Sunday, June 21, 2015

Colorado Renaissance Festival - June 20, 2015

We had a good day at the faire yesterday, walking about looking at the many vendor shops, eating faire food, enjoying a few shows and people-watching. This was our first time ever at the Colorado festival, and while we had heard it was a very good one, we did not know what to expect.

The weather forecast was hot, 89 degrees F, sunny and dry. We left early in the morning, in order to get there shortly after the 10 AM opening time. This kept us ahead of traffic as well as the heat. It will still only in the mid-70s when we arrived.

The Geekwif and I both wore costumes. She wore her newest creation from last year, and I wore a hybrid of my old costume with my new chainmail shirt and a few accessories. My own newest creation, a full suit of armor, needs some repair which I plan to do this week.

Did I mention it was hot? Our costumes are a bit heavy, and as such, we drank a lot of liquids yesterday. I imagine that not all of them were exactly beneficial in preventing dehydration, but we enjoyed ourselves and didn't worry too much about it.

One nice thing about the Colorado festival is that it has a lot of trees, and therefore plenty of places to get some shade from the sun. The Minnesota and Texas festivals have some areas to get shade, but not nearly as much as Colorado. We were very thankful for this yesterday, as you can imagine.

I had such a lovely time that I forgot to take many pictures, but below are a few (not nearly all) of our enjoyable moments.

The entrance...

... and me, ready to go in!

The festival is in the hills, and there were some lovely views through the trees.

Little kid riding a llama, because CUTE!!

I think this was our favorite show yesterday, called the Kamikaze Fireflies. The guy on the bottom was actually just an audience volunteer. The one on his shoulders was part of the two-person act, the other person being a girl off-stage at the moment. It was a fun show of juggling, hula hooping, balancing chairs in a Jenga-esque tower, a big steel wheel thingy, and plenty of witty repartee.

Like I said, we had a good time. And we've got some friends coming to visit next weekend, so we will be back again next Saturday. Hopefully I will have my armor repaired and ready to go.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Kind of a messed up day, er, weekend

Not that it was bad or anything. But my employer had a scheduled power outage at one of our nearby offices, so I had to drive in to work last night to shut the systems down before the power went out, and then drive in again this morning to power things up. Most of the systems -- servers, etc. -- can be powered down remotely, but we have just a couple that need "manual assistance", thus the requirement for me to be on-site.

So it kinda messed with my head last night, and then after a short night's sleep I had to get up early and do it all over again. By noon today I was back home, but any chance at having a normal Sunday was pretty well shot. I enjoyed a casual afternoon and evening with the Geekwif, but didn't really do much -- and I skipped out on the writing. Too brain-dead from working and being tired.

And tomorrow, I get up way too early yet again in order to catch a flight out east for a week of meetings. Fun.

Next weekend we will be going to the Denver Renaissance Festival. Not sure if it will be Saturday or Sunday, but we will definitely be there. In costume. And that will be fun.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Still making progress through the to-do list

The good news is, I'm still working my way through the to-do list and have made a few more of the planned changes to my story. But at this point I'm not prepared to share another sample, as the changes are too minor to show off. In the grand scheme of the story, they definitely make a difference. But in the context of a single scene, the changes are a bit subtle and I think they wouldn't make much impact if read separately from the story as a whole.

Not much else to say right now. I haven't spent as much time working on the story as I would like, but at the same time I am making progress, so I guess that's something. And it seems like I'm always saying the same thing: wish I could spend more time writing, yada yada. I think if I really wanted to, I could spend more time writing and less time doing other things... it's all about priorities really. The current priority of the story is such that I give it a few hours a week, usually Sunday mornings, and that's sufficient to keep making progress, albeit slowly. And I am mostly satisfied with that, even if I often claim otherwise.

Hope y'all have a great day and week! Today is shaping up to be a beautiful one in Denver, and I'll be going out for a run in a little while, to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.