Five Months Later….
My grad school semester for Spring burnt me out. Every weekend, it was more papers! And as soon as that ended, the season of travel started for me! So what have I been doing these last 5 months?
First I wrote a paper on werewolves. More like a paper claiming that the two werewolf characters in two separate medieval stories are not in fact werewolves. I read this fascinating book (Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity Through the Renaissance) about werewolves and part of me wished I had written in. I have a feeling this werewolf thing won’t be something I just toss aside. Oh, and I wrote a paper for my Critical Theory class too. Not as interesting though.
Right at the very end of the Spring semester came BEA. I was there to help out on the exhibit floor. A bunch of us were there in shifts so it still gave me a chance to walk around and see what was going on during those few days. Plus, I got to meet Hercules himself:
Let’s just say my inner 6th grade-self came out in these few moments that I met him. He is just as handsome as he was all those years ago, and he is big! We could see him walking over all the way across the floor, he was so tall. I also participated in BookBloggerCon, and I was on a panel with other publishers. As I sat down and saw all those people in front of me, I thought, What the heck am I doing? I hate public speaking. I am the shyest person. People said I was fine but as I was sitting there and trying to talk some sense, my heart just kept pounding.
So after all that, it was time for a much-needed vacation. Since both Josh and I were burnt out, we decided to go to Mexico. We had been there four years ago so we did a lot of touristy stuff then. This time, we did nothing. Well, we did one thing:
That was the only thing I had wanted to do while we were in Mexico. It was only for a few hours but that’s all I needed. The rest of the time we spent on the beach reading. And eating. Seriously, that’s all we did. We’d get up at 7am, get breakfast, go to the beach and stay there until like 6 or 7, have dinner, and go to bed. It was tiring! We were in bed by 10 every night!
Oh, and naps. There were definitely lots of naps. I only read one book while we were, but it was a beast of a book: The Passage. I’m glad it was a galley (from last year) because it got really beat up from all the sand and water and sunblock. I actually broke the spine towards the end of the trip.
So, soon after Mexico, I get back to work and I was off to another place. This time, New Orleans for ALA. It was my first time there and I told Josh that I would love to go back again. It definitely had its charms. Except for Bourbon Street. Even in the daytime, it felt a little skeevy. Some locals did say, “There’s New Orleans, and then there’s Bourbon Street.” The city had great food though. We had the bread pudding doused in whiskey sauce at one place and you could really feel the whiskey. It made you tingle all the way down to your toes. And of course, we had to make a trip to Cafe du Monde, for their famous beignets:
And of course the music. There was always some music being played on the street:
I didn’t get to go to the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet this year so me and my two coworkers (who also didn’t go) went out for some food and rest. ALA was wonderful though. ALA always gets me re-energized about what I do every day at work.
So, after ALA it was off to San Diego:
This was an unexpected surprise for me this year. Back in May, I was asked if I would be willing and able to go to help out our graphic novel imprint and before they finished asking me the question I said YES! I was just happy to be there and see the sights and sounds of SDCC. But man, what a loooooong convention. So we get there on a Tuesday, set up our booth. Wednesday night is Preview Night from like 5pm to 9pm, and then it’s Thurs-Fri-Sat it’s 9am-7pm, and Sunday 9am-5pm. And fly back on Monday. I did get a chance to go to the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday before the convention started. I think I covered like 95% of it, all on my own. Later I thought, Why am I walking around on my feet all day when I will be on my feel every day for the next few days. But it was still worth it.
As for the convention, man there were so many people! Our hotel was right next to the convention center so every morning I saw the crowds going in one direction. I had never experienced crowds like that. And the lines! Everywhere I looked, there were lines for something! There were lines for tickets for next year’s convention and people were sleeping in the lines at night! Crazy! It didn’t help that our booth was underneath the air conditioning, cause it was freezing. I was in my hoodie every day and drinking hot tea and hot chocolate. My coworker had two or three hoodies on at once. Meanwhile, it was gorgeous outside.
I didn’t get to go to any of the panels but I did walk around a bunch of times, and managed to pick up some art and graphic novels. The night before our flight, I was sitting on my suitcase trying to close it. I can’t believe I fit everything into my carry on suitcase and my backpack. I can’t believe they didn’t have me check my luggage! I got to see some artists that I am a huge fan of and discovered some new artists/creators too. Now I just need to frame all the artwork I got. One day I’ll post all the comic art I have. I feel like Josh and I should open a mini comic art gallery or something in our apartment at this rate.
And thus ended my travels for the summer. I had thought about visiting my friends in Portland/Seattle, or going somewhere else but then I realized I needed to be home. I was tired of traveling and just wanted to enjoy being home before I went back to class.
I have to say, I had all these great plans to read a lot of books for pleasure this summer but it didn’t seem to work out that way with all the traveling. Plus, I found myself in a reading funk where nothing was appealing to me for at least a week.
I have missed posting here though. I’ve been to some author events too that I wanted to share with you, and share some other book-goodies! It’s just at the end of the day, I didn’t want to look at a computer anymore. This summer at work was unusually busy. I kept thinking I could never get ahead of myself with all that had to be done. So I hope to post more regularly and not be m.i.a. for five months! Yay Goodreads though! Helps me see what everyone else is reading
So, that was my summer in a nutshell basically! How was yours?