Saturday, November 04, 2006

Kids, Kilts, And Celts

The Austin Celtic Festival went very well. We had 4 drivers and 8 kids. I draped my arm on the shoulders of one of my more challenging students and before I could choose my words wisely he said, "Don't worry. I'll be good." And he was. They were in awe of the swords and kilted men, the baked treats from the Celtic bakery and the various types of dogs. They shopped, ate and walked. They asked if they could stay longer when we had to leave. All in all, I'd say it was a successful field trip. Oh, and I even got 3 of the kids to try haggis!

Once all the kids were picked up back at school, I went back to the festival on my own to have a turkey leg, a Guinness, and a little shop around.

Tomorrow I get back to FP! Yay!

I started reading Allison Brennan's The Prey the other night and I've decided that I need to work on my next suspense, RR, when FP is done. I'm quite sure RR will final somewhere along the other 4 contests it's in and so I think I better get some serious writing time in on it. I'm excited to get back to RS since I've barely read or written anything remotely suspense for about 11 months now. RR is already plotted and probably halfway written. It'll be different for me to go to town on a manuscript that has all the turning points and big black moment already planned. I wonder if I'll be able to finish it sooner or will I be just as clueless as when writing every other first draft? Best of all, though, I can't wait to see how much better my characters are written after spending all this time on characterization with FP.

Good field trip, no more test to study for (for now), and a whole day to write. How much better can my weekend be?


Anonymous said...

I love Celtic and Renaissance festivals! They're always so much fun!

Nita Wick said...

I missed the Celtic festival we had in Chattanooga last year, but I'm looking forward to going this year. It sounds like you had a good time.

Good luck with the writing! I hope the imagination flows faster than you can type.

TJ Brown said...

What on earth is Haggis?

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Hope you got a lot done. :)

Lexi said...

Tori and Nita, this was the first one I've been to in AGES! It just reminded me how much fun I've been missing.

Teri, haggis is a Scottish dish that you either love or hate. It's sheep innards boiled in a sheep stomach. Yum! I like it, the kids thought it looked nasty, but it tasted okay.

Elisabeth, the only thing I really got done was to realize how much more I have to do before Golden Heart!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

LOL. You've registered for GH already, right? That's one step out of the way. ;)

Kelly Boyce said...

That festival sounds like a blast!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, I'm jealous! Sounds like so much fun. :)

Vonda Sinclair said...

Oooh I must find the Celtic Festivals in my area. But I did go to a Highland Games last Sat. so that was really cool! Men in kilts, yeehaa! ;-)