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The Vessel of Ra by Catherine Schaff-Stump

The Vessel of Ra

by Catherine Schaff-Stump

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The Writing Excuses Cruise 2017

Besides Disneyland, the other significant trip of the summer for me was the Writing Excuses Cruise 2017. I want to say right away how very good and inspirational this trip was. With the exception of my wonderful husband, this trip had every other aspect of a trip I could want. Writing workshop? Yes. Writing time? Yes. Great advice customized to where I am currently in my career? Absolutely. Fantastic sight seeing in wonderful cities? Oh yeah. Neat people to meet? Yup. And costuming? Yes, even costuming. All of this was wrapped up in the bow of my college investing in me for professional development. Honestly, I was on a karmic plain.

If you want to hear what I thought, why, Chris Cornell and I break it down for you in a podcast at Unreliable Narrators.

I will be posting some beautiful photo galleries of the four cities we visited here as soon as I can.

If you have the opportunity to do this, you should. It’s inspiring, the instructors were approachable, and you will learn a lot. And it’s on a ship. More conferences should be on ships.

Summer Adventures with Mickey

As you might have guessed, things are a little busy here at the Tamago because we have a book release in THREE WEEKS!!! I could cue some hyperventilation, or I could just get on with some blog posts catching you up with my zany adventures in various places this summer.

So. Bryon and I did this entire adventure with the Mouse (TM) in Anaheim, starting with D23 and ending with Disney’s California Adventure. We ensconced ourselves at our favorite Anaheim hotel The Candy Cane Inn and got down to some serious Disney.

D23 reminded me of many years of costuming and comic cons. There were some cool things there, such as I bought some of the Besame Snow White vintage make-up collection, and Bryon met Olszewski, maker of fine miniatures. As you can see from a couple of the pictures herein, there were some wonderful costuming moments as well. Yes, I did break out the Mary Poppins suit. No, I certainly was not the only Mary Poppins there, as the charming Mary Poppins with me attests to. 😀

I was also lucky enough to meet very skilled costumers Chelsea Robinson, Daniel Robinson, and Katie McKenna, who I am happy to follow on Facebook now, and are reminding me of those many happy days of costuming in Bryon and my past.

After D23, Bryon and I visited Disneyland and California Adventure. Both days were seriously busy. We had a good time seeing old favorites, and experiencing California Adventure, which was brand new for us, since we hadn’t been to Disneyland since 1998. One of the interesting features now is that California Adventure has a heavy Marvel component, which makes sense now, but it still tickles me that Captain America and friends now hang out with Mickey.

All in all, a good vacation. Bryon and I enjoyed some quality time together, we had some flashbacks to our past, and we saw something new. The travelogue will continue as I break down the Writing Excuses Cruise 2017, which you can hear some about over at Unreliable Narrators.