyway, Bloodshot comes down the pike at the end of January – so you’ll be hearing a lot more about it in the upcoming weeks. But for now it’s Hellbent up the wazoo for yours truly, and I suppose I shall get back to it.
* Yes, a small crab toy made out of cotton and stuffed with catnip. It’s her baby, and she loves it.