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June 27, 2009

And I’ll be on vacation! It is my “if I have to be a hockey mom, I’m going to a writers conference” trip. I scheduled it long ago — in January — in the middle of pee wee hockey season, in the midst of my mom’s illness. I needed to get away more than anything. I still do.

Summer’s not the best time of year for me. I think that puts me in the minority. It’s not just that the boys are home from school and driving me bananas (but they are home from school and driving me bananas). I struggle with moods June, July and August, it seems. And I hate the heat. So it’s a good time for me to get away.

I’m going to Portland, Oregon, for a week and attending the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop. I’m not going all-out and participating in the manuscript workshops. I don’t want to work that hard. I’ll be attending panels and lectures, but otherwise, I’ll be on vacation. Reading. Writing (excellent timing, too, coming off a spring heavy with manuscript editing). Exploring. Running. I like to run in new places. One of the highlights will be that I’ll get to meet my good pals Deb (stoneymoss) and Dale (mole). Deb may even have a drink with me.

Of course, now is the time for all the pre-travel, pre-conference, pre-IRL meeting nerves. I’ve never been to the West Coast. My longest plane ride before this has been Albany to Orlando, which is less than three hours. The cross-country leg of the flights for this trip are something like seven hours. (Can I sit on a plane that long? I get antsy at the 2-hour mark. What’ll I be like in hour 6?)

And what about staying on-campus with all those writers? Presumably, they’ll be nice enough, but what if they realize I’m not one of them? An imposter? And what about meeting friends you’ve only known online? I don’t think I translate well from the internet to real-life. The red hair and the bold-ish writing voice give people an impression of confidence I don’t necessarily have. (Jill assures me I come across in real-life better than I think, but she’s a very generous soul.)

So, there are lots of nerves and much anticipation, but it’s going to be a wonderful trip! I just have to survive next week with the boys home with me all day (why do they call it “quality time”?) and the week after that getting them started at summer camp. Yay!

  1. June 27, 2009 5:16 pm

    Yay!!! How exciting. If any of those writers get uppity let them know that you have an inside track with the natives, who are hulking scandinavian logger types — inarticulate, maybe, but intensely protective of their friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Not Deb, of course. She’s neither hulking nor (to my knowledge) scandinavian :->)

  2. June 27, 2009 11:21 pm

    Well, actually, I do hulk a bit, but in a warm & friendly way. Oh, wait. I sulk. Not hulk. I do have some bulk, that lends some counter-weight to my flightiness though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And am Germanic & Irish by heritage, which means I am an excellent drinking partner, and we will have some of that! I can hardly wait to hang with my friend.

    I am also hoping that we have incredible weather for you — and would love to take you to see a waterfall or two, perhaps we three could make a hike-date for something?

  3. June 28, 2009 4:05 am

    You’ll have a blast. I was so nervous before my Arvon course last year but it was without a doubt one of the best weeks of my life. I’m green with envy, especially at you getting to hang out with Dale and Deb. NO FAIR!!!

  4. June 28, 2009 5:49 pm

    dale — i don’t think anyone would describe you as inarticulate. ๐Ÿ™‚

    deb — german and irish, huh? i may have met my match. and i would like to see some nature-type stuff while i’m there. you’ll have to talk to me about clothes/shoes required for hikes in your neck of the woods. at the moment, i’m only planning on regular clothes with flip flops and running clothes with my big stinking sneakers.

    jo — maybe i’ll have to wrangle some bloggers into dropping by to see you across the pond. i’m thinking i should get a passport and i need an excuse!

  5. June 28, 2009 7:24 pm

    (assuming, of course, i don’t freak out on the plane to portland and get banned from flying)

  6. June 29, 2009 7:37 pm

    Oh — enjoy it!

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