Josh Groban, Leavenworth and the New School Year

Okay, okay.  So, I am a terrible blogger.  I got bronchitis and my good intentions fell through in maintaining this blog.  Then, I managed to get better just in time to go on my tenth anniversary trip and I ignored it once more.  The problem is, my life isn’t terribly interesting.

I have no real book news yet, although from what I have heard they are trying to coordinate some kind of release with the next writing competition, but more than that, I have no clue.  It could be released in December for all I know.

Josh Groban

So, I am left to tell you about my 10th Anniversary vacation.  We started by going to a Josh Groban concert in Woodinville, WA.  Sarah McLaughlin was supposed to open for him, but she wasn’t there.  My husband was very disappointed, as she was what he was looking forward to.  However, a guy named Foy Vance opened for Josh instead and was very good. I bought the CD- I recommend you check him out.  He has a very Celtic Rock vibe going on and his voice seems perfect for blues songs to me.  During the concert he came out and sang “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” with Josh and it was pretty freaking amazing. I hope to see a lot more from Mr. Vance.

Josh’s portion of the concert was incredibly relaxed and felt very intimate.  The last concert I saw was “In the Round” and the smaller venue definitely made a difference.  He sang a lot of songs from the Stages album and a few older songs.  Probably the most exciting part was when he sang a song from the Broadway musical he is going to be in.  If the song he performed is any indication, I might just have to find myself a way to get to New York.

The musical is called “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” and Josh will play Pierre.  The book nerd in me really loves that it is based off of a small section from Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” (even if I have yet to convince myself to read it- I guess now I have some motivation).  Really, though, the song Josh sang was great.  It looks like performances will start in October, but the opening date isn’t until November 14th.  If only I had money for that kind of birthday present. 🙂  Oh well.

Leavenworth

Have you ever been to Leavenworth?  I had, but not for many years- maybe I was in high school the last time I went.  My husband had never been, and so it seemed like an anniversary trip made in heaven, and it was a lot of fun.  I ate as much Hungarian and German food as I could stand and partook of much chocolate.

Mostly, though, it is just fun to walk around Leavenworth.  The town is adorable.  It is like walking into a Main Street in Disneyland where Gepetto and Pinocchio have taken over.  When that got boring (and it never really did), there was a park along the river where you could walk and learn about the history of the area before it was a tiny German-themed town in central Washington.  It was probably the most relaxing vacation I have ever taken.

Back to Life

However, we’re back home now.  School starts this week for my girls which I can hardly believe.  I’m still mentally in the beginning of July, but it is happening anyway.  Wish me luck.

The good news is that with school starting again I can go back to my writing schedule.  After a summer off my fingers are always itching for the keyboard.  Ideas seem to be continually bouncing around in the skull of mine and I have a manuscript to mail to a publisher now, so that will be something to do.

I am finishing a book about Joan of Arc that has me looking at the world a little differently from before.  She led a remarkable life for one so young.  I haven’t finished it yet, but it has made me think about a lot.  The book is by Kathryn Harrison.  It’s called “Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured.”  This is another one to read if you have any interest in history or women in patriarchal societies who rise to high places.  It is fascinating stuff.

That’s all for me, guys.  Happy reading.  May your life be less chaotic than the world right now.

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