I'll be headed home tomorrow, I've been gone about ten days...
...feels like the start of a song I'm too tired to write.
It's been a good trip though, despite a general shortness of sleep.
I went to Minneapolis for a few days, where I got the chance to see skzbrust, his kids mplscorwin, alierajean, cari_rose, and Toni, and a few other friends such as Lorraine Garland, chirosinger, musicmutt, and minnehaha K and B. I saw those folks mainly at the Minnesota Ren Fair (which many just refer to as the Ren Fest), where I hung out for the weekend. Soaked in lots of music and was pleased to see Bedlam and Folk underground as well as the pirate crew Becca and Graham were with. The captain has a lovely singing voice, and I told him so.
I got to watch Steve's bellydancing troupe perform three times a day at Feast, picking up lots of new dancing ideas. I danced at the drum jam and learned why Lorraine doesn't wear leather corsets to perform in for fear of being too hot -whew! leather is warm! Many thanks to Liz Cooper for the loan of garb, and to Mark and Guin Lazarchic (sp?) for hosting me while I was there.
Later in the week I was pleased to have time to see fredcritter for a couple meals together, and to have dinner with Steve and his PA and pameladean, dd_b and lydy. Tuesday night we caught the Tim Malloys at Half Time Rec -- stayed up way too late and had a great time doing it. It was extra fun having Big Johnny and Adam Stemple join us at our table between sets. I picked up a CD and also the book Adam and his mum wrote together, Pay the Piper. (I've read it now, too. It's good! Big surprise - not. Adam's mum being Jane Yolen and all...)
Thursday I switched to Chicago, just in time to hang out at Neil Gaiman's reading and signing at North Central college and be nearly superflous most of the time - and then run and get him tea at Barnes and Noble right before they closed - and then go back to being superflous. There were plenty of Anderson's bookstore staffers and an official minder hired by Neil's publisher to handle most of the people wrangling and the book prepping, but it was fun to hang out with some other die-hard Gaiman fans whom I've been getting to know, and I must thank Jon Manzo and Tara (whose last name I don't know) for car and navigation assistance with the whole tea-getting. It might not have been great tea, but it kept Neil awake long enough to finish his signing. Weird is the college campus that comes without a resident source of 24-hour caffiene. I'm just saying, is all.
And it was nice to get a copy of Anansi Boys and be able to confirm, just for the egoboo of it, that yes, I am listed in the acknowledgements section. I helped Beta read that book and I was very pleased to do it, partly because Neil's a sweety and it's a really good book and also because it got noticably better in the whole re-write process and it's fun to have been a part of that.
I have been missing Bill a lot, and not just because I feel guilty for not being around to take care of him. (Those of you who read murphyw's journal know that having his wisdom teeth out resulting in lingering pain... I couldn't really have stopped that, but anyway I'm looking forward to seeing him.)
And I'm also looking forward to the next time I get to see Steve and Fred and Becca and Graham and all the rest, which for many of them may be ConFusion. I hope that there we might be able to put together a real music party. We'll have to see.
While I was gone I was recruited to put together a real web page for ConFusion, so I guess I am once again on a con committee. I enjoyed my vacation while it lasted, as I enjoyed this trip away from home. But I'll be happy to get back into that and all of my home activities once more.