Vasant and I took Lilo with us on this weekend’s business trip. We had a lot of stops to make, and one meeting involved her waiting in the car for nearly five hours (with window cracked, water, toys, pillows and blankets though—this wasn’t cruelty.) She was pretty sad about being in the car that long however, so we let her run at the beach, in the middle of a windstorm.
She had lots of fun, but now everything is imbued with the scent of one very wet and happy dog.
Our business trip was great, very productive and it moved the film into its final stage of production, but that’s not really as important as telling you that our dog is happy, is it?
Spending today running errands, taking meetings, getting coffee with a friend, and visiting Vasant and I’s favorite comic book shop. Pair that with moody blue-gray clouds, warm rain and an adequate amount of caffeine and it’s one of the best days I’ve had since getting back from vacation. We’ve gotten rid of post-AWP conference exhaustion and we’re ready to return to our regular schedule. We have an out of town film shoot this weekend, so when I say regular schedule, you know I’m being extremely relative with the term.
Also, if you’re not into the All-New X-Men series and you’re looking for a new comic run to get into, hop on into the comic shop and get into that storyline. I am eating it up.
We’re mid-way through Day Two of AWP and things are getting a bit strange, us included. But Vasant and I are attending great panels, connecting with amazing people and having amazing fun with visiting friend like Erika, the Helm’s Deeps, and JULES, so overall, it’s been an amazing couple of days.
This morning, we grabbed a latte from Le Panier, a breakfast sandwich from Dahlia Bakery and a view at Pike Place before AWP. It was a lovely start to the morning, but we’ve already burned through our energy reserves and we have about twelve hours left of panels, parties and other events.
I just heard the best thing, by the way, as I finished this post. Two writers next to me are in a heated argument and one just shouted, “But my question is, why is Jesus fighting the bear? The bear is clearly going to win, it still has its arms!”
“All literature, highbrow or low, from the Aeneid onward, is fan fiction. […] Through parody and pastiche, allusion and homage, retelling and reimagining the stories that were told before us and that we have come of age loving—amateurs—we proceed, seeking out the blank places in the map that our favorite writers, in their greatness and negligence, have left for us, hoping to pass on to our own readers—should we be lucky enough to find any—some of the pleasure that we ourselves have taken in the stuff that we love: to get in on the game. All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.”
So apparently this is how Vasant and I are communicating now.
Vacation was terrific. Some of you might have noticed that between my Grandma’s memorial and our film deadlines (which I know I’m being unforgivably vague about, I’VE BEEN TOLD, but there are political issues with the film which means I can tell you the workload is killing me but I can’t give you plot details yet… Sorry!) that Vasant and I have been a little out of it and more than a little looking forward to our vacation this month. We just got back the other day and oh my goodness, was it ever needed.
We flew down to our favorite resting place and recharged. While we’ve been to England, Italy, India, the Netherlands and more, that kind of traveling is work. You have to be out every second: adventuring, questing for new experiences, new sights and sounds, and if you even take a nap, you are wasting your money.
No. What we needed was a stay in our favorite place, where we know every corner, where we know we’re going to be taken care of and mostly, we just walked, ran, slept and read. I finished Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, amongst a handful of other books. So many tears for that one, though. Vasant finished Greg Bear’s The City on the Edge of Time and The Infinity Gauntlet. At theendof the trip, our amazing hotel, which takes care of my Aspergian issues more than any other hotel on earth could, gave us an extra night stay and helped us find a car to go back up the coast in. Because they are magical and our time while there is always exactly what we need it to be.
We haven’t been away in over two years, not counting work travel, and this was so wonderful I cried when we got to our hotel room. A lot of wonderful people and a couple of wonderful events conspired to make this happen at a time when all of our pennies are going into the film. We’re really grateful to have such great family and friends and also, to have saved up two years worth of birthday/Christmas monies! And we’re especially grateful to Claire, who watched Lilo while we were gone. Her posts, getting into our sword collection last week, are amazing.
And now that we’re back, reunited with a puppy who is really upset that we left in the first place, and rested for the first time in a long time, we’re w excited to take on the second half of the film’s production. But before that can happen, we have some pressing Samudre Media work and writing business to take care of in the form of videos, articles, website work, and most of all: AWP (where I’ll get to see the amazing Erika Swyler, whose novel The Book of Speculation is coming from St. Martins Press next year) and run amok around other book nerds for four days and nights. I hear from even my most stout-hearted social friends that AWP is a killer experience, and by that, I mean: it will probably kill me. The conference is one thing, I hear it’s the parties that will waste a person. Our first night alone I’ve been invited to over twenty events, and I’m not boasting. Others in the lit community are getting upwards of 30-50 invites for that first night. It’s slightly evil. Here’s to hoping I survive!
Then come March, we have another week or so of Samudre Media jobs to finish and grants to submit for, and then we return to production in full force mid-March. Look for more infuriatingly vague mentions of the film then.
But for now, I’m logging off. I’ve caught up on all my emailing and work that I had put off while out of town, caught up on laundry and with this post and a reply post from earlier, caught up on Tumblr.
I hope you’re all having a lovely week and avoiding vortices of polar bears. I hear those have been doing something back east and it sounds serious.
Back in town. We took most of our social apps off our phones while we were away, but you, Tumblr family, were never far from my e-heart.
eebees reblogged your post Ending our vacation with a roadtrip up… and added:
I LOVE THIS and miss my beautiful PNW family entirely too much.
The PNW is calling you, Erin. WE’RE CALLING TO YOU. Come back soon! This is not warm hyperbole. We have a guest room now. Two of them. You are summoned. Please come by Christmas time of 2014.
That is all.
jennhoney replied to your post: Watching World War Z and then THIS hap…
Do you think that means Favino will be the next doctor?
Well, the next “W.H.O. Doctor” below Favino and Capaldi on that IMDB page is Ruth Negga, and I think that would be even better. Either way, I think it’s a sign that Steven Moffat is taking his showrunning cues from Brad Pitt.
You’ve also been summoned back to the PNW, by the way.
I think I’m missing replying to some people but Tumblr ate all my replies that I received before last week began. But I did SEE your replies when we were buried under grant deadlines and memorials and I promise you: they made a huge difference. You guys are an amazing community, and I constantly feel lucky to know you all.
I promise I’ll be faster in the future! I might just about to get the hang of 2014. I CAN DO THIS!!!
Watching World War Z and then THIS happened when Brad Pitt arrived at the World Health Organization.
Ending our vacation with a roadtrip up the coast, on the look out for good Mexican food, and blazing through our favorite playlists.
I don’t want to be online too much while out of town, but The Claire is house-sitting for us and has gotten into our sword collection. I couldn’t NOT post it.
What nerds read on planes….
Overwhelmed. So much snow to eat.
There are few things in the world more magical than falling in love with a new album while driving at sunset.
Almost done with our deadlines. Vasant’s editing the rough cuts and trailers we need to pair with each grant; I’m handling the paperwork. We’re so close to being done with our string of deadlines. We made the deadline that got moved up 48 hours earlier this week, but we’ve had to keep pressing on for the next 14 grants that have to be submitted by the time we leave for vacation next week.
Thanks to all of you who left me comments and messages about my post about Grandma earlier. It was needed, both your comments and for me to take time to remember her during this project.
Now I’m going to get back to work, back to the Battlestar Galactica marathon we have going on in the background (better than caffeine when you’re pulling all-nighters,) and hopefully, it’ll be time for vacation before we know it.