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Yes, I'm still alive...

I know, I know, I haven't twitched in weeks, but



Last post of mine was us on our way to Italy.

Well, Italy was very nice. I'm really glad that I decided to schedule my vacation *before* all the madness, since we really needed the time to collect all our strength beforehand. So we drove down to the Sorrentine peninsula, which is south of Naples (Map of peninsula). It took us all day and well into evening to get there, since the drive is about 1100 km long. But we switched on and off, so while I did most of the driving, I didn't do all of it. And we made several stops, to eat and relax.

Once we were there, we left all the unpacking and such until the next day, and more or less just dropped right into bed.

Waking up with the ocean gurgling and splashing right below your open bedroom door is one of the most relaxing things that I know. ^^

We more or less spent almost the entire time just taking it easy, swimming, reading, eating, drinking lots of Campari and red wine (at least zombiesmile and I did ^___^ ), soaking up the warmth and sun, watching the ships and yachts and boats go by below and just enjoying the days.

We did take two trips. The first one was to Herculaneum (Some info about Herculaneum). I've been wanting to go see the excavation for *years* now, but I never managed it. I'd been determined to finally get to it this year. Since my mother and her husband also wanted to come, we ended up making a family trip of it. And I was not disappointed. It's very different from Pompeii, since Herculaneum was covered by a huge mudslide and not by rocks and ashes, like Pompeii. So a lot of organic material, like wood, survived and is still visible. It was very, very fascinating! Even though it was a really hot day when we went, I could have spent many more hours just wandering the streets and poking into every corner. By the family wanted to get back home, to cooler climate and some swimming.

The second trip was to Amalfi and Positano. But this time we went by boat. The last years, when I'd gone there, I'd always driven by car. By this year my mother talked me out of it and so we all went by boat. It was a really fun trip, aside from the fact that it was very, very windy, and the return trip became quite wet and cold. But we got to do some shopping and sight-seeing, so that kind of evened it out again.

As always, the vacation went by *much* too fast. We drove back, unpacked, and more or less immediately dived into our work. We only had two weeks to finish a complete manga, get it to the printer's *and* prepare all our stuff for Connichi (Connichi Website). We got the book done on the Saturday before Connichi. Drove to the town where the printing house is located in the night. Stayed at a hotel, met with the printer on Sunday morning, looked at the data and did some prints to check the quality. Then back home to continue with the preparations.

Wednesday, we picked up the rental car, packed it and finished last minute stuff. We'd actually wanted to leave early on Thursday, but somehow we couldn't get out of bed. ^__~ In the end, that turned out to be a Very Good Thing, as the books that *should* have gone directly to the convention center, ended up being delivered to my home. So we repacked the car, added all the books and *then* took off for the con. And we *still* arrived there with plenty of time to spare.

We set up, got most of our stuff done and then turned in at the hotel nearby. More setting up on Friday, along with the pick-up of the last book-delivery (truly just in time!). And at 2 pm the rush started!

In the end, there'd been 13,000 visitors to the con, and we all felt like each and every one had been at our booth!

Now we're back - from vacation as well as from the con - and already working on the next event: the Frankfurt Book Fair. First though, we have to do some more inventory and putting away of stuff.

But basically we're back in the normal groove.

*Hugs* to all on my flist!

I'll try to catch up on the entries, but I probably won't be able to reply to them, since there are so many.

Comments

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sunhawk16
Sep. 12th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hey! Wondered where you'd gotten off too! *hugs* Good to hear from you. ^_____^
ravensilver
Sep. 13th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
*hugs back*

I know, I know... I've been sooo quiet. But the week before we brought the manga to the printer, we ended up sleeping only 3-5 hours a night, just so we could work more or less straight through! And then the con...

So I just didn't have the time and energy to post.

But I kept an eye on all the entries. :)
asia_2
Sep. 13th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Waa Waa Campari and red wine... (*^o^*)
Congrats on the con success! \(^o^)/
ravensilver
Sep. 13th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. ^^

We are quite pleased with the way things went. We were even a bit better than last year. :) Slowly, people are starting to connect our name with the publishing of German yaoi mangas. So I think our business will pick up in the future. :)
wood_rabbit
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Good for you! Sounds like all things went well. *hug*
ravensilver
Sep. 13th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs back*

Yes, even though it was *very* stressful, it ended up working out really well for all of us. :)
whispurr267
Sep. 13th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Welcome back - the trip sounds wonderful. Glad you had a great time!
ravensilver
Sep. 13th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) It was a really great vacation. I'm glad we took the time to go.

Now I have to go through LJ and root out your posts, so I have something to read. ^^
clarediva
Sep. 13th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
good to hear from you and it sounds like you had a great time!!!
*hugs*
ravensilver
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!

*hugs back*

The vacation was great. Could have lasted longer, as far as I was concerned. ^^ But at least we got *some* vacation this year.

So how's your writing coming along?
clarediva
Sep. 18th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
I think vacations should *always* last longer! I know i had my fab trip to NY earlier this year, but my summer holiday was a very small 3 days, and I think I'm feeling the strain. At least I have YCon to look forward to - are you going this year again??

Ah, now, the writing is eating me!!!!! *lmao* I'm battling on with my sequel novel#2 and awaiting the first contact with the editor for novel#1. All v tense and exciting, and it's swamping my life! I'm not much fun as a GWfangirl I'm afraid *lol* but hopefully I'll keep my head above water. And continue to bore everyone with my angst and trauma!!

thanks for asking! *big hugs*
kracken
Sep. 13th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
Wow! you were busy!
I am so glad that everything worked out and that you had such a good time. Your vacation sounds wonderful and I hope that you have a lot of success with your new manga. Zombiesmile is such a great artist. ^_^

ravensilver
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
I'm glad we got to go. We're already working out the vacation schedule for next year, because it looks like we'll be just as busy as this year. ^^

Zombie's really great! Her manga was very popular at the Con and we're looking forward to presenting it at the Frankfurt Book Fair. :)
wickedgameff
Sep. 13th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
I've missed you!

Man, I would ADORE going to see Pompeii and Herculaneum. I've heard that some of the stuff they've found there is just amazing.
ravensilver
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:45 am (UTC)
They are truly amazing places to see. You can really see and feel how people lived 2000 years ago. I love going there, because it makes that era of history really come alive.
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ravensilver
Sep. 17th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: GW Doujinshi For Sale
Thank you for contacting me! I'm always looking for GW Doujin. ^^ But unfortunately I have all of the ones that you have on offer. Been a busy, busy GW buyer these months. ^^

I hope you find good homes for them. :)
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