Well that was fun! I'm back from TNNA. (It's the big industry trade show. Yarn companies, tool & notion makers, and publishers go there to show off what they do, and yarn stores go there to see what they might like to carry in their shops.) It was a blast. I finally feel like I'm getting the hang of this (it apparently took me until my fourth show to feel comfortable at it, but I got there, so I'm calling it a win). I did a few book signings, caught up with lots of lovely people I only get to [...]
I am typing this from my hotel room in Indianapolis. I'm using 'update the blog' as a fairly shameless excuse to delay leaving my quiet, private hotel room and start walking the noisy, bustling show floor at TNNA. I know I'll have a great time once I actually convince myself to go, but that convincing is taking an extra minute or two this morning. But, the show floor is where the yarn is, and my whole goal in being here is to find yarn for the next book (plus, you know, see all the lovely folks I only see at [...]
I'm back from TNNA and suffering from that odd mixture of exhaustion and exhilaration that comes from long hours spent in the company of others who do this funny thing I do. I both want to take a very long nap, and want to start in on all the new projects that came to mind while I was there. I think what I'll likely do instead is the super exciting stuff like laundry and grocery shopping. I'll try to share bits and pieces of what happened while I was there over the next few weeks. But for now, I have [...]
If all has gone according to plan (and if you're reading this on Saturday or Sunday), I'm currently hanging out at the Visionary Author booth at TNNA (we're in 114, 116, & 118 so come say hi if you're there). In order for that to happen, all of these things (plus, you know, a small suitcase full of clothes...oh, and two chairs) will have somehow made it from my living room, into my car, down to Columbus, back out of my car, and into the booth. I'm very much hoping that by the time you read this, that has all [...]
Out the Door
I'm out the door bright and early this morning and on my way to TNNA. This afternoon is booth set up, this evening is stiff drinks and catching up with friends. I'm looking forward to it. Levon, on the other hand, does not seem to approve. He thinks I just got home and have no business heading out again so soon. I'm not totally sure he's wrong... Hah, AS I was typing the above, Barry and Douglas came to join the party. Why have one kitten when you can have three! Note, this kitten configuration is unstable and did not [...]
We Interrupt Your Scheduled Programming
I'm home safe, and I owe you lots more San Francisco posts. But today is dedicated to TNNA prep (why yes, yes I do leave for that on Friday...and yes, yes indeed that is quite soon after returning from the previous trip...and now that you mention it, that is making me just the smallest bit crazy). But, sensing that I was in danger of not posting here often enough during this transition, Kitten Overlord Douglas helped ensure that there were adorable hi-jinx to report. He did this by climbing in to the sample box, nestling riiiiiiiight on in, closing [...]
So, as promised, a recap of TNNA. It will, alas, have to be a bit brief. I seem to have managed to pick up some sort of cold bug while there and am trying to take it easy today in the hopes of fending it off quickly. So, first, what the heck is TNNA? It stands for The National Needlearts Association. They hold several tradeshows every year. The summer one happens in Columbus, Ohio, and it focuses on yarn and knitting. It's not a fiber festival like Rheinbeck or Maryland Sheep and Wool. It's only open to folks in the [...]
So I'm off at TNNA. I'm writing this ahead of time, but with any luck at all by the time you're reading this, the booth set up is done, it went smoothly, and I'm relaxing in a comfy chair and consuming some sort of refreshing beverage right now. Now the reality likely has more swearing, an emergency trip to target or home depot, and at least one broken nail. I'll report back later and let you know. One of the things I'm looking forward to doing while I'm here is meeting people I've only worked with online. One of these [...]
Dear Human, After careful consideration, it has been decided that your proposed trip will not be allowed. In your application, you failed to note how this trip would result in increased kitten happiness. You also failed to provide a detailed list of the steps you planned to take to ensure we continued to receive our daily allotment of chin scratches, belly rubs, and ear kisses. You didn't even outline the bribes you would procure to garner our favor upon your return. This inattention to detail is disappointing, and no future travel plans will be approved if you do not take [...]
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