Soon, Gentle Reader, I am off again. This time to Mesa, AZ. I’ll post my convention schedule on Wednesday. That way it will be up while I am gone, in case you can swing by and say hello.
It feels like I have been traveling a lot recently, and this was supposed to be a slow year. I usually don’t write when I am at a convention, but it looks like I’ll be bringing Prudence with me for this one. I have a few big blocks of time, and we will see if I can actually get anything done. It would be a good skill set to develop, but I don’t hold out much hope.
Anyway, in line with my upcoming journey to Arizona here’s…
Gail’s 10 Travel Commandants
- Thou shalt not eat a fish, beans, or onion-based food directly before a flight.
- Thou shalt wear socks, deodorant, and a wide warm scarf.
- Thou shalt not wear perfume, after-shave, or difficult shoes.
- It is better to buy a sandwich and not eat it than go hungry.
- Thou shalt pack extra necessities and underthings in case of stranding or airport overnight.
- Remember the seat back in front of you. (Make yourself a seat pocket kit to quickly stash after boarding: e.g. reading material, pen, phone, itinerary, passport/ID, chapstick, breath mints/gum, tea bags, ear buds.)
- Thou shalt not over indulge in sugar or alcohol, your immune system has enough to deal with.
- Thou shalt not eat sushi in a land-locked state.
- Thou shalt not dangle: fit it in your bag or wear it, never strap it on.
- No backpacks. Really, you, tall dude, no backpack – stop beaning me in the head.
Don Toth asked Gail Carriger:
How do you stay well and fit when on the road?
- Gloves are one of my secrets, I have perennially cold hands and a vintage look, so old fashioned gloves go with both, but they also keep me from getting sick from constantly shaking hands.
- On planes I work extra hard never to touch my face and I wash my hands regularly at airports.
- I drink alcohol only once or twice at a convention, and only if I know I can sleep in the next morning.
- I try to always get 8 hours sleep.
- I don’t eat fried food or sugar on the road, and I gravitate towards lean protein and leafy green vegetables if at all possible.
- I have Yoga Paws and I try to stretch in my hotel room.
- I take the stairs at conventions and in hotels if at all possible. Actually… I just pretty much always take stairs.
- I soak my feet in hot hot water and baking soda every night, no matter how drunk or how tired. The world is always worse if my feet hurt.
- But.. I still do get sick. It’s hard, particularly on a major book tour.
In other news Mother’s day is coming. The web would seem to suggest that I should gift the mum with such corkers as: expensive hand bags, stinky perfume, or ugly jewelry. You know what I’m getting her? A book. I highly recommend you do the same. More books! Silly interwebs.
(Mum likes mysteries and thrillers written by and featuring women so I got her Hank Phillippi Ryan’s The Other Woman.)
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
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Quote of the Day:
“She must stipulate with the hackman that no stranger is to be put into the carriage with her. This is against the law, but notwithstanding, is often done…”
~ The Ladies’ Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners or, Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book
by Eliza Leslie (American 1864)