Me, that is. Yes, my lovelies (but not, we hope “Delicate UnderLovelies”*) I’m off to England in a few hours. Of course, I won’t arrive there until Thursday, but that’s just part of the fun of International Datelines.
I am very excited, but, being me, I’m also kind of trepid about it. I am supposed to be doing research and I originally intended to go for 3-4 weeks, but at this point I’m going for a mere 12 days and one third of that will be family stuff. Don’t get me wrong: I am just as excited about the family stuff, since it’s Mr. Kat’s family and extended friends-of-family from Norfolk and I’ve never met most of them or seen the village he grew up in and all that is Very Cool to me, too. And I’m sure I’ll come up with no end of evil ideas (perhaps even Eeeeebil ideas) to use in Greywalker #4 whether I’m hanging out in the country or dashing around in the Town, but I am not, in fact, good at improvising and, being a freaky, anxious person I’m worried that I won’t find Neat Things to write into the book. I’d considered extending the trip, but not only is my birthday right after we return to Seattle (and Jim wouldn’t be entirely happy about not being able to spend it with me) but I promised the Daring and Amazing Dana Fredsti and Jess Lourey I’d run around Seattle with them when they come up around Memorial Day on their whirlwind West Coast Tour. Can’t not do that!
O Woe Is I!
On the other hand, it’s freakin England! At last! And it’s my first trip off the North American continent. EVER! Yeah, yeah… I’m a hermit. Even if it is only 12 days, it’s still Twelve Whole Days In England!!! W00t!
Yes, yes, of course I’ll take pictures and as per normal I’ll probably forget to post them, and I’ll try to blog, but I make no guarantees, because, well… it’s England! and I hope to be happily exhausted from my investigations and adventures.
And–oh yes–lunch with my Editorial Team from Piatkus/Little Brown and my agent and a few others, and of course Signing books at Murder One on Thursday May 15 from 5-6.
And oh, Kaz… (or other Londoners) any ideas what evil things I should investigate this Friday? Wheeeeeee!
*”Delicate UnderLovlies was a brand of ladies lingerie which my friend Marci Dehm re-discovered while writing a local history book about Everett, WA.