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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.

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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. :)

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