I am on vacation.
Bouchercon, of course, is in New Orleans this week, so I am checking into the Marriott on Canal Street (it's just easier to stay there than commute) and getting to see lots of my friends all one place for a week! I am teaching on Wednesday at the Sisters in Crime workshop; going to the guest of honors dinner (I am not a guest of honor, but was graciously invited to the dinner in the Rex Room at Antoine's), and then am doing the library fundraiser at the Ladder Library that evening. Busy day. I don't have anything else to do besides my panel on Friday morning with Laura Lippman, Alex Marwood, Lou Berney, and Alison Gaylin (how much do I love MY life?), and the anthology signing on Saturday afternoon. I also am attending the Sisters in Crime breakfast Saturday morning. I have lots of lunch plans and dinner plans and coffee plans and drinks plans. I am going to be one tired Gregalicious who comes home on Sunday. But I also took next Monday off, so I can have a day to readjust back to normality of a sort.
I am currently rereading Barbara Michaels' (aka Elizabeth Peters) Prince of Darkness, in addition to The Tigress of Flori and Gore Vidal's Empire. I need to get to work on some short stories--there was a submissions call for a superhero anthology I wanted to write for; but it's due on the 15th and I don't even have an idea for a story, so that's probably out; but I do have a couple of noir stories to write, I still need to finish "The Weeping Nun," and of course I have to get back to work on the book.
This morning I am working on my workshop for tomorrow's Writing Diverse Characters event; I wasn't really sure how to get started when something magically dropped into my lap this morning. My talk is now titled "Vampires and Hobbits and Homos, Oh My!"
I have some errands to do, some house cleaning as well, and then I am heading over to the hotel. I may walk down to the outlet mall for shopping; I think I am going to buy a new outfit for this dinner at Antoine's tomorrow.
And now, back to the spice mines.
Here's today's hunk: