Monday, April 20, 2015

It Must Be Spring - I'm on the Road Again!

Most people look at the calendar and think about Spring flowers, Spring showers and Spring allergies. Okay most people don't think of the allergies, but I do! And right now we're in the throes of an epic allergy season in southern NJ....

But I look at the calendar and see. . . traveling!

In my other, other life, I usually get to travel because I'm a licensing board examiner in the NorthEast region of the US. I visit dental and dental hygiene schools in places like NYC or Detroit or Chicago or Pittsburgh or Harrisburg PA. Those trips are usually just short ones - - in, over and out.

And then there are some of my favorite trips -- to writers and readers events!

I usually get to one or two regional writers' conferences -- last year I went to the Washington DC retreat and the New England Conference in Boston. Lots of great speakers and inspiration for writing.

 The other very fun event I attended last year and head to this year is Barbara Vey's Readers Appreciation Luncheon -- a misnomer because it's really a weekend of fun. I'll be sponsoring a table again and am looking forward to meeting readers there. I've even got some lovely table gifties planned like these:

And some other surprises at my Scottish-themed table.  Should be fun! 

But the big excitement of my Spring is that I will be going to IRELAND!! Part research, part history, part visiting the lands of my ancestors, it will include visits to stone circles and cairns and burial mounds and end with a week of writing in Dingle - in a stone cottage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean! I'm going with 3 other writers and yes, driving the other side of the road will be involved!

So, what does your Spring look like? Are your kids in sports? Any special school events coming up? Trips of your own? Post a comment and I'll pick a couple of commentors out to get some books I get at the luncheon this weekend!

Terri is working on her next books - RAGING SEA is an October release from NAL and continues the Novels of the Stone Circles series. And she's writing her next Harlequin Historical in her new A HIGHLAND FEUDING series.... Visit her website for more info.


Liz Flaherty said...

This looks like so much fun!

jcp smith said...

I'm not a trip taker but I do like spring.

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Mia Lansford said...

Hi Terri,

I'm off to one of your favorite places - Disney. I really want a picture with Gaston.
As for allergies I know what you mean. The mother of all headaches has attached itself to me since last week. Hopefully it'll leave soon.
Safe travels to Ireland. I'm looking forward to your posts and pictures from there.

dstoutholcomb said...

college LAX is ending, but little league baseball is starting--always running. Enjoy your upcoming trip.


kaisquared said...

I am looking forward to seeing you and all the other great writers at the luncheon this week, Terri!
Mary M.

Terri Brisbin said...

Mia -- Ohhhhh - have fun with Gaston!

My allergies usually pause for a week or two in a new location so I'm hoping for that 'pause' in Ireland!

Terri Brisbin said...

Mary - I can't believe it't this week! See you soon!

Terri Brisbin said...

Denise -- Spring is a busy time!! Enjoy!

Lil said...

No sports but debate tournaments for my son. He has a blast and gets an early peek at college campuses. Important to him since he is a junior in high school.

Mary Preston said...

Spring always looks amazing here. I actually live in the "garden city". People come from all over the world for the Carnival of Flowers and to see the exhibition gardens.

I tend to get my hay fever pre-spring. I suppose the flowers & plants are gearing up & I feel the affects.

Laurie G said...

I'm jealous of your trip to Ireland. Please post a lot of pictures. We'll head back to Wisconsin the end of May. We will stop in Tampa, FL and Martin, TN to see two of my sons. We will then stop in the Madison, WI area to see my daughter's family. I can't wait to hug and to play with my two grandchildren. After we settle in, we hope to head out West to see my oldest son and his wife based in Moab, Utah.

poetryinleaves said...

readers appreciation luncheon and Ireland, you are having the time of your life. ;)

Donna E said...

Don't have any kids left at home -- they have teenagers or older themselves. And we even have a great-grandson.
Spring to me is Easter and then mini trips to see the great-grandson.
Have a great spring & summer.