Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday Stuff and Things

I've got a lot swirling in my head right now because I'm really excited to go home this weekend and nothing coherent is forming for a post so... I'll give you a peek inside my head.

I won't actually go to my HOME until after Christmas, but just being near my friends & family is enough. In addition to the trip itself, the following things keep distracting me from doing anything productive:

- When I arrive on Friday I will finally get to cuddle with my netbook. Squee! I've started taking notes for my new novel and I plan to work on the outline while traveling on Friday. During reading breaks, of course (Middlesex -- loving it).

- On Saturday I'm getting together with six of my writing friends for the very first time. If the conversations over the past couple days are any indication, I may never be the same.

- On Monday I'm taking the train from Chicago to Detroit and my plan is to start writing then. I'll have roughly five hours of uninterrupted ME time (assuming no one interesting sits near me) and the idea of writing on a train while traveling across three states in the snow sounds so magical. Yes, I realize something will likely derail (*snort*) this plan, but I can dream.

- Sometime next week my grandmother will be released home (or into the wild, as I've been joking) and I get her all to myself.

And that's just five minutes worth of swirling. Aside from the general holiday hoopla, do you have anything exciting that you're looking forward to?


Janna Qualman said...

It all sounds so great! I hope it's an awesome trip for you.

Lisa and Laura said...

I'm not sure what I'm more jealous about...the train ride or the writer meet up? Enjoy!

ab said...

'You may never be the same'.... *giggles* ;)

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Janna!

Hi Lisa & Laura! I've seen you around but never on my blog. Thanks for stopping by. I'm very excited about the train ride. The last time I took one I was surprised at how roomy it was, so I hope this one is the same.

AB, I'm looking at YOU.

Adam said...

*Glances around inside Mel's head.*

Ooh, what happens if I...

*poke* *poke* *poke* *poke*


JLC said...

Looks like you have a very exciting month this month! Hope your travels are safe, and you have a wonderful time.

LurkerMonkey said...


Sounds cool! I'm just catching up now on blog reading and read your first-page from the last post. It's very strong! As a dad, this is a scenario I've worried about many times; I can't tell you how many nights I've gotten up and walked through my house, checking on the kids and making sure everything is secure after hearing some strange noise. It's every parent's nightmare.

ElanaJ said...

Sounds like a great trip! My birthday is this Friday and I've taken the day off for general shenanigans. It should be a blast!

Robin said...

That all sounds just wonderful! I know you're going to have an awesome time. I like the image of you cuddling with the computer notebook.

Nadine said...

Sounds like a very exciting week!!

I'm very excited to hear about Saturday!! And I love the idea of writing on a train as it travels through the snow. Love it!!

Erica said...

Oh 5 whole hours- that does sound glorious :o)

Enjoy your Grandma time, and meeting your writer peeps!!

Have a wonderful time!

Melanie Avila said...

Adam, just when I think the pokes have died down... :P

Thanks JLC! I wish I could hit the west coast.

Thanks Lurker. No prompt this month?

Happy early birthday Elana! I always loved getting my birthday off from work. Enjoy the long weekend.

Robin, I may even take a picture of me cuddling with the netbook. ;)

Nadine, with my luck it won't actually snow and will be super sunny, but I can dream.

Thanks Erica!