Things are really heating up, Gentle Reader, between my various practice trips, the List, and on and on and on – I thought I’d bring you up to speed. Bear with me.
After the new year, I had lots of things planned over the next few months: a train trip to Portland,then I’d watch my mother’s dog for a week while she was in New Orleans – then a flight to Anchorage; my mother’s hip surgery. Amongst this chaos, I was still to be crossing things off of the List left and right, as well as packing all my worldly possessions up to go into storage, in preparation for Europe.
Well. Those events didn’t seem real, until they started coming to pass. Especially as packing things up kept getting put off in favor of things like “Driving Maman to the hospital” and “Having a panic attack because I haven’t driven in two and a half years”.
Things started piling up. Maman’s recovery, while going mostly smoothly, still needs babysitting – after all, she wasn’t walking at all, a week ago. I’ve had to prioritize, putting off valuable contacts and possible patrons, as well as neglect my friends. So it goes.
I’ll be able to make a more solid plan tomorrow, after the surgeon removes the staples from her thigh and gives her the old once-over, to see how she’s recovering. After that, I should be able to make concrete plans. And I will need to make concrete plans.
Remember that list? There are a number of items that I can only reasonably accomplish while I’m in the States, and I finally have a departure date:
This means that if you live in the Seattle-Tacoma area, and you want to see me, your time is very limited. There will be two separate going away parties, at least; the main one is (tentatively) scheduled for Sunday, March 23rd, at the Mix. Of course it’s at the Mix – where else would it be? The other one is being put together by my mother and I know nothing about it.
So! If you have travel tips, tricks, or techniques – please let me know. Ways of making income on the road? Resources for backpackers? Travel hacks? Things you’ve mentioned before and in all likelihood I’ve forgotten? Please share them with me.
If you haven’t yet bought a copy of my book, Patchwork Narrative? Now would be an excellent time to do so.
If you want to buy stuff that I own? Everything must go – even stuff not listed on the “For Sale” page.If you’ve always lusted after a hat, or a sword, or a shirt of mine – send me a message, or drop me a line.
Cheers, my friends. Wednesday’s post should have plenty of substance, don’t worry.