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It appears that Twittinesis has gone the way of the dodo--can't get a view of the website and it's not copying my tweets to LJ anymore.  Sigh.  Something that actually worked the way it was supposed to...now doesn't.

Anyway--I'm back from Balticon, where I had a great time, not only at the convention itself but on the train trip there and back.   The scenery from the train, from Pittsburgh (dawn) through the mountains into Maryland and then D.C. was stunning.   Down as far as Harper's Ferry, it was newsworthy gorgeous along one river and creek after another.  The convention produced several delightful surprises--the Needleworkers' Tea, for instance, with really good tea and cakes (and cucumber sandwiches, all beautifully served) and a lot of us knitting, crocheting, spinning and chatting--and a chance to re-connect with Yoji Kondo's daughter Beatrice, who took me to lunch at Baltimore's Best Ribs (The Corner Stable, IIRC)....and they WERE the best ribs, maybe of my life.   Also met up with Mel Tatum and Chris Merle, whom I hadn't seen since their move to Arizona from Oklahoma.  Mel has become an accomplished songwriter and filker and I got to hear her perform several pieces....including one she wrote about Paksenarrion (I almost cried, but didn't.)   And I had a brief hi-goodbye with Ann Crispin, who was (among other things) launching the new Pirates of the Caribbean novelization, and a slightly longer chat with Michael Capobianco.   My agent took me to dinner and we got drenched in a thunderstorm during what was supposed to be a quiet stroll back to the hotel (it was an adventure!); we also had breakfast one morning with his other clients Jon Sprunk and Myke Cole, during which Myke determinedly lectured Jon and me on the values of social networking.  

When the convention was over, I got back on the train(s) and had another chance at the scenery from the other direction (it was dark, though, before we reached Pittsburgh) and saw a different view of Illinois since our southbound train was routed east of its normal route.  More farmland and fewer towns.   Even (to my delight) draft horses in harness, working (a hitch of four Belgians abreast pulling a hay wagon.)   And draft mares with foals!   And a boy sitting on a fence post eagerly waving at the train.  

On the trip I made progress on the book in hand, as well as two knitting projects.  Unfortunately, an accident resulted in a loss of stitches on the large project--and the train was too bouncy to fix them there (I didn't have great light, either.)  So that will have to be done later.   But both are much larger than they were when I left.

Got home yesterday and today made it out to the new rain barn under construction.  The flush of wildflowers from the rains just before I left is already past prime and the land's turning brown again, except in the deep soil along the south fence, where there are lush stands of vine mesquite and Bermuda grass and abundant forbs still blooming.  In that knee-high area, bees, wasps, and butterflies tend to the flowers, and a great crested flycatcher was attending to anything it could grab on its repeated flights back and forth to this area. 

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[User Picture]From: gifted
2011-06-04 08:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I would've loved to attend the Needleworkers' Tea! Always enjoy a good, scenic train ride too.

I mostly wanted to say I'm a few chapters in, and loving your new novel. :D
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you're enjoying it.
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[User Picture]From: catsittingstill
2011-06-04 12:17 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 12:57 pm (UTC)
I did indeed have a great weekend. Unfortunately, due to family health issues, and the determination of Mac-horse to be the center of attention the day before I left, I arrived very tired and missed out on some of the opportunities the weekend offered because I had to hit the sack early (a particular disappointment on Saturday--but the 10-12 hours of sleep that night did wonders.) Still--loved the chance to see old friends and meet new ones.
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[User Picture]From: alicebentley
2011-06-04 12:52 pm (UTC)
I see from your website (and their Guest list) that you're going to be at A-Kon next week. I hope to be able to say thank you in person for all the fabulous stories you've created.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 01:00 pm (UTC)
For a time that convention was looking dicey for the same reasons that Balticon was (serious illness in the family) but since surgery can't be scheduled until after that weekend, barring another "episode" I should be there. Will of course post at once if family member has another trip to the hospital.
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[User Picture]From: coalboy
2011-06-04 04:47 pm (UTC)
I suspect that your view of draft horses in Illinois was near Arcola - there is an Amish population close by.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 05:06 pm (UTC)
It was clear from the clothing that many of the farms we passed were Amish--though I didn't expect them in Illinois (my ignorance: I think of them as in Pennsylvania.) Certainly the woman and two little girls working in a garden (and then waving at us) were Amish by their dress, and the boy on the fence post and the farmer with the team.
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2011-06-04 07:09 pm (UTC)
There are a lot in northern Indiana also. I bought my new set of dining-table chairs from a furniture dealer near Renssalaer who sells for a LOT of Amish furniture-crafters in that region.
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[User Picture]From: coalboy
2011-06-05 05:40 pm (UTC)
There's a big Amish population near Eau Claire, WI as well, and another in Iowa. A small one here near Shelby, MI, and Mennonites.
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[User Picture]From: gunhilda
2011-06-04 05:21 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great trip. Chris is an old friend of mine from OSFW.
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From: zackthedog
2011-06-04 06:24 pm (UTC)

your trip

Glad to hear some details - checked email yet?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 07:57 pm (UTC)

Re: your trip

Yup. Just did. On the way to you.
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[User Picture]From: crustycurmudgeo
2011-06-04 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Twittinesis - LJ has a built in extension that does the same thing:

To start it going, log into your twitter account then goto -
http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=extensions

and check the "Publish my public tweets to my journal" box. It'll cause a connection back to twitter where you can authorize LJ to access to your tweets and enter them on your LJ.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 07:55 pm (UTC)
The neat thing about Twittinesis was that I could have it send only the "general" tweets, not the "replies to someone else" tweets (which are generally incomprehensible to people who aren't following me on Twitter.)

Thanks for the heads-up on this. I'm not sure I'll do it (right now, particularly, when I'm up to the tips of my ears in Stuff) but it's something I need to know, for sure.
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[User Picture]From: kirylyn
2011-06-05 09:20 pm (UTC)
THIS I did not know.

I have set my profile settings!
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2011-06-04 07:11 pm (UTC)

draft horses

Have you ever heard Michael Longcor's song "Tribes of the Draft"?

the chorus goes:
We are the tribes of the working draft,
Farm and freighter and mine.
Perch and Belgian and Clyde and Punch
Pull for the honor of our kind.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-04 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re: draft horses

No, I haven't. I love drafters, though. When I was younger and stronger and full of ideas, I wanted to have a hitch of black Percherons. Now I'm glad I don't have to muck out or feed a hitch of drafters (looking at our little grass.)
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[User Picture]From: msminlr
2011-06-04 09:25 pm (UTC)

Re: draft horses

If I can ever get myself to stop tearing-up with sentimentality over that song, I'll sing it for you at some Texas convention sometime. It's one of my favorites of his.
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[User Picture]From: rwglaub
2011-06-06 11:42 pm (UTC)
Twas a please to talk to you there...
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-06-07 12:54 am (UTC)
Yes, it was fun, wasn't it? I was glad to see you.
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