Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Leaving for LaLa Land

Mani? Check. Pedi? Check.
Hair curled? Almost.

Bag packed? Soon as I get the cat out (is that where that saying comes from?).



Music uploaded to MP3? Check. I highly recommend Simone on Simone!! Wonderful reinterpretations of some of Nina's famous songs (especially "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair") and an original and very touching song called "Child in Me" that speaks of a daughter's loneliness while her mother is away. Another place for good music is Tayari Jones' "rejection correction playlist."

Left to do? Print out pages to take with (rather than my laptop) to get some edits done while I'm gone.

BEA here I come! I'll post a report and pictures when I return. (Be sure to check out the Author Studio Podcasts at the BEA site!)

19 comments:

Gina Black said...

Oooh. Love the mani and pedi. And the cat. The curlers? Not so much. But I think you are a brave and dedicated author to go to such lengths.

Have a great time at BEA. Sign lots of books!

Annalisa said...

Why is it that cats love suitcases so much? To me this is one of life's great mysteries.

Amy MacKinnon said...

Carleen! I didn't know you were going to BEA! Have a wonderful time, sign lots of books, and stop by the Crown table to pick up my galley. Oh, I wish I could be there if only to grab you for a cup of coffee. Have a wonderful time!

Carleen Brice said...

Gina, Very brave of me, yes. :)

Annalisa, Any new space is very exciting to Vishnu.

Amy, I got lots of surprises up my sleeve. Mwah ha ha. I will definitely stop by Crown!!

Earth Angel said...

LOVE the pics! Have a great time.

Verbal Vixen (T Caldwell) said...

Heh heh, you are looking good, lady! And your bag looks packed to me - what more do you need to take besides that loveable cat? *snickers*

Have fun at BEA! One of these years I will be heading there...

leslie said...

You look mahvalous.....enjoy the trip!

Lisa said...

Love the pictures! I envy your pretty mani and pedi (she says, shoving hands in pockets and curling toes inside slippers). Have fun and we'll be looking forward to dispatches from the field.

Gia Amado said...

Wow, This is pretty cool. I feel in love with "Orange" from reading the excerpt in the March issue of Essence. From your website I heard that you will be attending the Leimert Park book festival. I would love the opportunity to meet with you.
Please e-mail me at Agiaflick@Yahoo.com

Looking forward to hearing from you.
So excited, Gia Amado

Lafreya said...

Have a wonderful time. my Little dog loves suitcases too.

Judy Merrill Larsen said...

How cool. Have a blast! And, here's one important thing I learned when I went in 2006--you can have all the FREE books you snarf up sent home UPS. And grab all the free canvas bags you can to haul your loot around.

Enjoy!

Shauna Roberts said...

Hope you have a great signing tonight and fun on Saturday at the show!

Josephine Damian said...

Annalisa: Cats love a cozy space - they feel secure in a small space - protected from "attackers" even if there are none.

Carleen, it takes a brave womann to show herself with curlers. Looking forward to your reportage from BEA. Enjoy!

Ello said...

Oh love the mani color! That's beautiful! Have a great time!!!!

Sherry/Cherie said...

You look ravishing as always...have a wonderful time!

Shelli said...

Whenever people come to visit us, I warn them to keep their luggage shut or my cat will make a home in it. Hope the conference was great!

Sustenance Scout said...

Mahvelous, ravishing, the whole nine yards! Sometimes getting ready is half the fun, huh? :)

Tiffany James said...

Carleen,

Love the mani & pedi! I missed you signing at my local (Reader's Cove, FC). Boo-hoo.

Just for fun, check out my Wordplay & Witticism for more info re: letting the cat out of the bag (http://norestforthequerying.blogspot.com/2008/05/flush-that-excuse.html)

Congrats on Orange Mint & Honey!

Tiffany

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there!! {waves}

That kitty is tooo cute!

(smiles)
Lisa