Yes, in fact, it *is* the New York Renaissance Faire in particular that I am done with; I will occasionally go to other shows, sometimes even in garb, but it is highly unlikely that I will go to NYRF anymore.


This has to do with my own tolerance levels of other people, my lack of interest in donning garb in 90 degree heat, and my general disinterest in spending time and money up there. For a while, the people I liked at NYRF were far outnumbered by the people I didn't, so that was an additional issue. But for the most part, I am just tired of NYRF. That's all. And frankly, I can socialize with damn near everyone on my friends list for less money and with (for me) a lot more fun than I can at NYRF.

So it's not *you*; it's NYRF itself. OK? Enough already, please.

Now back to our regularly scheduled sick time.


Sep. 13th, 2004 04:58 pm
very tired, very achy, head feels heavy, as do limbs. very very very tired.

Defiintely not Queen yet. the fact that, thus far, I have showed up in no one's high school meme.

How very telling.
So Happiest of Birthdays to KilKainnan and Chilly. Much love to you both.

Off to run errands and do more work.
There is hope for a mutually agreeable union of feet and fashion...
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Please email me at dawn at wordsbydawn dot com

Thanks :)

Why not...

Sep. 3rd, 2004 10:58 am
1. What are you looking forward to this fall?
2. What do you regret in the past year?
3. Who was your favorite teacher?
4. What was your favorite subject?
5. I've handed you $500 that you must spend new clothing for the fall. Tell us how you'd spend it.

And another...

1. What is your favorite summer activity?
2. What was one great thing you did this summer?
3. When you were a child, what was your favorite summer activity?
4. What has been your favorite summer vacation?
5. Summer goes well into September, but when do you feel like it is over?

Also, I will add five of my own, for your answering pleasure:

1. What was the first thing you can remember wanting to do to alter your own appearance? How old were you?
2. What song do you currently like but hate to admit that you like it?
3. Dance with me -- what music is playing?
4. What kind of sweet did you love as a child that you now can't stand as an adult?
5. Halloween is coming. Trick or treat?

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...but I will post about it anyway.

The second book of the Abarat trilogy by Clive Barker (not horror, for my squeamish friends, but a children's trilogy) is due out September 21, 2001:

And for nuts like me, sighcovetdrool:

Also, book the eleventh in a Series of Unfortunate Events, The Grim Grotto, will be released the same day:

Needless to say, I have pre-ordered both books, though not the limited edition, slipcased Abarats. More's the pity.
for no one in particular, just putting it out there as a way to better educate the universe.

If one is attempting to start or run a business from home, one should not screen one's calls. Doing so will make one's potential clients wonder who, or what, one is hiding from. Get a dedicated line, become more adept with caller ID, or simply START ANSWERING THE FUCKING PHONE during business hours.

That is all.


Sep. 1st, 2004 10:29 am
I have to review a very lovely seafood restaurant tonight. The problem is I need a dining companion. AND NO ONE CAN GO!!!

I can't find a single person who lives near me who can go to a free meal tonight.

I'll be heading to their outlet later this week -- anyone need anything?
I've just finished an article on spa parties and, hence, I am considering having one. Several wonderful spas in my area (Central/Western NJ) can do it for a girls night out (including my new favorite,, including food and BYOB. The average cost is a little high -- generally in the $150/person neighborhood, depending on what you want done -- but I wanted to ask who might be interested. We could plan in advance so there is time to save the money.

Would any of you be interested?
And the interview game continues as well -- if I missed your questions or if I forgot to ask you questions, let me know.

In the meantime, here's something new to occupy our attention -- put your answers in my comments :)

o Name:
o Age:
o Where on earth do you live:
o Reason behind your LJ username:
o Five things you want to do/accomplish before you die:
o Favorite beverage:
o What have you been listening to lately?
o What would you like to see more of in my LJ?
o Interesting fact about you:
o Are you in love at the moment:
o Favorite destination:
o Favorite quote from a movie:
o Favorite quote from a real person:
o Favorite comedian:
o Favorite television show:

o A movie that's never been in the top 10 of any box office:
o A book that you've re-read until it's about to fall apart:
o A musical artist, song, or album:
o Your favorite LJ user (not on my list already):
1. MDRF was lovely. Being not in garb was also lovely. Pools at hotels are super lovely.
2. Seeing my friends' shows is always lots of fun.
3. Birthday edinners are grand, though I wish we would have been able to spend at least a little more time with Celly and Gareth.
4. My stomach pisses me off.
5. Cheese is my friend.
6. We might actually go back to MDRF again, perhaps in garb.

And before anyone asks, while I did have a lovely time, this did not reawaken my interest in faire.

Another important caveat to my faire friends -- Acting SUPER-shcoked and surprised if I say I am going to a festival or wearing garb is NOT likely to make me want to do either of them ever again. Just let it go, please. For clarification, if this helps, I am mostly just *done* with NYRF as far as garb and regular attendance goes; I may still randomly decide to hit a faire, in garb, here and there. So please -- the "oh my god YOU'RE wearing GARB" comments can stop.

Love to everyone :)
1.) How would you say you've changed since you and I met all those glorious years gone by?
More wrinkles. ;) More of an idea of what I want from my life too, which is probably a root cause of some of those wrinkles! I know I am older; I hope I am wiser.

2.) What names would you like to name any future children?
Joseph Steven or Margaret Susan. And the first person to call her "Peggy Sue" or sing/hum/refer to the damn song dies. Painfully.

3.) If you could keep one thing from your childhood that you no longer have, what would it be and why?
My grandmothers. If they don't count, then the house I grew up in. If that's too big, then my dollhouse. Or my Fisher Price toys. It's a toss-up there.

4.) Cake or Ice Cream?
Ice cream cake!

5.) Cake or Death?
Cake. But only with whipped cream frosting.
1. How has the faire experience changed for you through the years?
It's me considerably less tolerant of bullshit and drama, for one thing. One of the reasons I don't go much anymore is that it all became too much -- too much hearsay and rolled eyes and adolescent madness.
On a positive side, I think it also made me more tolerant of lifestyles I previously had no knowledge about, including BDSM and polyamory. While neither is my thing, personally, I know more about the choices and the people involved, and I think that is a good thing.

2. What has been your favorite job so far?
The one I have now -- writing and editing but doing it as part of my own business.

3. Why do you like to write?
Fluff -- I love fluff. Travel fluff, food fluff, trends fluff. Fun things that I like to share with people.

4. How did you pick your snake's name?
He is named after Edgar Allan Poe.

5. What is your very favorite book?
I'd have to say it's The Lord of the Rings. I've read the trilogy annually since I was 8 years old.


Aug. 26th, 2004 10:00 am
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1. I know that you knew David long before you two got together. When did you know David was "the one?"
I think I always knew, but his age freaked me out too much to really admit it -- remember, when we first became close friends, he was only 15 years old. Also, something told me the timing was wrong for a long time. When it was right, though, it hit me like a ton of bricks. So I called him. And the rest is history.

2. What was the first Broadway play you ever saw? The last?
First was Phantom of the Opera, with my best friend at the time (I assume you are talking actually ON Broadway); last was Boy from Oz, with CaAmethyst

3. Have you ever been in a fistfight? Did you win?
Yes. Yes, usually.

4. What pet from your past do you miss the most?
Chip, my labrador. He was just the best dog.

5. What are you reading right now?
40 Words for Sorrow -- a crime thriller
Our Ladies of Darkness -- a study on the feminine in Gothic fiction
The Devil Wears Prada -- which I actually just remembered I was reading when I found it under the bed.

Soon I will be reading -- ok, listening to -- The Supernaturalists by Eoin Colfer, the author of the Artemis Fowl series (Harry Potter age group -- great books). It's a nice plus that it's by an author I actually read, as I originally ordered the book on CD because it's read by my latest TV boyfriend, Jack Davenport. I would happily listen to Jack Davenport read the phone book or even a mathematics textbook, as long as he kept talking. The fact that this happens to be a book I likely would have read anyway makes it win-win!
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