Hello my pretties! I’m just back from London. I was up with the birds, and have been impatiently waiting for the soup fog surrounding Greensburg to lift, so I can take my walkies.
In the meantime, I will say hello to all of you.
Being in the UK was fab, as ever. I’ve got tons of pics up on my Facebook (feel free to add me as a friend), but here’s a wee album for you in the meantime:
That first morning at Heathrow, I met up with Heather Osborn, of Samhain Publishing fame. She was in town for a Romance convention in Wales, so we shared an apartment. That night my friends came over and we played Cards Against Humanity, which was AMAZING.
The next day we went to Highgate Cemetery with Suzanne McLeod. It was so much fun and very inspiring. That night we met up with people from her publishing company, and we were also met by my friend from York, who came down to spend the week with us.
The following afternoon we went out to all the comic and books shops, then we met up with one of my fave human beings, Philip Palmer, and our wonderful editors from Orbit UK.
Friday Heather left for Wales, and I had a girls night out with my friends. It was wonderful to see them and catch up and be a bit mad together. Saturday, he and I went shopping for SHOES, and then we went to see Agatha Christie’s The Moustrap, the oldest running play in history. It was very fun, and good research for both of us.
Sunday we went to a BBQ at my friend’s in Whitton, after meeting some of his friends at a comic expo near Russell Square. We came back to Heather, returned from her own travels. Monday he went back up north to prepare for my impending visit, and Heather and I went to the V&A. It rained all day, so we weren’t able to do some of the things we wanted, but we still had a very touristy day wandering Knightsbridge and going to Harrod’s.
Tuesday Heather left for the US, and I left for York, to stay with the boy for a few days. We had a wonderful time wandering around to our favorite haunts in York and discovering new ones. We also took a day trip to Scarborough again, and I beat him at crazy golf. The day was windy and gorgeous, and I absolutely adore the seaside. So it was, altogether, just a little bit perfect.
I finally had to leave, though, and I had a typically harrowing experience of broken down trains, being towed by a recovery engine named Thunderbird (!!), barely making my flight, getting hung up at Newark for an extra few hours, then coming home to find my suitcase had been brutally gang inspected by TSA. I didn’t get home till around 2 AM that night, but as if to make up for it my car service sent a stretch limo. Watching the driver put my raggedy ass taped up suitcase into the back of that limo made up for everything, and I giggled for at least five seconds before I passed out in the backseat.
But I’m alive, although already missing the UK rather desperately. Luckily I have much to distract me, like a SHIT TON of work and, even MORE distracting, RWA is coming up!
Yes, my friends, in two days I pack up again and go the other way! I’m flying to Oakland, where I will be meeting up with Rachael Herron and Juliet Blackwell to drive to Anaheim, where RWA and Sophie Littlefield await. Our gang will be back together, undoubtedly causing havoc, and I can’t wait.
I will also be taking part in the charity literacy signing! Here’s the info:
2012 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom (third floor)
Proceeds from book sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read Orange County, and Literacy Volunteers—Huntington Valley.
No outside books are allowed in the event.
I’d love to see you there if you can make it!