Writing is actually going pretty well. Not great…my daily word counts are laughable…but Jacob and The Blue Girl keep pulling me along.

Jacob is an escaped slave who ends up helping the woman who helped him escape. She’s a strange woman, a stately, quiet creature who doesn’t really belong to our world, and she won’t tell me her name, so I end up calling her the Blue Girl. She gets her name from the peacock blue dress that people often see her wear. She doesn’t talk much, she mostly stares at Jacob. I’m a big dialogue person, so I find her a bit frustrating sometimes.

Jacob is interesting because I’m trying to see inside the head of someone who is not my gender and not my race; outside of the fact that humans are humans and we all have the same basic needs and wants, I want to make sure I’m doing the voice right, that I’m both believable and not insulting. So far, I think he’s OK. He’s slowly becoming a favorite of mine, at first I thought he was really quiet, but he has a dry sense of humor that serves him well. Thank goodness one of them speaks!
I’m also sewing like crazy…only a few days before vacation, and I need to unload my storage tubs of cloth so that I can use the tubs for food, garb, etc. I need to go to Wal Mart and pick up some food – canned stuff I can cook easily over a fire, dried fruits and nuts, something for the potluck dinner – and maybe a tee shirt that’s supposed to wick the sweat away from the body. I’m also trying to decide if I should buy a bottle or two of something alcoholic to give to camps that have been particularly nice to me. I plan on drinking very little — a couple of my fencing friends think the world needs drunken Gabby stories, and I most certainly think that we do not, but I also want to be a good guest. So it’s a bit of a conundrum…does anyone have any etiquette suggestions?

For those of you who might look for me at Pennsic, I plan to be on site starting August 1st.

And as for the Great Summer Project…I think I may be able to put up drywall Saturday, though part of me really wants to put it off until after Pennsic. Another day to sew and get ready wouldn’t be bad…

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