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Where I was for last week's Revision Camp

I was in Louisville, Kentucky

I would say I neglected to mention that I was away from home during last week's Revision Camp, but that would be a falsehood. Why advertise that your house is unoccupied, save for a not especially fierce housecat? My sweetheart was attending a Tai Chi Symposium, learning from five Chinese Grandmasters in each of the five major styles of tai chi (Chen, Sun, Wu, Wu/Hao, and Yang, for those who keep track of such things), so I went along for the ride and the hotel stay and, as it turned out, the bourbon.

We had a very nice, albeit smallish, room in the historic Seelbach Hotel, where I did most of my revision work. Our first full day in town was Sunday, and since the conference didn't start until late afternoon, we managed a nice foot tour of town on our own. We went to the Visitor's Center, where we had our picture taken with a wax figure of Colonel Sanders and picked up passports for the Urban Bourbon trail in Louisville.

Then we visited the Frazier History Museum, which is, as best as I could tell, essentially a collection of weapons, ranging from mail, armor, swords, and pikes to rifles and pistols, with the occasional Native American weapon here and there. They do have Daniel Boone's family Bible, so it's not all weapons, but it's close. Nevertheless, it was interesting (until we got to the guns), since they had a lot of information on battle tactics in various eras.

We saw, but did not pay to visit, the Louisville Slugger Museum, in part because the factory is not operational on Sundays, and in part because we lacked sufficient time to make it worth the admissions fee. But it is a really cool-looking building.

One of the other things we appreciated about Louisville was the amount of public art. It is everywhere downtown. There are tons of sculptures (probably literally, since most of them are metal and/or concrete), and even the little fences they had surrounding trees planted in the sidewalks were wrought iron sculptures featuring trains and beds and more. And there were Louisville Sluggers in metal up and down the section of Main Street near the museum, commemorating various feats achieved with that brand of bat.

Here's what my work space looked like during my Revision Camp. There were two different work areas, the desk and the bed, and I spent most of it on the bed because the desk was simply too high (or the chair far too short) to make the desk practicable for any period of time. I managed to finish drafting and revising two of the picture books I started back in June, and I have to say I'm pretty chuffed about both of them.

As you already know if you read my report from revision camp last week, it took far longer than anticipated, and I was reminded once again that the process takes as long as it takes. And that I was overly ambitious in my planning, since I had something like five picture book manuscripts plus a poetry collection with me, and I "only" got two picture books finished. But you know what? That's actually a pretty huge accomplishment, and I'm not complaining. In fact, I'm celebrating it (still). As I said in Friday's update, "really, life needs more celebrations." It may be my new motto. (Or one of them, at any rate.)

My beloved had a rather full schedule, starting with outdoor tai chi at 6:15 each morning and running until as late as 10 p.m. most nights. On Monday night, I attended the opening banquet with him, and on Thursday, I went with him to watch the Grandmasters' Showcase, which was a really awesome display of tai chi prowess. And I made short trips of my own for sight-seeing and shopping purposes most days. But each day, he had a two hour break from 4:15 to 6:15, and he had Wednesday night completely free, so that's when we participated in the Urban Bourbon tour. That's my Seelbach Cocktail and his Old Fashioned at the Old Seelbach Bar that you see to the right.

Here's me by the lobby staircase holding our Urban Bourbon passports as we headed to the Old Seelbach Bar. (Note the gray hair - I haven't dyed it in months, and am now debating whether to bother again.)



Now we are home, and I find that I kind of miss Louisville. It's a great town to spend time in. I am not quite as tired as I thought I might be, and we are practicing making Old Fashioneds and Manhattans at home, having procured some bourbon during our travels, as well as the various bitters we needed, etc. And life is still good.

And I have more revisions to work on.




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lpsalas
Jul. 16th, 2014 11:11 am (UTC)
Sounds fantastic, Kelly! When I go to Revision Camp (though I've never been able to get away for more than two days), I always take 3-4 times the material I'll actually be able to work on. You know--you just never know what you're going to be in the mood to work on. WHERE I am totally influences my decision, so I might leave home feeling like working on one project, but then I smell the Lake Superior water and hear the seagulls and a totally different manuscript calls to me. Glad y'all had a fabulous trip! (Laura Purdie Salas)



Edited at 2014-07-16 11:12 am (UTC)
kellyrfineman
Jul. 16th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. (I knew it was you even without the parentheses!) I intended to take a bit more than I could get through, but not GOBS more. Turns out I overestimated my abilities, or something. But I'm so glad I got the two manuscripts done. (One needed little to no work, but the other took most of the week!)
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kellyrfineman
Jul. 16th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks - you're the second person to like my gray hair. I actually don't mind it, even though I think I look younger without it. I usually smile like that when I'm with my sweetheart, by the way. It's a happy life.

And I would highly recommend Louisville for conferences - it's a pleasant city with tons of terrific food.

angeladegroot
Jul. 18th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Fun and productive. A winning combo.
kellyrfineman
Jul. 21st, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
It really was!
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