Susan Speaks: A Temporary Changing of the Guard


Wow. I can’t believe it’s here, but it is. Tomorrow, I take one half of the Opening Act off to Cub Scout camp. Four nights in a tent. In a sleeping bag. On a cot. And me with my orthopedically-challenged body. Yep, this is going to be interesting.

(Will I get any sleep, or will I be too uncomfortable? Will my back seize up like it did last Friday when we went to see Harry Potter? Can I handle the physical demands of hiking, archery, rock throwing (yes! Rock throwing!), and BB Guns?) <--- note that I've already refused to do any of the water activities; insidious stuff, water is, supporting my body beyond the point of no return but making me feel like it's all okay. Until it's not. Rather than let this place go dark, especially since there's a reading contest going on (scroll up) and since I've just introduced Deadly Metal Hatchet to you (scroll down), I'm handing things over to the Tour Manager. Now, have no fear. I'll be penning all the posts -- or at least typing them. The Tour Manager will post them (at hopefully the right times!) and moderate comments. I suspect he'll leave return visits and stewardship of my feed reader until I get back, however. (I'm betting on 1200+ posts in the reader when I get home. Yeowtch.) Think of me. Send good vibes to my battered-by-pregnancy (almost five years ago) body. Visit often, so the Tour Manager has lots of comments to moderate. Enter the Summer's Hidden Treasures contest lots of times, so that when I get back and sit down to do the update, I've got tons to update. And have fun with the Hatchet, too. There are two more posts in this series, but I haven't ruled out return visits. Tell me if you want them. A few other notes... Thomma Lyn, that dear, blessed me with the Schmooze Award. I’ll be passing it along, so look for that. I’ve been having a hard time deciding who to pass this along to, as so many of us have already received it!

Missy, over at The Incurable Disease of Writing, is running a really cool sounding writing contest. Prize is a $10 Amazon gift card — you can buy yourself a nice Hidden Treasure with THAT, folks!

And lastly, some bummer news. I’ve decided to end my monthly stop-ins over at Working Stiffs. There are a lot of reasons for this, and it’s something I’ve contemplated for awhile now, and that’s all I’ll say about it. Suffice it to say that I need to concentrate on this place, so if you haven’t noticed the subtle changes that have slowly been creeping in, that’s okay. You may or may not notice some of what’s planned for my return from Cub Scout Camp, but it should make this place easier for newbies to feel at home and should make you groupies have a more vested relationship with me and our fictional friends.

Yes, I’ll be bringing a notebook. Heck, you should see the sorts of outtakes and such that my trip to Niagara Falls two weeks ago inspired.

Now, to not have to act like a Momma Bear and defend the older half of the Opening Act against a real one…

Be good to The Tour Manager while I’m gone!



  1. Nancy

    July 24, 2007 12:45 pm

    have a good time. A tent does sound painful. Can’t you see all the beauty nature has to offer from a hotel room? your a good mom to do this!

  2. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 24, 2007 12:46 pm

    A hotel room? You know, camp is purportedly not far from Nemacolin Woodlands, the resort… Don’t tempt me!!!

  3. Thomma Lyn

    July 24, 2007 4:19 pm

    hehe! Camping is quite an adventure. 🙂 I hope you have a comfy sleeping bag, and watch those bugs!BR/BR/Have a wonderful time with your kiddo! 🙂

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 24, 2007 4:22 pm

    We have LOTS of organic bug spray and I brought long but lightweight training pants just in case…BR/BR/Any other advice would be just super! I’m such a greenhorn…

  5. MyUtopia

    July 24, 2007 4:42 pm

    Have a good little trip. Congrats on the award.

  6. Camille Alexa

    July 24, 2007 7:36 pm

    You’ll have a brilliant time, Susan! Things won’t fall apart without you for awhile, but they sure will be glad to have you back.

  7. L^2

    July 24, 2007 7:43 pm

    Well, sleeping on a cot is (usually) better than just sleeping in a sleeping bag on the ground. Have fun at camp. Hope your body keeps up with you and all the boys! BR/I’ve always enjoyed camping, but one thing I can tell you is beware of weeds. Nothing ruins a trip to camp more than Poison Ivy. Hiking/climbing is usually literally my downfall though – I have a tendency to not do so well with rough terrain. BR/BR/About the comment you left for me this morning… maybe you need to get out of MY head. LOL! Thanks though. BR/BR/And DEV had a visit from Jennifer Estep today. I’m guessing I have Byou/B with your I“I just might have to send the link to the author…”/I to thank for that too. 🙂

  8. Crabby McSlacker

    July 24, 2007 7:51 pm

    Have a great time and be sure to roast a few marshmallows. Calories cooked over a campfire don’t count; it’s a Rule.BR/BR/Camping I can handle–it’s the thought of all those Cub Scouts that would have me shaking in my hiking boots. Good thing I’m not a parent!

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    July 24, 2007 8:34 pm

    Yeah, Crabby, it’s going to be quite the adventure. Then again, most of parenthood is.BR/BR/L… Moi? Something to do with Jennifer Estep visiting? Are you sure she didn’t get a Google Alert that pointed her your way???BR/BR/Camille, given how much household stuff the Tour Manager does now, they’ll be fine. I’m not worried.

  10. Robin

    July 25, 2007 1:10 am

    Have a ball Susan, and don’t let anyone shortsheet your bed.

  11. pussreboots

    July 25, 2007 3:18 am

    I have some back problems too and so far I’ve found cots to actually be comfortable. I hope you too have a back-friendly cot on your adventure. 🙂

  12. spyscribbler

    July 25, 2007 9:22 am

    Have a great time, Susan! Bug spray is good. I love camping, hate mosquitoes!

  13. Rene

    July 25, 2007 10:05 am

    I’ve already explained to scouting leadership that I don’t do camp outs. I’m not a nature lover. Unfortunately, I may have to change my tune because I am planning on creating a troop this fall and I may have to do that nasty camping stuff. Hope you have fun.

  14. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    July 26, 2007 1:15 am

    Oh, I have neglected you lately, sorry, all kinds of excuses, most valid! You will have a great time at the camp as long as the creatures leave you alone – Yep you deserve the Schmooze award – yikes, I got one, what on earth did I do with it?

  15. Lisa

    July 26, 2007 9:17 am

    Have a great trip… and when you get back you’ve been tagged with the Blogging Tips Meme…

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