Hiatus time, oh god! November 5th through December 21st, 2009.
The thing is, I am moving out to sea. Not The Cruise, but certainly a cruise. I've been granted a position on the Lady Washington, Official Tall Ship of Washington State, there to be a seagoing bookkeeper and wrangler of tourists. I get to wear a great costume, learn sea shanties, scramble around in real rope rigging, and once and for all eradicate any fear of heights. I also will be learning tons of stuff for The Cruise, like navigating by sextant and splicing rope and handling a ship (though the LW is many orders of magnitude larger than any boat I will ever own) in open waters. Good practice, good experience, good opportunity all around.
Downside! This is a period sailing vessel. Her rigging is tarred manila rope, her sails are canvas, her hull is wood, and the only thing wireless aboard her is... everything. You think they used wires in 1730? No internet. While we're on the Columbia, I maaaay have coverage on my aging uberphone, which means I'll have AIM for my downtime. Keeping my fingers crossed here. Otherwise... Ya'll will hear from me sporadically. The ship's schedule is here
, if anyone wonders just where I am.
The best way to get in touch with me is my phone's email addy, which is ockette AT tmail .com and you all know how email works. AIM is the same as it's always been.
I'm also doing NaNoWriMo. 6500 words and counting. I hope to reach 12000 before I reach the boat, which will be very close to the farthest I've ever gotten on NaNo. You NaNoers can find me on that website as TheHats, where I'll be updating whenever I can make it ashore to a hotspot.
Anyway, I'm going to have an awesome time. I'll miss the interwebs, but you know I'll be back.
Clair has figured out that the werecurse ended with Halloween, through she still has dead samples of the werepathogen in her blood. So she's come home. They will keep her busy for some time, as she tries to figure out if they can be used as a vector-virus to carry her drugs. She will share her findings with Otto, of course, and Eiko. And to a lesser extent with Doctor Grey.
Clair[fused] will be staying at home, having finally convinced her Norman to take a break from the corporate-political world. They're doing fine, and her shoulder is healing nicely.
Some, having gotten himself exorcised from the ghost world, is staying home to get over that particular trauma, and is fully occupied in cleaning up after Halloween, taking his sons to school, eying Nyoka's magical experiments nervously, the last of the harvest with Jon, and conducting a fuller exploration of the world on which he lives. Maybe he'll find fire lizards.
Doctor Cockroach is... I'm very sorry, Eek, I've dropped the ball. He's going to have to go back to Bikini or something for the time being.
Narrows pups over here
I think that's it. Any questions, email at the above addy will get to me faster than commenting here. I'll post about the trip and nano and everything when I can, and we'll see how it goes.