Want Work? Go Away.

I’m baaaaack! Miss me?

My never-fail system for pulling in tons of work – go away on vacation. While I was gone, two more projects hit my in box and a potential third one is looming. That’s added to the ones that came in right before I left. Again, we all know that projects are not set in stone until the contracts are signed, but two are definites and another is a very strong possibility. And Scotland is two weeks away. Yikes.

Had a great trip. Caught a few notable fish (not huge – the fishing was way off this time), but I have plenty of stories about the ones that got away! I promise not to avail you of them. It was great seeing the parents and spending quality time with them. They went out of their way to entertain me. Unnecessary as I was going out of my way to entertain them. They spend months in Ontario with each other – company is relished.

It was a cold, windy, occasionally wet trip. We had a fire in the wood stove one night and I moved from the unheated cottage to the main one that night. Like a dummy, I forgot to pack socks. I did toss in the sweatshirt, which was worn during the day, too. The day before I left, the temperature went up to 25 (C) – 80 farenheit. Then it was time to leave.

The mosquitoes bit in places you wouldn’t think they could find. I sprayed my jeans down (a must – they really are wicked), missed spraying the sides of my jeans, and now I’m littered with bites on my hips. I can’t say what I called them when I woke up Saturday scratching.

Just as I expected, I was lying there at night listening to the loon in the bay and the chipmunks talking under the cottage and blam-o – another plot point in my book popped into my head. I worked out a major secondary storyline, making me even more excited to get back to it. I promised writing coach extraordinare and my chum Lisa Gates I’d have the book done by November. Mind you, her goal was to get me moving and I’m sure if it took me until December she’d never fuss, but I’m goal-oriented. I said it. I mean it. I do it.

So, how was your week? What’s new with all of you? I missed you!

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  • devonellington July 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I was out of touch for just two days and the inbox is full.

    I also came up with a list of 300+ new prospects and am preparing a mailing of the new brochure.

    All good.

    I'm taking a writing retreat this weekend to get back to the fiction.

  • Gabriella F. July 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Missed you, too, Lori! I came back to your page each day to see if you were back (though I knew you wouldn't be)!

    Not much new here. Got a sinus infection, which led me to work all weekend. Ugh. I'm beat!

    Congrats on the work!

    Welcome back!

  • Carrie Wilson Link July 20, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Yes, I missed you! Welcome back!

  • Chuck July 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Welcome back. Really enjoy your candidness about absolutely everything real or imagined. Skeeters obviously love you too.

  • Lori July 20, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    It's great being back among my friends. Thanks, everyone. πŸ™‚

  • Lori July 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Feeling better, Gabriella? I'm still fighting one of those off. Mucinex is saving my summer.

    Chuck, I think the skeeters saw me as an hors d'ovre.

  • Jesaka Long July 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Welcome back! And congratulations on all the new work you've secured — and all the potential new work.

  • Lillie Ammann July 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm


    Sounds like you had a great time in spite of the mosquitoes.

    Glad to hear you're making progress on your novel.

  • Sue July 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Maybe I actually need to go away. I was "on vacation" the past week and a half, but I didn't go anywhere and no assignments arrived in my mailbox. πŸ™

  • Lori July 21, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Sue, Devon has agreed to put together a post in the coming weeks on how to plan your getaway without actually leaving town. I'll keep you posted. πŸ™‚

    Good seeing you, Lillie! I hope all is well with you. I have to mosey on over to your blog and get the latest. πŸ™‚

    Jesaka, thanks! Glad to see you, too! Let's hope the workload continues for the next few ….years! LOL